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Jean Kennedy

Jean Kennedy (Earle)

Saturday, May 1st, 1920 - Friday, January 10th, 2020
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KENNEDY, Frances “Jean”

Born in Carbonear, May 1st 1920 and survived her brothers Captain Guy, Fred and Sister's Gertrude, Nell, and Gwen. A daughter of the infamous Earle Freighting Service founded by Arthur and Effie Earle (nee Saunders). Jean was an RN when she met her handsome sailor John Thomas Kennedy, married and immigrated to Ontario where she started her family.

Jean passed away peacefully at Creek Way Village in Burlington on Friday, January 10, 2020 in her 100th year. Predeceased by her husband John Thomas Kennedy in 1982 and her daughter Joanne Brodie in 2019. Loving mother of Wendy Raes (Dan Raes), Susan Kennedy and Gordon Kennedy (Brenda Fairhead), and mother in law of Dennis Brodie and Greg Mitton. Cherished grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 18. Jean enjoyed a successful career as a Registered Nurse, working first at Joseph Brant Hospital, then as an Occupational Nurse at Butler Manufacturing. Throughout her years, she was the life of the party, dancing, singing, playing the piano while displaying her outgoing personality. When she retired, Jean enjoyed being a Docent at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Jean will be dearly missed by family and friends. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 485 Brant Street (one block North of City Hall), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, Burlington, on Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception. A private interment will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations made to the Art Gallery of Burlington would be greatly appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Brant Street
    485 Brant Street
    Burlington, ON L7R 2G5
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    662 Guelph Line
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  • Reception

    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    662 Guelph Line
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    Following Funeral Service


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Private Condolence

Jim Saunders

Posted at 02:23pm
Thanks to her nephew Jim Brockenshire , more recent news of Jean Kennedy was brought to those who attended the Saunders family reunion held this past August in Carbonear. This was the first reunion held since 1969. Special recognition was noted for Jean, who at that time was the oldest surviving member of the original Carbonear family of Elizabeth and Philip Sanders.I know all family members attending that reunion would join me in extending sincere condolences to the immediate family of Jean Kennedy.


Posted at 12:53am
Aunt Jean grew up in an an age in Nfld when your foundation was your family. Learning that kindness, and compassion for others, and love and self reliance bonded members of her family for life. Aunt Jean was like her mother, nanny Earle, who was the jewel of the earth in her day, their house was always open to friends and strangers alike, where they had a hot meal and a place to sleep. Her favourite was Guy, who loved her deeply. I had a special feeling for her, even with the separation of time and distance that feeling never left me. I was glad to tell her last year that finally I had started a book on my fathers life. She motivated me to start it. The whole Earle family had great energy and determination setting a wonderful example for their children... and showing how to live a productive life, one filled with compassion.
God bless aunt jean... and love to the family. Dallas & phil.

Frank Peddle

Posted at 02:38pm
Dear Gordon and Family,

I remember your mother well when Howie and I visited Toronto when we were teenagers. Met here on other occasions as well. You drove us to Ottawa. Your mother is the last of the Earles at a grand age. I met them all, except Captain Guy. Hope Jim can make it for the ceremonies. Big storm in St. John's. My condolences. And if you are ever in Ottawa, do look me up.

Frank Peddle

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 09:38am
Dear Aunt Jean, When you came into my life, I found my Earle self. Family is Forever. Love you, Libby & Brian.
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Peter K Shaver

Posted at 08:05am
I have so many fond memories of Jean or as I called her the "nurse". she certainly had a great sense of humour and always would welcome us in to her home on Poplar Drive. My sincere condolences to the Kennedy clan. Peter & Nancy Shaver

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