Jean Bishop (nee Sweet)
Jean passed away peacefully at home on Monday February 18th, 2013 surrounded by her family. Jean was the second child of the late Aleta and Eugene Sweet and is survived by Rodger Bishop, her beloved husband of 69 years, her daughters Anne (Jan Morrell) and Ruth (Murray MacAdam), granddaughter Rosemary MacAdam, sister Dorothy Beck (Lloyd Beck), nephews, nieces, and predeceased by her brother John Sweet.
Jean was born in 1921 and grew up on a dairy farm in Western Ontario. She attended Alma College in St. Thomas Ontario and graduated in English Language and Literature from Victoria University of the University of Toronto in 1943. She worked in the Reference Department of the McLaughlin Public Library and was an active member of Kedron United Church since 1958.
She wrote and published histories of the Sweet family, of Kedron United Church, and of a family cottage located on the Ottawa River. Her memoir of growing up on a farm in Western Ontario will soon be published. She delighted in annual summer camping trips with her family and travels with her husband throughout North America and Europe including the Soviet Union. She was also passionate about gardening and nature.
Private cremation has taken place and at Jean's request a memorial service to celebrate her life will take place at ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME, 124 King St. East, Oshawa, 905-433-4711, on Monday February 25th, 2:30pm. There will be two visitations on Sunday February 24th from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. Later on there will be a private committal in the Aylmer Cemetery where family members, back to the original settlers, are buried.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a contribution to Kedron United Church, Oshawa, Oxfam Canada or a charity of your choice.
Saturday February 23, 2013
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