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Dr. John F. Sangster

March 18, 2022

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the untimely and tragic passing of John Forbes Sangster, on Friday, March 18, 2022, in an automobile accident. He will be forever remembered by his wife Toula, and his children, Michelle (Gary), Sandra (Jim), Don (Nicole), his stepson Anthony Gerace (Ailin), and beloved grandchildren Tori, Emily, Kaia and Noah. He was born on February 14, 1943, in London, where he attended primary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Dr. John Sangster had an illustrious medical career after graduating from Western University Medical School in 1967. As one of the first graduates of the Family Medicine residency program in 1970, he was a well-known and highly respected clinician who enjoyed practicing and promoting comprehensive Family Medicine. In 1978, he became a full time clinical academic physician in the Department of Family Medicine practicing at the Byron Family Medical Centre, where he served as Medical Director for 18 years. He later served as committee member, chair and inspirational leader of the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO).

John completed his Master of Clinical Science degree in Family Medicine in 1984 and was appointed Director of the Graduate Studies Program. During his 18 years as Director, he championed the international growth of graduate academic training in Family Medicine. He authored several publications and made numerous presentations at local, provincial, national, and international Family Medicine Forums. He was an exemplary educator and won student accolades and many teaching awards throughout his career including the McWhinney Teaching Award, the prestigious Dean’s Award of Excellence in Education, and the Family Physician of the Year Award. He established the J.F. Sangster Graduate Studies in Family Medicine award to support students enrolled in the graduate programs in Family Medicine.

The thread through all these accomplishments, was his ability to connect with his patients, students, colleagues, and all those around him, including his many friends, and of course his family. He was a loving husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather. His family will forever cherish the many fond memories of everyday laughs, special holidays, and his loving hand to support them through life’s most challenging times. He enjoyed travel and was an avid sports enthusiast, with a particular fondness for playing golf and cheering on the Jays, Raptors, Mustangs, Leafs, and Knights. He loved his ’56 T-Bird (fondly known as The Princess) and enjoyed the friendship of the Thunderbird Club of Southern Ontario.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where a funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The family requests that all in attendance wear a mask. Reception to follow the service. For public health reasons, there will be no food or beverage served.

A private family inurnment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of building infrastructure at Schulich Medicine: attention Kendra Lealess, Western University, Westminster Hall, Suite 260, 1151 Richmond St. London, ON N6A 3K7 (cheques payable to Western University) (, by calling 519-661-4200, or to the John F. Sangster Fund for Excellence in Lymphoma Research and Care (John F. Sangster – In memoriam – Fondation de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (

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Missing you each and every day, Dad. Missing our connection, missing our conversations and…especially at this time of year, missing that special bond that grew out of us “sharing” (well almost) our birthdays. So many wonderful memories of our joint celebrations over the years…raising a birthday toast and celebrating with you in spirit. Forever your little “Sassafras”❤️

~ Sandy (Sangster) Hinton

The back breaking work of fatherhood

~ Don Sangster

Pond Hockey Goalie

~ Don Sangster

Merry Christmas Dad. We love you and miss your welcoming, charismatic, loving, caring and fun self .

~ Don Sangster

Greg & I had such respect for Dr. Sangster. I only learned today of his passing after a visit with a friend from London. Dr. Sangster was our doctor while attending UWO and he delivered our sons James and Robert in my fourth and fifth year of university ( 1978 and 79). He was such a caring family doctor and helped us navigate the stress of becoming parents while completing our thesis work and my teacher education degree. He told us that 20 years forward we would look back on these stressful times and smile at how it was a blessing. He has always held a special place in our hearts! Our deepest sympathy Bonnie & Greg Bilcox

~ Bonnie Bilcox

Dad….we’re so thankful for the father that you were and grateful for how you lived your “Dash”. We miss you terribly. The tragic way that you were taken from us has been so absolutely devastating. In time, we hope to find some solace knowing that your light will continue to shine on through all of us who were lucky enough to have known you. With love and special thoughts from all of us on this Father’s Day…

~ Sandy (Sangster) Hinton

Words are not enough to express my thoughts! All the very best to family & friends after such a loss!

~ Ron Robinson

I remember John's smile and larger than life personality. He had enthusiasm and a passion for family medicine that left an impression in my career. I am very grateful for that time and the many contributions John made to FM in London and far beyond.

