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"GOC" 2007 Obituary


GOCAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-14 published
STRUTHERS, Jean Laurie (née BOWLEY)
Peacefully, and with characteristic grace, in her eighty-eighth year, following a fifteen-day illness, on 4 July 2007, at University Hospital in London, Ontario. Born 6 October 1919 in Adelaide Township, Middlesex County; third of four children of Walter and Eva BOWLEY. Graduate of Strathroy Collegiate Institute and of Westervelt College in London. Lived vibrantly, generously, kindly, affectionately. Loving wife for nearly fifty years of Jack STRUTHERS of London (d. 1991) and, later, loving partner for over eleven years of William BOWIE of Grand Bend (d. 2006.) Predeceased, too, by her elder sister, Mary BOWLEY, her older sister, Anne KEMP, her younger brother, Walter BOWLEY, and by other Friends, among them, her older sister's husband, Jim KEMP, Fred and Jean Hammerton, Win Schell.
Loving mother of Doctor J.R. (Tim) STRUTHERS and ever-appreciative friend of his wife, Doctor Marianne MICROS, both professors of English at The University of Guelph. Loving and especially proud grandmother of their daughters Eleni KAPETANIOS and Joy STRUTHERS, and fond friend of their respective partners, Dan BORTOLLON and Rob STEFANYK, all of Guelph. Loving aunt of Penn KEMP, of Jamie KEMP, of Frank, Marc, Joel, and Luke BOWLEY. Mentor and friend to many others. Herself now repeating, as her mother had said to her, "I will always be with you." And she will. All those around her being reassured, made finer, made resplendent, by her presence. Individuals are invited to remember Jean in their own personal ways, by continuing to be their own special selves. Cards, words, remembrances may be sent to The Struthers Family, 75 James Street West, Guelph, Ontario N1G 1E5. Any financial donations may be directed to the organization of each person's choice or to "London Health Sciences Foundation, Critical Care / Intensive Care Unit," 747 Baseline Road East, London, Ontario N6C 2R6. Heartfelt thanks are extended to the good souls already named, particularly Penn KEMP, along with Jean's very special friend, Ursula WEINHARDT, Jean's caregivers, Cheryl GOCAN and Sylvia REED, her doctor, Keith FERGUSON, the staff in the Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital, and those other relatives and Friends of Jean's and her family's who shared, appreciated, returned Jean's love and delight and dignity, who strive to keep these qualities alive.

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