Peacefully, at home, with his family by his side on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. John Joseph Neil (Jack) Jennings at the age of 85. Son of the late Neil Jennings and Doris Hayes. Jack leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 56 years, Marilyn Lapierre. Loving father of Jeff (late Carole), Ann Marie (Jean Giroux), and Jodi. Cherished Grandpa of John, Emma, Thomas, and Olivia. Dear brother of Jim (Anastasia), Anne (Dr. Wilbert Keon), Rose Marie (Phil Levesque). Predeceased by his brother Bob (Jeannine). Jack will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to the many health care professionals and support staff who were so kind and caring. Jack was a devoted family man and his positive personality was infectious. He always looked forward to springtime and heading to the cottage that he dearly loved in Sheenboro. Friends may call at Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St-Jacques St., Chapeau, Quebec on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The funeral mass will be held in St. Paul the Hermit Church, Sheenboro Quebec on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Interment parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, The Ottawa Heart Institute, CHEO or a charity of your choice.
Any person who has ever been blessed to be able to call someone born with Down Syndrome a friend will no doubt find their hearts renewed watching this video. It offers a reminder of what it is about them which endears them so deeply to us: an endless innocence and ‘joi de vie’ that most of us wish could only wish were the hallmarks of our own lives.
A friend of mine once said that since Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosone in one’s DNA, he was convinced that it was one of “innocence and sunshine granted to a few ‘more perfect souls’ than the rest of us”. To be able to journey through this life largely untouched or tainted by the the things that steal the joy for life and troubles our mind while possessing a capacity to love others so unconditionally, to always see the best in others and believing it will always work out OK in the end. Such a trip through life like that is an experience worthy of only the best of souls. Having such a person in your life is a blessing in itself as well, something I can happily attest to as true in my own life’s experiences.
So if you’re looking for a bit of sunshine or something sure to bring a warm memory of such friends throughout the years, look no farther than to the video above. I’m fairly certain it’ll to do the trick! It did for me.
MCGUIRE, James Cecil “Jim” – Peacefully at the Ottawa Heart Institute surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 9th, 2018 in his 87th year. Jim McGuire of Allumette Island, Quebec, beloved husband of Helen McGuire (nee Perry). Loving father of Tim McGuire (Sandy Fletcher), Bev (Léonel) Chaput, Perry (Noella) McGuire, Jimmy McGuire, Paul McGuire (Jacky Lusweti) and Bonnie McGuire. Proud grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also survived by siblings Mary and Donald McGuire. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Neville Funeral Home
491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8 (613) 732-7481
on Tuesday from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Chapeau on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 11 a.m., followed by cremation.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated. Online Condolences may be left at http://www.nevillefuneralhome.ca
Source: James McGuire Obituary – Pembroke, Ontario | Neville Funeral Home