John Escott

John Escott

Thursday, July 28th, 1938 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020
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ESCOTT, John - Lifelong member of Pembroke Rotary Club - Retired Engineer Technician from AECL - Peacefully at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 in his 82nd year. John Escott of Pembroke, caring companion of the late Phyllis Kelly and by a previous marriage Joyce Escott (nee McCann). Loving father of Maria Escott. Sadly missed by Phyllis’ daughter Linda Kelly-Smith, by her children Carolyn Kelly-Smith and Julia Smith, and her grandchild Eleanor Puga. Respecting John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the
Neville Funeral Home
491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8
(613) 732-7481
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated. Online Condolences may be left at
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Heather J. Martelock

Posted at 01:49pm
John was the most incredible man, sensitive, passionate, fascinating to share time with. He came into our lives when he met and fell in love with Phyllis... as part of our family he expanded our horizons with his knowledge of the world he traveled, the people he cared for... we were fortunate to spend time with him in january, visiting him and remembering times and people in our shared lives, he was still the same positive man....shall always be...
all of us are the better for knowing John...

Chris St Jean

Posted at 08:10am
The Rotary Club of Pembroke have lost one of their most dedicated members. John unselflessly served as a Rotarian for 40 years. He truly lived his life according to Rotary's Motto of "Service Above Self". I can't begin to recount the many hours of volunteer work he put in or the huge number of local and international projects he participated in. He was always the one volunteer you could count on to show up even when his health was failing him. His Rotary family will truly miss his warm manner and giving heart. Rest now John your work here is done.

Linda Kelly-Smith

Posted at 12:22am
I will always remember John sitting on the swing on my mom's deck overlooking the Ottawa River, enjoying the good things in life, a cup of tea, a homemade cookie, a lovely view and a good conversation. He was always interested and curious and to the very end a learner. In fact the last time I saw him, a few months ago, he was telling me about all the new stuff he was learning from watching TED talks.
John cared deeply for all people whether they were near and dear or a less fortunate person in his own community or living in a mud hut in Africa or Central America. He worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for all.

Carolyn Eaton

Posted at 08:22pm
I feel fortunate to have known John, meeting him first socially at the L&R Officers’ Mess, then later with Phyllis and her family. I always enjoyed chatting with him in the summertime, as he sold trinkets from his travels to El Salvador at the Farmers’ Market and at the Petawawa Grannies’ functions in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. His knowledge and caring of the world and it’s ways was great, and many will miss that. This world has lost another good person.

Theresa Sabourin

Posted at 06:53pm
To John's Family. I am very sorry to learn of John's passing. I met John years ago when I was involved in developing programs for the Family Enrichment Network and he was a Rotarian. In 2006 I began to volunteer with Petawawa's Christmas Angels where I once again met John,he was volunteering his time on Christmas day to help make other's Christmas special. For the next number of years I would see him on 25 December in Petawawa as we volunteered as 'Christmas Angels'. This year, due to health reasons, John was unable to volunteer and we very much missed his quiet manner and caring heart. May you rest in peace, John, and thank you for spreading kindness and good will to all who met you.

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