Jean Wilson (Blackwood) Forsyth

Born: Fri., Apr. 20, 1928
Died: Wed., Aug. 12, 2020


Private Services

Location: Island Funeral Home


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In Loving Memory of
Jean Wilson Forsyth
April 20, 1928 - August 12, 2020

Beloved mother of
Alexander (Nancy), Helen (Austin predeceased),
Richard predeceased (Linda), Jean (Tony), Ann
and Scott (Judy).
Loving grandmother of Grant, Graham, David, Brad, Jarrott, Jennifer, Tony, Anje, Hollie, Jamie, Matthew and their partners and proud great grandmother of 17.   Predeceased by her loving husband Richard, her parents, and all her siblings.

Mum grew up in the wee Scottish village of Carnbroe and loved to talk about her wonderful childhood, her family life, the terrifying war years and how ordinary folk coped, and of course about her sweetheart and husband (Richard) of 32 years. At 30 years of age, with five youngsters in tow, they sailed across the Atlantic and made a new home in Canada where they loved to entertain their Scottish families. In her latter years Mum enjoyed living in a small apartment in Little Current which she called her Scottish croft cottage.

Mum’s greatest joy was her family. She loved babies and was so proud of all her grandchildren and their children. Her idea of a good time was to spend days cleaning house and preparing all her favourite foods for the family arriving, then to relax with a hot cup of tea after everyone had left and remember all the happy faces and all the stories that were left behind.

She came from a musical family and started singing on stage at a very young age in her brother’s band and she sang in choirs all her life. She worked as a local newspaper reporter during the war years, she worked as a kindergarten teacher’s aide for some time in Espanola, she was an exemplary housekeeper, but most of all she was the most wonderful mother and friend.

Mum has not been well in the last year and she knew her time was short, but she kept telling us “Don’t grieve for me. I’ve had a long life and a happy life. I’ve had a lot of sorrows, but also a lot of joy.”

She was one indomitable lady.
Her mantra was that you never give up, you just keep putting one foot ahead of the other. And that is how Mum lived life right to the end.

Family and friends will gather for a private service
at Island Funeral Home
on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:00AM
with Rev. Cory Vermeer-Cuthbert officiating.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Donations may be made to
the Manitoulin Health Centre Aux., your own church or
a children’s charity of your choice.

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Rick and Gail Gjos
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
Helen such a sad time for you. You will miss your Mom so much, but you have many great memories to carry forward. Condolences to you and your family

Connie Laidley
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
Helen, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
Connie and Nikki

Lynda Chandler
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
The life Jean lived has given the world some very lovely people. And now she'll enjoy singing with the heavenly hosts. May your memories make you smile and soothe your aching hearts.

Maria and Roger Rousselle
   Posted Sat August 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss. She was one terrific lady, always pleasant and looked on the bright side no matter what the situation. She will be fondly remembered. Our condolences to you and all your family.

Valerie Brill
   Posted Sat August 15, 2020
Jean was a great lady and a wonderful friend. We always looked forward to her wry Scottish humour and the stories she would tell at choir practice. Jean was just one of those people who could brighten up your day. My sympathy to the family.

Carol Pickard
   Posted Sat August 15, 2020
Jean was such a lovely lady, I truly loved to hear her beautiful voice in the choir of our church. My thoughts go out to her family at this time of sorrow. May your wonderful memories of your times with your Mother comfort you.

Lenore and gordon hipel
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
We were sad to hear of the passing of JEAN. We missed her her when she moved to Little Current. Jean sat beside me in the choir at our church. She had a great sense of humor , and always made us happy. She will be sadly missed.

Lynda Williamson
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will forever miss Jean's smiling face and the loving stories she told of her family. Jean was so very proud of her family. Everyone will miss this grand lady.

Ruth Lacasse
   Posted Thu August 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss !!!! Your mom was the sweetest and most kind person . I'm sure you will all miss her but her wonderful personality and kindness lives on in all of you . Loved to hear her stories when she came to get her hair done . Deepest condolences!

Bob Gear
   Posted Thu August 20, 2020
Received call from Jarrett of the loss of his granny !
Saddened to hear of the loss of Jean ! Will look forward to the celebration of Jeans life !
Bob and Arlene

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