~ Cathy and Bryan MacLean

Dear Toula, We are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of your beloved John. He was a wonderful and well respected man who touched so many lives. We are honoured to have known John and will miss him greatly. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

~ Janet and Heinz Mayr

I was very saddened to hear of Dr Sangster's passing. He was my family doctor when I was growing up in London. Despite making me cry during my childhood immunizations, he and the whole team at Byron definitely left a positive impact on me - so much so that I pursued medicine and became a family doctor myself. I still credit him for showing the positive impact that an amazing family doctor can have on their patients. He leaves such a legacy of those whose lives he impacted. My sincere condolences to his whole family.

~ Andrew Sparrow

A donation has been made to John F. Sangster Fund for Excellence in Lymphoma Research and Care. Message from the donator: Dear Toula and Sangster family, We were deeply saddened to hear of John’s untimely death and our hearts go out to you. We admired the generous way that John gave his time and expertise to his extended family and community. My great-aunt Lou raised John to be a caring and compassionate individual. My Aunt Verlyn never tired of expressing how thankful she was to John and his mother for supporting her during a difficult time in her life. My sister and I were also grateful for the support and reassurance John provided in our mother’s final year. When he drove to Toronto for her visitation, we appreciated John’s warmth and positivity in spite of the situation. We are so very sorry for your loss.

~ Robin and John Maitland

We are deeply saddened by news of the tragic accident and John Sangster's passing. John was a great friend, family doctor and neighbour. We began our adventure into farm life about the same time and shared a fascination and love of antique farm tractors. He was an avid sportsman and water skied with us on numerous occasions at Wildwood Lake. He was loved, respected and admired by all who crossed his path. Our condolences to all the Sangster family.

~ Cardy and Katharine Wells

I went through public school with John. He was a driven student, very well liked and respected by all classmates. I recall he lost his father in about grade three or four and was raised by his mother. I went to Beal and John went to Central and we lost touch. I heard John went into medicine . I didn’t see John again until December 1967 when our family was huddled in a room at St. Joe’s getting the bad news on dad. John came in to comfort. He didn’t have to but that was John. I never forgot that wonderful act of kindness an wanted to share it with John ‘s family and friends. I am not surprised reading about the positive mark John made in his industry. I am so sorry for your loss

~ Bill Winser

I am deeply saddened by the news of John's passing. I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know John through the Thunderbird Club and will miss his friendship at these events. To Toula and family both Kim and I send our condolences in your time of mourning . Only in John's passing have I learned that my Mother worked with John as a nurse back in the day. My business partner was a golfing buddy of John. And good friends of my Mother's are also good friends with John and Toula. The world is a small place but John seemed to make a big mark in it. His loss will leave a big hole in the world and many will miss John's presence in our world. But that only speaks to the positive impact John had in the world. David Pallett

~ David J Pallett

Remembering John and his wonderful smile, great style, love for life and happy laugh will give us all comfort at this sad time and help in the days ahead. He was a wonderful person and I'm so fortunate to have known him all my life.

~ Barbara Sangster (cousin)

Dear Toula, we were so sorry to learn of John's untimely and tragic death, our sincere condolences to you and your family. We were fortunate to have had John as a family physician for over thirty years and spanning three generations. We remember John as not only caring and personable but always pragmatic and open to new ideas. What a huge loss for his family and the community. Please know that we are holding you in our hearts at this sad time.

~ Norton and Maureen Campbell

Toula, Don and the Sangster Family my heart goes out to you all during this sad time. I am so sorry to hear about Johns passing. I remember John taking me to the hospital for a project I had to do for school on medicine - he was truly in his happy place & an inspiring experience for me. His infectious laugh and kind heart has always left an imprint on me since I was a teen. My deepest sympathies to you and your families.

~ Kimberly Shuttleworth

We were all terribly sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. John Sangster. His tribute was beautiful and acknowledged all of his professional and personal accomplishments. It highlighted what a kind, generous, and fun loving man he was. John was a wonderful friend to my father, John Kyes, since medical school in '67. Photos of their friendship show a lifetime of laughter, adventure, travel and cars. It was, very much, a life well lived and we are grateful to John for his life long friendship. It was tradition for our father to host a small group every Civic holiday at our cottage in Honey Harbor. It is a tradition that we continued since his passing until covid. There are many photos to choose from but we can only share one here and we chose this particular one because we feel it represents how big in spirit John really was.

