RIDDELL, John David Cecil

May 04, 2019

RIDDELL, John David Cecil – Passed away on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the age of 54.  John’s death was sudden but he passed away peacefully with his sisters Cherie, Cathy and Patti by his side.  He may no longer be on this earth, but he is above watching alongside his mother Ruth.  John honoured the Riddell Family moto “I Hope To Share”.  His generous gift of organ donation saved four lives.  He was a hero to his entire family.  Dearly missed by all of his friends and family who all loved him. 

“Tomorrow will start without me, I won’t be there to see, the sun will rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me.

 I know how much you loved me, as much as I loved you.  Each time you think of me just know I miss you too.   When tomorrow comes without me, please understand that an angel came and caĺled my name and took me by the hand.

  I remember our lives together and everything we shared.  I know you must be very sad but think of what we had.  The times we were together, the good and even bad.  

 The four of us forever and aĺl the love we had.  So when tomorrow starts without me.  Don’t think we are far apart.  For every time you think of me.  I am right there in your heart.

  My departure was so sudden, a surprise to even me.  But here on earth I left a gift so I will never leave.  Your brother is a hero who does not wear a Cape.  But now I fly with Angel’s there can be no mistake.”

As per his family’s request there will be a private service followed by cremation.  To remember John, the family would appreciate donations to the Trillium Gift of Life Network (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/trillium-gift-of-life-network/  and for everyone to consider signing their organ donation cards.

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  1. Trudy Snider August 15, 2019 at 3:37 am - Reply

    I just recently heard of Johns passing and sending my deepest condolences to the family. John and I had been messaging each other in 2017 , as we have some history. We had not seen each other since John was a young lad, but will always regret not being able to get together to be re acquainted. His decision to be an organ donor for others is very honorable. God bless and may you rest in peace.

  2. Dave Paddon May 18, 2019 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Johnny, I remember when our paths crossed at “Not Just Desserts” in East Van in the spring of ‘93. My first shift there was your last. Days later we ran into each other on the street and struck up a conversation. That was the beginning of an amazing friendship…Drinking cheap beer at the Ivanhoe…holding court at Clark Park…catching special guests at the Railway. Sitting on my stoop…drinking…smoking…and laughing till our bellies hurt. You had a gift for finding hilarity in the mundane. Your pockets were always empty but you brought more to the party than anyone could have asked. I owe you more than you know. Thank you for being my friend.

  3. Velina Francis May 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Cathy and family
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. May he be welcomed home by the angels.

  4. larry cundell May 15, 2019 at 12:04 am - Reply

    john rest in peace. worked with you for 1yr. will miss your smile and fun times. my condolences to your family.

  5. Sylvia McDonald May 13, 2019 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Rest in peace Jonny, I will always remember your wit, intelligence and kind heart. So sorry you went you soon. My condolences to the family during this time.

  6. Roxanne May 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Our sincere condolences to Johnny’s family. We all think so fondly of him from his visits to ‘The Park’… his kind and laughing spirit will always be remembered.. the ‘office’ is truly and forever his.

  7. Todd DesChamps May 11, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    My condolences to John’s family. Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Alot of fond memories of John. God bless you John…until we meet again. Fly high brother

  8. Gisele Oakley May 11, 2019 at 2:44 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to John’s family and friends. I was blessed to know John since we were 14 years of age. He was one of a kind, with an old soul, & the life of the party. I will miss you, gone from this earth. Cheers my friend until me meet again. I know you will on as you should, gone too soon.

  9. Julie Durocher May 11, 2019 at 2:21 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to Cathy, Cherie and Patty and the rest of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  10. Paul Daoust May 10, 2019 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the family. We went o High School together and always had a lot of laughs. He will be missed.

  11. Doug Byggdin May 10, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    You didn’t have to know Johnny for long to know that he was one of a kind. Rapid fire wit and off the wall humour. When he was on, he could entertain for hours. He also had a heart of gold. On a trip to Cuba, John literally gave the shirt off his back to one of the locals. He was a good friend and his memory will always be with me.

  12. Corinne Byggdin May 10, 2019 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your families loss. I knew John back in Vancouver when he lived down the street. I still look back on the best belly laughs of my life and John was usually responsible. He had the best sense of humour and a truly caring soul. I am not surprised that he has saved others in his passing. RIP John.

  13. Rebecca Ross May 10, 2019 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Cherie, Cathy and Patti – My heart breaks thinking that we’ve all lost such a warm, kind soul. Over the years, I’ve often thought about John’s gentle laugh, and the way he leaned in to tell a good story. Know your brother was dearly loved, and brought such light to so many.

  14. Chantal Dietrich May 9, 2019 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Cherie, Cathy, Patti, and family
    Hoping you find comfort knowing your friends are thinking of you all in this difficult time.

