John Rendell

Born: Sun., Jan. 9, 1938
Died: Sat., Mar. 20, 2021


Visiting

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 25, 2021
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 25, 2021
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home


Celebration of Life

10:30 AM Fri., Mar. 26, 2021
Location: St. Joseph Church, Bras d'Or


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John Elric Rendell (AKA … John The Barber)
Bras d’Or

We are very saddened to inform the residents of the CBRM, Eskasoni and surrounding areas the passing of John (John The Barber) Rendell, at the age of 83, on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at home, where he was a member of the Palliative Home Care Program. After a short battle with his disease (lung cancer) John passed peacefully at home with family members who cared for him.
Born on January 9, 1938 in Bras d’Or, John was the son of the late Elric Rendell and Marium (Marsh) Rendell.
John grew up in Bras d’Or, Millcreek, Pt Aconi, Alder Point and met the love of his life “Shirley” at the Scotch Lake dance. Shortly thereafter at a very young age, they both took the train to Kitimat BC, where they made enough money to start a life back on Cape Breton Island where they built their home and raised 3 boys. At 22 years of age John graduated from barber school and commenced his career @1658 Kings Rd well known by many for 13 years initially. With the long hair becoming a trend, the barbering industry took a hit. At that time John made a career change and spent 19 amazing years as a Loss Prevention Building Inspector for The Co-operators Insurance Company - Atlantic Division where he met a group of incredible individuals who he maintained a friendship with throughout his life. All the time at his new career John still maintained his barbering skills by cutting hair in his basement for family members and friends. Once retired at the age of 55 from The Co-operators he decided to re-open the barbershop @ 1658 Kings Rd Sydney River and continued his legacy with a décor w/pictures of local people and their achievements and of course his favorite hockey team The Toronto Maple Leafs until he wasn’t able to - due to his illness at the age of 82 … giving him a total of 60 years in the profession. His last 7 years gave him great pleasure when his youngest son Gerry joined him as a barber and they were able to live out their dream together. All who knew John would definitely say he was a kind, caring, honest and a true genuine human being. Every individual that sat in his barber chair got his undivided attention and every person who entered the building was greeted by name unless of course you were a first-time customer … but then after a few minutes with him he probably was able to connect you with someone from the area. Johns' memory was exceptional and he honestly cared about every person that entered the shop, so much that when his clients were unable to visit the shop due to illness or immobility … he would go to their homes or care facilities on his day off (Monday) to provide his service. He never forgot about the people that supported him when they got sick. Over the years he seen a lot of people come and go and get sick – he often wondered what was going to be his demise but never focused on it. He kept a cheerful a friendly environment at all times and I know that each and every individual that sat in his chair has their own personal memory of John The Barber, and he will be in the conversations of many for years to come.
John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Shirley Marie Rendell currently in the Northside Guest Home, sons - Gerry (Garlie), and Wayne (Gloria), his sister Norma Steele and sister-in-law Yvonne Bereta. He is also survived by his grandchildren Chrissy, Robert, Enykia, Rebecca, Albert, Melissa, John-Wayne, Jennifer, Jayme-Lee and Gus … also many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and cousins.
Besides his parents John was predeceased by his sister Greta MacIsaac, brothers Wayne and Eric and his second son Joseph Eric Rendell.
Visitation for John Rendell will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in J. M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. A celebration of his life will take place Friday, at 10:30 am in St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or, with Fr. Michel Exalant officiating. Covid 19 restrictions will be observed at the funeral home and the church. Seating in the church is limited. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Michelle & Gerard Laffin
   Posted Mon March 22, 2021
Gerry, Wayne & Families, we are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing! He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts & prayers! 🙏💞🙏💞

John Coady
   Posted Mon March 22, 2021
We are so sorry to learn of John’s passing. He was a wonderful gentleman and totally dedicated to his family and community. We know he will be sadly and compassionately remembered by family, friends and his many, many loyal customers.
Sincere condolences to the family.
John Coady and Sandy Rendell

Anne & Russell MacDonald
   Posted Mon March 22, 2021
Gerry, Wayne &Norma,
We are so sorry to read of John’s passing. He was such a good person. How proud he was, Gerry, to have you home working beside him and spending evenings with him. He loved his family dearly and Norma, you had his heart as well.
We hope your good times with him and your memories will keep you strong.
Anne & Russell

Dena and kenny quinn
   Posted Mon March 22, 2021
We are truly sorry for the loss of your father , grandfather, brother, uncle. He was a wonderful man, with a kind soul and a great sense of humor. So sad 😞 God bless big hugs 😢 glad I got to meet him at gretas . By taking care of greta in the evening, John and Shirley would visit faithfully, revealing many of stories . Alot after laughs . Brightened gretas every night .

