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Born: Oct 13, 1932

Date of Passing: Dec 23, 2021

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Peacefully, and with family at his side, John Neville Whiting passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021. John was born in Kingston, Jamaica on October 13, 1932, to Celia Adine (Lindo) and William James Whiting, joining his siblings, Barbara, Desmond and William.
Dad loved sharing his childhood home with his family, and we were fortunate to have enjoyed several visits to Jamaica when we were young.
After graduating from preparatory school in Jamaica, John moved to Trinidad and then arrived in Canada to attend Trinity College at the University of Toronto, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Geology and then his post-graduate certificate in City Planning. This is where John met and married his love and best friend, Dorris, on August 5, 1961.
John later accepted the position of Director of Municipal Planning of Manitoba, and they travelled to Winnipeg to begin their next adventure of starting a family. Dad enjoyed travelling throughout our lovely province, and shared stories of each small town he visited, occasionally taking us along for the ride.
Always a planner, Dad loved to organize our family holidays. Whether it was renting a cabin at Victoria Beach, camping in Minnesota, or driving across the country in our wood-panelled station wagon, our family road trips were epic.
Wanting to put down holiday roots, we purchased a cottage at Caddy Lake. Dad was always so proud of his newfound skills as a handyman. Over 20 years, he built several docks, an extension with bedrooms, insulated the floor, thankfully added indoor facilities and running water, and was especially excited when the electricals were a success.
After retiring in 1992, Mom and Dad made the move from our family home of 30 years on Kingston Crescent to an idyllic log home in Kleefeld. After a few years of rural life and wood stove heating, John and Dorris moved back to the city to be nearer to their grandchildren.
When Mom was diagnosed with cancer, Dad cared for her at home as she wished, and never left her side. She was the love of his life.
After Dorris' passing, John took up residence at Dakota House, where he made close friendships and enjoyed many evenings of friendly, yet competitive games of Bridge. Dad was the one to beat, and he had won numerous provincial championships. He was also an avid player of Monopoly and Risk, in-person and online, making sure that his children and grandchildren learned to play properly – he always made it fun, but he never "let" them win.
Over the last few years John endured many visits to the hospital, but always managed to return home. Once told he would only have a short time remaining, he requested comfort and time with his children and grandchildren. It was a steady stream of loving visitors over the last two weeks.
John is predeceased by Dorris Emma (nee Ryan), his wife of 47 years; and will be forever loved and missed by their children, Wanda (Alan), John (Sandy), James (Mandeep); and grandchildren, Celia (Damon), Annelies (Chris), Alexis (Erik), Tasha, Nicholas, Peter, and Baylee.
The family would like to thank John's friends and caring staff of Dakota House, the home care staff that have assisted John over many years, family physician Dr. F. Salem, the staff at CancerCare, and the Riverview Palliative staff for their compassion and care during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Riverview Health Care Centre.
A private family service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, January 3, 2022. Family and friends wishing to attend virtually may do so at:

Here's to you, Dad. Now you and mom
will continue the journey together.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I will always cherish memories of Mr and Mrs Whiting welcoming the kids of their lake neighbours. Whether it be playing board games or reading comics, we always had fun. New Years at the cottage together was a special treat. Please accept condolences from myself as well as my mom, Kathie Kehler. - Posted by: Maxine Kehler (Family Friend) on: Jan 06, 2022

  • Extending our deepest & heart sympathy to Wanda, Alan & the Whiting family on the passing of your family patriarch. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute and his legacy of caring and dedication to his family! So very sorry for your loss! Wishing you all peace and comfort in the day ahead. Lynda Ruban staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jan 05, 2022

  • John and Dorris were long-time participants in worship at St. Paul's. We have missed Dorris' contributions to the choir, and we will miss John's warm, friendly interaction with members of the congregation. - Posted by: Bob Piper (Fellow parishioner at St.Paul's Anglican Church, Fort Garry) on: Jan 05, 2022

  • Wanda, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. It sounds as though he lived a wonderful life, providing all of you with many great memories that will live forever. - Posted by: Paula (friend) on: Jan 04, 2022

  • Mr. Whiting was my father in-law when I was married to Jim. He was also our son's Grandfather. I will always remember his twinkling eyes and his joyous laugh. I am grateful for his tenderness with my son, Peter. Mr. Whiting brought the family together even during those times when it was tough to be together. My heartfelt condolences to Jim, John, Wanda, and all of Mr. Whiting's grandchildren. - Posted by: Ilona Oszadszky (Previously my father in-law ) on: Jan 03, 2022

  • John has been an integral part of our bridge club here at Dakota House for the last 9 years and of course, usually the big winner of our Bridge tournaments. I'm happy that he was able to join us when things opened up for activities to resume after our covid shutdown. He played well into November and without obvious discomfort, at least he did not show it. We will miss John for his friendship and enthusiasum. - Posted by: Betty Cobb (Dakota House Friend) on: Jan 02, 2022

  • I go to know John and his family from his residence. He lived an amazing life and I loved talking to John about Jamaica and the food and the books he was reading. We had promised to have at least one meal of Jerk Chicken and sadly that won't happen.One thing I do know was that John was extremely proud of all of his children -and especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy and the apple of his eye. He lived for the visits and looked forward to the Sunday brunches. My sincere condolences to John, Wanda and James and their children- who I had the pleasure of meeting over time. He may be gone but know that he is smiling down on each and every one of you - near and far. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,May looking back in memory help comfort you all tomorrow. - Posted by: Sheila Selluski (Friend) on: Jan 01, 2022

  • I knew John as a friend, we would visit and share some funny stories about life. Me being off work for a couple of months never got to see him. Rest in peace John - Posted by: Theresa (Was his housekeeper at Dakota House) on: Dec 31, 2021

  • Dad, Thank you for inspiring us, loving us, Sharing the great gift of Family, and Teaching us the most important things in life by how you lived yours. Cheers and Day-O! Love always, John - Posted by: John Whiting (Son) on: Dec 31, 2021

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