  15. Susan Brooks May 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    John was one of those people I was always happy to see. When he sat in my section at the Pump all those years ago I was relieved because it meant that table would grow with more cool people as the night went on. He had such a huge number of friends and I am honoured to be in that club. I just know our paths will cross again.

  16. Helen Brezynskie May 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    My thoughts are with all of you during the sudden loss of your brother. Let your family, friends and memories provide support and strength during this difficult time.

  17. Carol Villeneuve May 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Sincere condolences to John’s family and many friends. I met him during the Elgin Street years but really got to know him in Vancouver when we were neighbours in the mid-90s. He had a lovely spirit, full of joy and laughter. I will remember him fondly, grateful for the good times we shared.

  18. Andy Benoit May 9, 2019 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Dear Cherie, Cathy and Patti,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your brother, my friend John.
    His good humour and generous laugh will be sorely missed but will live on in our hearts and memories.
    I’m sure that the Angels who fly by his side are thoroughly enjoying his company.
    May his kind, loving and gentle soul rest peacefully.

    Andy

  19. Helen McCool May 9, 2019 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Many condolences to all of John’s family. John was a cherished friend from way back. We had a lot of fun times in Vancouver and Ottawa together and always kept in touch over the years. He was one of a kind…so clever and funny with a huge heart. You were always guaranteed a good laugh when you were with John. He will surely live on in my heart and I wish him a peaceful rest.

  20. Susan Ma May 9, 2019 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Cherie, Cathy, Patti – I’m so sorry this happened. John was a bright spot in my life and will truly be missed. My love to you at this time.

  21. Steve May 9, 2019 at 2:48 am - Reply

    I miss him, and will more once this has sunk in.
    We lived together briefly, and travelled Florida like we owned it.
    I’m so, so, sorry for your loss.

  22. Adrienne Hamilton May 9, 2019 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Dear Cathy and family,
    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your brother John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Much love to you Cathy,
    Adrienne

  23. Philippe G. Bracq May 9, 2019 at 1:06 am - Reply

    My most sincere condolences to John’s 💞family members, his friends and anyone that knew him and loved him. John was a friend since the 80s. We had met on the famed Elgin street. John was a generous man. His organs donation demonstrate this fact. He will be dearly missed by all of us
    In deep sorrow,

    Philippe.

  24. Cristina Usubiaga May 9, 2019 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Dear Cherie, Cathy and Patti, I am so very sorry for the loss of your brother. John was part of the fabric of my life for much of the late 80s and early 90s. He was like a kid brother and we spent so much time hanging around through those years. Many of our group from back in the day are reeling from this sad news. He truly was a shining light.

  25. Christine McKay May 8, 2019 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    To Cherie, Cathy and Patti, friends and family: So sorry for the loss of your brother, John. He was a big part of our gang in the 1980s, always good-natured and fun. It is some solace that his organs went to those in need – seems so John. He will be missed.

  26. Jerry Ghazal May 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    To Cherie, Cathy and Patti , my condolences on the loss of your brother, and our brother John. I have know John for over 30 years and we have lived together on a couple of occasions. He was a good man and I’m sure he is at peace, but we will miss him and his jovial laugh.

  27. Loretto McCool May 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    My sincerest condolences to John’s family.
    So sad to hear of his passing. Have been friends with John for 30 plus years. We had good times in Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa over the years.
    He is in my thoughts and It is hard to believe I won’t see him again.

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Trudy Snider

I just recently heard of Johns passing and sending my deepest condolences to the family. John and I had been messaging each other in 2017 , as we have some history. We had not seen each other since John was a young lad, but will always regret not being able to get together to be re acquainted. His decision to be an organ donor for others is very honorable. God bless and may you rest in peace.

Dave Paddon

Johnny, I remember when our paths crossed at “Not Just Desserts” in East Van in the spring of ‘93. My first shift there was your last. Days later we ran into each other on the street and struck up a conversation. That was the beginning of an amazing friendship...Drinking cheap beer at the Ivanhoe...holding court at Clark Park...catching special guests at the Railway. Sitting on my stoop...drinking...smoking...and laughing till our bellies hurt. You had a gift for finding hilarity in the mundane. Your pockets were always empty but you brought more to the party than anyone could have asked. I owe you more than you know. Thank you for being my friend.

Velina Francis

Cathy and family My sincere condolences to you and your family. May he be welcomed home by the angels.

larry cundell

john rest in peace. worked with you for 1yr. will miss your smile and fun times. my condolences to your family.

Sylvia McDonald

Rest in peace Jonny, I will always remember your wit, intelligence and kind heart. So sorry you went you soon. My condolences to the family during this time.

