Jean Sylvia Fawcett
It is with sadness that the family of Jean S. Fawcett announces her passing on Wed., May 29, 2013, at her home of 58 years, Fawcettdale Farm in Winchester, in her 92nd year.
Jean Mackie was born on Sept. 22, 1921 at Ramsayville, Ont. to Nicol and Mary Mackie (nee Geymonat). Her father was a local farmer and school trustee, and her mother was an Italian immigrant who had settled in the area 10 years earlier. Jean, the eldest of eight, was educated at local schools. At 11 years of age, she wrote and passed the entrance exam to the High School of Commerce, where she graduated with Honours.
She was ambidextrous, and was equally talented with both hands. She drew calves for registration purposes with one hand and yet crocheted with the other. She worked for the federal government in the 1940’s and through her friend, Freida Fawcett, met her future husband, Allison Fawcett of Winchester.
They were married at Ramsayville on May 11, 1949. Thus began a whole new career as a wife, mother, bookkeeper, and full-time farmer. Together, they had seven children: Marjorie of Mariatown, Hugh (Dianne) of Winchester, Myrna (Bert Doornwaard) of Ormond, Nora (Gary Brown) of Lombardy, Joyce of Winchester, Helen (Donald Thomson) of Martintown, and David (Sandra) of Winchester. She was the cherished grandmother to 15 grandchildren: Geoffrey Smith (Nura), Laura Maher (Peter), Jason Smith (Cheri-Lee), Kelly Mathers (David), Ryan Fawcett (Kelsey), Kristy Flynn (Clark), Cameron Flynn (Jess), Leslie Richardson (Brian), Michael Richardson, David Brown, Drew Thomson (Jen), Kurtis Thomson, Kelsey Thomson, William Fawcett, and Abby Fawcett. She was also the great-grandmother to 11: Madison, Allison, Jackson, Cordelia, Roman, Titan, Taylor, Ericka, Hunter, Brooke, and Tristan.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, Nicol and Mary Mackie, and four siblings, Madeline (the late Ken Atherfold), Nicol, David, and Gerald Mackie. She is survived by her husband, Allison, her sisters, Ruth (the late Al Lafortune), Marion (the late Ray Herbert), and Peggy (the late Russell Scharfe), and chosen sister Donna Clark of Ottawa. She was also predeceased by her sister-in-law, Freida Coons, and brothers-in-law, Gordon Fawcett, Keith Fawcett, and Ralph Fawcett. She is survived by her brothers-in-law, Roy Fawcett and his wife, Shirley, and Hugh Coons, and sisters-in-law, Marguerite Fawcett, Alison Fawcett, Mary Fawcett, Bonnie Mackie, Margaret Mackie and April Mackie, along with many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held on Sat., June 1 at Inkerman United Church followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. Rev. Thurland Brown lovingly conducted the service. The music was by the Hyndman sisters, and the eulogy was by Jean’s best friend, Estella Rose. The pallbearers were her eight grandsons.
All arrangements, provided with care and compassion, by Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain.