Barbara Irene Bisson

25 February , 193324 January , 2019

Bisson (Pasmore), Barbara Irene Mom was born February 25, 1933 and died January 24, 2019 at the Halifax Infirmary after a lengthy illness She was born in Montreal and was the daughter of the late Agnes (Hollis) and Cecil Pasmore. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. Gilles Ernest; survived by brother, Ralph (Leona) Pasmore; her four children Mark (Debbie Ross), Valerie (Jim Jewkes), Lise, and Gail (Elwood MacMullin); and her seven grandchildren Justin and Nicolas Blair, Gillian and Amy MacMullin, Zachary Jewkes, Ashley and Gage Bisson. Mom will always be remembered for her great sense of humour. She loved reading and was extremely well traveled, venturing into Russia in the mid-‘60s and China in the early ‘70s. She graduated from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing (Montreal) in 1955. In her 40s, she continued her education at Mount St. Vincent University, completing her BA in English in 1980. She later returned to part-time nursing at the Motherhouse at the Mount. She was actively involved with the IWK gift shop (The Gift Horse) and Kermesse, and was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the nursing and medical staff of the Neurology Unit at the Halifax Infirmary and to the nursing staff of Parkland Clayton Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara may be made to the IWK or St. Andrew’s United Church. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place Friday, March 1, 2019 at JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, from 2 -4pm, with remarks at 2:15.


1 March

Celebration of Life Gathering

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1


Barbara Irene Bisson

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8 February 2019

to Lise and family , So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.
- Ken Gerhardt

diana imrie

6 February 2019

Dear Gail and Family,
I remember your mother... Always welcoming, always cookies in the kitchen and always filling a room with her laughter. She was good friend to mother when she needed one. They had some wonderful travel adventures. My mother, recounted them long after she could no longer travel. I am sure you will miss her every day. Here's to a great lady.
Love Topsy

Pat Hamilton

2 February 2019

Everything the family remarks about their wonderful Mom is so. But I would add that the Barbara I knew in Cowansville was the most generous, somewhat formidable woman the way she could manage an insane household always welcoming and feeding extra people, while raising Gail and litters of puppies . Her throaty laugh, her ability to buy into and laugh with Giles latest “ schemes “, her readiness to party were legendary. Your parents were remarkable folks and Dick and I considered ourselves so very lucky to meet them. My deep sympathy to all of you of whom she was so proud. And who brought her such pleasure.
May her spirit comfort and guide you.
Fondly, Pat Hamilton

Brian and Margaret Langley

30 January 2019

Brian and I were very fond of your Mom. She and your dad were such good neighbours... for a very long time.
Barb and I shared a love of books, jigsaw puzzles, a desire to have clean windows...and a disgruntlement over the very tall hedge in our backyard! Our last outing with her was a trip to Chickenburger last spring, followed a a 'drive' around Bedford Basin. She was such good company . We will miss her.
Brian and I are in Mexico until March 9th, so, sadly, we will miss the celebration of her life in early March.
We'll raise a glass to her in Playa del Carmen!
Margie and Brian

Mary-Clare McLaren

29 January 2019

Please accept my sympathies in your recent loss. I have always thought of your mom as Mrs. "B" having known her during Val's days at the Lancers. Was a little in awe of her travels, her career, and always felt I should be on my best manners or that I would get the look! But also remember her laugh and great smile. Treasure your many stories and memories.

Ashley Bisson

28 January 2019

I remember my Nana as a smart, funny, and truly interesting woman. From going to my dad's old neighbourhood, to her apartment, to even the nursing home, her presence truly warmed the room and made everyone smile. Even in her later years, I almost never saw her without a smile on her face. She was so well traveled, so well read, and so inspiring.

Learning her wit and sarcasm from my dad, who ultimately got it from her, made sure there was never a dull moment when we visited. Hearing about her travels was always so cool, and perhaps it is what has motivated me to travel so far from home. I am grateful that she was able to see me getting accepted into my dream university, and that I got to make her proud with my grades the last time I spoke to her over the phone during Christmas. I know I will continue to make her proud, even though she is not here to see it.

She was the best Nana I could have ever asked for, and I hope she is resting easy now.

Mark Bisson

27 January 2019

I am the man I am today because of my Mom.

I will never forget the woman that took me to China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Magdalen Island and even Newfoundland, all before I was 16. To say she was well traveled is an understatement.

I owe my sense of humor (and sarcasm) directly to her and her father. We could always have a laugh and loved mostly the ones that were at each other's expense. But never a hint of meanness in it ever.

Gail describes best about the first part of her life, but I like to think that when I came along, I dented the Prim and Proper exterior. Yes, I had to have manners, yet I tested the limits of my mom's patience many times, and even though I might get a scowl or a 'Mark!!', I also knew there was a sly smile underneath.

I will cherish most the fact that my mom got to enjoy seeing my children grow up. I wish we had lived closer, but we never went a year without a visit.

She was such a generous and proud grandmother, to all her grandchildren, and they brought her immense joy. And she even instilled those manners on to the them, a true reflection of her legacy.

She loved them and they know that they were loved, just as I know how much I was loved, and that I will never forget.

RIP Mom!

Lucie Turmel

27 January 2019

To Gail, Lise, Valérie , Mark and the extended family members,

It is with a lot of sadness that I learned that your mother passed away. I kept an excellent memory of her when you were living in Cowansville. In my recolection , she was a distinguished woman, an attentive mother loving her family and very proud of it.

With all my heart, I wish you my sincere condolences.

Lucie Turmel

Gillian MacMullin

26 January 2019

Nana was an incredible role model - going back to school, back to work, into Russia... you name it, she did it. She was so supportive - when I had a great opportunity for summer work during undergrad, she welcomed me with open arms. I'm so glad for every day I got to spend with her. She will be forever missed, forever loved, forever admired.

Gail Bisson

26 January 2019

I remember how she loved hosting pool parties and bridge games when we lived in Cowansville . She was a gracious and proper lady. And she was so pretty- a true strawberry blonde.
Manners were very important and we did not get far in the Bisson household if we did not say please and thank you!
She was (usually) very level headed and fair. She was a truly kind person.
Bottom line, she was a great Mom and I am sad for me that she is gone but glad for her because she had a difficult 2 years prior to her death,
Love you Mom!!