It was that dignified air that caught the eye of his future wife when she first spotted him in the Canadian High Commission in London, England.
‘‘He looked like an English gentleman, he was smoking a pipe, very dapper,’’ she said, with warmth in her voice.
She asked a friend who that was and her friend replied: ‘‘That’s John Sheardown, the kindest man I've ever known. If he was down to his last penny and he thought you needed it, he would give it to you.’’
The two were married in Los Angeles in 1975. It was his second marriage.
‘‘It was a long love story,’’ she said, her voice cracking with emotion. ‘‘He lived a wonderful life and we shared many wonderful years together.’’
Besides his wife, the former Zena Khan, he is survived by his sons, Robin and John; his sisters, Jean Fitzsimmons and Betty Ann Whitehead; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.