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Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2020

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On July 28, 2020, John passed away surrounded by family and listening to songs from his 77 years of life.
Survived by his big loving family - partner Aurelie, children Salim (Jaime), Camille (Ian), Raina and Matthew (Catherine), his beloved grandson Peter and siblings Mavis, Verna, Harold, Keith, Carol, Christine and David and their families; Zeeba and also his extended family on Aurelie's side; and the countless friends whom he embraced with much love as he did all things in his life.
John is joining his parents, Elizabeth and John, and siblings Joan, June, Betty, and Brian and many dear friends who are never forgotten.
A longer obituary will follow next week. The communities John belonged to have already put out some beautiful tributes in the meantime. Thank you so much for all the support and messages to us and to each other.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society or any other community organization John supported.
A celebration will be planned in the coming weeks.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My family and I are so saddened by John's passing. John was a progressive economist and a strong advocate for social and economic justice. He was my Ph.D. supervisor, mentor, and a good friend. We undertook various projects together in East and West Africa, (Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and Ghana) on behalf of the North-South Institute. John encouraged me to work with community groups such as Manitobans with Disability and the Canadian Hunger Project. John, we will miss you dearly. Our heartfelt condolences to you Aurelia, Salim, Camille, Matthew, and Raina. John, Rest in perfect peace. - Posted by: John Kofi Baffoe and family (Phd.supervisor and friend ) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • John was a great friend to First Nations children, youth and families. His 2005 work costing out the inequalities in First Nations children's services on reserve and in the Yukon directly contributed to a 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision that has resulted in thousands of First Nations children getting the services they deserve. One of the last things John did was to collaborate with his daughter Raina on some calculations for long term funding reform to ensure First Nations children can thrive. He was a stellar academic with a big heart who gave generously of his skills and knowledge to make the world a better place for everyone. So grateful to his family and many friends for sharing this generous spirit with the rest of us. - Posted by: Cindy Blackstock (Friend and Colleague) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • John will truly be missed. He was a loyal friend to our family, and especially to my late husband Sal. My condolences to John's family. - Posted by: Silvia Hidars (Friend) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Such a great loss to us. The world was a far better place with him in it, and he had so much more to give. He is my brother, friend, comforter and confidant and I will miss him greatly. Till we meet again John. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Verna Coulton (sister) on: Aug 02, 2020

  • I am so very sad to hear of John's sudden passing. I moved to Manitoba in 1974 to work for the provincial government of Premier Ed Schreyer. Just as John did. We were part of the same circle of friends and political activists. I admired his tough integrity and sense of humour. And his silvery British voice. I hadn't seen him for years, but I miss him today. Condolences to his family, and to Zeeba. - Posted by: Barbara Campbell (Friend and political activist from Manitoba in 1970's) on: Aug 02, 2020

  • Our condolences to the family. Johnny will always be remembered as a very special person with a special place in hearts of so many. - Posted by: Omar and Pat Chioua (Friends ) on: Aug 02, 2020

  • I offer the most sincere condolences on behalf of myself and the remaining officers of the Canadian Association of Industrial Mechanical and Allied Workers (CAIMAW). As the youth in the Labour Movement we learned and listened well from the teachings of brother Loxley. Not only was he a friend but an educator and a sincere mentor concerning the economy and social justice. He became, and we accepted him, as a union brother for life. He will be missed by all. Thank you John for your sincerity and dedication to the cause of social justice and the education of the grass roots members of the union movement and its dedicated leadership. In Solidarity and Fraternity, Tony Zienkiewicz Retired member of CAIMAW - CAW and UNIFOR - Posted by: Tony Zienkiewicz (Union brother) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • Condolences to John's family ... take comfort in knowing that this man will forever be in our thoughts as he made an immeasurable impact on so many. It is hard to believe that the eternally youthful sage, mentor and friend John is no longer physically with us. Forever remembered is his wisdom, energy, guidance and grin and smile. If there is an after life, I look forward to having a beer and a laugh with John. - Posted by: Michael Bell (Friend, student and CSSC mate) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • The world has lost a champion of social justice and a brilliant mind. John absolutely left this world a better place whether it was ensuring inclusion of all citizens, fighting for the rights of First Nation Children, advising local, national and international governments about finances and policy development he was a passionate advocate. I will always remember his smile and how he would light up a room. Over 20 years ago when I moved to Winnipeg I attended his class. He was so patient with me as I tried to understand his lectures. John inspired me to continue to work in the community to address the injustices that so many people experience. He was a mentor, confidant which resulted in a beautiful friendship. John loved his family very much and I loved to hear the stories he so proudly shared with me. I will miss him but everyday I will work to keep his vision moving forward. Kerri - Posted by: Kerri Irvin-Ross (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2020

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