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John Gavin, Jr.

John Dunn Gavin, Jr.

Tuesday, July 13th, 1948 - Friday, May 31st, 2019
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John Dunn Gavin, Jr., passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully 31 May 2019, doing and being exactly what and where he wanted, at Clearwater Lake, Emo Ontario Canada. He couldn’t have done better had he planned his exit from this world.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, 13 July 1948, he was the eldest of eight children born to John, Sr. and Patricia Myers Gavin.

One of the most kind hearted and gentle people on this earth, John began working in the Trucking Industry, while completing his post-secondary degree in History and Education. He then continued his education at South Chicago Hospital School of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1982. Jokingly, he liked to say he was a B.A.R.N.

John relocated to International Falls in 1985 as Donna Olson recruited him to work at Falls Memorial Hospital, after his siblings, Lynne and Erin Gavin sent him an application for an R.N. position.

He began his 28 years of Nursing services, retiring from Falls Memorial Hospital in 2014 in order to help take care of our elderly Mother.

During his tenure at this hospital, John helped many, many people and made many friends. This job facilitated his passion for Island living at the family cabin, May through October/November each year. Boating, fishing, barbequing and as he said, “watching the Lake, Lake,” reading avidly and hosting many family and other visiting people throughout each summer since 1971.

John was passionate about the Outdoors, swimming, snorkeling, children and animals. He was an integral father figure to niece Trish Gavin, and they were like two peas in a pod, fishing, reading and swimming. He also enjoyed his several nieces and nephews with boating, swimming and blueberry picking.

John is survived by siblings Lynne Gavin, Rainy River, Ontario; Donna Gavin, New Glarus, WI, Patricia Holly Gavin-Flanagan of Minnetonka, MN; Erin Gavin, International Falls, MN; Thomas (Anna) Gavin of Palos Park, IL and Timothy (Michelle) Gavin of Beloit, WI.

Nieces Trish Gavin, Margaret Jones, Elizabeth Flanagan, Annie and Emma Gavin; nephews John Gavin III, Liam Gavin, Sean and Thomas Gavin, and Caspian Gavin.

Those who passed on before him include parents John, Sr. and Patricia Gavin, Step-Father Michael LaMantia. Sister Janelle Gavin, best friends Timothy Newton and brother-in-law Thomas Flanagan.

Two celebrations of life will take place, Saturday June 8 2019, 11 a.m. at Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ontario Canada and the second celebration of life Saturday 22 June 2019, 1 p.m. at The America Inn, International Falls, MN to accommodate his friends and co-workers in both places.

Cremation will take place, and honor, by a tree planting at his true home in Canada. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Humane Society by check , c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.
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A Celebration of Life and Remembrance will be held June 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM from Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, ON The second Celebration of Life and Remembrance will be held June 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM from The America Inn, International Falls, MN


Donations are being accepted for: Humane Society of Canada.


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Marian McMahon and Brothers

Posted at 05:16pm
Rest in peace, cousin John. Sending love and hugs to all the Gavins. Love, Marian, Jim, Brian, Joe and Mark McMahon
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Erin Gavin

Posted at 06:16am
Our brother John was an amazing person. He was the main man of any question about History. Ask him one question about History and by the time the question was answered, you'd have learned more about the topic than you'd think possible. He did his best to help and was a genuine person. We ALL have a new guardian angel now.

Elizabeth Flanagan Posted at 11:19am

My uncle John nd I shared the love of animals nd nature nd because of him that will live on in me nd many who share that it was not only that for which I will always remember but the way he could sit down nd talk abt just any type of history nd books out there growing up always hated when the cabin in Canada would always have those lovely rain nd thunderstorms and to entertain I remember the first time tuz gave me a book nd not just any book but a Stephen King book at that because of that one book I had opened My mind up to reading nd the different types of writers out there he will be one of the best looking down on us all...

Bill Waddick and Denise Laas

Posted at 08:16pm
Sorry for your loss. John passed in a place that he loved, what he would have wanted.
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807-482-3788 Northridge Funeral Home Ltd.
6446 Hwy 11 West
Emo, ON P0W 1E0
Fax: 807-482-3816
807-482-3788 Northridge Funeral Home Ltd.
6446 Hwy 11 West
Emo, ON P0W 1E0
Fax: 807-482-3816
807-482-3788 Northridge Funeral Home Ltd.
6446 Hwy 11 West
Emo, ON P0W 1E0
Fax: 807-482-3816
807-482-3788 Northridge Funeral Home Ltd.
6446 Hwy 11 West
Emo, ON P0W 1E0
Fax: 807-482-3816