60, Mabou, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011 at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

John was the son of the late John and Sally Rankin of Mabou.

John was a member of the Steam and Pipe Fitters’ Union for over 40 years.
Besides his parents, John was predeceased by brothers, Alexander J. and his wife Kathleen and John Cameron and his wife Geraldine.

John is survived by sisters, Margaret R. (Rudy Lauzon), Catherine Marie (Martin Cameron), Elizabeth (the late Malcolm MacDonald), Donna Anne (the late I.D. MacDonald), Mary Lorette (Donald Beaton), Judy (Gerald MacDonald) and Janet (Hugh MacDonald); and brothers, Angus Finlay (Anne), Daniel (Effie), Harold Roderick (Paula) and Francis Terrance (Ella).

Visitation for the late John Gerard Rankin will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 11, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in St. Mary’s Vestry, Mabou. Funeral mass to celebrate the life of John Gerard Rankin will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Angus Morris officiating.

Family flowers only, donations in memory of John may be made to Inverness Palliative Care, any Food Bank or a charity of choice

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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Please know that we have been thinking of the whole Rankin family this week. John Gerard entertained many over the years, he really had a gift for telling a story.
Take care, Tim and Verna Murphy, and family.

We had lots of fun and laughs with ginger . good bye my friend
From: Don MacPherson

Please accept my most sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother John Gerard. with heartfelt sorrow.
From:  Susan Wright

Most sincere sympathy to you all The loss of a brother is very difficult and I know that you will all feel great sadness.
Most sincerely; Jim St.Clair

Was so sorry to hear about john gerard,ginger as i always called him, was a very good friend, I’ve known him for long time,and he was always the same, funny and good hearted,  always had good stories and enjoyed been around him and staying with him when he was sick, going to miss seeing him around and going to visit him, my condolences to all his family.
From:  Bernie MacDonald

Please accept my condolences on gingers passing.
From:  Richard Wilson

May you find comfort in the love and memories that you all share. I can remember numerous visits that John Gerard made to our house in Watertown, MA and he was a true person who treated everyone with respect. My deepest sympathy to the Rankin family.
From:  Karen Girroir

Sending our sincere sympathies to the family of the late John Gerard Rankin. May the strength of God help you through this terrible time in your life.
From:  Blaine & Donna MacNeil