John William (Jackie) Ginter
February 6, 1959- September 29, 2021
It is with shattered hearts that we announce the passing of our much-loved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. John William Ginter, affectionately known as “Jackie”, passed peacefully on September 29th at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Jackie leaves behind his “cupcake” Peggy (Ferguson) and his pride and joy, daughter Brittney and “Favorite Son-in-Law” Shawn Hatcher.
Jackie was the son of the late Clifford (Bud) and Rose (Hawkins) Ginter. Raised in Bras d’Or with his 7 siblings: Tommy (deceased), Danny (Marcella), Clifford (Eileen), Darrin (deceased) Sue, Star (Gordon) Dawe, Shauna (Sam) and Jason (deceased) Trish. He was also predeceased by sister Rose Marie, in infancy and nephew Michael Ginter. Needless to say, there was never a quiet moment in the Ginter household, undoubtedly with Jackie being the loudest!
At the tender age of 20, Jackie wandered into Florence Legion and laid eyes on a beautiful young lady “just his height” and the rest, as they say, is history. Jackie and Peggy married in 1981 and set roots in Sydney Mines only after the final vote was cast…. Thanks Donnie!
Predeceased by his in-laws Rod and Gladys (Reid) Ferguson and brother-in-law Roddy, he always maintained a close relationship with his Ferguson family; brothers-in-law: Gary, Donnie (Angie), Brian (Yolonda) and sister-in-law Geri.
Jackie is survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, and they will truly miss his constant unrelenting teasing.
Jackie often spoke of working at the North Sydney Fish Plant and the Department of Highways before setting sail on the Great Lakes with a career spanning 39 years, retiring in 2017. He transitioned well after ‘retirement’ becoming a volunteer extraordinaire. From baseball and hockey, to being a taxi driver for anyone at any time to anywhere. No was not a word in Jackie’s vocabulary. He was always up for the task.
Jackie was an honorary member of the Sydney Mines Fire Department, long standing member of RCL Branch 008 and a proud member of the Kiwanis Ceilidh Golden K. He was an avid 45’s and crib player, travelling the circuit, apparently the very best (self-proclaimed), although if you ask his partner in crime, Charlie, he may tell a different story. He will surely be missed by the very many friends he has made at cards over the years, and by all his buddies at his morning coffee shop meetings, both at Tim Hortons and Robin's. A highlight of his summers was always the annual poker runs on the Bras d’or Lakes and being a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan, his winters were reserved for cheering on his favorite team as they chased the ever-elusive Stanley Cup (Maybe this year!).
Jackie was a BIG presence with an even bigger heart and laugh. To say he will be missed by family, friends and community is an understatement.
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, Main St. Sydney Mines.
“See ya later, Head!”
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