Jean Jamieson

Obituary of Jean Jamieson

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JAMIESON, Jean Pictou We are saddened to announce the passing of our Mother and Nanny, Jeannie Jamieson, peacefully, on December 11, 2023 at the Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou Nova Scotia. She was born July 4, 1924, in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland, the daughter of Jean and William McGarva. During wartime, she worked at a TNT factory producing explosives for the Allied Armies and later with the NAFI helping service personnel with recreational programs during their leave times from active duty. She married her husband Robert “Bob” Jamieson on July 3, 1946. In 1957 Bob moved to Canada to pursue employment and some months later “ Wee Jeannie” as he called her, and their two children departed Scotland by sea, landing in Quebec City. Since Jean did not speak French and no one understood her broad Scottish accent, her arrival was a bit of a stressful introduction to her new Country. They moved to Pictou N.S. and then spent two years in Frobisher Bay (now Iqualuit, Nunavut) before returning to Pictou where she chose to live for the rest of her life. Mum began her working career at Mortimer Place (Shiretown Nursing Home) in 1978, first in the canteen, then as a PCW and finally as Assistant Recreation Director. After retirement she continued to volunteer in the Recreation department and even after she became a Resident of Shiretown. She was particularly proud when she was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Shiretown Nursing Home at the age of 90 years young. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a Grand Chapter Officer of the Order. In 2023 Jean was presented with her 75 year pin in recognition of her long and devoted service to the Order. Jean is survived by her son, Thomas (Martha); daughters, Sheila (Dan) and Fiona (Blake) and her chosen son Jerry (Carol) Acorn; grandchildren, Scott (Michelle), Jerry (Lisa), Ailsa (Darryl), Johanna (Andrew), Tracy (Chris) and Rory; great-grandchildren, Alicia (Rahshawn), Makayla (Zack), Piper, Brooks, Tobias, Alex, Penney, and Jack; great-great-grandchildren, Ellie and Finn. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Robert; brother, John McGarva; grandson-in-law, Toby; son-in-law, Russell MacNeill and her special companion, John Dan MacIsaac. We are forever grateful for the love and friendship the MacIsaac Clan shared with our Mum over the years. Our entire family wishes to recognize and thank Mum’s special friends and caring staff of the Shiretown Nursing Home, for the many wonderful years she spent in the Home she loved. The funeral will be held 1PM Saturday from Stella Maris Church in Pictou with Father Peter MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in Seaview Cemetery, followed by a reception for family and friends to celebrate her long life at Stella Maris Church Hall. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the IWK or a charity of choice.