John Kantymir 1966-2021

PHSC July trunk sale in 2015. Photo by Bob Lansdale

Toronto. It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of the passing of our 1st VP, John Nicholas Kantymir, suddenly at home the evening of July 8th, 2021. John leaves behind his wife and children. He was always involved with our auctions and fairs. John joined the executive team shortly after Clint became our president.

He and wife Carri made the long trek to most executive meetings. Carri often helped with the refreshments. John was also a frequent contributor to the “A Treasure from my Collection” column in Photographic Canadiana. His knowledge was most welcome in estimating the value of items and lots presented at our auctions.

John’s obituary reads, “It is with great sadness and sorrow that the family announces John’s sudden passing on July 8, 2021 in his 55th year. Beloved husband of Carolin (nee Sawatzky). Loving father of Nicole, Michelle, Robert (Destiny), Stephen and Kerrin (Travis). Caring grandpa to William, Elliawna, Izek, Ethan and Ariel.

“Predeceased by his father Bill Kantymir (Big Daddy). John was V.P. for the Photographic Historical Society of Canada. (PHSC) The family will receive friends at the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m. (Due to COVID restrictions, attendance will be monitored, gathering limits will be enforced and face masks are required.)

“A private funeral service will follow in the Armstrong Chapel. To view the service a link will be made available on Monday July 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. Please go to YouTube and type into the search bar – Armstrong Funeral Home & Chapel Port Colborne John Kantymir Funeral Service, and you will be able to view the service.

“If so desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Photographic Historical Society of Canada, 666 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Box 11703, Etobicoke, ON, M9C 2Z0 – Online photos, memories, condolences and donations may be shared at”.


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