MACLEOD, JEAN (nee JENKINS)
Peacefully at 92 years at Hospice Wellington, Guelph on October 6th, 2020.
Jean was born in Cardiff, Wales on September 14, 1928. She married Donald Macleod of Lewis, Scotland, and their family life started in Renfrew, Scotland. They immigrated to Canada in 1966 – Jean making the trip with her three young children Alison, Jane, and Mark on the Empress of Canada. She became a widow at 48 years old.
Mum was born into the Great Depression and grew up during the Second World War. Bread lines, rationing, air raids, bomb shelters, and loss: these shaped her point of view her entire life. A true soldier in spirit, Mum always had to work hard, and met the challenges she faced with energy and resolve. Fiercely independent and intensely private, she lived frugally and never let anything go to waste. She took a lively interest in current affairs and had strong opinions about many things.
Mum’s home was her sanctuary – she took great pride in it, and loved her gardens and flowers. She was always beautifully turned out, and had a real eye for quality, especially at a good price. She loved to sit in the outdoors and feel the sun on her face. She lived in Guelph for the last eight years, where she was always working on a book and a crossword puzzle, and enjoying a good cup of tea. She took special pleasure in watching the changing seasons and the birds outside her window.
Mum will be forever loved and remembered by her children Alison (Peter), Jane (Bill), and Mark (Roma); her three grandchildren Eryn (Andrew), Paul (Julia), and Ian (Nadia); and three great-grandchildren Lily, Leo, and Willa.
A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Wellington Park Retirement Residence; as well as the amazing caregivers of Hospice Wellington, who made Mum’s last days comfortable and serene.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Wellington in Jean’s name. Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or wallcustance.com.
A tree will be planted in memory of Jean Macleod in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.|