John Playford

Obituary of John David Playford

John David Playford, son of the late Jack and Molly Playford, passed away suddenly on March 10, 2021, at the age of 67. He is survived by his sister Penny (David) and brother James (Trudie), his nephews Chris, Jeff and Michael, his niece Lisa, and extended family.

Known as John to his colleagues, he worked for many years selling appliances at Sears in Kitchener. He volunteered with the Big Brothers Association, Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank. David was very fond of his feline companions, and supported the K-W Humane Society.

To his friends and family, he was David, or "Roll". In pre-covid times, he enjoyed gatherings, the bigger the better, and would regularly bring treats from his favourite eatery, "Timmie's". David loved music and dancing, and would drive to Casino Rama, just to see a band he liked. He even went on a rock and roll music themed cruise. More recently, he attended many shows at the Centre in the Square.

His other love was sports. In his younger years he was a bowler, then became a golfer. He was involved in a darts league. As a spectator, he watched football, hockey and baseball, but hockey was his favourite. David was an ardent, life-long Leafs fan, and took great delight in their success this season.

Though David didn't have the opportunity for travel in the past few years, he had always enjoyed going to visit his parents at La Playa on Longboat Key in Florida. In Waterloo, he had a special place in his heart for Sunfish Lake, where his grandmother once lived.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date, pending current covid restrictions. Donations can be made to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region at or by calling Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at 519.745.8445.

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