John MacArthur

John Edward MacArthur

Friday, August 17th, 1951 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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John Edward MacArthur, born August 17, 1951, passed peacefully at the Stratford Rotary Hospice on February 14, 2020 after a six month battle with cancer.

John was an accomplished musician/singer, business man and guitar teacher. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Julie, his children Meagan, Matthew, Michael and Justin and his step children Sarah, Christopher, Adam and Aaron McGill. He was known as “Papa” to his grandchildren Savannah, Caleb, Apple, Grayson, Alaya, Sonja and Ethan.

Loving son of Dave MacArthur, brother to June and brother-in-law to Bud Dixon. John is predeceased by his brother Jeff and mother Edna. He will be missed by his dear friends Bill and Jennifer Parkinson.

John was a patient, generous and loving man. Our lives have been enriched by the love he shared and the “Desiderata” philosophy in which he lived.

Out of respect for John’s wishes, there shall be no formal public visitation or service. Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in his honour would be appreciated and may be made directly at or by visiting the office at 536 Huron St, Stratford or through Rutherford Cremation & Funeral Services at 804 Ontario Street, Stratford. 519-271-5062.
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Out of respect for John’s wishes, there shall be no formal public visitation or service. Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Donations are being accepted for: Canadian Cancer Society.


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Michael Bowes

Posted at 03:36pm
Dearest Julie,
These are the good old days, as we will know 20 years from now. Goes by in the blink of an eye. It is truly a wonderful thing to have a love in your life, who figures so large, for the past 20 years. Reminds us to live each day as if it were our last and to continue dancing like nobody is watching. I remember when you and John were near brand-new, here in in Florida, and I took you flying in the Seawind airplane. Such a fun and smart man! Cancer knows no boundaries, alas, this family knows this all too well. John would be here with you, if he could be here, and you will meet again. Imagine that meeting! The hardest part was leaving you -- you were so good together.
With hearts full of love, Mike Bowes and Katharina Eckert

Stephen Bowes

Posted at 10:04am
Dear Julie and others in John’s family,
I just wanted to express my heartfelt condolences for your loss. John was a beautiful, kind and loving man! I am happy for you that you had so many good years together, but it is sad that he has left this world so early and what seems, so young. But Gods ways are beyond our understanding. I hope you are comforted by family and the knowledge as you said Julie that you will ‘see him on the other side’!

Much love to you all...
Stephen Bowes

Julie Mcgill

Posted at 08:17am
My love, my life, my joy! The days and moments spent with you enriched my life. You were my support and my champion of all I did. We shared a love of music, singing, playing guitar and a deep love of family. Thank you my darling man for 20 cherished years together. See you on the other side❤️❤️

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