John Menzies

Born: Monday, February 6, 1933
Passed: Thursday, June 7, 2018

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John Menzies, 85, of Bradenton, FL, passed away on June 7,2018. He was born February 6, 1933 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Adam and Euphamia (Green) Menzies. John married the love of his life, Alexandrina "Ina" Geddes Watson, on March 8, 1958. John worked for Barber Colman for 37 years. From 1978 to 1994, he worked as a Director of International Sales. John was one of the founders of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. John served in the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. He was stationed in Singapore. While in Singapore, John developed his love for travel and foreign cultures. He also played soccer and ran track for the Royal Air Force. John also was an avid soccer fan. Whether as a player, coach, administrator or fan, his heart was never too for from the beautiful game. He was one of the founders of the Caledon East Minor Soccer Association in Canada and in his youth signed his professional player card in Scotland. His Scottish heritage was John's passion later in life. He was an active member of the Menzies Clan Society. In August of 2017, John and his entire family attended the 60th Anniversary of the Menzies Clan Society at Castle Menzies in Weem, Scotland.
John was a romantic, generous, hard-working, adventures self-made man. He is survived by his wife, Ina; son, John Watson Menzies; daughter Dr. Lisa Jayne Menzies (Shoab Sayeed); grandchildren, John Kellen Menzies, Andrew Nels Menzies, Amina Catherine Sayeed, and Samira Menzies Sayeed. Private family services were held on Saturday June 9, 2018. John requested that Memorials be made to the Menzies Clan Society. To make a Memorial, please contact Robin Menzies Bentzen either by phone, 571-285-3147, or by email,

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  1. JoAnn Beaver

    I am so sorry to hear of John's death. I have fond memories of all of you living in the neighborhood, especially of Lisa being at my home when she and Amy saw so much of each other. I was hoping to attend the funeral to see all of you again. Did you know that John's son Andrew was in the same 8th grade graduating class as Amy's twins Jacob and Grace? Ina, I hope you are doing well. It is a difficult time for you, I'm sure. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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