The Honorable John Andrew Hope DSO MC VD KC was born at Perth Ontario, son of Peter Hope and Jane L. (Holmes) Hope. He was educated at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and, in 1914, was called to the Bar of Ontario. In 1910, Hope was gazetted as a Lieutenant with the 42nd Regiment of Lanark and Renfrew.

In 1913 he was Captain and Musketry Instructor, 42nd Regiment. Hope went overseas as Adjutant 59th Regiment. He served at the front as Captain in the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Hope also served in France as Commander of the 46th Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment. On October 27 1917 he was one of the thousands wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele. Hope was again wounded on September 3rd 1918 at Drocourt-Queant.

For conspicuous gallantry, on August 21st 1917 at Lens, Major Hope was awarded the Military Cross (MC). Hope was "Mentioned in Despatches" and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for conspicuous gallantry, in August 1918 at the Battle of Amiens, France. Hope also received the Volunteer Officer's Decoration (VD). Hope remained active in the Reserve Army and was promoted to the rank of Colonel.

After WW1 Hope continued as a Partner in the legal firm of Stewart, Hope & O'Donnel and held many prominent positions both in the community of Perth and the province of Ontario. On December 28th 1945 he was appointed the Honourable John Andrew Hope a Justice in the Appeal Division of the Ontario Supreme Court.

In July 1919 Hope had married Hilda Southcombe, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Southcombe of Sussex England. They had one daughter (Rosemary).