~ The Kyes Family

We were just so saddened to read about the untimely death of John—a wonderful friend and compassionate physician to so many. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time

~ Denise and Ron Wexler

My thoughts are with John's family as I look at photos of childhood get togethers with our relatives ; vacations in Florida and Cape Hatteras and numerous Christmas, weddings and other celebrations we shared. John, and my dad ,Jim Sangster shared a special bond. I will always cherish these memories.

~ Cousin Lynda(Sangster) Kinsley

I am deeply sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with the entire family during this difficult time. John has left such a lasting legacy in the Department of Family Medicine with his gift as a family physician, mentor, colleague and friend. He will be remembered fondly and forever.

~ Joanne Gibb, Department of Family Medicine

Dear Toula and family: We are sending our sincerest condolences on the untimely death of Dr. Sangster, our family doctor who provided exceptional care to our family until he retired from practice. We appreciated both of you over the decades, especially your gentle, kind approach with us and our young children. We benefitted from his exceptional medical knowledge and wisdom on so many occasions. May memories and tributes of him console you in the coming days. God bless you all.

~ Chris and Yvette Fliesser

John was a great teacher and a wonderful person who always brought life and light into a room. He will be deeply missed. Toula, I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Cathy Frederick

Sandy, Michelle and Don, Our sincerest condolences for the loss of your Father. There are not enough words to offer comfort; nor enough words to describe the admiration each of you and everyone had for John. Reading these tributes is a true testament to the incredible, positive impact John had on so many lives! Love to everyone!

~ Chris and Jenn Drumm

We send our deepest condolences to the whole Sangster family. John was an outstanding family physician. He worked very hard and also enjoyed life. I first met John at the Byron Family Medical Centre. It was a real pleasure working with John. We also had fun times with the numerous summer baseball games and seasonal get togethers and parties. He was always positive and vibrant and he had time for everyone. My wife Lauretta and I will always treasure the fond memories of John. His spirit will always be with you. May he rest in peace. God bless. Andy Pisarczyk

~ Andy and Laureta Pisarczyk

Toula, Michelle and family - My parents (Robert & Carole Anderson) told me about the passing of your husband/father. It's been many years since Michelle and I played together as children, John came to our house to play poker with my dad and his friends, and since Toula & John came to dinner parties when I was still a teenager living at home. But I remember him and his infectious laugh. I wanted to extend my condolences to all of you for this terrible loss. Lesley Anderson

~ Lesley Anderson

My condolences to the entire Sangster family. I remember John and his beautiful smile and fondly recall family visits at the Sangster home (in the 80’s.) I’m saddened that he is gone but know his bright light will continue to shine through memories as well as through all the people for whom he cared.

~ Pearl Meadows

Devastating news to hear of John's passing. We were patients at Byron since late 1970's and always appreciated the kindness, intuition and good listening skills that Dr. Sangster showed. He delivered all our children especially our daughter, his smallest preemie ever Bridget and for that alone I will never forget him. Deepest, most sincere, sympathy to Toula and their family of this wonderful man. This is a total shock to us. He was an amazing doctor and friend to all of our family. He will be truly missed by everyone he was in contact with. Such a gentle and kind man. We'll miss you at the Mustang Games!!! Kathy & Paul Geraghty

~ Kathy & Paul Geraghty

Dr. Sangster is one of the loveliest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, his genuine concern and broad knowledge of all things medical and of the local medical community ensured that no matter what the problem, he had an answer that he was quick to share and to assist in implementing. My entire family, including siblings and all our children, had every confidence in him for over 30 years. He is missed. My deepest condolences, Toula and all the family. Liz

~ Liz Hodge

Don, Nicole and family, John and I were very saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. I know he will be sorely missed by so many. Hoping you can find some level of comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of him. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

~ Sue and John Tselikis

My deepest condolensces. I heard of Dr. Sangster's passing through the news. He was my family's Doctor for quite a long time, from around the early 80s up past the millenium when he retired. In fact, he was there to help deliver me to my mom when I was born (1985). I have good memories of seeing him as a child because he was always so kind. My prayers and sympathies go out to his family, friends, and everyone else whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace.

