Friends remember Fenelon Falls man killed in house fire

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KAWARTHA LAKES-John Livingstone stopped into Gr8Finds Market in Fenelon Falls almost  everyday for 9 years. “I still can’t believe he’s gone,” owner Randy Meredith told Kawartha 411. “He was a good friend, a good man, he had a passion for life and a passion for anything to do with Fenelon.”

John Livingstone died after being trapped in a fire in his home on Oak Street in Fenelon Falls on Saturday night. Fire crews from at least four halls were called to the scene at approximatley 9:30 pm. The home was completely destroyed.

Livingstone is believed to be in his 70’s and lived on Oak Street for four years.  He and his dog Jiggs were a fixture in the tight knit neighbourhood. Jiggs was his constant companion and is also thought to have perished in the fire. “I’m glad they are together but it’s hard knowing that they will never be back.” Meredith says, through his tears.

David Hardyman was Livingstone’s neighbour. “It’s devastating, John was part of the community, he was a very gentle man and liked to have fun and tell a few good jokes.”

Hardyman says they look out for each other on Oak Street. “On Oak street everybody takes care of each other. Everybody does Christmas together and we all get together on Halloween, my 50th birthday party we had a get together ,it’s a close street” Hardyman says.”He was a good guy, sad to see him go that way.”

The Livingstone’s are one of the oldest families in Fenelon Falls. “His grandfather started the pharmacy,” Meredith says. “He’s been tied to this town probably since the birth of the village”

MacArthur Drugs just celebrated 125 years in Fenelon Falls. Current owner, Sharif Ibrahim says John Livingstone like to pop in regularly. “He was very connected to this pharmacy, his family were the orignal owners.” said Ibrahim. “As a person, he was a really, really nice perosn, I used to talk to him almost everyday. We are in shock, very very sad.”

Livingstone was a collector, friends say he would collect anything, but had a special interest in clocks and Fenelon Falls memorabilia. “Fenelon lost an incredible amount of history and he collected everything and he knew the knowlegde about the village.” Meredith remembers. His house was filled with everything he loved.

He was also passionate about his new car, an older camero he had just purchased in the summer. “He bought a vintage Camaro which he only drove about three times and never got it out of third gear.” Meredith says. “I was supposed to take him out and teach him how to drive it, but we never got around to it.”

Police and the Fire Marshalls Office are investigating the cause of the fire. Police say one person is in custody but won’t say if charges have been laid.

Friends say Livingstone loved to sit down and have coffee or breakfast with friends at Sweet Bottoms Cafe on Colborne Street. They will be gathering there to remember him on Thursday December 14th at 7pm. All are Welcome.

“He was a good man, we will miss him.” Hardyman said.