July 4, 1943 – December 27, 2018
at the age of 75 years
Jean passed away suddenly in Vernon, BC on a return from a Christmas holiday in Victoria; he was 75. Jean was a devoted husband and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Shirley Ann; he is also survived by his sisters Louise and Marthe who live in Boucherville, PQ and Ottawa.
Jean was born in St. Thecle, Quebec. After graduating from Rouyn Secondary School in 1962 he trained as an electrician lineman for Northern Telephone (Bell Canada). In 1972 Jean joined CP Air (Air Canada) where he worked in Whitehorse, Yukon, Ottawa and Calgary Airports as a Customer Service and Reservations Agent and Crew Scheduler; he also drove trucks part-time. Jean retired to Salmon Arm in 2004.
Jean was hired in May, 2008 as a Bus Driver for Piccadilly Terrace Retirement Residence and soon settled into and relished his new role; it was more than a job to Jean, he went above and beyond. He looked after the operation of the bus and made sure residents were safe and on time for their appointments and outings. He was not satisfied until a resident was safely at their destination. If he felt conditions were unsafe, he would even walk a resident in hand, to their doctor’s office or appointment.
Jean was a true friend to his co-workers and residents and he would often stop for a chat. In his spare time you would find Jean in the Games Room playing pool with residents. Jean gave Piccadilly Terrace Residence ten wonderful years and will be deeply missed by many. He was a well-loved friend who brought happiness to everyone who knew him.
Jean and Shirley enjoyed many happy years on their acreage property with horses, dogs and cats; they loved to go for long walks together with their faithful Border Collie Julie.
Jean enjoyed playing golf and darts, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1996.
There will be no formal funeral as per his wishes. He will be laid to rest in St. Thecle in the spring.
A private service with Legion Honours will be held at a later date.
Thank you to Vince, Tammy and Sue at Fischer’s Funeral Services for their care and compassion, as well as the first responders and community care.