His Life

John Hebert

Early Life:
John grew up in Toronto, ON, with family ties in Shediac NB. 
He attended Monarch CI, where he met his high school sweetheart and wife Sandy. John and Sandy have stayed together since high school for over 40 years, making a wonderful life together.  

John worked in the Electronics Industry in Sales for majority of his career. He loved all of his jobs and numerous companies he worked for. We always said he was a born sales guy as he was so outgoing and could talk to anyone, making friends everywhere he went. John always said he was grateful for all his jobs, people he met and travelling opportunities.  

As many of you know, for John, hockey was life. There was nothing John loved more (well maybe his family but its a close call). John grew up playing hockey and continued throughout his adult life. He even managed to play while battling stage 4 cancer. Managing to still be better than most of the guys on the ice. He has told us, numerous times if it weren't for hockey he would not have met so many great people. Most of whom he remained very close friends with till the end.

Tuesday Night hockey at McCormick was something John looked forward to every week. John started playing with this group of guys over 40 years ago and always enjoyed the conversations over drinks after the game at the Rhino. As they grew older both Daniel and Nicole were able to join him in this Tuesday night league, and having both his kids playing right along side of him was a highlight for John. 

Tuesday mornings at St.Mikes. John played with these guys for over 10 years. He would always say he hated waking up that early, especially in the winter, but was always so glad when he did. 

Thursday Night hockey in Richmond Hill. John often reminisced about the great chemistry on and off the ice and often would hang-out in the dressing room chatting until the wee hours. 

Friday Afternoons at East York. John always said it was the best way to start the weekend, playing two hours and then ending up at the Dora Keogh pub afterwards for drinks and great conversation. 

Hobbies/ Interests
John was always the life of the party, always wanting everyone to have a great time. He had a great love of music as he prided in having almost 6000 songs on his Itunes. His family agrees though that Metallica and the Tragically Hip were definitely his favourite go-to's.  

He had a love for motorcycles (albeit to Sandy's dismay) since he was young. John enjoyed his annual Friday the 13th rides to Port Dover to partake in everything motorcycle related. He made friends everywhere he went and John really cherished his latter afternoons spent fixing up and restoring his Honda.

John loved adventure, and always looked forward to the annual Hebert camping trip with Sandy, Daniel and Nicole. Whether it be cliff jumping in Elora Gorge with Daniel, Hiking or playing cards together as a family on a rainy camping day John enjoyed every minute. Especially since he never lost a game of rummy. 

He loved spending time with his family, and always made sure to never miss any of Daniel and Nicole's hockey practices or soccer games. John was a dedicated father and coach, and devoted countless hours volunteering his time with many organizations over the years, including partaking in the board of directors for Leaside hockey. He enjoyed throwing BBQs in the backyard, gathering family and friends for good food, a few drinks, and a game of darts.

John will be remembered as a loving, kind, out-going, funny husband, father, son, brother and friend. Even while battling cancer, recovering from the numerous surgeries and on-going chemo and radiation treatments, John never complained and often was smiling and joking around with anyone around him. Often times, its hard to fathom why such an amazing person is taken so soon. The only solace I can take peace in, is that he lived more than most people do in his short years on this earth. My dad did not believe in God, but he did believe in the Hockey Gods and I know he is already playing hockey where ever he is. 

John leaves behind his loving wife Sandy, children Nicole and Daniel, mother Ella, brother Bob and many close family and friends.