John Francis Sweeney
Noonan passed away peacefully in his 97th year, on
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, with his children by his side at the Drew
Nursing Home, in Sackville, NB.
Loving father to Catherine (Thomas
Laferriere), Francis (Theresa MacInnis) and Marcella (Rob Belliveau).
"Grumpy" will be missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Ethan
(Laferriere), and Sadie (Noonan). Remembered fondly by his
brother-in-law Roger Tait, sister-in-law Merita (LeBlanc) Noiles, her
husband Bliss and his many nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased
by his wife Claudette (nee LeBlanc) who passed in 2011, his parents,
William Arthur, and Catherine Anne (Sweeney), sisters and brothers
in-law Mary (Edwin) Delahunt, Margaret (William) Murray, Kathleen (Dr.
Austin) Delahunt, grand-nephew Skyler Blackie, niece Mary (Joanne
Murray) Cassidy, and last but certainly not least, nephew and best
hunting buddy Jim Delahunt.
Born in Melrose, New Brunswick in 1925,
John worked at CNR/VIA Rail for over 31 years. Everywhere he went, he
met someone he knew. John and Claudette were foster parents to Cecile
and Sharon, and second parents to family and friends over the years.
With an open-door policy, visitors to the Noonan Road were welcome to
the eternally full, boiled tea on the stove, or a rye and ginger on
occasion, naturally. After a short retirement, John tended the
regional landfill and he enjoyed collecting odd treasures or items
that really needed saving. He took pride in his service at Saint
Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, as an extraordinary minister,
caretaker and to the community at large. He spent his time on the
tractor, helping others with all jobs big or small, mowing, and
working the land he loved. He was an avid hunter and woodsman, with a
profound respect for the land and its bounty. Except for porcupines,
he hated porcupines.
John and Claudette made it to Ireland in
the early nineties to explore Celtic roots, where to his chagrin; the
Irish folks thought she was the Irish one! John loved music and always
had a song on his mind. Early morning renditions of "Wake me up
before you go go" …got the kids to the bus on time.
One of the many tunes John knew by heart, and we will remember him by,
as written by American songwriter Jud Strunk, says it all: "I'll
give you a daisy a day dear, I'll give you a daisy a day, I'll love
you until the rivers run still…And the four winds we know
Heartfelt thanks to the Drew Nursing
Home and their staff who cared for John with such strength and
compassion for many of his later years. He especially enjoyed the
bingo calling by recently departed Bill Durant and the musical guest
appearances. He was known to play his accordion any time day or night
when the mood struck.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the
Jones Funeral Home, Port Elgin and
Sackville, NB (506-364-1300). An informal "come as you
are" at the Noonan Road homestead is planned for Thursday, August
11, 2022, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 8:30
p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Clement's Roman
Catholic Church, 14 Church St, Port Elgin, NB on Friday, August 12,
2022, at 2 pm. Interment to follow at the St. Bartholomew’s
Catholic Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, John’s
family kindly requests donations may be given to the Saint
Bartholomew’s Catholic Church Cemetery Fund or to the
charity to your choosing.
Sharing of memories and condolences may
be sent to the family by visiting the online memorial at
www.jonesfuneralhome.ca or through the Jones Funeral Home Facebook