ForeverMissed
Tributes
Posted by Andrew Cash on January 25, 2021
To Sandy, Nicole and Daniel
Sandy, it was an honour to know your husband. He made a difference. We are all so sorry for your loss. John made a huge impact on our crew of fading hockey stars, firstly by schooling us in the game of hockey and by doing it with grace, humility and humour. Secondly in the fearlessness with which he fought cancer. Nothing was going to stop him from doing what he loved. It was really something watching him play, especially when Nicole and Daniel were playing as well. The three of you on the ice together on the same team…well, enough said. When we all get the green light to play again know that you both are welcome any time.
Peace,
Andrew Cash
Posted by Yves Caron on January 22, 2021
Dear John family,

I've known John for over 25 years as a colleague from Montreal at ElectroSonic and especially at Matera. I always considered John a dear friend (even if he was a Leafs fan). I have great memories of our business trips and phone conversations, he always spoke about the 3 of you regarding work, school or sports. He was one of the nicest and funny person I've ever met in my life, except on a hockey rink I heard. I will miss him greatly.
My most sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Yves Caron
Posted by Laura Wilson on January 19, 2021
Sandy, Nicole and Daniel,
We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. We were so fortunate to meet John through Leaside. His hockey IQ was second-to-none and he was a true ambassador for the sport. We will miss our fellow Leafs fan. Our condolences go out to you.
Rob, Laura, Chris and Colleen Wilson
Posted by Terry Walker on January 19, 2021
Dear Sandy, Nicole, Daniel. I am very sorry for your loss.
I hated playing hockey with John, unless we were team mates of course.
.... made me look foolish way too many times.
Always enjoyed having a pint with him post game. He's lived a life, and had some great stories. I was glad he shared his experiences through all of this. What courage! He was Cheerful, graceful and a true gentleman on and off the ice.
Posted by Donna Gilchrist on January 19, 2021
Sandy, My sincerest sympathies to you and your family. Take care, Donna.
Posted by Michael Kudryk on January 17, 2021
To Sandy, Nicole, Daniel and the entire Hebert family, my most sincere and heartfelt condolences. It’s pretty obvious by all these posts how many lives John has touched and the love and affection for him. I to share those sentiments. He had an engaging personality and a wonderful sense of humour, he was generous and kind and made everyone around him feel welcome, a true friend to all! He was a fierce competitor with great will and determination, the type of person you’d want to have on your team or in your corner. He was a guy everyone respected and was an inspiration to us all! I am fortunate to have known him for so many years and have him as my friend! John will be sadly missed but the great memories we all have will live on!

“Rock ’em, Sock ’em, old time hockey! Lets go boys!” - John

Rest in peace buddy!
Posted by John Wilkinson on January 17, 2021
I extend sincere and deep condolences from our entire family - John, Jane, Katie and Connor. Our family benefitted greatly from John's kindness, support, selfless commitment to others, patience, and hockey acumen. I witnessed John coach hockey at a challenging and high level - and he consistently put the players first. Katie benefitted greatly from these years. The best part of that was that he coached alongside Nicole which showed for me that the example of community spirit, the willingness to give back, and a profound love of sport flows from one generation to the next. My warmest memories of John, Sandy, Nicole and Daniel are sharing time with them during the Sweden - Finland extravaganza. These are wonderful memories - made possible by John's leadership, coaching skill, and the warmth of family and friends. Although we have not seen each other recently, please know that we cherish our memories of John and we are proud to have known him.
Posted by COLIN MERCIER on January 17, 2021
Dear Sandy, Nicole and Daniel:

I am so, so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man with a great spirit! I got to know him through our regular Friday hockey game where he was an outstanding player - smart, unselfish, highly skilled and hard working - and our many post game chats at the Dora. He and I had much in common as we each have a son and daughter (Wildcats) who play hockey and we were both involved in coaching our kids. My kids are 5-10 years younger than Nicole and Daniel so I think John enjoyed hearing my more recent tales and I would always seek his advice on coaching related matters and appreciated his generosity and wisdom.  You could just feel his passion for the sport on and off the ice and see how he had passed that on to Nicole and Daniel.  I truly admired his quiet perseverance as he continued to play hockey as much as he possibly could between treatments, surgeries etc. He helped show us all to live each moment to the fullest and really appreciate the small things in life. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Again, my heartfelt condolences to Sandy, Nicole and Daniel.

