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It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected death of our beloved father Jack. Devoted husband to the late Carolyn Rutherford (nee Gillings). Much loved father of Bruce (Katrina), Brenda (Mike), and Jack (Kathy) Rutherford. Adored grandfather “Pop” of Carolyn (Tyler), Clayton, Jenny, Mike (Brooke), Steve, Naomi (Jason), Jackson, and the late Alex. Proud great-grandfather to Myla, Jack, and Clyde. Jack is survived by his siblings Jean Taplin, Billie Kemp, and Marianne Chapelle, and in-laws Lois Atkins and George(Rosie) Gillings. Predeceased by his siblings Sandy Rutherford, Onie Myles, and Bettie Peacock. He will be deeply missed by his large extended family and countless friends.
Jack approached life with humour and optimism, always bringing joy and comfort to those around him. Everyone who remembers him, will remember his unshakable commitment to helping others and his unique ability to spark laughter wherever he went. For those that enjoyed interacting with him on social media, they will remember his uncanny ability to find the perfect “gif”. On any given day, Jack could be found sitting by the harbour with a Tim’s coffee in hand, driving around the countryside, or watching one of many sports.
The family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital Emergency Department.
In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Cobourg Union Cemetery on August 11, 2021 at 11 am. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of Jack, you may honour his memory by paying it forward with a kind act for another.
Bruce, Jack and families; sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts are with you. Ron & Lynne
Sorry to hear. Always fun to talk with. Still remember mom baking chocolate chip cookies on Orchard Ave as well. Take care all of you!
To the family of Jack. I just wanted to send my sincere condolences to all of you the passing of your dad -Jack and great Pop. Such a sweet soul. Thinking of you all Jeanie Haig 💙🙏🏻🌸
Dear Rutherford Family, May the beautiful memories last forever. Sending our condolences & heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Pops RIP xoxo Helen & Brandon Harold
Oh "handsome Jack" you will be missed! From the time I served you at the good ole Plaza, until we hung out in other rooms all over the county, you had the best hugs and the ability to make me smile no matter what I was feeling. Thank you for your wisdom, friendship and love ❤. God Speed my friend!
Uncle Jack’s droll sense of humour could lighten the mood of any event. Rest in Peace Uncle Jack. You will be dearly missed.
Bruce, Brenda and Jack.....so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I have fond memories of him when we all younger growing up.
Rutherford family, sorry to hear about Jack , he coached me in baseball when I around 12 , he helped me as a customer at Cooper's , always with a smile and politeness , he was a true gentleman.
We were sorry to learn of your father’s passing. I remember first meeting him at the Grafton cenotaph when I returned to the area. He was a very good man. Sending our Condolences. Paul and Anita Simonsen
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts Bruce are with you and your family
Sending much love and strength to all. Jack was such a wonderful man and is missed by so many.
My family and I are sending our love to all the family in Ontario. We wish that we could be closer to you all at this time. Uncle Jack was such a ray of sunshine and I feel very lucky to have known him. Sending love and hugs, Michelle Cain and family
Bruce and families So very sorry to hear about your dad He was such a sweet man I remember him attending hockey banquets with Bruce Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time Jane and Wayne
Thinking of all of you during this time of sadness. Jack was a great man! From Jubie the mailman
Kathy, Jack and family I am truly sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time 💕
To the Rudsy family ,good bye to A man always wanting to do the right thing ,the better thing for his family and friends ,Jack helped alot of people and never forgot a face ,catch up with your grandson now bud ,RIP
We are blessed to have known this lovely man. Deepest condolences to all of Jack’s family.
Our condolences and deepest sympathy to the Rutherford family at your time of loss. May you take comfort in all of the wonderful memories that you hold in your hearts! ❤️🙏
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Brenda, Mike, Naomi, Jackson and all the Rutherford family, we were so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your beloved dad/grandfather. We hope the many good memories you gave will help sustain each of you during this difficult time. Sending our love and support, Cindy, Nicholas & Lauren
Thinking of the children of Mr.Rutherford at the loss of their father.
Dear Bruce and family. Joanne and I wish to express our deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Dear Bruce and families, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Please take comfort and find happiness in remembering all of the wonderful times you had together and how he touched so many lives in such a unique and special way. Thinking and remembering you all in my thoughts and prayers. Estelle
Sorry for to hear about Jack passing Jack was a very kind man he will be missed.
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to the Rutherford family
Bruce & Jack & Families, We were so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your Dad. Our condolences to your entire family and may the love and support of family and friends comfort during this very sad time. Jim & Julie Darling
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Heart and Stroke Foundation
To the Rutherford Family: I was sorry to hear about Jacks passing. I have more memories than I can count of the two of us from back in the day. My sincere condolences to all. Neil Fiddick
Incredibly sorry for such a great loss. He created a wonderful family that we are proud to call our dear friends. Sending strength and so much love always.
