McLister, Dr. John 'Jack' Carl Duncan

McLister, Dr. John 'Jack' Carl Duncan

October 10th, 2020

The world lost one of its finest on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Dr. John (Jack) Carl Duncan McLister passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his wife and best friend Kathe, and his children, John and Allison.

Jack was born in Windsor, Ontario on January 1, 1947, son of the late Dr. John McLister and Helen (McLean). Jack was devoted to his loving family: the love of his life Kathe; son John; granddaughter Claudia of London; daughter Allison (Chris Jackson); granddaughters Georgia and Juliet of Vancouver; sister Andrea (Doug Boswell); nephew Matthew (Michelle) of Toronto; aunt Elizabeth McLister (’15); cousin Robert McLister (Melanie) of Naples Florida; sister-in-law Sylvia Mousseau (Cleve ‘04); nephew Brandon (Vanessa); and mother-in-law Maria Daichendt of Windsor.

There is so much to celebrate in the lessons Jack left. Those of living life with purpose, remembering to laugh, not sweating the small stuff, making a material difference in others’ lives, and being a life force that naturally attracts everyone. Jack was the best bartender, story- teller, master of ceremonies and friend. He enjoyed having a delicious dinner, a fine drink and a good cigar with close friends. As a member of the London Hunt and Country Club, Jack enjoyed “nine and dine”, shooting and socializing at the trap chalet, as well as some tennis in the past. Jack was noted for his sartorial splendour, always wearing a jacket, pocket pouf, interesting tie and cufflinks.

In addition to his vibrant personality, Jack will be fondly remembered for his dedication to organized dentistry. Jack’s road to dentistry was an unexpected one, but he felt it was the best thing that could have happened to him. It gave him a wonderful life with many friends and adventures that he would have never dreamed of.

Jack completed his undergraduate degree at Detroit’s Wayne State University and earned his DDS at UWO in 1975. Jack excelled both scholastically and socially. From Kennedy Collegiate through to Dental School, where he was class president his last two years, he always held a leadership role and received a host of awards. After graduation he maintained a family practice in London for 36 years with his friend and partner, Dr. Susan Rumble. The relationship with his patients was the best part and what he missed most after retiring in 2011.

 Throughout his career, Jack remained active at his alma mater serving for many years on the executive of the UWO Dental Alumni Society. He was presented with the Alumnus of Distinction Award from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2002. Jack continued to teach at the Dental school where he had been part-time Adjunct Clinical Professor for nearly 40 years, since the day after his graduation.

In 2008, his exceptional commitment to Western University was recognized with the John C. McLister Service Award granted to a fourth-year graduate from the Dental school “who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the profession and peers through participation in organized dentistry”. The award is a symbol of what he was all about - dedication to organized dentistry.

Jack’s involvement with organized dentistry began with the London & District Dental Society in 1975, where he served twice as President and then as an active member through to 2011 when he became an Honorary Member. He received the LDDS Dr. Robert A. Brandon Service Award for his contribution to the profession.

Jack served on the executive board of the Ontario Dental Association for many years and became President of the ODA in 2016-17 during its 150th anniversary. Jack’s official ODA biography includes a long list of committees and task forces and he was honoured with the ODA Service Award. In 2019, he received the Barnabus W. Day award for distinguished service by the ODA, one of the most prestigious awards in organized dentistry.

Outside of the ODA, Jack was President and an International Counsellor of the International College of Dentists (Canada) and Chair of the American College of Dentists (Ontario). He was also an Examiner for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada and a founding member of the Thames Valley Dental Study Club (1977) serving three separate terms as its President. He was a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Jack travelled throughout Ontario, Canada and the world as a representative of these organizations. His commitment to the profession he loved will never be forgotten.

There will be a private memorial to honour Jack and a future plan for a Celebration of Life as soon as COVID permits.

A special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at LHSC and Parkwood Hospital.

