It is with profound sorrow that Jean’s sons Michael and Gregory announce the passing of their much beloved mother, while at her side, on the morning of Friday, November 30, 2018 after a sudden illness. Jean, born in Toronto (1928), was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Madeline, her Polish immigrant parents (step-daughter of Valentine Styka) who arrived in Canada over 100 years ago. Jean was a remarkable woman talented in many fields and endeavours - couturier, milliner, interior designer, ceramic artist, culinary master, and her vocation as a dental assistant. But her greatest achievement, which eclipsed these pursuits, came in the form of her loving devotion to her husband of almost 65 yrs. the late William (Bill) and we, her sons. Jean inspired those she encountered to always aim for something better in life through her good example and adherence to values based on her deep-rooted faith, personal integrity, and genuine warmth and humility - she was a generous, loving and caring presence in the lives of many. Our mother loved us beyond all telling and our relationship with her has been a unique one, allowing us the privilege and honour of assisting her in overcoming many health challenges. Her resolve and determination to confront them was truly remarkable. Jean’s passing leaves behind an unfillable void in all the lives she touched and we her sons will now face a difficult transition to life without her. We will always honour her memory in all we do by embracing her kindness and goodness. May you rest in peace Mom as you take up your place at Dad’s side for eternity – Take this my body for it is done and I have a new life eternal and glorious.
Friends may call at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (at Windermere, east of the Jane subway) on Tuesday December 4, 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.