Sorry for your loss. He was a lovely man. We sure enjoyed our chats with him at Todd and Mike’s hockey games.!
We were saddened to learn of Jack passing on, he was a great friend and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time.
My heartfelt condolences to the Rutherford family. I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s sudden passing. I have many warm memories of Jack and will miss our frequent talks at the harbour. Rest In Peace dear friend.
I was so sad to hear of Jack's passing. He sure had the gift of spreading laughter and love. I will truly miss him. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to Bruce and Family, Jack and Family, and Brenda and Family.Your Dad was a sweet man he will be missed. Your last photo shoot with your Dad was a Great one always remember those special times and keep them in your heart. Bill and I send our love to you all. xo
Jack was a dear and respected friend who helped many alcoholics get and stay sober. His lived experiences, wit, compassion, and sense of humour were memorable characteristics. RIP, my dear friend.
My condolences to all the family. So sorry for your loss.
I got to know Jack very well over many years. He was the kindest person, always ready to help others in whatever way he could. He will be greatly missed. Stephen & Patti Trus
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers your way. Dave and Sheri.
Condolence to the family of comfort Jack Uncle Jack was a man of love and caring I met him a few years ago and all these show was love and kindness he has a great sense of humour full of jokes and he is deeply missed by me I grow so much to love him because of kindness is show me I missed you Uncle Jack God bless his family that's behind more strength always
Sorry for your loss.My condolences to the family
Very Sorry on the Loss of Jack Sr. A great guy will be dearly missed, Our Deepest Sympathy to you Rudsy & Katrina , Jack & Kathy , and the Rutherford Clan Jimmy & Tammy Militello
To Bruce, Brenda, Jack and families. Heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. I have fond memories of Uncle Jack, He had a kind heart along with a lively sense of humour. Many good times were had at Grandma and Pop's house in Smithfield and he was always in the thick of it all. We will be thinking of you during these difficult times.
So very sorry for your loss Jack. Our thoughts our with you.
Dear Rutherford clan I was so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was one in a million as a mentor, friend, Dad & Grandfather. His smile and friendly hello will always be remembered. Keep your loving memories close. Thinking of you all.
Bruce Brenda Jack and Family.Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Jack. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.Watty Sherry and Abby .
Bruce, Jack, Brenda and family. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Jack. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Barry & Therese
Yous are blessed have a mentor know it all , like my buddy Jack.❤❤❤❤👍
Rudsy ( Bruce) Jack and family You are in my thoughts and prayers
Jack, Bruce, Brenda, our heart felt deepest sympathies to you and your families on your loss. Many great warm memories of your dad. Always a pleasure to enjoy his wit, insight and compassion. A life well lived and man well loved.
I’m so sorry for your families lose. A well loved man, with a gentle sole. My deepest sympathies.
Dear Bruce, Brenda and Jack, I want to send my condolences to you and your families at the loss of a beloved Dad and Pop. He truly will be missed. Uncle Jack always had a warm smile for all and never left a get together without a greeting and a “catch up”. I hope treasured memories will help in the days to come. My thoughts are with you.
Rutherford family we are sadden to hear of Jacks passing. Jacks company was enjoyed at Cougar games and when our paths crossed around town. keep the memories close, he was a good man.
Bruce, Brenda & Jack sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Knew him for many many years.
A wonderful man, great sense of humor, devoted to his family. He will be missed but never forgotten.
I'm so sorry to see that Jack has gone. When I was a " little kid " in Lakeport's one-room school, Jack was one of the " big kids " . When we came to teach in Cobourg, Harold and I renewed the school connection through you children.
Rudsy, Katrina, Jake, Brenda, and family. So sad to hear that the great Jack Rutherford has passed on. Many fond, funny, and greatful memories.
Bruce, Brenda, Jack jr and families so sorry to here of your dads passing . I remember him fondly from my sports days with Bruce to the last time I was talking to him at his apartment complex . Our condolences to you all.
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jack for many years and it was my pleasure,. His sense of humour and fairness carried us thru everyday, he was wonderful. He will truly be missed.
To the Rutherford Family..we are so sorry for your loss. Jack was an awesome man. Love and prayers to all of you. Kelley and Don
Sorry to hear of your loss Rudsey and Katrina.
Bruce, Brenda, Jack and families Very sorry to hear of your loss. A wonderful person has passed the torch to the next generation. Fond memories of the old neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cromlish family
So sorry to hear about Jack, he was a great man! I met him at KS Cooper in the early 80’s, he was so sharp and always so friendly. My thoughts and prayers go out to your families at this most difficult time.
Sending our deepest condolences to Bruce and Katrina and all of the Rutherford family. I always thought of Jack as a friend. So sorry for your loss, Dan and Joanne Coyle.
Jack senior was a sweetheart I always remembered him with a smile on his face and always there to give you a hug. He will be sadly missed by all, and I pay my respects to the family and Jack and Kathy and their families God bless
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. He was an amazing man! Sending our deepest condolences to everyone. Hugs💕
Many fond memories of Jack , Caroline and their family over many years. Our parents were friends forever too. Jack’s smile will never be forgotten.
