Born in Saskatoon, Jean, with her parents, soon moved to New Westminster where she grew up graduating from “Duke of Connaught” High School. Following her father’s medical path she entered nursing at VGH. After obtaining her RN she worked for several years until meeting her future husband, Les, in Port Hardy in 1963. They married in 1967 and relocated to the Yukon where they remained until 1971 saw a return to Vancouver. In 1976 Jean and family left a posting in Iran, which was cut short in 1977 by the deposing of the Shah.
Back in Vancouver she worked as the medical office manager for a series of doctors on West Broadway until her retirement and move to Port Hardy in 2004. Tragically Jean was stricken with Alzheimer’s in 2006 and strove hard against it’s debilitating effects for many years. Jean passed away peacefully with her husband by her side.
Jean’s was a life of positive actions – keen hockey player, a winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s award for Piano, as well as a friend and mentor to a host of waif’s and strays. Always a devoted mother and spouse, she had an irrepressible and contagious sense of humour, which like her self, will be sorely missed.
Jean is survived by husband Les, sons Brent and Angus, daughter Leah (McCullough) and 5 grandchildren – Steven, Heather, Fergus, Gavin and Hilda.
At her wish, there will be no formal service, however there will be a gathering for family and friends arranged next spring.
Jean would have wanted to thank all the Port Hardy-ites and the staff at Eagle Ridge Manor for their love and support.
Donations to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. would be welcomed.