In Memory Of PEPPER Q.C., John J.


Service at a later date
John J. Pepper, Q.C.
February 17, 1928 – May 15, 2020
It is with profound sadness and much love that we mourn the passing of John J. Pepper, Q.C. of Montreal (Westmount) who died peacefully in the MUHC’s Royal Victoria Hospital on May 15, 2020 at the age of 92 years.
John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Anita Turcotte; his children John T. Jr. (Kim), Timothy (Nathalie), Anthony (Karen) and Andrew (Sophie); his grandchildren John Anthony, Matthew, Samantha (Emmanuel), Brian, Christopher, Alexa, Cameron, David Liam and Lara Grace; the most recent addition to his family, his great grandson Arthur; and his numerous nephews, nieces and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved son David, his brothers William and Richard, and his sisters Pauline, Marguerite, Annette and Kathleen.
Born in Montreal in 1928 to William Pepper and Blanche Frigon, John grew up in Westmount and he spent many memorable summers as a youngster with his siblings and cousins at the Frigon country home on Lac Mongrain near Shawinigan, where the experiences of large family gatherings would have a deep impact on him during the years that followed. His education took him from Westmount High School to Loyola College to McGill University, where he earned a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1952. He was an accomplished drummer in a band as he worked his way through university, and he could often also be found playing the harmonica. He had a keen interest in politics from very early on, having contributed significantly to the Liberal Party, first as a Young Liberal in the mid to late 1940s, and then continuing his unwavering commitment over the many years that followed, notably as President of the Montreal Reform Club in the mid 1960s and as President of the Westmount Liberal Riding Association thereafter.
John had a distinguished legal career in private practice, specializing in general civil law and in insurance law. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1953. After articling at the firm of Brais, Campbell, he worked his way to managing partner of its successor firm Campbell, Pepper, Laffoley. He was very active in the affairs of the Canadian Bar Association, the Quebec Bar, and the Montreal Bar where he was Bâtonnier in 1978. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
John was also an accomplished businessman, beginning in 1967 when he accepted to partner with the British entertainment conglomerate The Rank Organization to build a movie theatre in the new Alexis Nihon Plaza which was to be operated by Canadian Odeon Theatres. Over the many years that followed, John’s involvement as Rank’s joint venture partner grew to include 40 movie theatre and drive-in theatre screens operated by Canadian Odeon in the province of Quebec.
John also found time for corporate directorships and, always so generous with his time, he took particular pride in presiding over the boards of the Mount Royal Club, the Forest and Stream Club, The Montreal Board of Trade, the Centraide fundraising campaign, St-Mary’s Hospital, and The Alumni Fund for Loyola College, among others. Suffice it to say that from the very beginning, he was very committed to, and invested a significant amount of his time in, the community. Giving back came naturally to him and he did that his entire life.
John’s life was founded on the principles of hard work, determination and abounding levels of energy, but many will also recall his joie de vivre … maple syrup and the sugaring off parties, the bar conventions, the balls, the trips, salmon fishing on the Romaine, the early Mont-Tremblant years of the 60s and 70s with Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass and the Beatles’ I Want to Hold your Hand ... He took great joy in receiving business associates, friends and family at his homes and he was always so attentive to ensuring that everyone was having a great time.
John’s family would like to particularly thank Mme Odette Laliberté who was devoted to caring for him during the six month period that he spent in early 2016 at his lake house home in the Mont-Tremblant region, the caring and respectful staff at Westmount One Retirement Home who took good care of him over the last four years, as well as the staff at St-Mary’s Hospital and at the MUHC’s Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal who attended to him in his final days during what can only be described as a most trying time for healthcare workers.
A memorial service will be held at The Ascension of our Lord Parish in Westmount on a date yet to be determined, hopefully in September, 2020.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to St-Mary’s Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Messages for the Family of PEPPER Q.C., John J.

From: Lyne Grenon

Je vous offre mes plus sincères sympathies de la part de mon père et moi même
From: Michae Simpson

Condolences to you and your family
From: France Brazeau

Toutes nos condoléances à toi Antony et à toute ta grande famille. Garde les bons souvenirs de ton papa. Nous sommes en pensées avec toi durant ces temps de distanciation où on aimerait vous prendre dans nos bras.
From: Mike Lukca

Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have very fond memories of Mr. Pepper at Lac Superieur. May he rest In Peace.
Love Mike and Sue
From: Tonie & John Lukca

Our heartfelt and deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Pepper family. Neighbours and close friends for more than 50 years at the Lake. You’re in our thoughts and prayers, the Lukca famly.
From: Joy Barbera

