In memory of

John Anthony Board

October 22, 1934 -  December 5, 2018

Board, John Anthony
Born October 22, 1934

John Anthony Board passed away December 2, 2018. John was a pillar in the Canadian Film Industry who collaborated as an Assistant Director, Producer and Mentor with the best and brightest film makers in Canada. His unique perspective, incisive intellect and boundless energy helped shape not only the projects he worked on, but how they were made.
John is survived by his brothers Stefan and Henry, his sons Jason and Simon, and grandchildren Rachel, Joanna, Alex, Sebastian and Sascha.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 9th at 10 am at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre- 375 Mount Pleasant Road (east gate entrance).


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William Boyd 

Entered December 5, 2018 from Mississauga

Simon and Jason very sorry for your loss.

Divyo Putney 

Entered December 5, 2018 from mississauga

Dear John ,
May you flyhigh, dance amongst the stars. You where defintely one of a kind & I always enjoyed working with you.Always intersting never boring..Rest in Peace

Chris Helcermanas-Benge (Co-worker / friend)

Entered December 5, 2018 from Vancouver, British Columbia

I first worked with John in 1978 when I came to Canada. I shot several films with him over the years and considered myself lucky to call John a friend. Sometimes years would pass and we would meet or call to say hello. He will be missed.

Chris H-B

Peter Rowe 

Entered December 5, 2018

I first met the wild and crazy character that was John Board back in 1972 when to my knowledge there were only about three 1st ADs in English Canada - John, Tony Lucibello and Tony Thatcher. I was 2nd AD for him on a Don Shebib film called Between Friends.
In the 90s we were on the board of the DGC together, and he came out to work as 1st on a series I directed in Sydney, NS called "Pit Pony". In this century he came out to first a comic short film I made called "Right Hook: A Tall Tail". Great times. All those shows, and yet he never did get me to sample those potions he was always going on about. He was very skilled, one of a kind, and will be missed.

Jim Henshaw (Friend)

Entered December 5, 2018 from Victoria, BC, Canada

John was the first AD I worked with an actor and I had the distinct pleasure of continuing that relationship over decades as I moved on to write and produce and he continued to manage casts and crews in the most gentle yet productive way. He loved making movies and television, always doing whatever it took to make the process as humane as possible. On that first day, I had to do a nude scene with a female performer. John sensed we were both nervous and cajoled the crew into helping out. When we walked on set, everybody else was buck naked too. Okay, it was 1971. But no nude scene was ever filmed in such conviviality. God Bless you, John. You're one of the pillars on which Canadian film making was built.