• Tuesday, November 22
    6pm - 8pm
Wednesday, November 23
2:00pm at Clark Funeral Home
John (Jay) Robertshaw

May 16, 1950 - November 18, 2022

With broken hearts, we announce the death of John James “Jay” Robertshaw, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, November 18, 2022.
Jay was the much-loved father of Laurie Lea Robertshaw and her husband, Tim Perkins. Jay loved Laurie Lea more than life itself; she was his “Princess”, his pride and joy, the apple of his eye, the daughter upon whom the sun rose and set in Jay’s eyes. He never hesitated to tell anyone and everyone how proud he was of Laurie Lea and how much he loved her.
Jay will also be sadly missed by his wife, Colleen Robertshaw, his brothers Ric (Janice), Skip (Lilian), and Brooke (Joyce) Robertshaw, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Darlene and Wilbert Rowntree. He is also survived by several loving and loved nieces and nephews: Alison, Andrew, and Adam (Karissa) Robertshaw, and Derek (Lisa), Carly (Jay Schuit), and Trevor (Meaghan) Rowntree, as well as many dear friends, fellow musicians, bandmates, and golf partners. He is predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Elsie Robertshaw.

Jay was “the Piano Man”, a musician, singer and keyboard player extraordinaire and the ultimate Beatles fan, long retired from a 25 year stint at Stelco, after which he turned his hand to perfecting his golf game (with, shall we say, mixed results). Jay will be loved and remembered long after his time on this mortal coil - as a good man, a great person, a wonderful father, a loyal friend and a talented musician.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to M.A. Clark Funeral Home, 567 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, where visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 22 from 6 - 8 p.m., and the funeral service on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 p.m. Cremation will follow at a later date in accordance with Jay’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice will be appreciated by the family.

“If there’s a rock and roll heaven,
you know they’ve got a hell of a band.”

Book of Condolences
Alison Nicole Robertshaw

Posted on: November 24, 2022

Jay was an AMAZING uncle ! He had a loving & caring heart. His piano skills always inspired me and still do! I will always have a sacred place in my heart for my Uncle Jay!
Brent Gardhouse

Posted on: November 22, 2022

My heartfelt condolences to Jay’s Family on their loss . I also loved Jay- knew Him for 55 years . A gentleman , kind friend and a very good musician . We had lots of laughs over the years especially at ‘ Jackson Hall ‘. Jay will always be in my memory .
Rick Day

Posted on: November 22, 2022

Sorry to read about you, my friend. It's been a few years since we bumped into each other but I always enjoyed interacting with you at work. Rest in peace, my friend.
Steve Stone

Posted on: November 21, 2022

Sad to hear my good friend is gone but I appreciate the times we had together on and off the stage.
Anita Guest

Posted on: November 21, 2022

My sincere and loving condolences Colleen and Laura Lea, as well to your family. My heart aches for you at this very difficult time. I send prayers your way and hope that the memories you carry can help ease the loss and bring a smile to you for the extraordinary love you have and will always have for Jay/Dad. Thinking of you now and always.
Ron/Bud Wilkinson

Posted on: November 21, 2022

RIP fellow Musician I remember the days we worked together in Hamilton bars.