Jean Smart

Jean Smart

Friday, January 7th, 1949 - Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
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Jean Ann Smart
January 7, 1949
October 15, 2019
We announce the passing of this amazing lady, Jean Smart (née Bodkin) in her 71st year at the Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood.
Family and friends are devastated by this sad news.
Daughter of Florence (Gardiner) and the late Leigh Bodkin, Jean will be forever missed by her husband John, brother Doug Bodkin (Lorraine) of Bothwell, ON., and sister Loretta Johnson also of Bothwell.
Beloved by mother-in-law Helen and the late John Smart, sister-in-law Darla and Bill McDonell, sister-in-law Cheryl Brown and Colin Nimmons.
Jean was born in Chatham, Ontario and grew up on the family farm near Thamesville, Ontario.
A graduate of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Jean started in retail pharmacy in Mississauga, and then became the Director of Pharmacy at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. In 1979, Jean realized a life- long dream when she purchased Heslip’s Pharmacy in Creemore, ON., and established her own business known as Creemore Village Pharmacy. Jean served Creemore and the surrounding area for 35 years until she took retirement in 2014 due to her on-going battle against cancer. Initially diagnosed in1995 with bowel cancer, Jean later, with dignity and courage, battled liver cancer (2007), followed by lung cancer (2010) and most recently breast cancer in 2016 & 2018.
Jean met future husband John on a blind date while attending her very first hockey game. They later married on December 15, 1973.
Jean had many interests including cooking, reading, curling, baseball and hockey. She enjoyed the unique opportunity of attending some major sporting events such as the World Curling Championships, World Junior Hockey Championships and the first ever Baseball World Series played in Canada won by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jean was also passionate about travelling. In recent years, she particularly enjoyed renting a self-catering cottage in North Yorkshire, England. It was during these holidays to the United Kingdom that she was able to make new friendships and meet several prominent authors at Book Festivals that she and John attended.
Jean was a tremendous supporter of all things Creemore, including the Creemore Tree Committee, Creemore Minor Hockey, Creemore Medical Centre, Creemore Minor Soccer, Creemore Figure Skating Club, Creemore Legion, Creemore Curling Club, Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society, and the Creemore Horticultural Society.
We would like to thank the compassionate and professional care provided by the staff at Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Barrie, ON., and also at Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood, ON., and in particular Dr. Lorna MacDougall who was always available when she was most needed.
Visitation will be on Friday October 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. John’s United Church.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at St. John’s United Church in the picturesque Village of Creemore on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Reception to follow at the St. John’s United Church Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation or to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) Foundation in memory of Jean Smart.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. John's United Church
    192 Mill Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. John's United Church
    192 Mill Street
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    Rev. Jane Sullivan
  • Interment

    Creemore Union Cemetery
    Collingwood Street
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  • Reception

    St. John's United Church
    192 Mill Street
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Donna Baylis

Posted at 04:07pm
Jean was such a fun lady and long-time supporter of the Creemore Curling Club. While she hadn't curled for the past few years, she (and John) are there in spirit. Jean loved to join us for the Ladies' Bonspiel dinner and it was always a pleasure to see her. She will be missed. (Photos from 1998.)

Dianne MacDonald

Posted at 02:04pm
What an amazing lady! A life well lived filled with kindness and joy . Our deepest condolences from cousin Dianne and Family 💔

Helen Anning

Posted at 11:01am
Please accept our sincere condolences. We have fond memories of friendly chats with Jean at the pharmacy. She was always so upbeat and inspiring. Thinking of you.

Helen and Lee Anning


Robert Ritchie

Posted at 02:09pm
We are saddened to hear of Jean's passing. We enjoyed our friendship with both of you, not only while we lived in Creemore, but also during the years since we moved away. Many good memories, especially those times we stayed at your B&B and shared in your hospitality. Robert Ritchie & Heidi Clausen (now living in Burk's Falls, ON.)

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Posted at 12:39pm
Our beloved sister will continue to inspire us every day.
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