Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Bugle Call: John "Doc" Savage

It is with sadness that I report the passing of John "Doc" Savage. He was a tour de force, with and amazing capacity for life, that had been slowly silenced by Alzheimer's. 

John's grandparents Col. Alexander Copper and  Agnes Massie had come to Sturgeon Point in 1918 renting what is now the Phipps cottage from Lillian Grieg Stewart.  There they raised their three children, including John's mother Marjory.  About 1926, they bought the cottage at the bottom of 2nd Street from their friends William Rundell & Ada Dundas.  In turn Marjory Cooper and her husband, Reginald Savage, raised John and his sister Joan at The Point.

John Savage on Lake Avenue, 1928
He led by example.  His commitment to the community in which he had been a year round resident from the 1970s was done through public service.  As Reeve he fought long and hard for our village in the face of a Province determined to amalgamate.  He spent endless hours ensuring that our voice was heard and that we were represented on the wider stage. 
John was "out" at a point in time when many were still fearful of community reaction.  He paved a road of tolerance for younger generations.

As a young man...
Joe Rivard & John Savage

We wish for John now the dignity and peace that Alzheimer's had stripped from him and we thank his friends for ensuring that his final years were safe and secure.
A Celebration of his life will be held at St. James Anglican Church in Fenelon Falls on Thursday May 23rd at 7:00pm.


His obituary appeared as follows:

In his 87th year, passed peacefully in his sleep at Wellesley Central Place in Toronto, on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Doc had a full life. He was raised in a loving family in Toronto, where he worked as an advertising executive.

Doc had the opportunity to travel the globe extensively before retiring to the gentle shores of Sturgeon Point. Doc served this tight knit community that meant so much to him for years as it’s Reeve, a job that was very endearing to him.

Doc was very fond of the arts, and was an avid supporter of The Canadian Opera Company and The National Ballet of Canada.

Doc knew what it was to give back to the community that he lived in, and volunteered on countless community projects, to name a few... Case Manor in Bobcaygeon, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, The Peterborough AIDS Resource, and The Victoria and Northumberland County.

Doc was a gracious host, and valued friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He has joined his closest friends, Joe Rivard and Brent Savoy who have passed a few years ago.

A Celebration of Doc's Life will be held at St. James Anglican Church, 19 Bond Street, Fenelon Falls on Thursday evening, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the adjoining church hall.

If desired, memorial donations to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation or the St. James Anglican Church would be much appreciated.

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