John Okum Sr.

(Over 50 year member of RCL Br. 174, Arnprior)

(Retired – M. Sullivan & Sons)


Peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital while surrounded by loving family on Wednesday evening, March 7th, 2018; John Mervin Dale Okum of Arnprior passed away at the age of 84. John was a loving and loyal husband to his beloved Bea who predeceased him August 1, 2012. He was a devoted father to his children Pamela Gavinski and John R. Okum and an equally devoted father-in-law and friend to Dan Gavinski and Gail Okum, with whom he shared a very special bond. Special brother of Wilbert (late Audrey) (Marjorie), Mabel Camp (late Robert), James Okum and the late Esther Danyluck (late Jack). Dear brother-in-law of Maurice Lapierre, Sylvia Hogarth (late William), Cecile Loock (late Kenneth), Joseph Lapierre (Nicole), Norbert Lapierre (Andrée), Leo Lapierre (Lesley) and Gordon Lapierre (late Yvonne). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Samuel and Martha (nee Berndt) Okum. John loved the outdoors. He spent countless hours fishing and hunting and simply enjoying nature. Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories of John with his family during visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Saturday after noon, March 10th from 2 to 3:45 p.m. A Service to honour John Okum Sr. will follow in the Pilon Family Chapel at 4 o’clock. Interment Malloch Road Cemetery at a later date. In John’s memory, please consider a donation to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation.