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Date of Passing: Jun 10, 2021

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Jean Patricia Smellie died in Winnipeg on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the age of 92.
Born in Welwyn Garden City, UK, Jean immigrated to Canada in 1955, first to Edmonton, moving to Winnipeg in 1980. A longtime resident of Armstrong's Point, Jean was actively engaged in Winnipeg's cultural scene. Jean was a fine stage actor herself, appearing at MTC, Rainbow Stage, Edmonton Studio Theatre, and in film and television. She served as President of the Women's Musical Club, and was active in the University Women's Club.
Predeceased by her first husband Alan Clarke, her second husband Dr. John McIntyre, and her third husband Hon. Robert Smellie, and by her son Paul in 1974. Survived by her daughter Penelope Clarke (Paul Inksetter) of Thunder Bay, by her brother Peter Stallwood and numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews in UK, and by her stepdaughter Carol Gamby (George), six stepgrandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Jean's life will be scheduled at a later date. In the meantime, Jean's family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by visiting her tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew her, are available there.
In memoriam donations may be made to Jean's favourite charity, Operation Smile at, or to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I knew Jean through her husband Bob Smellie and interestingly she and Bob re-connected with my mother whom Bob had known from his home town and who also lived in Armstrong's Point. We connected through Military organizations such as Royal Military Institute of Manitoba and Commissionaires Manitoba and of course The Royal Winnipeg Rifles - and this meant attending many of the same events and dinners. Jean was always fun and a great person to have at a dinner table. She supported Bob in all his military and events and did it with a smile. Rest in peace Jean. - Posted by: Barbara Gillis (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Jean and our mom Dorothy were great friends. Jean brought lovely energy and humour with her, and an appreciation for the dramatic. It was always a pleasure to visit with her. The last time I saw Jean, we celebrated her recent 90th birthday, and as we drove her home, we made general plans to visit again. I am sorry that didn't happen, but happy that she had such a long and full life. I offer my condolences to her family. - Posted by: Rosalyn Howard (family friend) on: Jun 27, 2021

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