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Wednesday February 27, 2013

Jean Cameron Seasons
Jean died peacefully just after sunrise at her home in Ottawa on February 25, 2013, her 86th birthday. Jean was born on the family farm near Moose Creek, Ontario. She was a proud descendant of the Highland Scots who settled near Finch, Ontario in 1802. A passionate Canadian, she loved this country and Ottawa, especially the Highland Park/Westboro neighbourhood where she lived all her life. Jean and her husband Laurie enjoyed 30 years with friends and family at Grand Lake in the Gatineau Hills, and at the Country Club and Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Aylmer. Jean and Laurie hosted countless dinner parties and celebrations at their home - a place that was filled with lots of laughter and joy. Jean was a true force, ahead of her time in so many ways. She was a graduate of Queen's University and the University of Ottawa. She had the privilege of introducing countless Ottawa high school students to Canadian literature over the course of 31 years as an accomplished teacher. For Jean, retirement was just a word, little more than a formality that simply entailed having more free time to be involved in work outside of teaching. She very much enjoyed the company of her friends in her book club. She was made an Honourary Member of the Canadian Cancer Society for her work on the Society's peer review research committee, having taken great pride in communicating leading edge cancer research to the broader public. A long-time member of the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Jean reveled in the arts and culture scene in Ottawa. An admirer of the National Gallery of Canada, Jean was active on the volunteer board for many years and delighted in writing a book on the 50-year history of its volunteers entitled In the Company of Friends.Recently, she carried out and presented research on the Bayeux Tapestries, with her latest endeavor examining the work of William Hogarth. Predeceased by her parents Stanley and Lillias Cameron. Much loved wife of Lawrence (Laurie), to whom she was married for 61 years; loving mother, mentor and role model to her children Mark (Colleen O'Manique), Ross (predeceased, 1955), Pam (Dan Hitchcock), and Chris (Brenda Southam); adored grandmother to Cushla Matthews (Adrian Raso), Michael Seasons and their mother Danuta; Eric and Leah Hitchcock; and Mackenzie, Kevin, Kendall and Graham Seasons; and loved sister of Helen Wallis. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the health care providers who helped make her last few weeks comfortable and peaceful. The health care system worked wonderfully. Thanks to Dr. Michael Hirsh for 20 years of care, and to her cardiac and oncology specialists. The Community Care Access Centre provided first-rate support; the palliative nursing care provided by ParaMed and At-Home Hospice staff was exceptional. A special thanks to our parents' friend and caregiver, Nesrin Behbahani, for her years of care, company and support, and to Revera staff. Finally, a very special thanks to our friend Nancy Baele for her care and support. Jean lived a full and satisfying life, with few if any regrets. Friends may visit at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 403 Richmond Road (at Roosevelt) on Friday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the chapel on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11 am. Contributions in Jean's name to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart Institute (Ottawa Hospital) would be appreciated by the family. Condolences, tributes and donations may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com

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