Jayne’s Funeral Home

7 Birch Street, Digby, NS


Winnifred Jean Brittain

July 4, 1940April 11, 2020

Brittain, Winnifred “Jean”, 79 of Digby passed away at home April 11, 2020. Born in Yarmouth, she was a daughter of the late Winnifred (Shaw) and Jack (JJ) Brittain.

Jean began her career as a teacher where she earned the love and respect of many students. She came back to Digby to pursue a career in the family business of real estate and insurance. She went on to become a board member on the first Board of Governors for NSCC, an instructor, coordinator and director of several adult school programs throughout her life. At the time of her passing, she was the Deputy Mayor of Digby and active until the week of her death. Jean was involved in many areas of the Baptist Church; she was part of an ensemble group that did music ministry, also served as choir director for many years. As Jean began her journey with cancer she found a love for painting and became quite well known for her paintings of poppies. What she will be remembered for most is her wisdom, mentorship, loyalty and love of her Lord. She had the love and respect of all ages and the ability to mentor a diverse section of her community.

Jean is survived by brother, John Albert (Marilyn) Brittain, special Aunt Elizabeth Smith, long time friend and caregiver Terry Gilbert and family, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brother Hugh and sister Anne.

A special thank you to Dr. John Black, staff at the cancer centers in Halifax and Yarmouth as well as everyone who has made her journey to the end of her life a peaceful and joyful trip.

Donations in memory can be made to the Digby Baptist Church, PO Box 35, Digby NS, B0V1A0 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 5826 South Street, Halifax NS, B3H9Z9.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please share a memory or leave a condolence at www.jaynesfuneralhome.com


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Tracey Newman

April 27, 2020

Rest in Peace, Aunt Jean. You were a very much loved member of our family and I have many fond memories of you during my childhood. You will be missed. Love Tracey, Ashley, Kate and Patrick

Adrian Nette

April 22, 2020

Jean was 8 years older than me when she was my economics teacher at West Kings high school. Although at that age economics was not first and foremost on my mind, Jean made the class interesting and challenging. She was always so "down to earth " and logical.
Years later I ran into Jean as I became involved in municipal politics after moving to Annapolis Royal. We connected on several synapses (it seemed Jean had her finger in many pies) and even when she caught me shopping in Digby she would thank me for supporting her town. Jean was always so community minded.
Jean deserves a standing ovation from the Town of Digby.
Hope we'll meet in the great beyond Jean, but don't try to teach me anything. Remember the old adage "you can't teach an old dog new tricks ".

Debby & Donnie Bondy

April 19, 2020

We send our love & deepest condolences to you Terry & family & to all Jeans friends. She was a very intelligent, beautiful Lady & will be missed by us & so many.

Brenda Francis

April 18, 2020

I had a great deal of respect and admiration for MS. Brittain ( found it hard to call her Jean). She was a pillar in the community and a mentor to many. Her insight, wisdom, compassion and love for the Digby area and all its residents will be missed. Your earthly light has faded but your heavenly light will shine brilliantly.... My condolences to you Terry and the family.

Constance Muenzer (Tobert)

April 17, 2020

I remember Jean fondly. We lived next door for periods of time with our Wallis grandparents. Anne was my age, Jean a little younger. We lost contact over the years, I lived in Montreal, but our friendship at a young age was never forgotten. We had stories to tell, and it was always a pleasure to meet her in and around Digby.
Jean was certainly a beloved and respected Digby woman and will be remembered fondly. My sympathy is extended to the family and
Sincerely, Connie Muenzer, Clementsport, NS

Linda (Rawding) Isles

April 17, 2020

I first met up with Jean in 1968 when I started working for her Dad at JJ Brittain Insurance Office. After Jean left teaching, in the Valley, she returned to Digby and later became the Office Manager of the Insurance Company as her Dad had retired. Jean was a very special person and wonderful to work for. We all certainly had a lot of fun and special times while accomplishing our work tasks. "We were one happy family". I will not forget my working days at "Brittain's". Jean, Rest in Peace. It was wonderful to know you and you will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Sincerely, Linda (Rawding) Isles

Henoche Townley

April 16, 2020

You will be missed buy many Jean. Rest In Peace my friend.

Cathy and Larry Black

April 16, 2020

We were so sad to hear about Jean, such a friendly person, with a smile for everyone. She would always stop and chat about family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Lee Wilson

April 16, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your best friend, Terry. My condolences to you, Jean's family and, indeed, the town of Digby. Her contribution has had a significantly positive impact on life in your community. Her presence will be missed but not forgotten, I'm sure.
Hugs, Lee

Kris Herron

April 16, 2020

Jean Brittian was someone I truly respected. greatly admired and loved. Yes it has been said she had a life interest in politics as she was elected to Town council five times. However, from my knowledge of Jean, her interest in politics was absolutely, entirely motivated by her desire to make the lives of the people she represented better in every way. Jean cared about the present and the future of her community. Further, Jean was also an out of the box thinker who saw potential when so many others did not. She saw hope when others saw despair, she worked to advance her community against all odds! I will remember her strength of will, her positive focus and her incredible spirit. When many thought she was lost, she showed them that she was still a formidable woman with so much life and vitality that she willingly wanted to share and give. That was Jean, others before herself.
For me Jean was a beacon of hope and resilience. A role model, a mentor, an educator. Perhaps, it was an expression of her faith, but she went far and beyond to give the folks who needed her a ‘hand up’. Her life was truly a gift to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Those closest to her are in my prayers. Rest in peace, dear one!


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