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Johann “Johnny” Tschumi – 1934 – 2018

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In loving memory of Johnny Tschumi, age 84, who passed away peacefully at Princess Court, in Dryden on Saturday, April 28, 2018. A native of Switzerland, Johnny was born in Laupersdorf in 1934.

He immigrated to Canada in 1955, where he settled in Toronto and tried his hand at everything from plumbing and roofing to picking tobacco. He met and married Margaret, his wife of 58 years, in 1960. Together they lived and raised their family in Scarborough, until they moved north to Dryden in 1991.

Johnny’s working life was spent in the trucking industry, but he was actually a “jack of all trades”. A bit of an inventor, Johnny could fix anything.

He was raised on a farm, and was at one with the land. He enjoyed walks in the bush and could often be seen with a shovel, rake or golf club in his hand.

Gardening was his passion, and his yard was immaculate and award winning. Johnny loved to chat; he had a kind word for everyone, and was a lover of life. He always had treats, for the neighbourhood dogs, in his pocket.

Johnny was an enthusiastic hockey fan who cheered loudly for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was fiercely proud of his hockey playing sons and grandsons.

In his last few years, Johnny bravely fought a long, hard battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Music was one of his last loves. He enjoyed yodelling, singing, and participating in the Princess Court Sing Alongs and Pub Nights. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who bring music into the lives of Princess Court residents.

Johnny is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Kathy Boone (Jim), sons Rick (Kika) and Michael (Alison), six grandsons, one granddaughter and 4 siblings.

The love and support that Johnny got, at Princess Court in the last couple of years of his life, could not have been better. Thank you to the kind and patient staff who took such good care of him.

A Memorial Funeral Service to celebrate Johnny’s life will be held later in May.

If friends desire donations may be made to Princess Court DECO or Alzheimer Society through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at

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