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JUNE JACKSON (published on November 27, 2010)



JUNE JACKSON Shirley June Jackson (nee Fisher) died peacefully on November 25, 2010 at the age of 79. June was born on October 30, 1931 in St. Boniface. She was predeceased by her parents Chris Fisher (1988) and Elsie Fisher (nee McKay) (1996). She is survived by her loving husband Bob, of 54 years. Also mourning her loss are her three sons Ken (sumo Kindersley) of Coquitlam, BC and their daughters Bria, Toria, and Kadia; Doug (Jacqueline) of Winnipeg and their children Andrea, Patrick, and Sean; Lorne (Marie) of Rockwood, ON and their children Salina and Miles. June is also survived by her sister Pat Dockery of Saskatoon, brother Bill Fisher (Gale), and sister Marni Donetz (John) and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She grew up in Norwood, and attended Tache School and Norwood Collegiate. During school years she developed a love of swimming, and also took ballet classes from Gwenneth Lloyd and Betty Hay Farrallay at the Winnipeg Ballet School which later became the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (H.E.) in 1952. While at university she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity, participated in many extracurricular activities, and served on the UMSU student council. There she met her future husband, Bob, and their first date was on New Year's Eve 1951. She went on to get a Master's Degree from Iowa State University. After that she taught textiles at the University of Manitoba for many years, full time, and as her family grew, part time. She was a lifelong member of the Manitoba Association of Home Economists. She was one of the first residents of Niakwa Park where she lived for over 54 years and contributed in many ways to beautifying the neighbourhood. She and her family enjoyed summers at West Hawk Lake in a log cottage and she joined the congregation at the West Hawk Lake United Church. June became active in swimming administration, and served a number of years as a National Director, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association. She was a Master Official, and officiated at meets all across Canada, at the 1977 Pan Am Games in Puerto Rico, at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, and the 1980 FISU (World Student) Games in Edmonton. She was a Vice-President of the Aquatic Hall of Fame of Canada. She was a patron of the arts particularly the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Manitoba Opera. She became expert in her knowledge of Canadian and worldwide poetry, especially for children. She used this knowledge and other skills to develop and send poems and mementos to hospitals, schools, and libraries. Always a strong royalist, June was a member of The Royal Commonwealth Society, The Monarchist League, and the Intrepid Society. Donations in June's memory may be made to the Canadian Home Economics Foundation, P.O. Box 2582 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4B3, or a charity of your choice. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at Thomson In the Park , 1291 McGillivray Blvd. I love you, I've always loved you, I always will love you Arrangements by THOMSON IN THE PARK


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