John Alexander (Alex) Thistle

July 1, 1948 to July 5, 2022


Passed peacefully away in the presence of family, on July 5, 2022 at Saint Luke’s Home, John Alexander (Alex) Thistle, aged 74.

Alex is predeceased by his parents Alexander (Sandy) and Clara Thistle, sister Jean Pike and brother-in-law Richard Bourassa.

Left to mourn with fond and loving memories are sisters Noreen Bourassa, Dover, Delaware, USA, and Sandra Thistle, St. John’s. Also, brother-in-law Bernard Pike.

Alex was a special gift to the family on Canada Day in 1948.

He will be lovingly remembered by nieces and nephews Lynda Morgan (Reg), David Pike (Debbie), Deborah Rice (Sherman -deceased), Donna Parsons (Steven), Danny Seeman, Larry Seeman (Stephanie), Glenn Seeman (Terri), and Craig Seeman (Eugenia) as well as a large number of great nieces and great nephews and other relatives and dear friends.

Sincere thanks to the administration and staff at Saint Luke’s Home for their exceptional support and care of Alex.

The family would also like to express their gratitude to Dr. Roger Butler, Denise Cahill (NP) and the staff of The Ross Family Medical Centre who cared for Alex for over 25 years prior to his admission to Saint Luke’s Home in 2015.

An in-person Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Tuesday July 26, 2022 at 2PM at Carnell’s Chapel, Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, followed by interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.       

Donations in Alex’s memory can be made to the Vera Perlin Society or a charity of one’s choice.




2:00pm, Tuesday July 26th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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So sorry I cannot be with you all today as you lay Alex to rest. I will always remember him as a sweet caring soul. He would be the first to greet you at the door with a hug and a smile, wether at the house or upon Salmonier line. He loved his life at the cabin, and spent his time following Bern around. He was so well cared for by all his family, no one could be treated any better.Rest in peace Alex, you will never be forgotten. To all the family, you have nice memories to help you through this difficult time. Thinking of you all cousin Shirley.

To Sandra, Uncle Bern, Lynda, Dave and your families, My sincerest condolences on the loss of Alex. I have memories of meeting with Alex on visits to the cabin at Salmonier Line back in the seventies. I’m so glad he had such a long life surrounded by a most loving and caring family.

to Sandra and family. Sending you my sympathy on the loss of your brother. Sincerely Phyllis Beckett

To Alex’s immediate and extended family. My condolences on your loss. It was evident from my first introduction to Alex many years ago that he had a special place in all your hearts. Your love and constant devotion to him over the years was exemplary. May pleasant memories comfort you as you grieve his loss and celebrate his life. Hugs Geri Doherty

Sandra, sorry I can’t be there as I am in Newtown.

II remember Alex from the first class that Vera Perrin started in the late 50,s. He was in the class with my dear sister Marilyn. My sincere sympathy to the family.
Brenda Cooper

Lynda, Sandra and families
So sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. Remember that good memories last forever. Thinking of you in this difficult time
Donna Best

Lynda, Reg, Taylor Lynn and Chris,
Mr Pike,
Dave and Family,
Sandra and Family,
Sincere condolences on Alex’s passing. Even though we anticipate these moments in life, it is still heart-wrenching when it happens. I won’t be able to attend the funeral on Tuesday but my thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Blessings to you all.

Lynda and family. I have many fond memories of Alex. My deepest sympathy.
Janet Skanes

Alex and I were among the first students to attend Vera Perlin when it was opened in 1954 on Patrick St. in downtown St. John’s. We were friends in school and I was saddened to hear of his passing. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family.

Sandra and family. I remember Alex well, so kind and always up for a chat. May he rest in peace.

Gaye (Chidley) Broderick

Sandra, Debbie and Donna,
My sympathy to you and to the entire family. I remember Alex well from all those years ago when Debbie, Donna and I were kids and he lived down the road at Florizel Place.
My deepest condolences,

I am so sorry to hear this news. My deepest sympathies to the whole family at this sad time.

Sandra sorry to read of your brother’s passing,may he Rest In Peace