Maisie "Jean" Emily White

November 24, 1921October 6, 2019

Maisie (Jean) Emily White passed away peacefully on October 6th, 2019, At Eagle Ridge Manor in Port Moody at the age of 97.

Jean White lived her life as a very independent person. She lost her husband, Cyril, when she was only 55 years old. She learned very quickly how to make life on her own. She spoke straight forward what was on her mind which, at times, was a little too blunt, but deep inside she cared deeply for everyone in her life, family and friends.

Jean took an active role during WWII first in the RAF as a radar operator, then later in the Fire Service during the Blitz of London. After the war she married Cyril whom she had met during the war and started a new life. Soon after, in 1952, the couple migrated to Canada seeking greater opportunities. After some initial shock of landing during winter in Quebec with no French language skills, they came to love Canada. Their two sons, Malcolm and Gary, grew up with true Canadian values…Hockey Night in Canada Saturday nights was religion.

After Cyril’s death in 1976 at the age of 60, Jean looked west to Vancouver which was Cyril’s dream to retire there. Son Malcolm already lived in Vancouver with his wife. Jean packed the boxes in 1978 and moved out to the coast. Son Gary followed in 1980 and the family was reunited in Vancouver. Jean continued as the matriarch of the White family and drew us around her. Unfortunately, son Malcolm passed away in 2012. Jean continued to live independently until 2018 when she had a fall and broke her hip. She became confined to a wheelchair and required residential care. Despite that, she took on the challenge and won the hearts of the care staff at Eagle Ridge Manor. They appreciated that she was still doing what she could for herself and remained as independent as possible under the circumstances.

Jean passed away on October 6th after sharing time with family and close friends. She was hoping to live to 100 just to get the congratulation letter from Queen Elizabeth. She came up just short as she would have turned 98 on November 24th.

Jean is survived by her sister, Joan, her son, Gary, granddaughters Careen and Aisha, and great grandchildren Charlotte, Sage, and Remy.

A memoriam will be held at a later date ….gin and tonics for all.

Life is GRAND live it GRAND.

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Anita Turner

October 11, 2019

My Aunt Jean, Very much loved with us living in Australia we have found memories of sharing time with Jean in Ramsgate, at family weddings. On aunt Jean's visit with her great fried Marg we had a very had storm lost power for hours and Jean made fun of it saying didn't know you got such rain. My family loved sharing time with her. Aunt Jean would have been so proud of Gary for all the support he gave over the years. Jean you will be missed but never forgotten . To all the laughs and G&T's we will drink to a life well lived.
Rest in Peace

Tom and Usha Procinsky

October 10, 2019

We first met Jean when her son Malcolm married Usha's sister Indira in 1977. From the moment we met her, we knew that we would love her. Prior to Indira's and Malcolm's deaths, we would see Jean in Vancouver , whenever we visited Malcolm and Indira and we were thrilled when they asked us to be god parents to their daughter Aisha. Jean continued to be in close touch when Aisha came to live with us after Indira and Malcolm passed away, and she visited us in Edmonton on several occasions. Her visits always began with "a gin and tonic " and there was lots of laughter and lots of sage advice to us and Aisha.
We will remember her for her 'no nonsense' attitude, her very proper manners, her ability to dress stylishly and immaculately, and her love for living. We are glad that her end came without pain and illness and we feel very fortunate to have had her in our life. We will miss you, Nana.
Our sincerest condolences to Gary, Gaby, Careen, Alex, Charlotte, Aisha, Sheldon, Sage and Remy on the loss of this wonderful woman.

Anba Gold

October 10, 2019

Aunt jean was really the only family we knew from the Shaw family, and it was a privilege to know and love her. Aunt Jean said it like it was, and it is trait I share.
Sadly her sister Joan, my mum does not know she has lost her dear sister as at 93 this darling lady has her own battles to fight health wise.
These two incredible women survived the war but in the end life caught them up, and sadly aunt jean is gone, never to be forgotten god bless and sleep peacefully.

Kathie and Ken Wilson

October 10, 2019

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Jean's 95th Birthday and now she will be celebrating her next one, in a heavenly fashion, with other loved ones who have also left us, but would have been waiting with open arms to welcome her! It is always comforting to know that someone had a good life, and Jean certainly did so we hope knowing that and many good memories will help everyone here missing her. Cheers to Jean, you will be dearly missed!