In Celebration of

Jean Simmons

December 14, 1921 -  December 26, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Our Mother /Grandma /Great-Grandma on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at the age of 100 years old.
Beloved wife of the late Harold Simmons. Loving mother of Wayne (Julie), Betty-Jean (Jim), Howard (Anne) and Bruce (predeceased October 2021) (Laurie). Cherished grandma of Alex, Emmy, Jason (Nicole), Christine, Andrea (Kurtis), Brent (Janice), Scott (Ceidre), Jen and Jeff (Carla).
Great-Grandma Jean of Kaiden, Nicholas, Jacob, Lainey, Xander, Kayla, Joshua, Thomas, Julie and Ruth.

Our Mother was born and raised in Toronto. She was the youngest of 4 children. Raised in a house of Scottish immigrants, a cup of tea was always the offer to every visitor. The house was always full of relatives coming and going. Before and during WWII, she worked at General Electric. After a seven-year courtship, she married and settled in Dresden, ON as owner/operators of a small business. Our parents spent the rest of their married life working together. Family brought them back to Toronto.
Mom spent every summer with us kids at our cottage enjoying the beach, swimming and adventures. She loved her winters in Fort Myers, Florida with Dad. Even after all those sunny days at Wasaga Beach, she still always loved the sun.
In their later years Mom and Dad purchased a 100-year-old hobby farm and spent their summers restoring it. The grandchildren always enjoyed visiting Grandma at the farm and being spoilt with candy from the special drawer.

Her greatest pleasure was her family. She loved to laugh and always enjoyed having the grandchildren & great-grandchildren around.
She will be dearly missed.
Due to the limitations still in place surrounding COVID-19, the Family will hold a Celebration of Life during the summer.


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Peggy McKee (Martin Grove United Church Women (member))

Entered January 3, 2022 from 109 Park Home Ave., North York, ON. M2N 1W7

A beautiful person, inside and out! Rest in peace.

Audrey Brand (Friend from Martin Grove United Church)

Entered January 4, 2022 from Brampton

My sincere sympathies to Jean’s family.

Rosamomd (Rose) Reid (Friend frim Martin Grove United Church)

Entered January 7, 2022 from MISSISSAUGA

My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. We became quite close friends when she moved to Sunrise Seniors on Burnhamthorpe Road and I'd moved from Silverstone Drive to that area. I used to drive her to church on Sunday morning. She always such a delight to be with and we always had great conversations. She will be remembered with great fondness. Rose Reid

Life Stories 

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Howard ` Simmons (Son)

Entered December 31, 2021

I found a book Mom had filled in with some memories. I tried to put it in the timeline, but it got so complicated i thought i would just try to transcribe the book here. So her are her words.
"I grew up in Toronto, and used to play in the streets with all my friends. I had a great family life and a great Mother, Father and Uncle Sandy. I belonged to C.G.I.T. and wet to church twice a week. Used to play sports with all the kids in the neighbourhood just on the street. I won some trophies for bowling. Always used to go horseback riding twice a week. Her childhood friends were her twin cousins Cathy and Lou Ferguson, Josephine Stephens, Olive Knox, Elsie Rosati, Helen Brodie, Olive Bergy, Grace Scott. We all had good times together and are still friends after 75 years. I belonged to the Sons of Scotland and we had a drill team of 30 girls that went to different camps and performed. We went to church on Sundays and then for a walk. Maybe go to a show on Saturday. My first formal was at the Kind Edward hotel and wore a long blue gown. In July 1938 i started a job at G.E. (Richmond & Spadina) The first prime minister i remember is Mackenzie King. in 1938 the Dione quintuplets were born. i remember World War II was started 1939. Harold and I met Dec 24th, 1945. My girlfriend Helen Broadie asked if I would go with her and a sailor to take christmas presents to our friends. Harold was the one with the car and i fell for him the minute I saw him. When he took me home we learned we lived on the same street. We dated for 7 years and got married Feb 16, 1952. We bought a gas station in Dresden and had a lot of great times with all the Chatham people we knew. and the friends we made in Dresden. I fell head over heals with Harold. I was going with another fella and when i told him i didn't want to see him again, his mother called me.
Harold invited me to a New Years Eve Ball at the Royal York Dec 31, 1945 at the Crystal Ballroom. I wore a black dress with gold sequins and he had a black tuxedo and sure looked stunning. He proposed Christmas of 1951 with a diamond solitaire ring. We went to Olive and Bill Douglas and all went out to dinner to celebrate. I wore a white satin dress with a long train, and tiera on my head with hand embroidered pearls and a long vail. The rings were his and hers matching plain gold bands. Our reception was at the Sons of Scotland Masonic Hall on College Street. We had over 100 guests. After we left for Florida in a 1947 Pontiac we both saved up for. We put new tires on it and when we got to Washington one of the new tires had a blow out and almost ended up in a ditch. We saw Niagara Falls, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, St. Agustine, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale then came back through the centre of the state stayed a Kissimee (when Disneyland did not exist) Every minute was so new and different. We were going back to a gas station we had bought and we took possession Mar. 1, 1952."
The rest of the book if full of family names, birth dates, friends names etc.


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