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Book of Condolences

Sylvia MousseauMiss you Jack,love you now and forever. 😘😘😘
Wm. Berry CalderJack, I will miss you. You have been a great friend and we shared many moments and adventures from high school, and university. RIP my friend.
Barry & Lynne MarkhamHe fought the good fight. He finished the race. Jack was a great man and one of a kind. We'll cherish our memories. Sincere condolences to Kathe, John and Allison.
Christy NicolucciUncle Jack was the best in so many ways. I will always be thankful for the way he treated us like family. I will cherish the memories and will am grateful to have been one of his many students. Much love to all the McListers. Christy Nicolucci
Dave & Sandi WoodIn the 45 years I have known Jackie, I can honestly say I never met a finer gentleman and a truly great friend that lived life large. Always a pinnacle of professionalism with a kind and gentle demeanour who was often outspoken and certainly the life of any party, he will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to Kathe, Allison and John.
Shawn WilsonCondolences to Kathe and the family. We so enjoyed our Beertown get togethers where Jack was always Captain of the table. He never missed a meeting. Take care,
jack snelgroveOur thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Jack& Sandy
Jenn DevlinTo Kathe and the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have a few 'favourite' people in my life and Jack was one of them. He ALWAYS made me smile, feel important and optimistically supported me. I will be always grateful.
Lynne Brandon Sending my condolences to Kathe, Jack was always a class act and will be missed dearly. I had enjoyed reconnecting with you both at various Hunt Club holiday events. You are in my thoughts. Lynne
Karin VanRyswyk Jack was one of my most favorite people in the world. He was a great friend, teacher, mentor and entertainer! He was responsible for getting me more involved in organized dentistry. He always made me laugh. I will miss him terribly. Kathe, John and Allison, my prayers are with you.
Barbara SomervilleKathe, I am heartbroken to hear of Jack's passing. My condolences to you, John and and Allison. I will always remember our time together at the O'Hea's cottage. It was a very special time. xo
Liliane Le SauxI will remember him as an encouraging figure and will continue to be inspired by his legacy of helping others. His dedication and stature in organized dentistry is nothing short of outstanding. May he rest in peace.
DeeDee & Raymond LeachWe are saddened by the lost our dear friend Jack. He was such a bright light in so many lives.We shared so many great times together. Jack will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to Kathe,John, Allison& Chris. Love, DeeDee & Ray
Helen HagenJack became my dentist in 1981, I had a serious fear of dentists and with his kind and gentle manner he took that all away. My children would eagerly ask when they were going to their next appt. he was their first dentist and they never had any fear with him. My family is saddened by his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with Kathe and his children. Sincerely, The Hagen Family
Olaf PlotzkeA true gentleman, a passionate advocate for our profession, (never one to mince words), a kind and loving family man, the true embodiment of the complete man, that was Jack. He will be truly missed. My sincerest condolences to Kathe, Allison and John. May his memory give you peace. Most sincerely, Olaf
Dennis MedlandI was considering the many qualities that made my friend Jack such a great person. The list is very long and those of you who called him friend or family member are no doubt now thinking of some of those wonderful attributes. Every time I think of him in future, his character, his warmth of soul and his genuine friendly nature and ready smile will be at the top of my list. I will miss you Jack, both as a colleague and as a friend.
Diane FarrellMy dear Kathe. It is so very, very difficult to loose your best friend and I do wish you strength at this time. Your Jack was a special man who was so very compassionate. Neil spoke very highly of him and his contributions to the Dental Society. My deepest sympathies to you, Allison and John
Bryan AtkinsonMy heartfelt condolences to Kathe, John and Allison. Growing up with John, I was a pretty permanent fixture around the McLister house, and it was always a blast. Jack had impeccable taste and knew how to have a good time. I will be forever grateful for his spirit, support and endless generosity. B
Wes DunnDear Kathe, Allison, and John: Please accept my sincere and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your universally respected and admired husband and father. I am so, so sorry. His very effective student leadership during his four years in dental school were but a hint of the remarkable leadership benefits he would achieve in behalf of the profession he has so enhanced. He will be deeply missed .Sincerely, Wes Dunn ..
