March 15, 2015
Industry pioneer John Somerville passed away on Feb. 12.

He was the co-founder of Somerville Nurseries, Everett. His contributions were profiled in an October, 2012, Landscape Ontario magazine story, John Somerville honoured for his lifetime of achievement.

A Eulogy delivered by his grandson, James T. Somerville, expressed the family’s thoughts on John Somerville: “He had a deep passion for Ontario’s forests, and was instrumental in a lot of its re-growth. His work and his legacy speak for themselves in the trees that already tower throughout the county and across Southern Ontario. Speaking on behalf of all of his grandchildren, we are proud to have had you as our grandfather.  It was wonderful to have known you, and we will all miss you dearly. Rest in peace, Grandpa.”

Somerville passed away peacefully at Matthews House Hospice, Alliston, in his 92nd year.

He was the beloved husband of Jean, and loved father of Tom (Kim), Fred and Robert (Kathy) and grandpa of Lindsay, Justin, James, Thomson and Dana.

A funeral service was held at the St. John’s United Church in Alliston, with interment in Alliston Union Cemetery.