John passed away suddenly at the age of 69. Predeceased by his sister Yvonne Davis, brother Russell Oates, baby sister Dianne Oates, special aunt Ruby Russell, and brother-in-law Bob Simms. Those left to mourn are his wife Karen Goodnough, son Conrad Warr, sister Carol Simms, brother-in law Elmer Davis, and sister-in-law Elaine Oates, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and numerous friends.
John was a long-standing employee of the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), starting his career there as an instructor. He assumed several leadership positions during his time at CNA, finishing his career as a lead administrator for several campuses. His professional and volunteer work touched countless people locally, nationally, and internationally, especially though his involvement with groups and organizations such as the Anna Templeton Centre, the Public Service Credit Union, Skills Canada, and World Skills. His commitment to students and youth was evidenced in being the co-founder of Together by Design, taking students to New Orleans for over a decade to help rebuild neighbourhoods after Hurricane Katrina.
John was known for his kindness, “dry” sense of humour, and gentle demeanor. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him. He was “the best of us.”
Cremation has taken place at Carnell’s Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will occur later. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to the ALS society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, or the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. To send a message of condolence, please visit www.carnells.com.