Colin

Posted by Steve Izumi on January 15, 2021
Like a few others, I too have known John since high school. Some great memories for sure. Last fall, my wife and I had the opportunity to host John and Sandy for dinner. They both looked great and were so upbeat and positive. We spent a few hours talking and it will be a time that I can cherish forever. My deepest condolences to Sandy, Nicole and Daniel on your loss. Sincerely, Deb and Steve Izumi
Posted by Liz Hicks on January 13, 2021
Dear Sandy, have been thinking of you and hoping you are doing ok under the circumstances. What a lovely tribute and photos of your husband. It's easy to see what great person and family man he was. To you, your family, and all who knew him, I extend my sincerest sympathies. Take care, Elizabeth
Posted by Larry Gilbraith on January 12, 2021
Sandy, Nicole and Daniel

Very Sad to hear the news of John’s passing and my deepest condolences .
I met John in the early 90’s and we worked together at two companies .
He was always enthusiastic , positive , energetic and a great person to be around .

An all around nice guy who was very proud of his family and will be greatly missed .
Posted by Paul Aitken on January 12, 2021
There are many ways I could describe John. I knew him through hockey and he was of course an exceptional player. I also grew to admire his strength and humour as he tackled his health problems. But I was most impressed by his generosity. I loved playing with John because he would pass me the puck, even though he knew it was a low percentage play. I doubt he knew how much I appreciated that. I will miss him greatly, both on and off the ice.
Posted by PETER SECCARECCIA on January 12, 2021
Sandy, Nicole and Daniel, my deepest condolences. I was very saddened to hear of John's passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have only know John a few years but have so many great memories of playing a spirited hockey game with John and then sharing some laughs and a pint or two. John was so talented and such a fierce competitor on the ice, and everyone's friend off the ice. I could see John had a great love for hockey and for life, but as I got to know him better I realized he had an even greater love and pride for his family. He battled his illness with so much courage and strength and persistence and positivity. He was a great role model and inspiration for me. Johnny, I will miss you but never forget you. Rest in peace.
Posted by David Huntus on January 11, 2021
Great sadness in learning of John Hebert's passing.

Tireless and longtime volunteer in the community on several fronts, fabulous teammate on the ice and in the change room, devoted family man and of course the consummate Leafs fan.  This is the John I came to know all those years ago.

What always struck me on a personal level was how patient, understanding and positive John was with people around him.  He listened to what everybody had to say and then had his say when the time was right. Along with that went his marvelous and slightly mischievous sense of humour.  Anybody hearing the uproarious laughter emanating from the change room after every Thursday 3-on-3 hockey game years ago was evidence enough of how John herds a bunch of old cats together and plays a central role in making it a playful and welcoming experience for all.

Sandy, Nicole, Daniel. My deepest sympathies for your loss. 

John, long may you skate.

Posted by Reed Peters on January 10, 2021
Well, we always lose the good ones.
Johnny was truly one of the good ones in every way. A class act before and after and during game ( well unless you did something to set him off lol )
Some of us at Tuesday night hockey have played every week for 10,20,30 even 40 years and Im thankful had the chance to be around him all this years was great. His energy was contagious. He always made time for everyone and always asked and cared how everyone else was doing . His kids Daniel and Nicole have been regulars with us for almost 10 years now and they have the same respectful, positivity and integrity that Johnny has.

Even in the midst of COVID we were able to squeeze in a few get togethers at the Rhino and the golf course and always a treat .

We will miss him greatly but take comfort in the fact we will see his spirit when hockey resumes in Nicole and Daniel.