Steve GorenOur deepest sympathies to Kathe and the whole family. Jack was always the first person to greet you when ever we would meet, regardless of the occasion. Often, after his warm embrace, he would extend his arms and offer you the best of what hospitality could offer. Truly it was just being with him, knowing him as a friend that was his greatest gift to many of us. For me, it was a simple suggestion that he made to others as he was enjoying a simple dish of pasta, that changed the course of my life forever. That is our Jack. Changing lives of others, in the simplest of ways, always with the best and most honorable of intentions. A gentleman always, a friend forever, now sadly missed.
Bill BradyDear Kathe and Family. My deepest condolences, Jack always made my day brighter when we met. That smile, his warmth and humour will be a part of a remarkable legacy. A leader in his profession; who will ever know how many young lives he touched and enhanced. May you and the family be comforted by the memories of a husband, father and granddad who lived a life of accomplishment and joy.
Jane (Nee Allison) Peckham So sorry to read of Jack's passing! I have many fond memories of our families in Windsor growing up at the Windsor Figure Skating Club and attending Kennedy CI. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McLister Family! Jane and Vaughan Peckham
Doug and Cathy MowbrayDear Kathe, John, Allison and Families Cathy and I were deeply saddened when we heard the news of Jack’s passing. We knew he was not well but that final notice is always painful. The loss of a loved one is a pain that never really goes away. I still tear up when I think about my Grandmother, my Father, my Mother or my Brother but over the years the pain is superseded by the more pleasant and enjoyable memories. When we think of Jack we think of good food and lots of it, good stories and laughter, lots of laughter. Whether we were at the ODA convention, the Christmas Brunch at the Hunt Club, desperately trying to make pickerel and toast for breakfast in our kitchen that was as good as the St Clair Inn or floating , yes floating down the Detroit river in Bill Vezina’s boat because we had run out of gas we were laughing - laughing until our sides hurt. That will always be the way we remember Jack. I am no Poet and incapable of composing an adequate condolence and so I turn to the Irish who I feel have the best mastery of the English language to leave you two sayings that seem appropriate, if anything can be appropriate at this time. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal Love leaves a memory no one can steal He is not lost our dearest Love Nor has he traveled far Just stepped inside home’s loveliest room And left the door ajar Wishing you all the best Doug and Cathy
Barry SchwartzI am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I had the good fortune of working with him at Schulich Dentistry and enjoyed his company at ODA and ACD functions. He was a wonderful mentor to so many and one of the kindest gentleman I have ever known. It is a great loss for organized dentistry and for all who knew and loved him. May his memory be for a blessing.
Blake ClemesDearest Kathe - So sorry to hear this news. Enjoyed so many. many wonderful times with Jack through the ODA and more importantly at so many "recreational" dental events. Everyone had the utmost respect for Jack and he is tremendously missed.
Theresa and John Vander HoevenDear Kathe, John and Allison, We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend Jack. We will always remember Jack with that gentle smile and twinkle in his eye each time we spent time together. It was always a delight to listen to his funny stories, and see his enjoyment over a great meal. We will always cherish the great memories we have. We send our deepest sympathy to each of you. Please always remember that Jack is only a thought away and forever in your hearts. Most sincerely, Theresa and John
LindaArmstrong & Mark Enns Dear Kathe, Allison and John Our sincere condolences to you and the family with the loss of dear Jack. He truly was an original who always brought a smile to our faces, whether it was a story he told that demonstrated his humility or humour. Not only was he a great dentist to us both, but a friend who we will be forever missed.
Al&Barb SeymourWe were Jack’s first patients when his office was on Chester Street .Al’s office was next door . We were so fortunate to find a wonderful dentist who treated us like friends. Always a smile and a nice greeting . Our sympathy to the family. Al & Barb Seymour.
