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Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, ON

OBITUARY

Jean Louise Cleminson

June 21, 1942October 27, 2019

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Stirling Heights LTC, Cambridge surrounded by the love of her family at the age of 77.

Beloved wife of 56 wonderful years to high school sweetheart Bill Cleminson. Loving mother to Lisa (Ian) Parker of Calgary, AB and Paul Cleminson (Donna McIntyre) of Cambridge, ON. Proud grandma to Kevin, Jack and Eric Parker all of Calgary, AB. Dear sister to Shirley Armour of Windsor, ON, Helen Badder of Windsor, ON, Judy Holland of London, ON, Ruth Armour of Brampton, ON and sister-in-law to Barbara Henderson of Ajax, ON. Jean will be missed and lovingly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews in Southern Ontario along with her devoted friends Judy Hart, Leslie Macredie and Cam and Janet Allan.

Jean was a dedicated, long-time employee of Idea Exchange, formerly Cambridge Libraries and Galleries. Jean and Bill spent three years working in the U.A.E. where Jean worked in the school library at the Men’s College. During this time they explored several countries but their favourite place to be was their second home in Port Charlotte, Florida during their snowbird years where they developed lifelong friendships.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 17th from 1-4 p.m. (tribute to Jean at 2:30 p.m.) at the Butterfly Conservatory, 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge, cambridgebutterfly.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Alzheimer Society in Jean’s memory would be greatly appreciated.

A heartfelt thank you to the tremendous staff of Stirling Heights for their compassion and exceptional care over the past few years.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, November 17, 2019

Memories

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Carol & Larry Egan

November 14, 2019

Jean was one of the sweetest, kindest and gentle women we have ever had the honor to know. She also had a marvelous sense of humor and the warmest most beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by her Florida friends. Carol & Larry

Ruth Armour

November 11, 2019

To my dear sister Jean --
What an amazing life you had! You accomplished so much. From your birth on the first day of summer, you brought sunshine and warmth to everyone who was lucky enough to know you. Your lifelong love story with Bill and the birth of your two wonderful children, Lisa and Paul, top the list of how you left this Earth a better place. Along the way, you attracted many friends who loved you because you were a fun and kind person. You enriched their lives. As your little sister, I got to see this firsthand. Although I was 12 years younger, you always treated me with love and respect. You never made me feel like I was a bother. When I was a kid, you used to make up adventure stories about twin girls named Aggie and Maggie who were my age. How I loved to listen to those stories you created! Even when you moved away from home, you continued to send me letters with Aggie and Maggie stories enclosed. It was our thing. And "West Side Story" -- you let me play your movie soundtrack album over and over and over. You took the time to explain the story to me and what the songs were about. That meant a lot to me. When Lisa was born, I was thrilled and excited to be an aunt at age ten. None of my friends at school had this special honour. So many memories ...

In recent months, it was wonderful to see you smiling and laughing when Shirley, Helen, Ruben and I would visit. Thank you for giving us such precious moments to carry forward.

One afternoon after you passed I was looking out my kitchen window when a female cardinal landed at my birdfeeder. She didn't eat any of the seeds, she just sat there staring back at the window. She didn't move at all for about five minutes. It was really unusual. I called Ruben to come and see and he said, "Wow that bird is looking at us!" I wondered if this was you giving me a sign that you are free and at peace now. I can only hope so.

Finally to Bill -- thank you for taking such exceptional care of Jean. The love you share is deep and pure. Your devotion to each other is touching and everlasting. You are blessed to have each other and I am certain that you will be reunited one day.

With so much love,
Ruth


As around the Sun the Earth knows she revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows Love's the cure
You can rest your mind assured
That I'll be loving you always.

Did you know that true Love asks for nothing?
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that Life has given Love a guarantee
To last forever and another day.

As today I know I'm living but tomorrow
Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear
For I know deep in my mind
The love of me I've left behind
And I'll be loving you always.

-- Stevie Wonder

Deanna Seric

November 6, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. Jean was a wonderful person with a warm smile who was very kind to all of us. Our Mom still speaks so fondly of Jean.
Our sincere condolences to Bill, Lisa and Paul and their families. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

The Forler Family

Elly Tose

November 3, 2019

Jean had one of the brightest smiles and one of the best laughs! She had a wonderful sense of humour and an amazingly positive outlook. There was always a big hug and a warm welcome. So many fantastic memories, always with us!

Rita Niles

October 31, 2019

Jean was a very thoughtful, generous, beautiful, & most of all devoted to her family & friends. Whenever I needed help she was always there for me, also goes out of the way to help others.
The memories I cherished a lot is when she visited Guyana, South America...her warmth, very happy, the laughter she shared with my family & I. She will be missed.
My Condolences to Bill, her beloved husband, Lisa, Ian & Grands, Paul,&Donna.
Please know that I am hear for you.
May she rest in peace.
Love
Rita

Vibert Allen

October 31, 2019

I always remember, in my quiet moment the many conversations Jean and I had in the kitchen at house on 3 Don Donald Rd, Galt Cambridge. She would be cleaning or prepared the meal for the day. I would join in and help after finishing breakfast. Our conversations was mostly about life, family, the future, funny things that occure, religion. We would sometimes reminisce about her visit and her wedding ceremony in Guyana, South America, during which time I was 5 yrs. Oh how I have this everlasting love for Jean. She played a huge part in molding my life to make me the kind of man I am today. She was the most kind, unselfish, loving woman, I have ever known. Jean will be greatly missed. May she RIP with all the angles on heaven. My deepest condolence to Bill, Lisa and family, Paul and family and all other relatives. Love you all forever.

Barbara Carlton

October 29, 2019

Jean was a wonderful person and a great library employee.
She was a perfectionist in her duties in the Processing Department. She was always very deferential to the librarians, yet likely knew as much as they did! A very intelligent person., who was very proud of her family.
You will all miss her, but especially you, Bill . You have been a very faithful companion, particularly in her time at Stirling Heights.
I am sorry I have not been to see Jean recently, as I have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and can no longer drive. Old age isn’t for sissies! She is in my prayers.
Barbara Carlton

Margaret Hatchwell

October 29, 2019

What a privilege to have know Jean and Bill. Every day that I was at work, Bill would bring Jean over to me to say hello. When a smile was given to me it was a delight! Jean always looked elegant and even though few words were spoken, she was a woman of grace. My sincere condolences to the family who displayed their love and devotion at all times. I will miss those little visits but my memory and heart holds on to them.
Love Margaret.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY