John Wesley Guthrie


It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of John Guthrie, he was 79 years old. He suffered a brief illness and passed away suddenly with his family by his side.  John was pre-deceased by his parents Evelyn and John, his wife Joan and his brother Bill.

John is survived by his loving family, Joanne (Pat), Jodi (Gary), Jeff (Laurie) his grandchildren Derek, Sydney (Jesse), Chelsea (Lawrence), Rebecca (Gary), Randi (Lyle) great granddaughter Afton, his brother David (Shirley), sister Del Dennis and sister-in-law Marilyn Guthrie.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Sunday December 9, 2018 from 12:30-3:30 at the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton, 9150 Walterdale Hill, NW Edmonton. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

John was born in High River, Alberta. His family moved around the province, they settled in Edmonton where John attended junior high and high school.  John joined the Sea Cadets when he was approximately 16 years old, and it was there he learned to play the trumpet.

John and Shirley started their family in 1962 in Ft. St. John, BC. In 1965 they moved to Calgary and eventually settled in Edmonton.

John followed his father’s footsteps by working in the oil and gas industry. During his working career John, with his partners Rod and Jack started Columbia Oilfield Supply, and few years later the three of them started Capital Oilfield Equipment.  Both companies are still in operation today.

In 1986, his focus moved from oil and gas. John and Shirley were instrumental in bringing the Little Caesars Pizza franchise to Edmonton.

John retired at an early age and moved to Vancouver Island where he spent many years with Dixie enjoying salmon fishing and boating. He enjoyed trips to Mexico during those years, even learning to speak a bit of Spanish!

John suffered a serious stroke a few short years after retirement. Nothing held him back and he worked hard doing his physical therapy.  He was even able to get his driver’s license back. John went on to enjoy life in a new way. He left the Island and moved to Kelowna to be close to brother Bill and sister-in-law Marilyn.

He remarried and spent time in the Kelowna area enjoying his friends, spending winters in Palm Springs and travelling back and forth to Edmonton visiting his children and grandchildren.

John loved to curl, golf, ski and play badminton. He was always up for a good game of backgammon or crib! He loved to take pictures and share them with everyone.  John was known to bring his guitar out when company was at his home, a sing along would be enjoyed by everyone there!

The last few years proved to be a struggle with health issues and dementia but he always had a smile and a wave. We will miss Dad but know he is no longer suffering, which brings us all peace.

The family would like to extend their thank you to both Churchill Manor and Chartwell Heritage Valley for the care and attention they extended to John while he lived in their facilities.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in John’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Edmonton, Central & Northern Alberta, NWT
5241 Calgary Trail NW, Suite 144
Edmonton AB
T6H 5G8

or the Alzheimer’s Society
Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
308, 14925 – 111 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 2P6

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9150 Walterdale Hill NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2V3

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Ms. Nellie Fahrion

I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families of John Gutherie. My memories of John, Billy, and David start in King Edward Park district; 83 street and 79 avenue. Time sequence takes place 1951-2 for a couple of years until the family moved away to Strathearn community. During this time as children playing wonderful games together; western themes with our guns at our hips; playing Kick the Can; exploring Mill Creek Ravine for many hours at a time, together, best friends. I remember receiving ice cream cones from Mrs. Gutherie and to John caving in to the demands of his brothers, myself Nellie, and my younger brother Lorne Cook. I was I shall never forget the close friendship we shared and the wild antics we endured while running across the railroad trestle on 76th avenue while a train was approaching from the other end and managing to secure safety on the small platform set on the side of the tracks midway. Laughter and true friendship prevailed. I also remembering the camp fires in the backyard, toasting marshmellows with all the family. To be honest, my brother and I thought the Gutherie family were magical. We were not allowed to do very much but Mother trusted us when we were there a couple of houses away with our friends. I wanted to thank you all for the memories of John, Billy and David. I always had a crush on the grown up John who thought we were all too much trouble at the time because he was older. I was a small, freckled, red haired girl much like the Anne on CBC. Totally tomboy and endeavoring to keep up with all the boys. I miss them all. I am sure John was the pillar of any community he lived in and was respected by all. Thank you for the memories. May John and Bill (Billy) rest in peace. Nellie (Chrystine)


Thinking of all the good times we all had, spending time
watching our children grow up with such great
memories and wonderful times.
Will miss you John.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
With deepest sympathy
Heather, Darryl, Wendy, Nicole Poliquin

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