~ Emma Hillgartner

Michelle, Sandy and Don John and I send your deepest sympathy during this sad time. Hopefully, your countless memories will bring you comfort. John and Kathy

~ Kathy McNaughton & John Michielsen

Michelle and the rest of the Sangster family, I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. I have fond memories of many good times at your place while in high school with your family. Holding you all close in my thoughts.

~ Lynn (McNaughton) Szentimrey

To all the Sangsters our hearts are broken for you. John was so great and you could see his love for family. My mom had said the other day she would observe John at family gatherings watching how he would get right down to the grandkids level to spend time with them and laugh and play. Also, from reading the other posts it is clear he will be missed by so many. Leah,Darryll, Ryley & Ronin

~ Leah (Tuyten) and Darryll Black

Words cannot describe the sadness that is felt at this time. It will slowly subside though it might not seem like it.

~ Charlie and Atje Tuyten

To Toula and all family: We have never met but like almost all the medical community, I knew John as a colleague and a good friend. John graduated at the same time that I left Family Practice to persue a career in Internal Medicine and in the ensuing years it was a delight to watch his career and his reputation in the Medical Community develop. John really had an admirable and stellar carreer and was an esteemed mentor to a large number of students who went on to practice medicine using the principles and dedication which John instilled in them. All of us practicing medicine in the community benefitted from and respected his kind advice. I know from my own experience consulting on many of his patients that they virtually worshipped him for his kindness and caring attitude. I know that they will all miss him, as will I. I was always impressed with John’s sense of humour and his ability to always remain respectful of his colleagues. He was, in short, an inspiration to us all and we will all remain inspired by his role-modelling at every level of our careers. I send each of you my condolences and pray that each receives the strength to bear this tragedy. With sincerity and deepest sympathy, Robert

~ Dr. Robert F. Southern

Dear Toula and the entire Sangster Family - I am so sorry to hear of Dr Sangster's passing. I worked for him and the team at the Byron Family Medical Centre years ago, supporting his practice from an administrative perspective and the Graduate Studies Program. Such a dedicated, kind and caring man...he will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to you all.

~ Sue Davey

Dear Sangster family I write to offer my sympathies on John Sangster's passing. I knew him as simply John, though. He was the young man who either stayed with, or frequently visited with Miss Sangster (his aunt or grandmother?) on Waterloo Street, back then in the 1950s and 1960s. My memories are that he was attending Western and studying to be a doctor. (Neighbours talked to each other back then!) My family lived 2 doors north of Miss Sangster's cottage and even now I have memories of seeing him on her front lawn. So sorry to learn this sad news. Carol

~ Carol Campbell

Our condolences go out to all the family of this wonderful man. This is a total shock to us. He was an amazing doctor and friend to all of our family. My mom & dad, Johanna & Johannes Molenkamp, were one of his first patients when he opened his practice. He took on my husband Jason after we were married and was so wonderful to our daughter Mandy before she passed in 2005. Our love goes out to Toula and all the rest of the family. He will be truly missed by everyone he was in contact with. Such a gentle and kind man. God bless.

~ Tammy & Jason MacDonald, Johanna Molenkamp

So sad to hear about Dr. Sangster; knowing the fine gentleman that Don is, I would suspect his father was a great Father and mentor. My condolences to all the Family.

~ W. Kirby Wagg

I remember when Dr. Sangster would stop by 5 Medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital to visit with the RPN's. He was a fantastic physician and a delight to work with.

~ Barb

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of such a caring, kind Dr. who made such a difference in each of his patients lives. Each of us is here for a reason and Dr. Sangster certainly fulfilled his in his calling.

~ Brenda Swindell (pharm tech @ Greenhills)

Toula, Mike and I deeply saddened to hear this tragic news. This kind and compassionate man was my doctor and to 4 generations of my extended family for his entire career . You and your family have our deepest condolences. May the knowledge of how valued and respected he was as a physician and the joy of the times you shared together sustain you.

~ Elaine & Mike Nolan

Toula and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of John's untimely passing. He was my physician from 1970 till his retirement and I could not have wished for a more kind and compassionate doctor. My sincerest condolences to all of you.

