Jeane Isobel (Stevens) Gage/Barlow

9 February, 192621 November, 2021

Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Hamilton, on November 21, 2021, with her family by her side.

Jeane was born in Toronto on February 9, 1926, to Douglas and Margaret (nee Evans) Stevens. She was raised in Hamilton where she graduated from Loretto Academy and McMaster University. She is survived and sorely missed by her husband Christopher Barlow, her three children George (Debbie), Brian (Cristina) and Margaret (Kirk), three stepchildren, Persephone (Rob), Caroline (James) and Crispian (Christi), grandchildren Cameron (Angela), Alessandra, James (Jacqueline), Robert (Andra), Conor (Kennedy), Kahle (Jesse), and Joseph; and two great-grandchildren Freya, and Isla Rose. She is mourned by her sister Margaret and her nieces and nephews and all the members of the extended Hopkins family.

During her lifetime she earned the love and respect of two exceptional gentlemen. Jeane was married to Cameron Gage Q.C. from 1949 until his death in 1991. She has been married to Christopher Barlow since 2003. Thanks to the patient and attentive care provided by Christopher, Jeane was able to remain in her home until shortly before her death. The family are grateful to Josie and Charmaine for the support and assistance they have provided over the past year.

Jeane was active in the community throughout her life. She served as a member, and on the executives of, the Home and School Associations of Central Public and Ryerson Elementary, the Women’s Wentworth Historical Society, the Junior League and the Big Sisters. She was a lifetime member of the Church of the Ascension. She participated in the restorations of Battlefield House and Dundurn Castle and led the restoration project at Whitehern.

She maintained an interest in architecture and art throughout her life. She had an extraordinary life, full of travel, adventure, and fun. In 1965 she drove, completely on her own, and camped with her children all the way across the United States to San Francisco and then up to Vancouver. She had a close circle of good friends. Her New Year’s Eve parties were justifiably legendary. She treasured her time in Tobermory, Naples, Florida and Ellicottville, New York. She lived her life to the fullest, with gusto and passion and courage.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at Marlatt Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 615 Main St. E. Hamilton, Ontario (905-528-6303). A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 64 Forest Ave. (at John St. S.), Hamilton, ON (905-527-3505).

In accordance with the Covid-19 regulations, proof of double vaccination and ID is required for all guests attending the visitation and Memorial Service. Masks are required upon entry.

If desired, memorial donations made to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Online tributes and condolences may be made at


  • Charity of Choice


16 December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Church of the Ascension

64 Forest Avenue (at John Street South)
Hamilton, Ontario

In accordance with the Covid-19 regulations, proof of double vaccination and ID is required for all guests attending the visitation and Memorial Service. Masks are required upon entry.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Monday, 29 November , 2021

  • Memorial Visitation

    Monday, 29 November , 2021


Jeane Isobel (Stevens) Gage/Barlow

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Terry & Kent Newcomb

1 December 2021

To our dear friend Jeane’s family:
We send our thoughts and condolences to you.
Terry & Kent

Wanda Garland

1 December 2021

Sir Christopher and Family: I'm so very sorry to hear that Jeane has passed away. I was so happy to meet her when we went to the Woodstock for dinner. She was a beautiful lady. Condolences to you at this difficult time. Treasure your memories.

Bryna Wasserman

28 November 2021

Margaret, Brian and George,
It will always seem like yesterday the your mom was across the street at our house with her swishy voice and warm regard. I was awed by my older worldly neighbours. Your mom always made me feel welcome. Her wild and wonderful gestures, bold and full of adventure. She was a dear friend to my mother. They spent many an afternoon together, gabbing and sharing. We all loved Jean Gage as she is always called by the Wassermans. We are all so sorry for your loss. I am also sorry we are away and can't be there with you. Marvin sends his love. Your mom is forever in our hearts.


24 November 2021

We wanted to express our sincere condolences to Christopher and all of the family. We were lucky to have met Jeane and share in her gentle way and elegance. May her memory sustain you, fill your hearts with joy, and Peace surround you. Saralee & Rob Zakroff

John Tice

24 November 2021

George and Brian...please accept my sincere condolence for the loss of your beloved Mother.

Jane Burgess

24 November 2021

We are honoured to been of the close circle of friends who attended Jean's legendary New Years Eve parties. Even if we sometimes showed up on the wrong day Jean and Christopher warmly welcomed us. Jean was always a lady. Our thoughts are with Sir Christopher at this his time of loss.

Jane Burgess and Karl Stevens

Mary Ann Fisher

24 November 2021

I have lovely memories of Jeane, enjoying life in Naples with Christopher and visiting with Caroline and James in Maryland. She loved her life!

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