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Mensink, John Richard (Knights) (Died)
appeared in Woodstock Sentinel, 7 Nov 2018, A, p. 9, column 4

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MENSINK, John Richard (Knights) - Sept. 14, 1981 - Oct. 19, 2018 Warriors of many kinds walk amongst us; John was a warrior who fought his many battles with courage and determination. On October 19, one very tired warrior laid his head down and waited for the ancestors to take him home. Daily, John battled the effects of rare, early childhood onset schizophrenia, disabling chronic pain and more. Tragically, the other fight that John fought was to survive a world full of promises, short on delivery, for those with mental illness who are marginalized, judged and shamed. In spite of a broken health care system, lack of resources, supports and all he faced, John chose to look at the world as positive. He absolutely loved nature and animals of every kind and his idea of joy was pitching a tent beside a raging river for a week, when it rained more than it didn't. As a young volunteer at the aquarium he reveled in his relationship with the belugas that would follow him around the pool. John loved all sports. He earned the nickname "Gentle Giant" early in a promising baseball future, unfortunately, cut short by Youth's Greatest Disabler. John is survived and honoured by his grandparents Albert and Patricia Knights, mother and lifelong advocate Kim Knights (Rodger), devoted sister Katherine Locatelli, best brother (in-law) Nathan Locatelli, his two beloved nephews Aidan and Kaleb, his father John Mensink (Jayne), many cousins, Aunts and Uncles. Predeceased by his Oma and Opa Mensink, his Aunt Alison (who ignited his passion for swimming) and sadly many good friends along the way, all who were waiting for him with open arms. It takes much generosity to sustain a lifelong commitment to those who suffer and their family. John's and our circle of hearts was big. To those who reached out to John, your support will never be forgotten. We hope over time we never missed a thank you to each and every one of you who lightened the load so much. Thank you. Definitely without all the love, care and support of John's "family", John's life would have been much different. John believed that everything down to the ant, has a purpose, even if not clear, and John believed "God(liness)" lives in us. John gave away what little he owned more than once and in his passing John was no different, donating seven organs. John taught us much over his short life... - Don't judge others; everybody hurts - Very importantly: if you let the spiders out the house they tell their friends you saved them and they leave you alone. If you kill them, all their friends come looking for them. - Reach out with a smile and helping hand to people and animals when you can, especially those who have less than you. - "Kill them with kindness Mama Bear, kill them with kindness" And most importantly: remember to sign up to become organ donors. Cremation has taken place. Celebration of his BC life took place over the four days on life support and everyone who stopped by brought love, care and memories. Ontario Services and Celebration of Life to be announced by family in the future. "All along I've shown you by example that a warrior's life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior's sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death." - Dan Millman

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7 Nov 2018
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.13339 Longitude: -80.7497
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Mensink, John Richard (Knights) (Died)