~ Margaret Laidlaw

Words cannot express how very sorry and saddened we were to hear of Dr. Sangster's untimely passing. We were very fortunate to be patients of his since 1980 and know first hand of his compassion and kindness. He was a true gentleman, great listener and had a terrific sense of humour. Dr. Sangster and Toula made a formidable team. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Toula and your family. Diane, Rick, Mark and Craig Vanstone

~ Diane and Rick Vanstone

Toula & Family - I am so very sorry for this sudden and tragic loss. John was a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend to me. He was a spectacular person leaving a mark on so many lives, in so many ways. Thinking of you during this difficult time. With deepest condolences - Scott

~ Scott McKay

My family moved to London from Sault Ste Marie in 1970. Dr. Sangster became our family doctor for decades. My siblings and I are saddened by the loss of such a caring and dedicated health care professional and human being. Our hearts go out to you, Toula, Michelle, Sandra, Don, and all your family.

~ Rob & Carolyn (Johnson) Deloyer

I was supposed to read about John’s tragic death. We met each other when he first joined the Western University medical school teaching team. My condolences to Toula and family. Barry

~ Barry Gambrill

Toula, Sandy, Michelle, Don and your families, As my preceptor in Family Medicine, John was an amazing role model and to this day, the most influential person in my medical career. He became a great friend who lit up any room that he was in. It was an to honour have him part of my life, and I will greatly miss him.

~ Dr. Peter Daniel and Family

it was nice to have Doctor John F Sangster as a Doctor. I am sorry for the loss of John F Sangster and to the whole Sanster Family.

~ Danny Marchand

Dr. Sangster was a great mentor and role model. I was so fortunate and honoured to have known him and to be one of the recipients of the Dr. J. F. Sangster Graduate Studies Family Medicine Award. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

~ Melad Marbeen

Our hearts ache for Toula and family. We were so very shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Sangsters sudden passing. We were privileged to have him as our Family Physician for many years. John was the kindness, most compassionate, and caring Physician you could ever hope for. He was simply the Best! We missed John and Toula immensely when they retired. Our sincere condolences to Toula, and family, for their great loss. He was an amazing man, and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

~ Bob, Brenda, and Craig Pearson

I was shocked and saddened to learn ofJohn's tragic passing. While I have known John for many years, it was during our annual American Thanksgiving trip to Saddlebrook Golf Course in support of the London Boys and Girls club that we became friends. Over the last several trips we were partners. John was such a jovial individual to be around. As I think about our games, I must laugh, as John loved to find golf balls. He would find so many that he would leave a bag of balls for the golf staff to give to youngsters. My condolences to Toula and family. Bill Kostuk

~ Bill Kostuk

Dear Tula and family, please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your dear John, my fond memories of John go back to our years at St.George’s then carried on through Central and the many years he was my physician, from childhood he was a caring and ,loving friend. Rest In Peace John, your contributions to enriching the lives of others will long be remembered, thank you for being my friend and doctor, sincerely, Richard Klojgaard

~ Richard Klojgaard

Toula and Family I have no words to describe how I am feeling. Deepest condolences and thoughts for all family, friends and former patients who were lucky to experience knowing Doctor Sangster.

~ Susan Twist (Marino)

Toula, Sangster Family & his loving Friends: Toula & John were our Family medical team for years! What a team, care given from the heart with so much compassion and their smiles were all the medicine we needed to heal most aliments before we got into the medical assessment room. John was always interested in my Work at the Boys & Girls Club because we helped those most in need. I remember telling him of our Golf Tournament in Florida-Saddlebrooke to raise Funds for the Kids. He jumped in & brought many of his friends to support our Cause. John & myself had a special competition to see who could eat the most Bananas Fosters on USA Thanksgiving at our gala Golf Dinner. He won, four, the record! Mary & I am in shock & can’t believe this loss to so many people he touched. Heaven will be a better place with his Smile & Support as he gets it ready to receive all of us he touched on Earth.

~ Don & Mary Donner

Sass, and Michelle and Don... I am so sad to hear this news. I will always remember so many fun days at your house and your Dad's never ending kindness. He was always fun (the cool dad!), he never failed to welcome the entire gang that would inevitably crash your family room or pool with the hugest smiles and laughs. Please know that I am thinking of you, and I would be there on Wednesday if I could be. This is just heartbreaking. I hope you are comforted by family and friends' memories that are shared.