Sandy, Nicole, Daniel- please take comfort that your husband/father was truly a terrific person and everyone will miss him greatly and he will forever be part of us weekly at Tuesday night hockey. Perhaps more accurately he was Tuesday night hockey, we just got to be privileged guests once a week.

We miss you Johnny

Derek



Posted by ron deibert on January 10, 2021
Dear Sandy, Nicole, Daniel and all of your extended family. I am very sorry for your loss. I loved playing hockey with John. He was an extraordinarily gifted hockey player, with amazing talent, grit, determination, and grace -- on and off the ice. He was a gentleman and a caring father and husband. He always made me feel welcome, and I looked forward to his big smile and hearty laugh in the dressing room. I'll miss him tremendously and wish you all peace and comfort as you heal.
All the best
Ron Deibert
Posted by Karon Banting Gerace on January 9, 2021
Sandy, Daniel, Nicole, my deepest sympathy to you all, I am so sad for your tremendous loss.
All of these pictures of John tell some great visual stories of a fun-loving man who cherished and adored each of you.
 
I remember in our High School days John's laugh was infectious, he had a hilarious joke for all occasions and always had a smile on his face.

He is remembered as an amazing person who would do anything to help anyone.

"Gone too soon my friend, cheers until we meet again."

Posted by Gill Grant on January 9, 2021
Hopeful. Optimistic. Quietly determined. This is how I will remember John because this is how he faced his diagnosis. Kind, thoughtful and patient too. But mostly I will remember the many hours in hospitals spent talking about john’s family. Antics with the dogs, game nights into the early morning hours, family meals, cottage holidays, jobs, relationships....tales told lovingly by a man whose foundation was his family. To all of you, I am sorry for this heartbreaking loss.
Gill Grant
Posted by Peter Loney on January 9, 2021
Was sorry to hear of John's passing. Great guy that I knew through business... and hockey for a lot of years. Condolences to his family and may John rest in peace.
Posted by Jennifer Smith on January 8, 2021
Sandy, Nicole, and Daniel my heart goes out to you and I wish you comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead. John will be so, so missed by everyone whose life he touched. I met him through hockey, like so many of us, and he was an enormous support to me as I navigated the Leaside Wildcats board and everything that came with that responsibility. John was kind and passionate, funny and honest, hardworking, and a true friend and valued colleague. He may have loved the Leafs, and I the Habs, but we could be friends despite that one difference. Together we brought a much-needed Junior team to Leaside and that is one small part of his legacy. Arguably, his work (and Nicole's) with our youngest players, was as important if not as visible. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time. - Jennifer
Posted by tony dipede on January 8, 2021
Sad to hear. The love he had for his family was ever present in everything he did. Condolences to Sandy Nicole and Daniel. John and I coached together when our daughters Nicole and Mariah played together at Leaside. Lots of great memories made, lots of life lessons learned together. God Bless.
Posted by Mike Webb on January 8, 2021
I have thought about this for a few days now and although there are so many great stories I thought of to share from the many years, I find it too difficult to share them now.

I’ve lost a friend who showed me true courage, strength and humility... and saying goodbye physically hurts.

I’m glad I got to tell you that I love you buddy.
Posted by Mari Fernandez on January 8, 2021
To Sandy, Nicole and Daniel, my deepest sympathies and condolences to you all.  You'll be in my prayers. May you continue to have courage, strength and support for each other during this difficult time. May John rest in eternal paradise.
Posted by Ron Baker on January 8, 2021
Dear Sandy, Nicole and Daniel,
My deepest condolences for your profound loss.
It was my great pleasure to serve with John on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer in the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association for many years. I think we first met when Nicole was a Peewee and John was coaching Nicole's rep team with our old friend David Huntus. There can be no doubt as to John's extensive hockey knowledge and coaching talent, but my best and favorite memories of John have nothing to do with elite hockey. When we started the learn-to-play program at Leaside, we were short of volunteers to assist with our 5 and 6 year old beginners. It wasn't hard to recruit John. He'd come out on Sunday morning at 7am, usually with Nicole in tow (or vice versa) and they'd spend the next couple of hours on the ice helping the little girls get up on their skates which often meant kneeling on the ice to give support. He had a very gentle, caring and pleasant nature, which made him especially effective. The legacy of this generosity -- most of the girls developed a love for the game and many later volunteered as instructors. He was a great guy. It was a privilege to know and work with him.
Take care and all the best.
Ron
Posted by Ben Hawkins on January 8, 2021
I am so saddened to hear about John's death, and will remember him as one of the stalwarts of our Tuesday morning St. Mike's skates for as long as I play hockey. I loved playing with him - he kept you on your toes because of his skill and energy, and was a great presence in the dressing room.

