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Jennifer Jean Gray

October 4, 1948 ~ August 20, 2021 (age 72)

Obituary

With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Jennifer. We are so proud of Jen’s brave battle against cancer over the past 18 months. She will be missed by many - her loving husband Bob, son Drew and his wife Kim and grandson Austin and her best friend/sister Candace and many, many nieces and nephews.  Jen’s life was built on family values. A loving mother and wife, the most patient listener and full of wise, thoughtful advice. Jen had many an early morning with Drew at swim meets and was always on the side lines cheering him on at sporting matches. Jen, lovingly known as Nano, enjoyed every second of the time spent with grandson Austin over the past year. Helping others and giving back to the community has always been a priority and passion for Jen. After obtaining a degree in social work, she started as a juvenile probation officer, then worked as a parole officer and finally found her true calling in vocational rehab. Job training and fundraising for those in need has always been a big part of her life.  Retirement brought her to the Sunshine Coast where she and Bob carefully planned out and built their dream home and gardens in Halfmoon Bay. She loved her neighbourhood and made great friends with all around and hosted many dinners full of great conversation and wine. Jen loved her book club, agility classes with Fairen and planning travel adventures with Bob. While travelling the world over the last ten years, she always gave a great satisfied sigh as we came off the ferry to say “we’re home”.  She put her skills to work for the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary. First working at the thrift store, then taking on leadership roles in the Halfmoon Bay branch and ultimately at the executive level for many years.  Special thank you’s go to the amazing team at the Ambulatory Care Unit at Sechelt Hospital as well as the outstanding nurses in the Palliative Care team who provided exceptional and compassionate care in the last few months. Finally thank you to Dr. Forgie and Dr. Wadge for guiding us through the last 18 months with their caring treatment.  We are grateful for any donations made in her memory, made to the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary or the Sechelt Hospital Foundation. 

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