~ Karen Amor (Sutherland)

Devastating news to hear of John's passing. We were patients at "Byron" since its beginning and always appreciated the kindness, intuition and good listening skills that Dr. Sangster showed in abundance. He delivered both of my babies and for that alone I will never forget him. Deepest, most sincere, sympathy to Toula and their family - I will think of you many times.

~ Sue Sutherland-Wood & family

No words can do this man justice. His caring, empathic bedside manner was matched by no other. He treated our family across generations….not just physically but emotionally through the ups and downs. Thank you to his family for sharing him with so many of us over the years. He left a legacy and his memory will live on forever. His loss has shocked us all. 💔💔💔

~ Susan Balmain

Our organization of volunteers and mentors at is saddened by the passing of Dr. John Sangster. Our work with shooting film at UWO campus with medical students and learning of their many mentors like Dr. Sangster encourages us to move forward in life to be the best we can be. We wish to be a legacy of enrichment for others like Dr. John Sangster was to everyone.

~ Don Hickey -

Toula we are so sorry to hear this, we have missed you both since retiring from BFMC and send our deepest condolences to you and your family.

~ Sharon Foster

Toula and Family, my sincere condolences on the tragic loss of a great man. John and Toula were regulars at Tbird events with "The Princess" and will be missed.

~ Barry Carson

A donation has been made to John F. Sangster Fund for Excellence in Lymphoma Research and Care. Message from the donator: Our deepest sympathy for your loss. John, Carol, Michael and Blaire Hinton

~ John and Carol Hinton

Dear Toula, It is with enormous sadness that we read about the passing away of John, our wonderful family doctor for so many years. He was the best family doctor we ever had and have missed him dearly when he retired. Wishing you strenght and serenity in these difficult times.

~ Louise & Mike Leenders

My deepest condolences. Dr. Sangster was so nice.

~ Yanti Setiawati

Our deepest sympathy to Toula and all the family. John established a standard for family care that few can meet. Both your support and his was always truly appreciated. Since our first visit to Warncliffe Family Centre, to the Byron Family Medical Centre and until your retirements, it has always been exceptional family care at all times. He will truly be missed.

~ Floyd and Marg Smith

We were so saddened to hear of John's unexpected passing. John (and Toula) came into our lives needing a special project for a special occasion and we so enjoyed getting to know him over the past years. John was a kind, personable, and generous man. Whether visiting at a Knight's game, at his home, or just chatting in the office he had a way of making people feel special. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Toula and family.

~ Rick & Linda McMullin - Ricky Ratchets

It was devastating to learn of John's passing. My heart goes out to Toula and family. I was fortunate to be John's resident. He had such a profound effect on my life. It was wonderful to re-connect last summer. He touched so many peoples' lives. He will never be forgotten.

~ steve schnore

I enjoyed working with John at Western. He was a truly talented and dedicated doctor and educator. My condolences to his family on his sudden and tragic passing.

~ Dr. Gail Delaney

We are so very saddened to learn of Dr. Sangster’s tragic passing too soon. Through common friends in medicine, I met John and Stuart through the annual Saddlebrook golf outings honouring the Boys & Girls Club of London. He loved the 36 holes a day format of those weeks playing the game he adored. John was always engaging, interested in new learning and committed to his family and lifelong friendships. A proud Londoner so respected by the generations of patients he served and the new physicians he trained. May the memories of John’s life fully lived bring joy and peace to Toula and his extended family.

~ Bob Kayser

Deeply saddened by the loss of a great Humanitarian, a distinguished Academic and an excellent Family Doctor. My wife and I have had the privilege of being his patients for a number of years, and we valued his medical care and overall health guidance immensely. I can also recall very fondly the times when both, my late brother Argyrios and I, would visit with Dr. Sangster at the Byron Family Medical Centre. We always felt most welcome by him and his capable staff, to seek his medical advice that we appreciated so much. Our sincere condolences to his gracious wife and his entire family for their great loss. May God rest his soul and may his memory be eternal. Emilios & Joanne Margaritis Mississauga, Ont.

