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Born: Jul 12, 1928

Date of Passing: Jan 14, 2018

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JEAN TAYLOR ROCKEY (nee ENDERSBY) B.Sc., H.Ec., B.Ed. (University of Manitoba) Jean Rockey, beloved wife of Jack Rockey, passed away peacefully with her husband nearby on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Middlechurch Home in West St. Paul. Jean Rockey was born on July 12, 1928, in Winnipeg. She grew up in Weston and attended Cecil Rhodes school. Although the family was not poor, they had to watch their pennies. Perhaps feeling the pressure to excel, she worked hard at school; when she graduated in 1945, she received a literary award. As an indication of how tight money was, she wore a short dress to the graduation as her mother did not want to go to the expense of making her a long dress. Somehow, the family came up with the money to send her to university. She became the first person in the history of her family, ever, to attend university. After graduating in Home Economics in 1949, she obtained her Bachelor of Education and worked as a teacher at a high school in Dryden, Ontario from 1950 to 1955. In 1955, she went to Leamington, Ontario to teach at the high school there. After a year, she returned to Winnipeg and taught at King Edward (Sargent Park), Gordon Bell High and St. John's High School (for l8 years). She retired from teaching in the early 1980s. She loved teaching and enjoyed meeting former students; and she never stopped being a teacher, as her nieces and nephews can tell you. Jean was an active member of St. Thomas' Anglican Church in Winnipeg, participating in the choir, the AYPA (Anglican Young People's Association), the vestry and the Altar Guild. It was in the Anglican Young People's Association that she met John Rockey, the love of her life, who she later married on March 21, l970. She was a Christian, not only in faith but in action. She tried always to follow the Golden Rule and was upset when other people behaved badly. Jean was an active member of the Winnipeg Genealogical Society; this membership and interest helped her trace the family trees of the Taylor, Rockey, Endersby and Ormshaw families, as well as gain many friends in the Genealogical Society. Not only did she trace her family history, but she also took pains to preserve family letters, vital records, photographs and family created artifacts, such as the breadboards and iron cookware made by her father and embroidery sewn by her mother. Fiercely proud of her father, she preserved the Gold Pass that he had received for 50 years of service with the CPR and artifacts of his First World War service, such as a Mary Box he had received. She also made detailed notes on or regarding these artifacts to assist her family in understanding them. Having a capacious memory, she knew many family stories which she loved to relate. Her interest in family was not just genealogical, Jean wrote and telephoned her relatives in England and Canada regularly and was always interested to find out what you were doing and how you were. In the last few years, for more than a decade, she telephoned her sister almost every day. She made a great effort to reach out to the children of her cousins and befriend them. Because of her efforts, every branch of her close family received a binder containing the family history and important photographs. A card-carrying member of the New Democratic Party, she was a strong supporter in word and deed. Always one to speak her mind, she had no fear in telling you her views on the political matters of the day. Jean was also active in the Home Economics Association and the Winnipeg Teachers' Association, where she met many life-long friends. After retirement, Jean and Jack, along with her late cousin Muriel Ashton, had many wonderful years together touring the world - the Panama Canal, Greece, Egypt, Jerusalem, the Caribbean, Europe, Hong Kong, China and so on. Travelling brought them in touch with many friends of the Hong Kong Vets, as well as others connected with the tours. Jean loved meeting people and making new friends. Living such a long life, she was saddened when many of her best friends such as George Clark, Mollie Willard and Leslie Slingsby passed on before her. Through her sister, Marie, she became friends with and knew the entire Canvin/Stewart family and she telephoned many of them regularly. She also made many friends in and around the Waterfront Road condominium community, in which she and Jack lived in the last few years. Jean's ashes will be scattered at Poplar Bay Park on Lac du Bonnet where she and Jack parked their trailer. She dearly loved the many friends she associated with there, including her late cousins, Chris and Jim Stock. Jean was a very strong woman, beating cancer twice. Despite these deprivations, she never complained. The last words one of her nephews heard her say were: "I love you all!" Jean was predeceased by her parents, James Edward Endersby and Margaret (Ormshaw) Endersby, her niece Sarah Jean Canvin, brother-in-law David Thomas Canvin, brother-in-law William Ronald Rockey, and niece and nephew-in-law, Barbara (Rockey) Rizzoli and Chris Rizzoli. She is survived by her husband, Jack Rockey (Middlechurch Home, West St. Paul), her sister Marie Canvin (Fairmount Home, Glenburnie), brother-in-law Tom Rockey (Marjorie) (Winnipeg) and sister-in-law Nancy Rockey (Edmonton); nieces and nephews: Steven Canvin (Liz) (Toronto), Paul Canvin (Terri-Lee) (Perth) and Robert Canvin (Snug Harbour Resort), Elaine (Rockey) McMahon (Ken) (Roland), Martin Rockey (Diane) (Kamloops), George Rockey (Sheila) (Edmonton), James Rockey (Danyon) (Edmonton), John Rockey (Zoe) (Wetaskiwin) and Janice (Rockey) Thomas (Edmonton); goddaughter Charlene Slingsby (Winnipeg); many great-nieces and nephews, cherished cousins and friends. Many thanks to the staff at Middlechurch Home who took care of Jean in her final hours. A memorial service will be held for Jean at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 1567 William Avenue West, Winnipeg, MB R3E 1A6 on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Bardal Funeral Home & Crematorium in charge of cremation. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 20, 2018

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Sincere condolence to Jack , Jean's sister Marie and their families , We have the same grtgrt and grt grandparent's, Jean's Grandma was my Grandads sister, Sarah she married Tom Ormshaw, who left for Canada in 1910, Sarah followed him April 1912 with their children Margaret and William, 1912 , Margaret had her 12th birthday on board. Margaret came home with her husband Jim in 1962 for a visit to Haigh Lancashire, Jean came over with Jack in the 1970's. It was Jean who made me interested in the family tree . We visited Jean and Jack on Waterfront Road, I have fond memories of our holiday with them and the trips out, and for Brian it was Prairie Dog Central. all my Love, Brenda - Posted by: Brenda Boardman (distant cousin ) on: Feb 12, 2018

  • Sincere condolences from family in England. My maternal grandmother was a sister to Jean's maternal grandfather (Ormshaw). I have fond memories of Jean's visits to Derbyshire, England with her mother or Janet Everall. Also on my visit to Canada with my mother in 1973, a large family BBQ at Lac du Bonnet, where we met Jack, remains a strong memory. In recent years we have lost touch as the younger generations understandably do not have the same connection to the 'old country'. Jane Bayliss (Redfern) - Posted by: Jane Bayliss (Redfern) (Distant cousin) on: Feb 05, 2018

  • Dear Jack Sorry to hear of your loss. We have such good memories of Poplar Bay, pot luck suppers, story telling around the fire and many others. Our sympathy. Irene & Ron - Posted by: Irene & Ron Davey (Poplar Bay Camper) on: Jan 26, 2018

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