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John Cochrane Sweetland

B.Sc. LLB. Q.C. Passed away suddenly on September 9, 2018 in the presence of his two loving daughters, John Cochrane Sweetland, B.Sc. LLB. Q.C. Predeceased by his parents Ruban and Lily Sweetland (Rideout) and brothers Rev. Bruce Sweetland and Fred Sweetland (Shirley). Leaving to mourn his daughters Ashley Sweetland and Kristen Sweetland (Fred French), two grandsons Reed and Miles French, sister Brenda (Les Cantwell) and a number of nieces and nephews, especially Barry Sweetland, who became his hunting and fishing buddy. As a handsome young man ‘Johnny’ enjoyed playing hockey with the St. John’s Guards and had a wide circle of friends. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Xavier University and after a number of years working in banking and in architecture with Sir Christopher Barlow, attended the University of New Brunswick and graduated in 1972 with his law degree. He spent his early career as a Magistrate on Bell Island before returning to his home town of Corner Brook to open a private practice. After he retired he spent a number of years living on the banks of his beloved Humber River and enjoying his passions for fishing, hunting and wood fires, from which the songs of the Three Tenors could be heard up and down the river. In 2013, he moved to St. John’s to be closer to his daughters but his love for nature saw him spending his final years in Chamberlains with a view of the ocean. Visitation will be at Carnell’s Funeral Home 329 Freshwater Road Tuesday, September 11 from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel at 11 am on Wednesday, September 12. To send a message of condolence, please visit

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