OBITUARY

Mrs. Barbara "Barb" (Thomas) Jamison

February 6, 1934October 5, 2021

BARBARA JAMISON (nee Thomas) 1934 – 2021

After a long illness, Barbara passed away peacefully, with her three daughters by her side.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Gerry Jamison, and devoted daughter of the late Mabel Dever and P.R. Thomas. She is survived by her daughters Melodie (Mike Gagnon), Lorraine (John Pozer) and Cindy (Don Mounsey); grandchildren Justin Gagnon (Heather), Matthew Gagnon (Christina), Wylie Mounsey (Eddie), Amelia Mounsey (Charles) and Chloe Mounsey (Alex); great grandchildren Emma and Charlie; and cousin Daryl McDonald. Family meant the world to Barbara and she was a devoted niece to her dear late aunts Eva and Edna Dever and Margaret McDonald.

Barb (to all who knew her) grew up in the Town of Mount Royal and later moved to Dorval, where she raised her family and lived for many years. She attended Sir George Williams University, where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, writing final exams while very pregnant with her second child – something very few women did in 1960! Throughout the sixties she enjoyed activities with the University Women’s Club, and she was the first woman to serve as president of the Home and School Association at Dorval Gardens.

Barbara loved her family, travel, dancing, musicals, and a good party. She had a knack for winning contests and, in the 1970s, her lucky streak brought home a colour television when they were big deals, and a trip to Disney World the year it opened. The trip was for two, but Barb pleaded with the radio station to let her cash it in so she could take her family. As she said, “How can I go to Disney World and not take my kids?” It was one of the most magical holidays the family ever had.

Summers were enjoyed with family at Selby Lake, where Barb’s parents had owned a cottage since her childhood. Many weekends were spent out on the lake on Gerry’s motorboat – which he won on a game show! Of course, Barb had hoped he’d have selected the washer/dryer prize instead.

Barbara loved fashion and was never seen without earrings that perfectly matched her colourful outfits. She also made sets of dresses for her children that were miniatures of her own, and the Jamison girls would often go out together wearing the same frock as their mom.

Barbara loved people, and part time direct sales work turned into full-fledged business ownership. Barb had the best time building her Beauty Counsellors make-up distributorship, Prestige Sales, and the company thrived. In the 1980s, Barb turned her hand to working at The Bay in Dorval, where she worked in the credit office well into her seventies.

In her sixties, Barb joined the Dorval Travel Club, where she made great friendships and enjoyed voyages to Italy, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, London, and Alaska. Later in life, she traveled with her daughters to Martha’s Vineyard, the Okanagan, Las Vegas, and took a road trip in a convertible, driving down the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to Hollywood, to celebrate her 80th birthday.

With failing health, the last few years were difficult, but Barbara still enjoyed family visits, and her daughters were loving and devoted. Two weeks before she passed, Barbara was able to be with four generations of her beloved family, and she met her two beautiful baby great-grandchildren! It was a wonderfully blessed day for everyone.

Barbara’s daughters would like to thank the staff at both the CHSLD Bayview and the Chateau Dollard for their kind and loving care.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Teresa Poce

October 12, 2021

My deepest sympathies to all of you at this very sad time. Your mom is and will forever be remembered by all of us here at Chateau Dollard. May she rest in eternal peace.
Love you all
Teresa

Joanne Perretta

October 10, 2021

I first met Barbara at Lolo’s & John’s wedding. She had a twinkle in her eye & a beautiful smile. One of my fondest memories of Barb that weekend was when all the gals were going to have our hair styled that Barb so generously organized. We were walking through the mall where she worked & everyone knew her. Barb was like the grand Marshall of the parade! Everyone said hi to her. She walked so spritely, a big smile on her face & waved to everyone. I thought to myself, no wonder Lolo is so much fun! Barb was blessed with her 3 daughters & their families. She will truly be missed. What a beloved matriarch! Sending love & condolences to the family. Sincerely, Joanne & Ralph Perretta.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY