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INSELBERG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-04-30 published
HUNT Jessica (née JARVIS) U.E. (1911-2005)
On April 16th, 2005 at Parkview Place, Enderby, British Columbia, in her 94th year. Born August 26, 1911 in Toronto. Survived by her daughter Diana (Alex) INSELBERG, Enderby, British Columbia and her half-brother William Michael JARVIS, Ottawa. Predeceased by her brothers, Alfred Errol JARVIS (1910 in infancy,) and Laurence Ernest JARVIS (1992.) The daughter of William Henry Pope JARVIS and Mary Isabelle (HOSKIN) JARVIS, Jessica attended Bishop Strachan School, and University of Toronto, from which she graduated in 1942, standing first in Household Science. Jessica served in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service in Halifax during the latter part of the Second World War. In 1945 she moved to Oakville, Ontario, returning to live in Toronto in 1965. Jessica moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1988 and to Enderby, British Columbia in 2000 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. In the 1930's, Jessica became the first woman in Toronto, and the fourth in Canada, to obtain a commercial flying license. She also earned Canadian, English, French and German private pilot's licenses. The family wishes to profoundly thank the wonderful staff at Parkview Place for the superb care she received over the past five years. No service by request. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Shuswap Branch-British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 5850 Auto Road S.E., Salmon Arm, British Columbia V1E 2X2.

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INSELBERG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-12 published
Jessica Jarvis HUNT, Aviatrix: 1911-2005
Toronto socialite was among the first women in Canada to win a commercial pilot's licence but, sidelined by the Second World War, never flew a plane again
By Allison LAWLOR, Special to The Globe and Mail, Thursday, May 12, 2005, Page S9
At a time when flying was considered a man's world, Jessica JARVIS, at the age of 23, became the first woman in Toronto, and the fourth in Canada, to obtain a commercial flying licence.
Dubbed a "young aviatrix" by Canada's press of the mid-1930s, she also went onto earn her Canadian, English, French and German private pilot's licences. "I flew to do something to justify my existence and to stand out from the crowd," she said years later.
A member of the Toronto Flying Club, Ms. JARVIS got her wings on August 21, 1931, a little more than two years after Eileen VOLLICK of Hamilton, Ontario, became the first woman in Canada to receive her private pilot's licence. In an interview with the Toronto Daily Star two years later, Ms. JARVIS explained why she thought a commercial pilot's licence would elude her. "I can never have a commercial pilot's licence," she said, "because my eyesight is not good enough. I wear specially ground glasses in my helmet goggles, as it is. Commercial flying is out for me, I'm afraid."
Even so, on August 23, 1934, she became the fourth woman in Canada to qualify for her commercial licence. Still, she later said that as a woman, she never expected to find work as a pilot, even if her eyesight had been better.
"I took it to prove to myself that I could do it. I was always realistic, and I didn't see any place in aviation for women," she told writer Shirley RENDER for Ms. RENDER's book No Place for a Lady: The Story of Canadian Women Pilots 1928-1992 "I didn't want to do anything except enjoy the experience."
Ms. JARVIS loved the experience of flying in open planes. "I'd go up at 7: 30 or 8 a.m. in the summer," she recalled. "The air was so still. The feeling of freedom -- it's incredibly exhilarating. It's a very sensual experience."
The daughter of William Henry Pope JARVIS and Mary Isabelle JARVIS, Jessica JARVIS was born into an affluent Toronto family. Her father, a gentleman journalist, travelled to the North where he took part in the Yukon Gold Rush and wrote several novels based on his experiences.
Despite her privileged background, which included private schools and the well-connected life of a young socialite, Ms. JARVIS described her childhood as lonely and unhappy. "I was very prim and proper," she said in a newspaper interview in 1992. "But at school I couldn't do anything -- I was no good at games. Learning to fly was something I could do sitting down."
While lessons were expensive, money wasn't a problem for Ms. JARVIS. By the time she was 18 she had set aside enough to enroll in flying school at a cost of $20 an hour (about the cost in 1931 to rent an apartment for a month). "It was just something I wanted to do," she said. "I had no lofty aims."
A photograph of Ms. JARVIS, glamourously dressed in her flying gear, graced the cover of Star Weekly in 1940. "Jessica JARVIS, University of Toronto student, is one of Canada's most experienced women pilots. Royal Canadian Air Force say she is capable of piloting their planes," said the caption.
"I do photograph well," she years later said of the publicity.
"She quite liked all the attention she got from her flying," said her daughter Diana INSELBERG. " She was interested in standing out from the crowd."
In 1942, she graduated with a degree in household science from the University of Toronto. She served as a dietician in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service in Halifax during the Second World War. She later said that she hadn't expected to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war years due to her poor eyesight.
in the meantime, flying had brought her close to death at least once. "It was looping a loop that nearly did me in, in England," she said in an interview with the Toronto Daily Star in 1933. "I did two loops and, in the second one I didn't pull the stick back far enough. Instead of completing the loop I went out on a vertical so that I was flying upside down. I caught my foot in the side, I couldn't see, and I thought I was in a spin.
"In other words, I thought I was done for. But strange to say, I wasn't scared. A man once told me that when you get in a jam in the air you don't get scared because you are so busy watching what happens.
"That's exactly what took place. In those few seconds, I seemed to remember all the things I had ever been taught and, some way, I pulled out of it. I had started at 2,000 feet and I ended at Shortly after she landed, she recalled how a junior pilot set down soon afterwards. "His face was white with fright. He said he saw me shoot by, going about 165 miles an hour, and thought I was headed straight for death," she said.
"However, it was absolutely my own fault," she added. "I have no one to blame but myself for the whole affair. Most accidents are the pilot's fault, unless there is a structural break."
During the war she had married a naval officer -- she took his name, HUNT -- and they had one child. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last and she found herself alone with a young daughter to raise and no more money for flying. After the war, Ms. Jarvis HUNT moved to Oakville, Ontario, where she ran a bakery and later a second-hand clothing store before returning to Toronto to work for the federal government.
She never took to the air again. Instead, money worries displaced the devil-may-care spirit she had shown as a young pilot. "It was an unfulfilled life in many ways," Ms. INSELBERG said.
In 1969, a dream came true when mother and daughter boarded a DC8 British Airways plane bound for England. It was Jessica Jarvis HUNT's first commercial flight. While she wasn't in the cockpit, the experience proved exhilarating. When the crew heard about her early flying days, they invited her to meet the captain and see what it was like to be behind the controls in a high-tech cockpit -- so very different from the open planes she once flew in the Ontario skies of her youth.
She lived alone most of her life and, in the late 1980s, moved to British Columbia to be near her daughter.
"I never looked on flying as anything but a recreation," she said in 1993. "There were other women pilots who were much more accomplished."
Jessica Jarvis HUNT was born in Toronto on August 26, 1911, and died in the Okanagan Valley town of Enderby, British Columbia, on April 16, 2005. She was 93. She is survived by her daughter Diana INSELBERG and by half-brother William Michael JARVIS.

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INSON 2005-01-25 published
At Chesley Park Retirement Home on Monday, January 24, 2005, Daphne Rose (MITCHELL) INSON of London in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of John INSON of London. Dear mother of Doug and his wife Pam HIGGIN and David and his wife Jane HIGGIN all of London. Loved by 4 grandchildren David and Lisa and Erin and Julien and 1 great-granddaughter Hailey. Dear sister-in-law of Elizabeth BILYEA of London. Friends will be received at the Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo and Colborne St.) on Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 1 p.m. Friends who wish, may make memorial donations to the charity of your choice. On line condolences A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Mrs. INSON.

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