John Fournier of Moncton passed away peacefully on Friday, February 2, 2024, at The Moncton Hospital. Born in Dalhousie, he was the son of the late Rino and Gabrielle (Martin) Fournier.
After John left Dalhousie, he finished his schooling in Moncton, where he met his now former wife, Nancy. They raised their kids in several places including Toronto, Montreal and Grand-Falls. After a short time on Prince Edward Island, they settled in Moncton, where they have been since 1992.
For most of his working career John was a dedicated industrial sales representative for several heavy equipment companies around the Maritimes. His hard work and tenacity earned him a well-respected reputation among his peers. Later in life, he launched his own company, his pride and joy – John Fournier Hydraulics, where he sold and installed hydraulics on heavy machinery and boats all over Atlantic Canada. Health issues eventually slowed him down, but he remained so proud of his company and his philosophy of ecological responsibility.
John was beloved by his family and extended family. Known for a great sense of humour, kindness and going the extra mile, John could always be counted on to bring a smile to those he met. Without fail anytime restaurant servers would ask how his food was, he would reply "It’s awful" (with a huge smile). "Awful good." He loved music, especially the Beatles, loved to travel and wherever he went, ensured everyone was having a good time. He loved woodworking and carved the most beautiful wooden sailboats. He was proud of his family and made sure they knew how well they were loved. He led a full life and through thick and thin, maintained his positive outlook and good nature.
He will be dearly missed by his four children; Chris (Patricia), Leslie (Mike), Andrea, and Rob, former wife; Nancy, and his cherished grand children; Keaton, Henri and Alexa, as well as his sisters; Helene and Anne. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Lynn.
He was surrounded by his family in his final days. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of The Moncton Hospital, who looked after him so well.
Respecting his wishes, cremation will take place at Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Rd., Riverview (856-2007). Donations to the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation are welcome. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cobbsfuneralhome.ca