We will never forget you, John!

Posted by Patricia Scanlon on January 8, 2021
We are so shocked and saddened to read about John's passing. Our hearts go out to Sandy, Nicole and Daniel. Go figure the last time we saw John was in a hockey arena! We knew the Herbert's from hockey life. He was our daughters coach with the Wildcats and I was the trainer for the team. My husband would run into him at Ted Reeve and he was always interested in our family hockey stories. His compassion for the game was paramount as he coached and lead well, but taught so many the fundamentals and privilege of the game. He brought the best talent out in our daughter's game and that of many other young players. He was fair and honest. He knew the game well. He worked very hard to make the most out every game, practice and training session. Moreover, he was a great person. Full of joy, laughter, and love for his family and friends. We have lost a good one! Sincerely, Patti, Mark, Sara Trevor
Posted by Brian Grant on January 8, 2021
Sandy, Nicole and Daniel.
I am at a loss to find the right words. My very deepest condolences to you and to John's extended family. What a wonderful, energetic, interested and involved man, genuinely caring and aware, so quietly strong and reliable, in every way. I will find it hard to believe he is gone and will miss him very much.
With deepest sympathy,
Brian
Posted by Vito Ciraco on January 8, 2021
Dear Sandy, Nicole and Daniel, our deepest condolences on your great loss. John was always a happy, funny person. I had my first motorcycle ride on the back of one of John's bikes. I still remember riding all the way up to Bracebridge holding on to dear life; that was John, live and enjoy life. In recent years I have seen the strength and courage in John without complaining which was truly inspiring to witness. We will miss you, and the world is a sadder place without you. Rest in peace my friend. Love Helen, Cesare and Vito
Posted by Loreena Percy on January 8, 2021
Sandy - I am so sorry, I can't imagine what this must be like. I am thinking of you and your family, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. We are all here to support you, with whatever you need.
Posted by Kevin Aspila on January 8, 2021
To use a hockey term, Johnny was a beauty. Great on the ice and lots of fun off of it. He was also very proud of his family. Sincere condolences to Sandy, Nicole and Daniel.
Posted by Andrew Bunting on January 8, 2021
JOHNNY BOY..... I was so very lucky to meet John threw sports,our friendship grew from there.. our kids played hockey and ball hockey together for years.. i loved watching Nicole playing hockey and would stand with Sandy and John cheering her on... He was a great man..A great friend ..a great coach.. a great father and husband.. he was always there for everyone anytime... .. he asked me to help him coach both hockey and ball hockey over the years.. he ended up teaching me so much.. he was a patient man let me tell you..lol..especially with me that was a task in its self ..lol..we sure had alot of fun on our tournys away with our familys and friends.. beers after the games with John were always fun going over the games. ...I will miss you Johnny Boy more than you know... what you did for all our kids teaching them so much i am so very grateful.. im very grateful to have known you and very thankful to call you a friend.. Our Deepest Condolences go out to Sandy Nicole and Daniel.. huge hugs and loads of love for you all...we love you guys.........Johnny Boy im sure you have already organized a skate up there buddy..no doubt... CHEERS BUDDY...
Posted by Mathieu G on January 8, 2021
My deepest condolences to Sandy, family & John's many friends. John was truly a great guy. He wore his heart on his sleeve, & always let you know where he stood. I started playing hockey with Johnny back in the mid eighties. To watch him play, the effort, the enthusiasm, provided inspiration to play harder. If I was not playing particularily well, Johnny would look over at me on the bench & simply say "Matty". Message sent. John will be missed.
Posted by Marc Zahab on January 7, 2021
I've been staring at this tribute page for a long time and I'm not quite sure what to say. If you knew John, then you know that he and Sandy were so close, that he was a great dad and an amazing hockey player. That he was fun to be around and have a beer with and that he was just an all around nice guy. He taught me a lot about the game of hockey and most importantly the game of life. He never stopped fighting. He would be knocked down from some of his treatments that he was going through but then he would get right back up. I saw him days after some of his treatments and he would still come out for hockey or go for walks. I still can't believe he's gone. I feel so bad for Sandy, Nicole and Daniel, my heart goes out to all of you. John was my friend and I will miss him.
Posted by Donna MacLachlan on January 7, 2021
My condolences on the passing of such a friendly, funny guy who impressed me with his skills at coaching some pretty rambunctious kids in ball hockey. Our family was so fortunate to have spent time with him, Sandy, Daniel and Nicole. He will be missed.
Posted by Steve Baird on January 7, 2021
I am deeply saddened in learning about the passing of John. I spent a season as John's Assistant Coach coaching our daughters. He was so good to the players and a pleasure to be around.
To Nicole, my deepest condolences to you and your family.
To John, Rest in Peace and if there is a game going on up there tonight put one under the bar for all the girls you influenced with your hockey knowledge and friendship.

