BOOTH, John Arthur


With a deep sense of sorrow and loss, our family announces the passing of our husband, dad and granddad, John, on February 17, 2021 at the age of 70, ice climbing in Maligne Canyon – something he loved second only to his wife and family he adored so much.

His memory will be cherished by his wife of 46 years Dianne; sons Jeremy (Jess), Eric (Lori), Simon (Andrea); and, of course, his cherished grandchildren Eleena and Tristan.

He will also be sadly missed by his brothers Ed (Pat), Frank (Shirley) and sisters MaryAnne, Betty (Paul).

John will also be leaving a hole in the hearts of Dianne’s brothers and sisters who loved him as one of their own: Yvonne (Pat), Keith, Betty, Leon, Lynne (Marv), Guy, Pat, Dennis, Alan (Tannis); and so many nieces and nephews that will truly miss the teasing John did so well only because he loved and cared so much.

John wasn’t immune to the heartache of loss as he was predeceased by his Mom, Eda and Dad, Harold as well as Dianne’s Mom, Hazel and Dad, Guy. He also lost Dianne’s brothers Charlie and Gerry and sister Yvette who were like losing his own.

Dianne is not ready to let John go yet as he has passed way too soon, and she was not prepared for continuing his legacy alone even though we know he will always be by her side.

He will be cremated, and the family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date.

The family is truly very grateful for the first responders at the scene who gave their all for John.

The outpouring of heartfelt condolences and stories and love from so many people that John had touched in so many of his passions in life is helping the family get through this surreal time.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army as this was always very close to John’s heart and felt this organization was truly committed to helping those in need. Another choice may be the Heart and Stroke Foundation or, of course, to any Charity of choice as we all know that John was very community minded.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Dan Hallet

I thank you John for the introduction and guidance during the Alpine trips which I joined many decades back. Two outings in particular remind me of your qualities described by your family: Kananaskis rock climbing on Yamnuska and Mount Olive mountaineering trip.
The “Yam” was the introduction to roped rock climbing. There, I was shown the basics of rock climbing and experienced my first adrenalin rush on an exposed reach, despite being safely roped and belayed. I met your son there, as he had been previously introduced to the sport. I recall you expressing your concern for his safety in self-belaying.
Mount Olive was one of my first big peaks as you and Bill Inch shepherded us newbies there and back safely. I did receive a reprimand for taking so many photos. These photos are my memories. It was on that trip I received an introduction to Chic Scott at Bow Hut.
Other memories are of your interaction with Phil Kemp and your later efforts to extract him after his fall and injury in the Rockies, as well as the skills exhibited along with a certain kidding and sense of humor.

Your loss is to your family as well as your broader reach in all our lives. Once again, thank you, John.

Gina-Marie Garon

My condolences on the passing of John, especially to Dianne, Eleena and Tristan. We shared many good times together in the Alpine Club. He was always joking around. Eleena and Tristan would play with my kids at the climbing wall. He will be missed.
Gene Garon, Sylvain, Dominiq (Joy), and John-Paul

Craig Hartmetz

John was an incredible person – a driving force and a climbing mentor to me. One of my strongest memories of John was climbing a route on the west face of Roche a Perdrix near the east gate to Jasper National Park. It was late September, we had some shoddy information on the route, but John was still up for it. We froze all day in the shaded rock corner, and I remember that John didn’t have a warm jacket. I felt selfish using my own; the thermometer on his pack never read warmer than -2. That didn’t stop him from following each and every pitch clean. We reached the top just as the sun was setting, and walked off in the dark. I remember feeling a bit hung out as we went down, but to John, that was just a normal day out. The next day, he was out-climbing me at a local crag while I hobbled around sore.

John always struck me as principled and driven. I really admired those traits, and I will remember John for them. I feel very fortunate to have known John, and to have had many experiences to remember him by.

Teresa Hyatt

He was a Uncle like no other. The marriage of him and Auntie Dianne was always so inspiring, they had fun and actually lived life to the fullest. He always had a smile and made everyone laugh. As a little kid I remember pulling on his beard and he would let me lol He was an amazing person!

Darrell Joan Tomkins

John and Dianne together created the most wonderful community through the ACC Edmonton Section Summer Camps. John was a true leader and enriched the mountaineering camp experience for climbers and hikers of all levels. He helped me achieve more than I thought I could. My husband, David Feeny, and I share our sincerest condolences .

Shelley & Todd McGowan

We never had the privilege of meeting John, but have heard many wonderful things about him from Eric and Lori. We are sending our deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace. ❤

Kirk Bishop

John was one of the first people I met when I joined the Alpine Club. He was extremely inclusive and always willing to share his time and lend his experience to help new people. He ended up taking me on my first multi-pitch ice and trad climbs. We had many great trips together and I’ll never forget him. He was an amazing guy! My condolences to the family.

Ceri & Victor Chwieros

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. I only had the benefit of a few trips with John, but Wik had many, many more. Our family history in climbing and outdoor exploring is linked with John – in photos and memories. He will be very missed, but his influence, and charm is always present.

Terry Walsh

I was one of the first responders that day, my wife and I would like to give our condolences to the family at this difficult time.

Kim and Charlene Israel

Dianne and family, we are so sorry to learn of John’s tragic passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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