Dear Brenda. So sad to here about your Dads passing. He was always there for everyone who needed someone to lean on. He gave me that support during my fathers funeral, you are cut from the same cloth ❤️❤️
We are so sorry for the Rutherford’s family loss. We will miss chatting with Mr. Rutherford at Jackson’s games. Brenda is a great story teller of their car adventures around Ontario and I will continue to look forward to her sharing those memories and many more. A special “Tim’s” cheer to you Mr. Rutherford.
Dear Rutherford Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Len & Cindy
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Just saw the beautiful pictures from his Birthday celebration, looked like a wonderful day. Sure you are so glad you were all together for his 80th. Cherish all you great memories. Brenda & Willy
Brenda, Mike, Naomi and Jackson, So sorry for your huge loss - he was a wonderful man who we had the honour of meeting many times over the years, mostly out at Sports events supporting his beloved grandkids. His warm smile and great sense of humour will always stay with us. Thinking of you and your family ❤️ Sending you all our love Rhianon, Tony and Bethan XoX
Dear Rutherfords, Kevin and I are so sorry about the passing of your Pop. We are thinking of you all in this very sad time. Condolences 💐
I am so sorry about Jack . A definite gem I will miss him. A great friend and and mentor.I’ll be paying it forward . Jack Rrrrrrrr. Your in my thoughts
So sorry for your loss.
Dear Brenda and family: So very sorry to hear this news. We are sending you our hugs and love.
Our memories of Jack start back during High School days....the farm, Lakeport, Colborne, Little Lake and Presquile. We shared so many good times and lots of great laughs. We have kept in touch over these many years. Our last conversation was just a few days ago on the occasion of Jack's 86 Birthday. We will miss our little chats. Our sincere condolences to Jack's family.
Long time family friend....I'm sorry to hear about your loss. From my family to yours.. Carrie Whitefield
My Condolences to all of the Family and Friends that Jack leaves behind. He was a very wonderful man. I first met Jack 38 years ago as a "friend" of Bill and Bobs.
Our deepest sympathies to your entire family. Sending love and hugs
Our sincerely condolences to the Rutherford family. May the happy memories help you get through this difficult time.
To the Rutherford Family My deepest sympathy at the loss of your Dad. He was my boss on my first full time job. I couldn’t have asked for a better boss. I have kept in touch with your Dad over the last 50 years and he has never changed, same great smile and wit. He will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Jack
We're shocked and sorry to hear of Jack's sudden passing. Our thoughts are with the Rutherford family.
Although our encounters with Mr. Rutherford were few and far between, he always had a way of making you feel welcome and at ease. It takes a special person to be able to have that effect and he certainly was that. He will truly be missed. Deepest condolences to the Rutherford family.
Condolences from the Stevenson family to Bruce, Brenda and Jack and families. Betty
Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He always had a smile and a gentle “ hello” when we saw him at the hockey games.I know he will be sadly missed by all who knew him!
Condolences to Jack’s family and friends. We are sorry for your loss. Jack joined a small group of former students of Colborne High School to play golf at Trillium Wood Golf Course near Belleville. He was great company and enjoyed getting together with old friends to share memories of Colborne. We missed him the last few times we gathered; our inquiries indicated he ‘was not up to it just now ‘. Rest In Peace Jack. Burle &. Kay Summers Trillium Wood Golf Course
Bruce , Katrina and family- we are so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. Our deepest condolences to you at this difficult time. Tony, Paula, Jake and Allie
Bruce and Jack, sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Thinking of you at this time
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dear Kathy & Jack Sorry for your loss Deepest Sympathy
A great man who always took care of others before himself. Rudsy, Jake, and Brenda: he thought the world of you all! Sitting with your dad game 7 1994. I will never forget! LGR. All the best
Jack Rutherford St. was a gentleman and amazing human. I am grateful to know him through first Bruce, Brenda and Jack Jr. then grandkids who he was such a strong supporter of. Kindest of wishes and condolences for his amazing family!!
To the Rutherford Families So sorry to hear your Dad has passed away
To the Rutherford family. So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your dad, grandfather and great grandfather. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Love Connie and Miles
Condolences to the Rutherford family on the loss of your dad/grandfather. Hold tight to your memories. We will keep you all in our thoughts.
Sorry to hear of Jacks passing, a good friend with a great sense of humor, he will be missed
Captain Jack; may you rest in peace my friend. I have many fond memories of the times we spent together on the golf course. You always had a joke ready to keep us laughing.
Bruce, Katrina and family, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thank goodness for beautiful memories you will forever keep. Thinking of you all.
There are many memories of Jack, of his half smile as he lightened the room with his endless wit. Even in difficult circumstances Jack could muster up some humour and laughs. Thanks Jack for sharing your life with us. Joan and Royce.