~ Emilios & Joanne Margaritis

I am so very sad to hear that John left this world so suddenly. He was my cousin. My family and I have many fond memories of him from childhood visits, family reunions and most recently when he drove to Toronto for my mother's visitation where we had such a good visit with him. He was always there for family and was a source of great support and sound advice on family health matters. He was there to help during my aunt's lengthy health issues and was a constant support to our family during my mother's final stay in hospital. Our deepest condolences to Toula and the Sangster families. Gina La Force and Jim La Force

~ Gina La Force

As a family friend since Valentine's Day 1943, John shared experiences with brother Stuart who was born in the same hospital on the same day. They shared professional and life experiences to his end. Stuart was in the car with John at the time of the accident after visiting with another classmate. The friendship extended to all dimensions of our families. He was consistent in his ability to empathetically share both happy times and difficult times, with patients and acquaintances. As our family doctor for decades, he was the best! Even the Tuesday night poker nights of so long ago recall his high pitched joy and shouts of: "Who has the Kapiche?" He still had a lot of golf left in him He will be missed by so many!

~ John and Fran Eberhard

I have countless memories with John, Toula and the entire Sangster family. Christmas celebrations spanning my entire life, beach vacations in Florida and Cape Hateras and many backyard bbq's and celebrations. I will always remember dancing with John at my wedding. I'm sending lots of love and strength to the entire family at this difficult time. I hope my grandpa and John have found each other up in heaven.

~ Laura Vieira

Toula. We are so sorry to hear of John's tragic death. Our sincere condolences. Helen and Larry Rosevear

~ Larry Rosevear

Every 3rd week of November (American Thanksgiving), John along with a group of London golfers would meet at Saddlebrooke Golf Club in Tampa for a week of golf in support of the London Boys and Girls Club. John never won the prize for golf but he would have won the Best Dressed Golfer award. Unfortunately, there was no prize. No matter, John was there for the comradery, friendship and cause. John will be missed. Our deepest Condolences to Toula and family. ( The Florida Golfers Group)

~ Bob Small

My deepest condolences to Toula and family. Dr. Sangster was such a caring and intuitive family physician, who was also very happy to share a laugh or two with you. I worked for him at Wharncliffe Family Doctors and then was so very fortunate to become a patient of his when he became part of BFMC. I cannot thank him enough for all the stellar care he gave me and my family throughout his career. He has made such a difference in the lives of so many people….he will be missed and remembered always ❤️

~ Susan Lippmann

Dear Family We were shocked and greatly saddened to hear of your loss. John was one of a kind. He was not only our family doctor but he treated us as friends. We have known him a long time (first at his office on Wharncliffe Road) and although he was retired, we always enjoyed running in to him and chatting. Please accept our sincere condolences. Sincerely Murray and Myrna

~ Murray Thornicroft and Myrna Thornicroft

My sincere condolences to the whole family. John was an amazing human being. To me he was a great friend and gave support during very very tough times. Toula No one can imagine the loss and what you’re going through the two of you we’re inseparable. Keep strong

~ Paul Kash

So sorry to learn of John's passing .Our condolences to his family . We shared many geriatric cases over the years both in the community and Long Term Care . He was extensively involved in many academic committee geriatric initiatives including education and Home Care .

~ David J Harris

Dr. Sangster was my doctor during two times in my life when I was struggling with difficult health challenges. Each time his care made an enormous difference to me. He was more than a doctor. He was also an advocate, a truly kind person who treated his patients with great respect. I can't think of a better physician than Dr. John Sangster. I am so sorry to hear the sad news of his death, and offer my sincere condolences to his family.

~ Vicki Van Linden

Dr. Songster was my doctor for all the time he was at Byron Medical Centre until he he left. He was truly a compassionate and gifted doctor who not only delivered my daughter Danielle, but also my granddaughter Siobhan. My heart and sympathy goes out to Toula and his family.

~ Cindy Minogue

I was so sad to hear of Dr. Sangster's passing. He was a wonderful doctor to work for. He was such a great listener and a very funny man. He was blessed with a great family and many, many friends. He was an excellent teacher. I send my deepest sympathy to his family.

~ Helen Harris

We are devastated to hear the news of John’s tragic passing. We were patients of his for decades and we have often talked about how much we miss him since he retired from BFM. He was so compassionate, his bedside manner was truly amazing and his care of our family will always be treasured. Toula and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories which we are sure there are many, give you much comfort now and going forward! Mary, Blair, Susan and Janice May God Bless you all!