To all the Peppers.... so sorry to hear this news . Sending everyone condolences.... Joy Riddell Barbera.
From: Luz Langelier

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family.
John was one of my father ( Jean B. Langelier) best friends for many many years and I heard is name often in our home. In these very sad times my thoughs are with you.
From: andy motter

Deepest sympathies Anthony .
From: Claude Provencher

Je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances. Je suis le petit-fils d'Estelle, la soeur de Blanche. J'ai eu la chance de travailler comme étudiant durant 2 étés au cabinet Campbell Pepper et je garde d excellents souvenirs. Je me rappelle aussi comment John prenait plaisir à réciter les noms de ses oncles et tantes Frigon dans le bon ordre, et me racontait sa fierté d'avoir été éduqué dans les deux cultures canadiennes.
Mess meilleures pensées sont avec vous dans ces durs moments.
From: Margot Bruck Langendorf

A full life he led and the Bruck's joyfully participated in his love for Lac Supérieur. May his journey be peaceful.
From: Gilles Paquette

Mes plus sincères condoléances à la famille Pepper.
Maman, Marie de la Chevrotière, me parlait souvent de ses cousins du côté des Frigon et le nom de John revenait régulièrement.
From: Kate and Caroline Nowacki

Dear Andrew, Sophie, Alexa and Cameron,
I am so saddened to hear this! Please accept my most sincere sympathies. Have wonderful memories of renting the "sugar shack" and meeting your dad that special summer. Such a difficult time not being able to show our respects and support the way we are used to. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Condolences to your entire family.
From: Debbie Chippindale Pellerin and Rick Pellerin

Sincere condolences for the loss of strong community member, father and grandfather.
It was nice for our family to know 3 generations of the Pepper family.
From: Rob Braide

My deepest sympathies to John’s family and many many friends. When I started my run at CJAD he took me under his arm and introduced me to a part of Montreal that a youngish rock and roller from Chom Fm had not experienced. He placed me on boards and acted as a sounding board for me as I learned the importance of CJAD to our community. I’ve rarely met a finer person and hope his memory as a great Montrealer, Anglo Québécois and Canadian will live on.

Anthony, Karen et les enfants ainsi qu'à toute votre famille,
Nous vous offrons nos plus sincères sympathies en cette période difficile et nous vous souhaitons de trouver de la paix et de la joie en pensant aux merveilleux souvenirs partagés avec cet homme d'exception.

C'est par Brian que nous avons pu découvrir la grandeur et la générosité de son grand-père.

Meilleures salutations,
Mathieu, Vincent et Nancy Shoiry
From: Richard Riendeau

Our sincere condolences to the family on the passing of John J.Pepper Q.C, notably including John T.Jr.

Richard & Amelia Riendeau
From: Elizabeth Jarry

Nos plus sincères condoléances à notre à voisin et ami du Lac Supérieur, John Jr, et à toute sa grande famille.

Elizabeth Jarry et Marc Beaulieu
From: john Rowen

A voice from the past John Rowen. John was one month older than me .Aline [died September 2015] and I remember your friendship and hospitality on so many occasions. Anita take care. God Bless. John
From: Jean Gosselin

À Tim , je tiens à t’envoyer mes plus sincères condoléances et pensées en ce moment éprouvant pour toi et toute ta famille.
From: Carlo Stepancic

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Pepper family. Fond memories at the cottage in Lac Supérieur . Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace Mr. John Pepper.
From: Jc Baudinetj

Mes toutes sincères condoléances à la famille
From: Monsignor Sean Harty

Dear Anita and Family
Remembering with gratitude John when he was chairman of the Board of St. Mary's Hospital and I became the COO of the hospital. He was so devoted to St. Mary's and chaired our Capital Campaign with such energy to a successful completion. His energy was incredible and when he espoused a good cause he gave his everything. May he now rest in the Lord's peace. Good and faithful servant.
From: Simon Potter

My condolences to the family, and my thanks for a man whose energy and wit were legendary for Montreal lawyers of my generation, and whose example of commitment to the Bar inspired many.
From: Xavier Poulin

Anthony, Karen, Sam, Chris et Brian, je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances, what a great life qu'il a eue! Définitivement, vous incarnez tous sa joie de vivre et continuez de lui rendre honneur de cette belle façon.
From: Bob

John was a valued client at our business centre (Excuspace Montreal ) Inc.for many years.
He was also very kind to give me the use of his residence in Gassin France on two occasions. 1996 and 1998.
Wonder memories made possible by a generous man.
From: Catherine Braoudakis

My heartfelt condolences. I was so sorry not to had the opportunity to meet him. Love and hugs to you all, Catherine.
From: Louis Morena

Dear John Jr.

