John died peacefully at the E. W. Bickle Complex Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, August 13, 2021.  He had been in declining health for several months.  


After working at CN Railway and Falconbridge Nickel Mines, in 1973 John went into business as a professional philatelist, selling stamps through retail and auctions to customers around the world.  He was still filling orders for customers almost to the end.  He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Toronto and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  


He will be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Jean, and daughter Andrea.  Son William predeceased him in 2017.  Also fondly remembered by nephews Robert and Gary Talman and their families.  


A private cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.

If desired, donations can be made to the Bickle Centre c/o UHN Foundation  [email protected] Tel: (416) 340-3935



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


February 26, 2022
Tony Szapira
Dear Talman families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was trying to get in touch with John to let him know my father Roger Szapira had passed away at 95.Only to just now find of Johns passing. My dad was a long time customer of Johns. I would drive dad up to Toronto to take him to Johns store on Young St many times to drop stamps off for auction. They would chat a bit about the old country, and on the odd occasion had lunch. John always had a smile and a hand shake. May he Rest In Peace and rise in glory. Tony Szapira.
August 22, 2021
Hefina Phillips
Dear Jean, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. These past few years have been truly difficult for you and Andrea. Thinking about you and sending my best wishes.