~ Mary Simpson and Family

Dr. Sangster was my family Doctor from the time I was 14 until his retirement. He beyond any doubt was the most caring physician and man I have ever met. He assisted both my wife and I through many trouble times and he along with Toula were a tremendous support to our family structure. My heart is broken for Toula and his family who now have to persevere without him. I have missed him as a physician but it will not compare to their loss. Be strong and rejoice in the life he has shown you how to live.

~ Philip Swan

My heartfelt condolences to Toula and the family. I feel the loss of a gifted teacher, colleague and golf buddy. John set a high bar for all of us to aspire to and will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Certainly a life well lived.

~ Larry Schmidt

Jim and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Sangster families on the sudden loss of our beloved classmate John. He was one in a million. Jo

~ Dr. Jo Ann Silcox

I am so sorry to hear the sudden passing of Dr. John deepest condolences to the family. John will be dearly missed. He had been a great colleague and friend in over two decades at the hospitals and Western...

~ Davy Cheng

You will be missed. rest now

~ Sandy Northup

We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Sangster’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Thinking of you all.

~ Eric Passi and Carrie Ferguson -Passi

My prayers to Toula and family. Dr. Sangster was one of the best doctors. He was a wonderful, kind, and caring doctor. I was so sad when he decided to retire, as I was hoping he would deliver my daughter, as he had delivered me. Dr. Sangster was well respected by his patients. He will be missed by many.

~ Debbie Melmer (Tutt)

Toula and family. We are so sorry to hear about Dr Sangster. We was an wonderful man and Dr. I will never forget what he did for me and my family.

~ Leslie Wyatt

John was a dear friend of all the members of the Harvey Club. We are deeply saddened to hear of his death. We will remember his leadership, erudition and friendship. We send our deepest condolences to Toula and the family.

~ Vivian McAlister

Condolences to Toula and his family. He was our doctor for many years Wharncliffe Family Doctors and then at Byron Family Medical Center. He was a great doctor and was deeply missed when he left.

~ Robert and Cheryl Burleigh

Toulah and Family I send my deepest condolences in Your loss. Dr. Sangster was such a kind caring Man. Mom thought he was wonderful. He always made her feel at ease. I feel he felt for her in her illness that caused her death. I remember him bring very kind. I'm sure He will be missed by all that cared about him. I know Our Family will be saddened by this news.

~ Donna Atkinson & Family

Memories of working with John Sangster include a passion for medicine, a dedication to his patients and their families (including home visits), a sense of humour, an openness to learn and understand others perspectives, a passion for teaching the next generation and a love for his own family. What an honour to have known and worked with him.

~ Wendy Boyle

I can't express how sorry, sad and empty I feel. It was a privilege to have John as a best friend and I will miss you dearly - golf, walks, coffees, our beloved Knights, the Mustangs, "my Yankees", your funny baseball team the "Jays", our Raptors, and the list goes on. Many shared memories. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to Toula and Family. My heart goes out to you all and hopefully soon, you shall find some solace and peace. My heartfelt condolences for such a tragic loss. God Bless, Larry (Deadeye)

~ Larry Draho

Our sincere condolences to you and family. He was a wonderful doctor and a very nice man. He will be missed.

~ Barbara & Bill Landrey

Toula and family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of John. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him at BFMC. I learned from his caring and compassionate way. He was a true gentleman. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. Rest in Peace JFS.

~ Jenn Condon Peebles

Toula and family, sending you my deepest condolences. John was such a wonderful caring man/Physician. I am so fortunate to have been able to work with both of you at BFMC. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Please take care of yourself. 💔

~ Grace McCarron

I have such fond memories of working at BFMC , across the waiting room from each other. You always made the clinic such a wonderful place to look after the people in our community. Your sense of humour always lit up our celebrations. Toula and family you're in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of one another

~ Pam Browne

A man of intelligence, caring, compassion and common sense. I always enjoyed our times together and the afternoon golf games following the morning meetings. Rest In Peace.

~ Robert Lee

Services for Dr. John F. Sangster

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

March 23, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

March 23, 2022 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Funeral Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

March 24, 2022 1:00 pm

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