Roxanne

Our sincere condolences to Johnny’s family. We all think so fondly of him from his visits to ‘The Park’... his kind and laughing spirit will always be remembered.. the ‘office’ is truly and forever his.

Todd DesChamps

My condolences to John's family. Very sorry to hear of John's passing. Alot of fond memories of John. God bless you John...until we meet again. Fly high brother

Gisele Oakley

My deepest condolences to John's family and friends. I was blessed to know John since we were 14 years of age. He was one of a kind, with an old soul, & the life of the party. I will miss you, gone from this earth. Cheers my friend until me meet again. I know you will on as you should, gone too soon.

Julie Durocher

My sincere condolences to Cathy, Cherie and Patty and the rest of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Paul Daoust

My sincere condolences to the family. We went o High School together and always had a lot of laughs. He will be missed.

Doug Byggdin

You didn't have to know Johnny for long to know that he was one of a kind. Rapid fire wit and off the wall humour. When he was on, he could entertain for hours. He also had a heart of gold. On a trip to Cuba, John literally gave the shirt off his back to one of the locals. He was a good friend and his memory will always be with me.

Corinne Byggdin

So sorry for your families loss. I knew John back in Vancouver when he lived down the street. I still look back on the best belly laughs of my life and John was usually responsible. He had the best sense of humour and a truly caring soul. I am not surprised that he has saved others in his passing. RIP John.

Rebecca Ross

Cherie, Cathy and Patti - My heart breaks thinking that we’ve all lost such a warm, kind soul. Over the years, I’ve often thought about John’s gentle laugh, and the way he leaned in to tell a good story. Know your brother was dearly loved, and brought such light to so many.

Chantal Dietrich

Cherie, Cathy, Patti, and family Hoping you find comfort knowing your friends are thinking of you all in this difficult time.

Susan Brooks

John was one of those people I was always happy to see. When he sat in my section at the Pump all those years ago I was relieved because it meant that table would grow with more cool people as the night went on. He had such a huge number of friends and I am honoured to be in that club. I just know our paths will cross again.

Helen Brezynskie

My thoughts are with all of you during the sudden loss of your brother. Let your family, friends and memories provide support and strength during this difficult time.

Carol Villeneuve

Sincere condolences to John's family and many friends. I met him during the Elgin Street years but really got to know him in Vancouver when we were neighbours in the mid-90s. He had a lovely spirit, full of joy and laughter. I will remember him fondly, grateful for the good times we shared.

Andy Benoit

Dear Cherie, Cathy and Patti, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your brother, my friend John. His good humour and generous laugh will be sorely missed but will live on in our hearts and memories. I’m sure that the Angels who fly by his side are thoroughly enjoying his company. May his kind, loving and gentle soul rest peacefully. Andy

Helen McCool

Many condolences to all of John's family. John was a cherished friend from way back. We had a lot of fun times in Vancouver and Ottawa together and always kept in touch over the years. He was one of a kind...so clever and funny with a huge heart. You were always guaranteed a good laugh when you were with John. He will surely live on in my heart and I wish him a peaceful rest.

Susan Ma

Cherie, Cathy, Patti - I'm so sorry this happened. John was a bright spot in my life and will truly be missed. My love to you at this time.

Steve

I miss him, and will more once this has sunk in. We lived together briefly, and travelled Florida like we owned it. I'm so, so, sorry for your loss.

Adrienne Hamilton

Dear Cathy and family, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your brother John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love to you Cathy, Adrienne

Philippe G. Bracq

My most sincere condolences to John's 💞family members, his friends and anyone that knew him and loved him. John was a friend since the 80s. We had met on the famed Elgin street. John was a generous man. His organs donation demonstrate this fact. He will be dearly missed by all of us In deep sorrow, Philippe.

Cristina Usubiaga

Dear Cherie, Cathy and Patti, I am so very sorry for the loss of your brother. John was part of the fabric of my life for much of the late 80s and early 90s. He was like a kid brother and we spent so much time hanging around through those years. Many of our group from back in the day are reeling from this sad news. He truly was a shining light.

Christine McKay

To Cherie, Cathy and Patti, friends and family: So sorry for the loss of your brother, John. He was a big part of our gang in the 1980s, always good-natured and fun. It is some solace that his organs went to those in need - seems so John. He will be missed.

Jerry Ghazal

To Cherie, Cathy and Patti , my condolences on the loss of your brother, and our brother John. I have know John for over 30 years and we have lived together on a couple of occasions. He was a good man and I'm sure he is at peace, but we will miss him and his jovial laugh.

Loretto McCool

My sincerest condolences to John’s family. So sad to hear of his passing. Have been friends with John for 30 plus years. We had good times in Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa over the years. He is in my thoughts and It is hard to believe I won’t see him again.

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