Cyril MacPherson
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry for the loss, John will certainly be missed.

Helen M Dennis
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Condolences to all who loved and knew John the Barber.

Paul King
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry to hear of John’s passing, he was a true gentleman and professional. RIP John.

Patrick jeddore
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
My condolences to John the barber’s you will be Sadly missed my friend from pat and colton jeddore
And to John go leafs go

BERNARD ROY
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
OUR DEEPEST CONDOLECES TO THE FAMILY. HAVE KNOWN JOHN FOR 50 PLUS YEARS ,AND HE WAS A VERY GREAT PERSON,AS EVERY PERSON WHO MET JOHN KNOWS . AGAIN ,SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS .

Allan Mahoney
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to have John cut my hair and tell me all the news. He will be greatly missed.

graham bonaparte
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry too hear about John ,Condolences too all the Family

Richard Young
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry to hear the passing of John the Barber, he will be missed.
Sending love and prayers from Eskasoni.

Joey hooper
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
he will greatly missed.

Charles Ellis
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
My condolences to Gerry and all the family on the passing of John. He was a fine gentleman.

Clair - Marshall Family.
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
We as a family offer our condolences to you all at this difficult time. Thank you John for everything. Our son Matthew who has autism went to him regularly who only let John cut his hair, we will miss him dearly. God bless!

buzz burton
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
got to know John when he first opened his shop in Sydney River, a truly wonderful person . my condolences to the family R.I.P. John

Paul Mombourquette
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Gerry my condolences, your Dad cut my hair for years and I enjoyed our chats.
We spoke only last week Gerry and you were saying how well he was doing.
I had an uneasy feeling driving by this morning and seen the closed sign on the shop. Rest In Peace John.

Dugas Family
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry to hear of John's passing. Sincere Condolences to all Family and Friends

Tommy,Bernard,& Colin Curry
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Gerry & Family Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I know John was a "special" person. He will be missed dearly by all of you and anyone that sat in his Barber chair. John was sure proud when you joined him at the barber shop as his partner. We had alot of good laughs! We will cherish many memories of him! Sincere Condolences, Tommy Curry and Sons Bernard, & Colin

Bill Small
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Gerry and Family...sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. He will be sadly missed.

Craig stone
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
A fine gentleman. He will be deeply missed by those fortunate to have known him. I feel the pain of loss.

Anne Rendell
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
My deepest condolences to Gerry and Wayne and their families. It’s funny how life evolves! I have had more interaction with John the past few years via Facebook than I ever had growing up! It was indeed a great way to reconnect with family. Sending hugs....

Anne Frances

Dave musgrave
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Sorry for your loss from the musgrave’s and chipman’s

Jason and London mac kay
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great man (with a great sense of humour). He will be be missed by all who walked through his doors. RIP my friend

Dougie Nicholson
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Deepest sympathy to you Gerry and all your family with the loss of your father. It was such a pleasant man and wil be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Dougie Nicholson

Doug Thorn
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to Gerry and his loved ones. John was an amazing man and someone I will miss dearly after 20 years of great haircuts, laughs and stories. I hope he is resting in peace and watching his Leafs from above. An icon in the community who will be remembered fondly.

Don Peters
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Our family would like to pass on our condolences to the Rendell family. John was as much a part of our growing up in Sydney River, he was often the source of news in the community as well as great community minded person. John you will be sorrily missed. It was a pleasure to have known you.

John MacIntyre
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
RIP John. Condolences to your family and many friends. Always enjoyed my haircuts and conversations with you, as did my father. You will be missed. God Bless.

Stewart Keizer
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
To John's family....were going to miss John and his long-suffering optimism for our Leafs. John always gave his best to his customers and was respected by all who patronized his business......even the Canadiens fans.

Francis MacKenzie
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
So Very sorry for your loss,Gerry and all of Johm’s family. What an absolute pleasure it was to have know John,even as a customer. John reminded me of what kindness and pride in ones’ work really was. He will be sorely missed.

