John Randall Lusher

March 20, 1933 - January 17, 2020

Funeral Details: The family welcomes you to a celebration of John’s life from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2020 at Midhurst United Church, 91 Doran Road, Midhurst, Ontario

It is with great sadness that the family of John Randall Lusher announce his passing on January 17, 2020.  Born March 20, 1933, John was the son of Lenore (nee Moorcroft) and Walter Lusher of Toronto, Ontario.  John passed away peacefully at Sara Vista Long Term Care Facility in Elmvale, Ontario with his feline pal Jake curled up on his chest.  He is survived by Heather Lusher ( nee Perrin ), his loving wife of over 40 years, his four children ( by his first wife, Nancy Lord ) and their partners, Tamara Norris (Hugh Cowan), Cynthia Reid (Bruce Reid), Deborah Lusher-Yandt (Dave Lusher-Yandt) and Ross Lusher (Chloe Jaluzot), beloved Pere Bear to his his thirteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and his pal Jake.


Lieutenant John Lusher served his country with the Royal Canadian Navy until 1965 and received further training in the last RCN class of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, U.K. in 1959.  John remained with the Naval reserves for many years and was an active member of the Officers Mess communities at Base Borden and HMCS York.  Following his career with the navy, from 1966 until his retirement in 1993, John worked as an airline pilot with Air Canada as well as a supply teacher with the Toronto District School Board.  Over many years, John and Heather enjoyed their time together with family at John’s favourite place, their cottage at Go Home Bay.


The family welcomes you to a celebration of John’s life from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2020 at Midhurst United Church, 91 Doran Road, Midhurst, Ontario


John’s family sends their thanks and sincere appreciation to the staff of the Sara Vista Long term Care Facility for the compassionate care he received from everyone there over the past year.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations in John’s name to the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County or The Ontario SPCA.



10 Condolences
  • Joanna & Dylan Royal
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Reply

    Our deepest sympathies to all Pere’s loved ones. He will be fondly remembered and missed!

  • David Morrow
    Posted on: Friday, January 24, 2020 Reply

    We always enjoyed visits with John when he came to Ottawa. He had a gentle almost shy manner about him and he was an easy person to talk with. We had some memorable ski days. Love to Heather and the family!

  • John Deyell
    Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2020 Reply

    My sincere condolences to the entire Lusher family.

    John and I flew together in the mid to late 1970’s on the DC9. I always looked forward to a “block” of flying with John. We had fun and worked well together which always made our flying more fun than normal.

    Now the time has come for you as a family and we as friends and colleagues to remember the great times together!

    Captain John Deyell (ret)

  • Donald John McKay
    Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2020 Reply

    I knew John from our many years with Air Canada – we often met an early morning Flight Planning Session across Canada – John was soft spoken but a gentlemen in the true sense of the word. The journey WEST has begun – RIP, My friend , Don

  • Warren Wallace
    Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2020 Reply

    John and I joined Air Canada together December 1965. John was a gentleman and a very good pilot. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest condolences to the Lusher family.
    Captain Warren Wallace (Ret)

  • Nick Servos
    Posted on: Saturday, January 25, 2020 Reply

    Our thoughts and condolences are extended to Heather and all the family during this sad time. I only flew with John a few times on the DC-8 in the early 70’s, but remember his quiet and gentlemanly manner he approached life. I have good memories of the night we joined everyone when John got his 4th stripe. It was a great party at the farm in Midhurst.

    R.I.P. old friend.

  • Fran and Gene Shannon
    Posted on: Monday, January 27, 2020 Reply

    Gene and I were saddened to hear about John’s recent passing. I have very happy memories of him over many years since my mother Daisy and I moved to Manor Road in 1942 next door to John and his parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with Heather and the children at this difficult time. John will be missed.

  • Lee and Ron Till
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Reply

    Ron and I were so sorry to hear of John’s’, passing. The last few years have been difficult for everyone, especially John and Heather but it is always a surprise when the end comes. We have known John for many years ( Lee-U of T ) and have enjoyed many good times together. This goes back to the wonderful picnics and other activities with the children at Go home Bay. We will always remember the many ski/skidoo trips to Go home, including a trip to Giant’s tomb to see the ice caves. Heather will remember the day that Ron put his back out, on the way to our chalet, trying to lift the skidoo out of a snow drift, getting him up to the cabin where he spent the rest of the week on his back. We were finally rescued by John and returned to the marina. We also enjoyed John and Heather’s visit to England when we were living there.
    He will be sorely missed.

    Lee and Ron.

  • Jeff and Tina( Stad) Houter
    Posted on: Saturday, February 1, 2020 Reply

    Heather, our sincere condolences with the loss of your wonderful husband. We remember our visits fondly and pray that you find comfort in your memories and the love of your family.

  • Charles Almasy
    Posted on: Saturday, February 1, 2020 Reply

    I was greatly saddened by John’s passing. John was one of my favorite F/Os to fly with back in the 70s, when I was a second officer on the DC-8. One of my great memory was when John and 3 other crew members accompanied me to Budapest to visit my Family, while on a long layover in Vienna.. We stayed with my cousin who was able to look after us for our 2 day stay… I’ll never forget the morning after our celebration which lasted well into the wee hours of the mornin, when my cousin woke us up at 0600 and greeted us with a shot of the famous home made Cherry Brandy, which we HAD to drink. I remember John not wanted to drink it, but after some coaxing he downed it and immediately flopped back into bed.. The look on his face was priceless…
    John was a real gentleman and a great pilot who will be missed by all who got to know him. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends.
    Chuck Almasy, Florida…

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