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John Ernest Akitt

January 23, 1933 - June 3, 2014
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John Ernest Akitt 1933 - 2014 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, John Ernest Akitt, on Tuesday June 3, 2014 in Bonita Springs, Florida, in his 82nd year. He was a loving and caring husband of 37 years to our mother, the late Anne Irene Akitt (née McGauley), and to Susan Akitt (née Parrigin) these last 17 years. He is survived by his four children and their families; Terry Akitt-Schwartz and son-in-law Benedikt of Lully, Switzerland, Tracey Akitt of Ancaster, John and daughter-in-law Elizabeth of Toronto, Grant and daughter-in-law Tracy of Ancaster. He will be remembered as a fun-loving...
John Ernest Akitt
1933 - 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, John Ernest Akitt, on Tuesday June 3, 2014 in Bonita Springs, Florida, in his 82nd year. He was a loving and caring husband of 37 years to our mother, the late Anne Irene Akitt (née McGauley), and to Susan Akitt (née Parrigin) these last 17 years. He is survived by his four children and their families; Terry Akitt-Schwartz and son-in-law Benedikt of Lully, Switzerland, Tracey Akitt of Ancaster, John and daughter-in-law Elizabeth of Toronto, Grant and daughter-in-law Tracy of Ancaster. He will be remembered as a fun-loving playmate to grandchildren: Alex, Gregory, Matthieu and Sarah Schwartz, Kaitlyn and Liam Akitt, and Annie Akitt. He will be missed by many extended family and friends, his sister-in-law Bernice Akitt (Alan Akitt) and sister-in-law Joan McGauley (Dan McGauley) and their families to name a few.
Dad was born on January 23, 1933 in Edmonton, Alberta to Jean Bennett Akitt (née Peebles) and Joseph Ernest Akitt. He spent his early years growing up in western Canada, moving from Edmonton to Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, and finally Toronto where he attended North Toronto Collegiate. Dad graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1956 and joined Imperial Oil the same year.
Dad sorted through a number of job opportunities following graduation, eventually deciding on Imperial Oil as a result of their outstanding training program. This was the beginning of a rich 42-year career where he worked across many functions and divisions of Imperial Oil and Exxon that included postings in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He retired in 1998 as Executive Vice President of Exxon Chemical in Houston, TX. Dad had acknowledged that these accomplishments were only possible due to the unwavering and selfless support of our loving mother Anne; who faced each transition with determination and became a true master in the art of making a house a home in record-breaking time.
From his early days, our father was an accomplished athlete. His love for hockey started on a home-made rink his Dad made in the field behind their home in Regina. His Bantam team won the provincial championships and in high school he played on as many as three different teams at one time, alongside the likes of Ken Linesman Sr. and Roger Neilson. At U of T he was a member of three Varsity Blues teams, two of whom were national champions. In spite of a demanding career Dad spent countless hours at the rinks with his sons and coached them for a few years when the family moved to Belgium and hockey expertise was suddenly in short supply. Many fond memories came from those times, particularly when the boys played on the same team with Dad behind the bench. Off the ice, Dad was a keen tennis player and won several provincial singles and doubles titles. His greatest pleasure was a round of golf with his late brother and best friend, Al or a group of golf buddies. Sport was also a dominant theme in many family holidays including memorable skiing adventures.
During their time together, Dad and Susan divided their time primarily between Florida and North Carolina, using those homes as a base for quiet time together or travelling. As his Alzheimer's became more aggressive their lives became much simpler in nature, but still very full. With Susan's love and support, Dad was able to remain at home until what would become his last month of life.
Our father's legacy will be his strong values about personal responsibility, self-discipline, respect for others and family. He lived these values every single day and transmitted them, by example, to his children, grandchildren and to all those whose lives he touched. We all loved him for the man he was; a caring, wise, insightful, and generous person. We will miss him very much.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Tuesday, June 10th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street in Toronto. A private family burial will precede the visitation. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 11th at 3:00 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home.
We request with gratitude that memorial contributions in our father's memory be directed to the Alzheimer Society Canada or to the .

"i just learned of John's passing. I worked for him at Exxon and have the highest regard for him as a manager and a person. My sympathy to the family for..." Jim Dodson (Houston, TX)

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