Mary McEllister & Dick WilliamsDear Kathe and family: I have many lovely memories of you and Jack from many many years past. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am grateful to you and Jack for your friendship and kindness to me as my life changed and that you warmly welcomed Dick into my life. You both exemplified what love and sharing is about. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Most sincerely, Mary and Dick
Don and Donna MorgenrothOur condolences on the passing of a very special person. He had a way of touching all of our lives. It has been a privilege knowing him and he will be missed.
Rafi and Brenda MohammedOur condolences to the family and friends. My wife, Brenda and I, first met Jack and Kathe on a business trip to Orlando. By coincidence, we landed in Orlando from Toronto on the same flight. Jack and Kathe offer us a ride to the hotel we were both staying at. so we hopped into a small convertible with luggage in hand. We had a wonderful time getting to know each other. And subsequently continued our relationship whenever we met at dentistry event. Jack was a wonderful, compassionate human being. We need more jacks in this world. Brenda and I will surely miss him Heaven awaits you my friend.
William ReidJack was a “class act”. He surely will be greatly missed by all who were impacted by his leadership, kindness, and dedication to his family, profession, and community. My deepest sympathies go out to you Kathe, your family and all who loved him.
Earl taylorJack - you were a gentleman and a class act. My parents and yours were close friends in Windsor as we were growing up and both families spent a lot of good times there and at our cottage at Southampton. My wife, Diane, met you as a patient in London and insisted on driving from Windsor to London after that every time she needed treatment until you retired. Nobody else was allowed to touch her mouth. My last memory of you Jack is the great time we spent together in Augusta Georgia at the Masters tournament in 2010 walking the pristine fairways of Augusta National. Farewell jack.
khadry GalilSo sorry to learn of , Dr. John McLister- passing .what an amazing man! I have some wonderful memories from the first time I met him as one of my students in 1971 at the faculty of dentistry at Western University. The passing of Jack is the loss of a gentleman and a friend and a dear colleague for the last 45 years.. . Whenever I met him at the main clinic in the faculty of dentistry at Western Jack always had a sense of humor, I always looked forward to seeing him He will certainly be missed.
Dr. Leslie LewisWe have lost a true Gentleman. Always a smile and always so elegantly professional both in the dental setting and while socializing. Many great memories on LDDS ski trips in past years. My thoughts are with Kathe, my inspiration for happiness. A wonderful lady. You will be truly missed, Jack. I will continue to think of you often.
Dr. Ken Bell Dents 74The world has lost a truly beautiful individual. My condolences to the family.
Ron and Kerri ReidKerri and I offer our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to dear Kathe, John, and Allison, to Andrea, and to their families. Learning of Jack’s passing was almost incomprehensible. We grieve because we had the opportunity to connect deeply with another person. Jack and I met in Grade 3 at Victoria Public School in Windsor, and he has been a presence in my life ever since though, regrettably, we weren’t in as close touch in recent years. Growing up with Jack was an adventure which often went beyond the confines of our small Windsor neighbourhood and even extended to exploring Detroit. When you ventured out with Jack you never knew what might happen, though Jack managed to adeptly handle the unplanned surprises that inevitably popped up. Over the years, whenever our small band of Windsorites would reminisce, tales of intrepid exploits and escapades with Jack were front and centre. Jack was a smart, funny, and classy friend and will be part of my special memories forever.
Tom & Kathe DavidsonDear Kathe, Allison, and John, We extend our sincere condolences on your loss. Jack will certainly be truly missed. Tom & Kathe
Brenda DavisDear Kathe, I was so saddened when I heard the news of Jack’s passing. Jack was an amazing man and leader in the dentistry realm. I really enjoyed our gatherings at Beertown, his wise advice, sense of humour, and always his kindness. My sincere condolences to you and family on your loss -- he will truly be missed.
Bill and Anne AbbottIt was a huge privilege to have known Jack. When I arrived in London in 1980, it was Jack who reached out to me and asked me to join the Thames Valley Dental Study Club. Getting together several times a year, we shared food, drinks and stories with dental colleagues of like mind. As a young graduate working at University Hospital, Jack allowed me to "moonlight" at his new office on Wellington Road. Everyone in our profession knew that Jack was one of the best dentists in the city and I was so proud to be associated with him. What I remember most were the social events where Jack was always the person people gravitated toward. He was very simply "fun" to be around. Jack always had a story to tell, always listened and was always the consummate professional, both in dress and demeanour. Anne and I will miss you Jack. Thank you for all you have done. Kathe, please accept our most sincere condolences at this sad time. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family.