Steve Baird
Posted by LJ Savage on January 7, 2021
I was very sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. I send my condolences to Sandy, Nicole and Daniel. I've known John for as long as my son played sports as either a fellow parent as our boys played together, or as a coach as our boys played together. He was a fair and strong coach and mentor to the kids and to me, and was funny as hell. I am sorry that I hadn't seen him in a while. I will miss him.
Posted by Mackenzie Campbell on January 7, 2021
John was such an awesome hockey coach. He pushed us but always made sure we were having a blast playing the game he loved. Thinking of Nicole and the whole Hebert family.
Posted by Chris Prentice on January 7, 2021
I was very saddened to hear of John's passing. I was another of the many fellows who played with John for many years Tuesday morning’s at St. Mike’s and got to know him well. He was truly a wonderful person, great to be around, always supportive and encouraging, always with a smile and a really good hockey player. He was a great playmaker and had an excellent, challenging shot. I know, because, as one of the goalies he enjoyed shooting against, I can attest to his accuracy and his ability to evade my poke-check! In fact, I’m sure I still have bruises from one or two of his shots! 

My sincerest condolences to all of you. Daniel, Nicole, your dad will be missed but remember, he will live on in each of you!
Posted by Duane Booth on January 7, 2021
"Johnny Boy!" is how I would greet John each time I would see him at the rink, or at work, or at the bar, or when we met in his backyard over the last year for a chat about life and hope. He was, just as everyone has been saying, a terrific, kind, fun, interesting man, who loved his family, and his Maple Leafs. It was always a treat to have John, Nicole and Dan attend my Fesitvus hockey- and watch the Hebert Line dominate when on the ice. My condolences to Sandy and Nikki and Dan, and Tucker. Although sad now, we will always talk about John with smiles on our faces for years to come.
Posted by Diane McDonald on January 7, 2021
Sandy, Nicole and Daniel, I am sending my deepest condolences and love to you during this incredibly sad time. Johnny was my cousin and an amazing guy. I remember growing up we would go to their house all the time and I would wait in anticipation to see what bone he had broken this time, playing hockey.  He also delighted in being "older" than me (he was March, I was May of the same year) which during our younger years was something to be jealous of! Johnny was one of the nicest people I have ever known and the love he had for his family (and hockey) was like no other. RIP cousin, you will be missed
Posted by RAY MOULSDALE on January 7, 2021
THERE GOES A LEAFS FAN!!!!
I’ll never forget where and when that saying originated.
I’ve known you for almost 30 years and I’m definitely a better person today because of that.
You loved life, family and hockey and always wanted to be the best you could at each of them.
You taught me that being competitive was a good thing but should be equaled with fairness and sportsmanship.
You will be remembered by me as a warm, caring, funny and genuine person who was a real pain to try and get the puck off lol.
Sandy, Nicole, Daniel, i'm so sorry for your loss.