Please allow me to extend my sincerest condolences to you and the family on the passing of your dear father. May your memories of him be a blessing at this sad time.
From: David Doubt

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad Anthony. Hang on to all the great memories those you never loose.
From: Helen Stepancic

Deepest sympathies to the Pepper family. May he rest in peace .
Mrs. Elizabeth Lukca, Helen & Carlo Stepancic
From: Bill Pinizzotto

My sincere condolences to the Pepper family, and in particular to John T. Pepper. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
From: Bob & Barbara (Mode) Johannson

Our families share fond memories of Lac Superieur. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
From: Stephen Cuddihy

Mes condoléances à tous les membres des familles Pepper er Turcotte . J' ai eu la chance et l'honneur d'avoir été engagé par M Pepper en 1964.Il m'a permis d'ouvrir la porte pour ma vocation d'avocat. Merci.
From: Glenn J Mullan

Our deepest condolences to the Pepper Family. The photo is terrific, Andrew, I see now where your good looks come from. The tribute paints a very noble portrait of a man much loved, with a legacy in business, social events and philanthropy. It is clear the apple did not fall far from the tree and I see now where your commitment to the Action Centre came from. Our thoughts are with you and your family as we share in your loss. Nos plus sincères condoléances, à la famille Pepper.
From: Michel Bergeron

Sincères Sympathies à madame Pepper
ainsi qu’a toute la grande famille de John
que j’ai eu l’avantage et le grand plaisir de connaître lors de son implication
remarquable à la présidence du Montreal Board of Trade.
From: Serge Gauthier CdeM, ´81

Mes sincères condoléances à Andrew et sa famille.
From: Denyse et Guy Pepin

Sincères condoléances à Anita et leurs enfants pour la perte de celui qui fut un ami de longue date.
From: Jim Tilley

My deepest condolences to you, Anthony and your family on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
From: Louise Lamarre

Madame Pepper,
C'est avec tristesse que nous avons appris la nouvelle du décès de votre mari, un homme dont nous apprécions le jugement et l'affabilité.
Nous vous offrons à vous et à votre famille nos plus sincères condoléances.
Louise Lamarre et Georges Proulx
From: Margaret Cuddihy

Dear Anita,

I was very saddened to read that John had passed away. The picture of John in La Presse with that beautiful smile brought back wonderful memories. I first got to know John forty years ago during our fight to keep our country together. During the numerous hours planning our strategy to win the Referendum, there were many grueling and stressful moments. However, John would always come to the rescue with his pointed sense of humour. I will never forget during one of these moments, John chose to lengthen up the tension by initiating a whippet fight. Cases of whippets were kept at the Referendum committee headquarters so we were never out of ammunition for such occasions.

John was a wonderful man who inspired us all. His undying devotion to the liberal cause contributed to bringing people together fostering numerous lasting friendships. He was a true loyal friend whose generosity knew no bounds.

My husband, Roger Warren joins me in conveying to you and your family our most sincere condolences for your loss of our very dear friend. We wish you well in these troubling times.


Margaret Cuddihy
700 Malcom Fraser Boulevard
La Malbaie, Qc.
From: Louise Agar

J’ai rencontré John lorsque j’ai joint l’Association libérale de Westmount et offert mes services en tant que bénévole. J’ai rapidement réalisé que lorsque le président John nous confiait une tâche, il fallait s’exécuter promptement. John et Anita nous ont offert leur hospitalité à maintes occasions pour nos réunions. Il était difficile de ne pas partager son enthousiasme pour les différentes causes qu’il épousait. Sa générosité était légendaire. J’ai milité avec John pendant plusieurs années incluant deux référendums. Outre la politique, nous partagions une passion pour la pêche au saumon.

Sincères condoléances à Anita et à la famille.
From: Odette Laliberté

Sincères condoléances à toute la famille , cher John vous accompagner dans un moment plus difficile de votre vie à été pour moi très enrichissant , reposez-vous maintenant !💙
From: Richard McConomy

Pierrette joins me in offering our prayers to all the family m
The world lost a great one
A true gentleman
From: ronald montcalm

Sinceres sympathies Ronald Montcalm c.r.
From: Susanne Fischer Major

Dear Andrew and Sophie,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your father (in law) was a remarkable person. May his memory be eternal. Susanne .