Deepest condolences,
Francis

Jim Wilson
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Gerry and Family John was far more than a barber. He was a great listener when you set in his chair you could tell him all your problems and he would give you great advice and when you left the shop you felt much better. He was a great man. Condolences to the Rendell family.

Layne White
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. My sincere condolences to Gerry, John's family and his many friends. He was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor. I always enjoyed our talks when I went for a haircut. First on the agenda was about our Leafs and what they needed to do to finally win another cup. When that does happen I'm sure he'll be looking down with a huge smile. He was the kind of guy who always asked how things are going and showed a true caring when he did ask. I will surely miss our chats but I will always cherish them as I considered John a friend. Rest in Peace John.

Staff of Regional Chiropractic
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Shirley, Gerry and Family: We are saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a Wonderful man with passion for what he loved to do and had such a terrific smile. He will certainly missed by us and others who had the pleasure of knowing him. Sending our sincerest condolences to all of you. May all the wonderful memories you shared comfort you during this difficult time.

John Peters
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
my thoughts and prayers are with the family ,my condolences.

Jim and Rita Thompson
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Shirley, Gerry, Wayne and family, we are very sorry to hear of John's passing. Our deepest condolences goes out to all of you. We knew John well, as I worked with him at the Co-operators, and then after his retirement, I would frequent John's Barbor Shop, and it was always a welcoming experience. R.I.P. my friend

MALCOLM BROWN
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
My most sincere condolences. John was my barber for several years, and a trip to his shop was more than just a haircut: it was getting an update on all CBRM. He was a gentleman, and always spoke warmly of his family. He'll be missed. Go Toronto!

Michael Lachowiez
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
To Gerry & the Rendell Family,
John's Barber Shop was more than just a place to get a haircut; it was an opportunity to spend time conversing with John about the latest news, and hockey of course. He never forgot I spent time in Margaree and would ask how things were going. Deepest condolences to John's family and many friends at this difficult time.
Mike & Diane Lachowiez

Paul Tonet
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
My condolences, John was the best of the best and a true gentleman!

Gerald Pino
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Gerald and family so very sad and sorry to hear the loss of John.He was a great guy sure going to miss him.

Gord walker
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Great man,so sorry for your loss Gerry. Just talking to you last week about your father, Rip John.
Gord Walker

WESLEY ROUTLEDGE
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
A good man and a good barber. He will be missed.

David MacAdam
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Shirley, Gerry, Wayne and all your family,
I am greatly saddened on learning of John’s death however I’m grateful for having known him and for having worked with him in loss prevention at the Co-operators. We shared lots of experiences and many laughs. He was very professional and had tremendous respect for our clients and always did his work with the utmost integrity. As has been noted by so many people, his friendship was a gift and his legacy will be the memories he leaves us with. With deepest condolences, Dave and Cindi.

Mike Finigan
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Gerry and Family, very sorry to hear of John's passing and of your loss. John was such a fixture in the community, you'd never think he'd not be there. He was a big soul. I always felt happily welcome by him and you Gerry walking through the doors of the barbershop. We will miss him. I hope he is getting some inside information now on if and when our team The Leafs will win the Stanley Cup! God bless.

Gordon Anderson and family
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Rendell family. John will be missed for sure. It was a privilege to know John as a genuine Gentleman!

Scott black
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Gerry I am very sorry to hear of John death.I always our talks when getting a haircut, may John rip.

Scott black
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Gerry I am very sorry for your loss of John he was a great guy I always enjoyed talking to him. Rip john

Ruth Jessome
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
Jerry Rendell and Family,

Deepestest condolences on the loss of your dad.

We are never ready to say goodbye to our loved ones, may the thought of so many friends and family sharing in your grief guide you all through this difficult time. Hold steadfast to the many happy and loving memories of your dad and may they lead you to happier days of days gone by. Memories are the one thing that not even time can erase.

~HUGS~ Ruth Jessome


Adrian and Gloria Blinkhorn
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
We want to send our deepest sympathy to Wayne and Gerry on the loss of your dad. Hugs to all. He was a great guy

Daniel and Carolyn Deleskie
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
So sorry to hear about John's passing. He was a great barber and I loved to listen to his stories while getting my haircut. Our deepest sympathy to John's family. Condolences from Daniel and Carolyn Deleskie

Nick Denny
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Gerry and family,
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed by many and I will sure miss him. I enjoyed the many visits over the years to his barber shop.
Sincere condolences.

