In memory of

John Robert Coull

February 17, 1951 -  September 2, 2021

Bathed in the warm hues of the rising sun, our beloved John Coull slipped peacefully from this life into the next, following a stroke.

John was born on February 17th, 1951 to parents Margaret and Robert Coull. He grew up in Scarborough, along with his two younger siblings, Doug and Sandra. John discovered a love for music and golf early on, and both passions stayed with him his whole life. In particular, it was jazz and big band that captured his heart strongest; John’s “working music” at home was usually Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, or Dizzy Gillespie, at maximum volume.

While John was often busy with work or playing trumpet with Toronto big band The Skyliners, he found time for golf as often as he could. Son Colin shared John’s love for golf, and the two played together as often as they could. John loved the annual “Guys’ Golf Trip to Myrtle” with Colin, Doug, and a few of their friends, spending a week golfing in autumnal Myrtle Beach.

John and Brenda (nee Burke) married in 1974, and had two children: Colin (Tori; Kingston and Kenzie) and Cheryl (Jasen; William). John always made time for his children’s activities, including Colin’s Scouting activities and Cheryl’s many dance competitions; he was always an enthusiastic cheering section! When his grandchildren came along John was just as excited, taking them to playgroups and parks, out for Timbits, and learning everything he could about what they enjoyed. He learned a great deal about superheroes (Kingston), princesses (Kenzie), and Star Wars (William), listening happily to everything they taught him.

After a career with the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Fire Marshalls office, John spent the final years of work with Origin and Cause, Inc. Always eager to solve the mystery, John’s police skills and fire investigation skills kept him curious and determined, eager to apply what he knew to the pursuit of justice and answers. John retired in 2016, making even more time for his greatest passions: his family, his trumpet, and his golf.

While we are all brokenhearted to say goodbye, we are thankful for the time we had together, and all the beautiful memories. Ever in favour of a morning round of golf, John no doubt had an early tee time the sunny morning he left. Hit ‘em straight! We love you.


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Greg Cox (Band mate)

Entered September 3, 2021 from Cookstown

Sincere condolences to the Coull family from my wife Dawna and myself. I enjoyed 30 years of playing great music and swapping jokes on with John. I’ll remember those times fondly.

Astrid Peters (Friend from Skyliners Big Band)

Entered September 3, 2021 from Brampton

My deepest condolences go out to John’s family.
I will miss his wittiness and sense of humour. Not to forget were his weekly updates on family members including all the photos he would show while relating his stories. Always sincere with a warm smile. I will miss him dearly.

Daniel Langlois (Friend)

Entered September 3, 2021 from Aurora ON

Dear Coull Family: My sincere condolences to your entire family. I had the pleasure of working with John for many years and it was exactly that - a true pleasure. John was an extremely hard worker and set the bar for so many! We all learned from John and for that we are grateful. Thank you John for your many contributions to fire and life safety- you will be missed! Best regards, Daniel Langlois

kelly cook (Friend)

Entered September 3, 2021 from Toronto

Brenda and family, on behalf of both myself and Mary and Frank we are heartbroken to learn of John's passing. We have such fond memories of times at Zion. May he rest in peace....Cook Family

Gerry Caahman (Work associate from 53 Division.)

Entered September 3, 2021 from Nobel

I am very saddened to have read of John's passing. He was an extraordinary gentlemen, Detective and always gave 100% to what ever he did. I worked with John and a young constable in the investigative office of 53 Division. When he left for the Fire Marshall's office it was a great loss for the TPS but a great move for John and family I am sure. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Brenda, family and friends at this difficult time.

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Ian McIntosh (friend)

Entered September 8, 2021 from Toronto

John was the best ScoutMaster I ever met. For example, he and a friend from England organized exchange trips where Scouts from here visited there, and Scouts from there came here.


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