Dianne EadingerJack was the best Dentist ever! I first saw him in 1975 and he remained my Dentist even when I moved 200 miles away! I was extremely scared of dentistry and told him this! He just laughed with me and always made me feel comfortable and important in his hands! He will be sorely missed!😢😢😢😢
Ron and Arlene RossiniWe were deeply saddened to hear of Jack McLister’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to Kathe and the family at this difficult time.
Jack HarrisWe have lost an outstanding Canadian citizen! His many professional achievements and quality of care were exemplary We all grieve this loss with his family and profession.
Jaideep LalI met Jack when i was on ODA council for the first time in 2004. I took an instant liking to him. he was friendly, funny and just a very easy person to get along with. When I started my second stint in 2018 Jack was still at the ODA rising to become the ODA President. I will miss his humor, his friendliness. my thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.
Brigadier-General (ret) Victor J. LanctisDear Kathe, Allison, John, and family, My wife, Marilyn, and I just received the news of Jack's passing and would like to join other colleagues and friends in extending our deepest sympathies and condolences. Our association with Jack and Kathe was primarily through the International College of Dentists, where Jack served with such distinction and panache. He will be remembered as a genuine leader whose dedication to his profession was unequalled. As eloquently expressed by so many others, Jack stood out as a true gentleman with a ready sense of humour as well as a ready sense of duty. Perennially admired and respected for his many talents and enviable professional attributes, he will indeed be greatly missed. Brigadier-General (ret) Victor J. Lanctis MB, SBSjJ, CD, BA, DDS, MFICD, FADI, FPFA Colonel Commandant Royal Canadian Dental Corps Past President International College of Dentists
Claude Paul BoivinJack was a true gentleman . I always enjoyed Kathe's and his company on my many visits to ODA and on trips abroad. To Kathe and the family I send my deepest sympathy. We have lost someone truly special.
Darrell & Claire Wells Kathe, John, Allison, and family, Claire and I send you our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. We are deeply affected and saddened by your loss. Our hugs to each of you. I am blessed to have known Jack since 1975. I consider him among the truly finest persons I have ever met. Like the many who knew and cared so much for Jack will agree, we have lost one of the very, very best. I am proud to have many fond memories of terrific times together and feel fortunate, in having had the privilege of knowing Jack as a good and dear friend. Jack was a kind, gentle, and caring soul. As good a person, husband, father, teacher, mentor, friend, as one could ever hope for. Jack could communicate with and relate to anyone, on any level. Jack was fond of a good chuckle and he strived to share happy times with the folks he cared about. We, among those many who loved Jack, will not forget him. "Rest in peace", dear friend. We shall see you on down the road.
Barb DorringtonDear Kathe, Allison, John, Andrea, Doug and families: As you know I have known Jack my entire life. Uncle Jack and Aunt Helen were the most dear aunt and uncle to me growing up and there was never a better feeling than running into the McLister house (especially at Christmas) and meeting up with Jack and Andrea. My mother was best friends with Helen and my father was best friends with Jack. So growing up, I always thought of you as cousins. There is no easy way to say goodbye to someone as wonderful and charming and witty as Jack. So it is also hard to know what to write here that would even do Jack justice. Jack later became my dentist, but he was always more than that. Suffice to say, he was one of the best people I have ever met in my life. Solid and dedicated and smart. He loved his family and truly cared about other people. I will miss his smile and his laugh. Much love to all of you, I am thinking about you.
Wayne and Marlene PulverKathe and family......such a great loss for your family and Dentistry. Jack was truly a special dentist and friend. Marlene and I always looked forward to our special dinners in Toronto. Lots of political talk but lots of fun and laughter .Jack contributed so much to the profession. He will be truly missed by all.....Love Wayne and Marlene
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