John  Gamble

John Gamble

1952 - 2023

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Obituary of John Gamble

John Andrew Gamble, 71, of Owen Sound, Ontario, passed away on April 25, 2023, in the Waterloo Region, Ontario.


John was born in Owen Sound on January 24, 1952. He went to high school at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute and graduated in 1969. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Physical & Health Education degree from Lakehead University, and a Bachelor of Education degree and Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. John was an extraordinary athlete, twice a Canadian champion as well as holding two Canadian records. John was a formidable competitor. He loved not only to play sports but had a passion for coaching. Although he spent his career primarily teaching physical education to high school students, he spent countless hours with young athletes. His passion was to coach multi-event track and field events. He was inducted into the University of Western Ontario Athletics Wall of Fame in 2018, as well as the London Western Track and Field Club 50 for 50 Hall of Fame in 2022.


John is survived by his beloved wife Yolanda of Kitchener-Waterloo after 50 years of marriage. Father of John-Michael and his wife Emily of Waterloo. Grandfather of Scott, Sophia, Xavier, Sean, and Seth, all of Waterloo. Brother of William and his wife Marilyn of Owen Sound. He is preceded by his parents Vivian and Andrew.


The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Chris Johansen, the nurses, and doctors in the ICU at Grand River Hospital, and to all the staff at the Lisaard House.


Visitation will be held at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home on Thursday, April 27 between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes parish,173 Lourdes St. Waterloo, with a short visitation at 2:30 p.m. before Mass and a reception to follow in the parish hall.


Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society may be arranged at



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Erb & Good Family Funeral Home
171 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Funeral Mass

3:00 pm
Friday, April 28, 2023
Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church
173 Lourdes Street West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada