John Bearcroft passed away peacefully at Hospice Simcoe on Friday July 26, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. Throughout his life, John took great joy and pride in his family. He is survived by his four children, Sarah Bearcroft, John Bearcroft (Nadia), Martha Bearcroft (Dan), and Laura Reid (Mike), his wife Margo Wittick, his sister Joan Robertson, and his eight grandchildren, Andrew Eggleton, Joseph Gilbert, Alianna Bearcoft , Noah Bearcroft, Kiersten Bearcroft, Kaia Bearcroft, Finley Reid, and Zachary Reid. John is predeceased by his wife, Beverly Bearcroft, his brother-in-law Ken Robertson and his Parents, Alfred and Norah Bearcroft.
Born in Toronto on February 15th, 1939, John moved to Barrie as a boy in the early 1950’s and continued his residency in Barrie area for the rest of his life. After Attending Barrie Central Collegiate and receiving Head Boy honours, John attended McMaster University where he played basketball for the Marauders.
After graduation, John earned his teaching certificate and began his career at Midland Secondary School. Over the years, he moved on to teaching positions at Barrie North Collegiate Institute, Eastview Secondary School before getting a position for a Curriculum Officer with the Simcoe County Board of Education in 1981. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1995. Throughout his career, John touched the lives of thousands of students. Many of the friendships that he developed with his colleagues proved to be lifelong.
John first fell in love with horses when, as a young boy, he gazed out at a mare and foal from his desk in a one-room schoolhouse in Fennel’s Corners. From this point onwards, his life was intertwined with horses as an owner, trainer, and breeder. In his retirement years, he greatly enjoyed his trip to Saratoga to “invest a little money” at the races.
John enjoyed going walking or snowshoeing in the forest, mostly recently at his home near Horseshoe. In his retirement years. John spent a lot of time at the family cottage where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, Kayaking, fishing, and watching the sunset across the lake.
Thank you to the staff at the RVH Cancer Care Centre where John was an outpatient for the last 10 year: You made John’s regular trips to “the Spa” feel like he was visiting friends rather than receiving treatments.
Thank you to Dr. Nay and Dr. Burt: through your optimism, understanding, and support, John was able to continue living his life despite his diagnosis, medical complications, and prognosis.
Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Hospice Simcoe and Dr. Morris: your compassion and support of John, his family and friend was extraordinary. You set the stage for d dignified and peaceful end to a remarkable life
The family is honouring John’s wihes for no visitation or funeral services. A Celebration of Life will occur in the fall. Further details will be posted on the Barrie Cremation Centre website (www.barriecremationcentre.com)or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to Hospice Simcoe, 336 Penetanguishene Road, Barrie, ON L4M 2C2