Debbie Gwinn
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
I am sending condolences and prayer from Doug MacIntyre..Abbotsford B.C.

Debbie Gwinn
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family...fr.Madonna Romeo and family.

Ian Doucette
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Gerry and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I always looked forward to our chats in the barber chair. He always had the latest news, although I think he usually managed to get more information from me than he gave. He truly cared about all of his customers and will be missed.

Irene Procopio
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
sendihg our deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of their father.John was a good barber and a wonderful man.may he rest in peace.

Wayne McKay
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Please accept my deepest condolence on John’s passing. He will be missed at The Barber Shop.
RIP.🙏

John MacNeil
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Jerry and family, I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be missed..

Michael Mac Innis
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Our sincere sympathy to you Gerry and family on the loss of your father . John always had that cheerful smile and he was ready to share a funny store when cutting one's hair ! He will be missed by everyone that knew John ; R.I.P John ! God bless you !! Michael Mac Innis & Hector Mac Mullin Northside East Bay .

Francis LeBlanc and Family
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Sending our deepest condolences for the loss of a truly wonderful human being and a pillar in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Peter Jessome
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Gerry I was so sad to hear of John's passing. He enriched everyone who sat in his barbers chair and I will miss him so much. But I am sure he is in hockey heaven sitting in Male Leaf Gardens watching his beloved Leafs play with Jean Beliveau sitting to his left and Rocket Richard sitting on his right! Both asking him why he left that habs Xmas bell on his tree in the barber shop! Please accept our deepest condolences from me my wife and my sister Margie Gerry. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim MacKinnon
   Posted Thu March 25, 2021
Sorry to hear about John's passing. He was a fine gentleman who always had a story to share when you stopped in for a haircut. John will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My deepest sympathies to Gerry and family.

Jim

Arno Raymakers
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. It was always a pleasure to sit in his chair for the conversation as well as the haircut. He will be missed by many. Sincere condolences.

Jackie Steele
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
Gerry and Wayne, so sorry for the loss of your dad.

John MacInnis
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
Gerry & Family Condolences on your dads passing. John was a great barber, always a nice chat while in the chair .He loved those Leafs. He will be missed. John MacInnis

Kym Mac Leod
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
The Lord is my Shepherd I Shall Not Want Sorry to hear about John the Barber's passing my father used to go to him one of my brothers when he came home in the summer to visit went to him to get his haircut I have only heard good things about him so sorry for your loss he will be missed in Sydney River he was part of the community Kym Mac Leod

Don maceachern
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
Sorry to hear of Johns passing.he will be missed jerry.24

Shirley and David Shaw
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
We are so very sorry hear of the loss of your dad, it also loss to our community and our family. Many years of haircuts and conversations. He will be deeply missed. David, Shirley & Logan Shaw.

David Mckinnon
   Posted Fri March 26, 2021
To Gerry and the Rendell family:
Please accept my sincere condolences on John’s passing. I always enjoyed my visits to the Barber shop over the last number of years and the great conversations during my visit. He will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Dave Mckinnon
Northside East Bay

Brian Mac Sween
   Posted Sat March 27, 2021
My deepest sympathies Gerry , to you and you family on John’s passing. I’ll always miss my conversations with him about everything from politics to weather to hockey and much more. He was a very good man and he knew every one of his customers by name and treated all like a friend. He worked at the profession he loved and I never heard a complaint. Not everyone can say that. I’ll sure miss him standing by his chair!

Harvey Kehoe
   Posted Sun March 28, 2021
My condolences John was such a fine man and great barber he will be missed.

James and Joyce Paquet
   Posted Fri April 02, 2021
We are so very sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts are with you all during this sad and difficult time.

Sean Campbell son of Karl
   Posted Thu April 08, 2021
For the last 10 years or so me and my father have been going to see John to get our hair cut my biggest thing I absolutely love about you John is when you came to my grandfather’s house who happend to have prostrate cancer and was immobilized due to the treatments he was receiving. You came to his house and cut his hair one last time before he was admitted to the palliative care unit god rest his soul but you made my grandfather the happiest human being by just cutting his hair you’ll always be in my mind John May he Rest In Peace

Ed Connors
   Posted Fri April 09, 2021
In all my life of getting haircuts from all over Canada and the US, I have to say, John was my favorite barber. Always got a good hair cut and a gentlemen to talk to. He will be truly missed.

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