Rankin, John P.

Rankin, John P.

March 3rd, 2018

John P. Rankin Flt. Lt. RCAF

1918 – 2018

Passed peacefully at University Hospital on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, in his 100th year. Proud to serve his country during WWII with 413 Squadron. John was the navigator on the longest photo reconnaissance of WWII - 28 hours airborne over 3,000 miles to photograph the Cocos Atoll in the Indian Ocean. Loving husband of Marion for 73 years. Proud Dad of daughters, Jayne Borschke (late Boomer) and Penny Cumberland (Ken). Adored Papa of Margie Borschke (James Bucknell), Lyndsay Borschke (Chris Pigott), B.J. Borschke (Jessica), Baird Cumberland, Will Cumberland and Lara Butler (Mason). Cherished Great-Grandad of Evan, Poppy, Hudson, Knox, Isla, Blake and Isley. John enjoyed a successful 30 year career in the egg production and distribution business in both Petrolia and Strathroy. He was an ardent golfer for 50 years, being a proud member at Highland, Green Hills and Hickory Ridge. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the 427 (London) Wing or the Air Cadet League of Canada.

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Janet and Greg CarrJayne and Penny and families.....our condolences in the passing of a wonderful man. While we had not the pleasure of meeting him we feel we knew him through the stories and memories that have been shared over the years. He will continue to bring smiles to your faces in thinking of those times. Our thoughts are with you all.
Alan & Bobbie OakesMarion and family ... my sincere condolence to you all. Marion, though we have not seen each other for a long time, you and John were special friends to me. I remember being invited for dinner and brought a case of peas from the "skinners" in Exeter. When you opened a can, three peas and the rest water came out. We had a good laugh and success with the next can. My thoughts are with you. Alan Oakes
Sharon & Norm PuhlMarion, Jayne, Penny & families- Our sincere condolences to all. John was a remarkable man. Norm has fond memories of John driving him around south-western Ontario when still part of Big V. He enjoyed his company and great sense of humor. Also John was a tour guide. First to show Norm Punkeydoodles Corners. Sorry that we cannot attend the celebration of life service but our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marianne Kerby I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. He lived a good life and will be remembered by thos3f us who knew in Petrolia. You and John and the girls lived a good life here and I'll always remember the fun we had on the golf course and afterwards too !!! My love and thoughts to you and Jayne and Penny. Marianne
Cindy TuckeyA privilege to have met and cared for John. My condolences to you Marion and your family. Sincerely, Cindy Tuckey
Heather and Michael LernerHeather and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. Fortunately, we both got to know JP and Marion during our time at Highland. JP was young betraying his years and was a role models for anyone to emulate. He always had a kind word or a genuine smile for those lucky enough to be in his presence. May the family be comforted by the memory of all the happy times you enjoyed together. You are in our prayers. God bless JP. The Lerners
Pam stocksMy thoughts are with you Penny ,and your family as you face your loss. May 100 years of life leave you all with warm and significant memories. Respectfully in friendship. , Pam Stocks
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