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Jack Ethier

ETHIER, Jack Albert – Passed away peacefully at Belleville General Hospital on December 4th in his 89th year. Son of the late Albert and Nellie Ethier. Beloved and devoted husband of Nina Ethier for more than 64 years. Cherished father of Janice Ethier (Steve) of Trenton, Ann Preston (Doug) of Campbellford and David Ethier (Roberta) of Toronto. Proud grandfather to Jennifer, Matthew, Andrew and William. Loving great-grandfather to Colin, Benjamin, Magnus, Runa and Levi. Born in Belleville, Jack was a student at Belleville Collegiate Institute when his parents moved to Trenton and he finished his education at the old Trenton High School (later Marmora Public School). He was a born entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word. He discovered his passion for business when, after a brief stint at Central Bridge after graduation, he joined Royal Bank. Jack purchased his father’s pool hall on Front Street, and eventually rebuilt it into a thriving enterprise. Many Trentonians will remember those pool hall days with fondness. Jack used to say that even decades after he had sold the business and the building, former patrons would tell him that, “every lesson they needed in life they learned in the pool hall.” It was Jack’s passion and he often recalled how lucky he was to run a business that gave him a good living while having so much fun and happiness – the best days of his working life. But that entrepreneurial spirit was not satisfied with one venture and Jack dipped his fingers into several other businesses over the years, including Gilmour’s Restaurant, Trent Valley Distributors in Belleville, an auto parts store and Ethier’s Party Rentals. Jack and Nina were great travellers over the years, visiting several European countries and doing the train Rocky Mountain tour. They were avid tennis players at the courts on King Street near their home. The couple presided over many gatherings of family and friends at their cottage on Consecon Lake. As a member of Seniors Club 105 on Bay Street, Jack introduced the carpet bowling activity. At the time of his passing, he was still playing snooker every Monday afternoon with his buddies at the club. As per Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will follow in the spring.13316445
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