Obituaries

Clara Jean Bissett

May 11, 1939 - October 12, 2020

Posted by:
Catherine Alvarez

Posted on:
October 18, 2020

Auntie Jean with nephew Andrew (top) and niece Carmen (bottom) . March 1976 , Montréal.

Posted by:
Mary Lynne Daly

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October 17, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I REMMBER Our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time Jean was such a caring person with an infectious smile she will be sorely missed. Mary Lynne ,Christin,andAdam Daly Remember I And aa

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Carmen Alvarez

Posted on:
October 16, 2020

I'd like to share these thoughts that Jean and I exchanged by email one winter, a few years ago. I had sent her some pictures of snow in Paris, and we were comparing the weather in Paris vs Canada. She shows such an optimistic way of looking at things: Jean: Much of Canada is in a cold grip this week. The usual for the 3rd week in January. Not to worry. The sun is coming back. We have gained 35 minutes of daylight since Dec 21 the shortest day. Carmen: That's a positive way to look at things: The number of extra minutes of daylight since the start of winter 🙂 Starting June 21 though, you'll need to come up with another way of thinking 🙂 Jean: Yes, I have a very positive outlook at this time of year. When we are living through the worst cold of the year in January and February, no matter how cold it gets and what the weather man may throw at us it doesn't matter because the days are getting longer. Even now you can notice the difference with more twilight at the end of each day. Now in June when the days start to get shorter it doesn't matter because we still have our best summer months with July and August. September and October generally are pleasant with the fall colours covering the trees. It is the last week in November and the first three weeks in December when winter is settling in that are the worst. But then the sun starts to come back.

Posted by:
Carmen Alvarez

Posted on:
October 16, 2020

In Jean's words: "Carmen, I am all finished and the Archives Project is completed. At least the mandate I had to organized and sort all the material that was collected over 93 years since 1911. Now it will pass to my successor the Manager Education and Research who will respond to researcher wanting access to the collection. I am forwarding three pictures that were taken in preparation for the article in the Hospital's Newsletter which was published last week."

Posted by:
Carmen Alvarez

Posted on:
October 16, 2020

This was during the visit that Jean, Cathy, Andrew and Carmen had in Brussels and Vimy, to attend a commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I. This photo is taken in front of the Mini-Europe theme park in Brussels.

Posted by:
Catherine Anne Lovatt

Posted on:
October 15, 2020

My first adult memory of Jean, was as a 17 year old teenager. She walked me through decision making process for my future career. She weighed the pros and cons of the Bachelor of Nursing Degree (BN) versus the Registered Nursing program (RN). I choose the BN and never looked back. So grateful of her for this. As well as sharing nursing memories, Jean and I shared the love of our pets Biskey and Robby. Betty, Jean and Cathy all nurses who shared their memories of my mother who was a nurse and who died when I was young. Jean and her sisters have maintained the linkage to my mother and her family. ? Cousin Cathy