John Thornton

Obituary of John Thornton

John Philip Thornton

February 3, 1945 ~ October 10, 2021


John Philip Thornton died peacefully at home on October 10, 2021 with his son, Blue Thornton and partner, Murdine McCreath by his side.


John was born on February 3, 1945 in Stanley, Wisconsin.  He immigrated to Canada in the early 70’s and soon became a proud Canadian citizen.  John spent many years in Saskatoon as a carpenter and as a community developer.  In the 80’s he went back to university and complete a Master’s degree in Native Studies, winning honours for his thesis.  John taught Metis History and other native studies classes for SUNTEP (Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program) as well as the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and First Nations University of Canada.  His deep knowledge and love of the history of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada was one of John’s outstanding qualities.


John leaves to remember with deep love and gratitude his son Blue Thornton (Colleen), his long time companion Murdine McCreath and his friend of 50 years, Richard Davis.


In memory of John, donations may be made to the Prince Albert Food Bank, 64 11 Street East, Prince Albert, SK. 


Private Family Service will be held at later date.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729.


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