I will miss you a lot my friend.
Posted by Andrew Lennox on January 7, 2021
To John's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know John well from Tuesday morning hockey and a bit of an overlap mountain biking. We often sat beside each other in the dressing room and traded stories on work, family and hockey. He was an exceptional person, enormously likeable and I had great respect for him. He was a much better hockey player and often helped me with my game with great expertise, understanding and patience. I look forward to the future "celebration of life" event once we are through the pandemic.
Posted by Catherine Swanton on January 7, 2021
Andy and I send our deepest condolences to you Sandy and your family.  Take comfort in all your loving memories of John, he is now your guardian angel watching over you and Nicole, Daniel and Zoe. 

 “Those we love don’t go away they stay in our hearts and walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near”



Posted by Jeff Black on January 7, 2021
So saddened to hear of John's passing despite his most valiant of efforts. I was looking forward to a motorcycle trip with him this summer. Will cherish the memories of Tuesday morning hockey with him along with the other occasion's being blessed with his presence.
Sincerely, Jeff
Posted by David Todd on January 7, 2021
I just heard the news about John. I am so very sorry. I've known John for about 13 years and he is one of a select few clients that I would consider a friend. That's just the way John was, such a good guy that everyone wanted to be his friend! John and I shared a passion for hockey, coaching hockey and motorcycles. Funny enough, our last conversation was only a few months ago discussing his recently modified Honda CB900F. He was so proud of his "new" beautiful bike!

However, what John was most proud of was his family. A conversation with John always included updates about Sandy, Nicole and Daniel. He loved you guys so much, it's difficult to put into words.

I know John will be dearly missed, but I'm sure that you will hold onto all your many happy memories which will make each day just a little bit easier.

Take care,

Dave
Posted by Mike Lyons on January 7, 2021
Sandy, Nicole and Daniel

I am so sorry for your loss.

I Met John about 45 years ago when I first arrive at Monarch Park, we became friends immediately. I loved his sense of humor and could appreciate his iron clad loyalty. Developing a Bond was quite easy as anyone who played sports or spent an evening enjoying pints with John, he was great guy to be around. His many friends and family can attest to his resolve, John never asked for help he gave it.
He was there for me so many times in my life, though we were many miles apart we kept in contact, Unfortunately the this last year made that a challenge.
I cant express how much I will miss him, when I look down the bench and not to have him there. John was the type of friend or teammate everyone wanted, he never half assed anything and his humor was infectious, we laughed many hours and had many great memories, my friend and brother will be greatly missed
Posted by Nell Lauretta on January 7, 2021
I knew Johnny through his cousin Diane. We attended the same high school.
I had the opportunity to see him and Sandy at the school's reunion quite a few years back. Nicest guy you could ever have the pleasure of knowing.
His smile was contagious. 
My sincere condolences to the Hebert family.
Posted by Cheryl Dreifelds on January 7, 2021
Such sad news, sending you lots of hugs as you grieve through this immensely sad time. We hope to see you back up at the lake this summer and go for a walk along John's path through the forest.. it will remind you of his strength, perseverance and love for you all and help to ease your pain and heal a bit. Victor, Cheryl and family ♥
Posted by Char Landry on January 7, 2021
Matante Ella & family,
Our most sincere sympathies to all of you.
Charline & Conrad Landry
Jocelyne & Clarence Cormier
Dieppe, NB
Posted by Ursula Beamish-Mader on January 7, 2021
Our condolences to Sandy, Nicole, Daniel and the Hebert family. We had the privilege to have met John as our children entered school and have been lucky to have known him as loving husband, dedicated father and avid sportsmen. He was always kind and generous. We were delighted when he and his family joined our curling community. He will be very much missed. Wishing you all much strength during this difficult time.
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