Father Emmett ‘Pops’ Johns Public Visitation Honored by Montrealers

The founder of Dans La Rue, Father Emmett was paid homage by hundreds, late of Jan 13th, 2018.

On Thursday, over a hundred sorrowed Montrealers paid their respects to the late Father Emmett “Pops” Johns, who passed away on January 13th, 2018. Father Emmett was the founder of Dans La Rue, renowned for being the homeless and at-risk youth’s advocate.

The 89 year old demised was a social server and dedicated his life trying to help the community.

John established the Montreal’s charity Dans La Rue which provided the at-risk youngsters a safe and secured space in 1988. Today, the charity house employs 65 workers and around 135 volunteers.

“He just had the biggest heart,” said Talasia Tarkirk.

Tarkirk was 15 when she left home in 1994 and met Johns at a park in the downtown Montreal when he was helping people by supplying free food.

She added, “[He] really showed the community how to love people — how not to discriminate.”

The City Hall continues to hold visitations from 1 to 7 p.m.

The final farewell will be held on January 27th, 2018, Saturday at the Saint Patrick’s Bascilla and is open for the public.

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