Descendants of Jacob* French


225. Rhona Mackenzie

FERGUSON, Rhona (nee Mackenzie). Passed away on August 20, 2002 in herseventy-seventh year. Wife of the late Bruce Ferguson, mother ofLaurie Ferguson Marsh (Darrell) and the late Ian (Sandra Macpherson),loving grandmother of Michael. Also survived by her sisters MargaretBuckle and Ruth Whiteway. A gathering will be held to share memorieson Friday, August 23, 2002 between 3 and 5 p.m. at Armstrong FuneralHome, 1640 Cote-Vertu, Ville St-Laurent (514) 331-1104. In lieu offlowers, donations to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or tothe charity of the donors choice would be appreciated. [MontrealGazette, August 22, 2002]

227. Jocelyn* Anne (Lynn) Wickenden

OBITUARY LYNN WATSON (nee WICKENDEN) It is with love and sadness thatwe announce the death of Lynn - Jocelyn to her brother and sisters -on June 1, 2011. Born on May 25, 1928, Lynn was predeceased by herbeloved son Dougie, and her sister Jean. She leaves her husband of 57years, Jim, her cherished children, Ken (Pat), and Mary, her brotherJohn (Bonnie), sisters Martha (Jim), Harriet (Roy), Alice, and manynieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Mum lived for her family,but she was also an unparalleled friend. With her irrepressible senseof fun, her love of laughter and music, her generosity and warmth, shemade a difference to so many lives. We will all miss her. A memorialservice will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2 p.m. at St. Johnthe Baptist Anglican Church, 233 Ste-Claire Avenue, Pointe Claire,followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, pleaseconsider a donation to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation ( ) or a charity of your choice.[Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen, June 3 and 4, 2011]


Lynn was born on May 25, 1928 to Jean (John) François Wickenden andCatherine (Annie) Eliza French and named Jocelyn Anne. She was the2nd child in a family that eventually included 5 daughters (Jean,Jocelyn, Martha, Harriet and Alice) and one son (John). She grew upin Three Rivers in a house that she remembered and loved for the restof her life.

After attending Stanstead College in the Eastern Townships, Lynn beganteaching in Lachute, where she met a dashing young ex-RCAF pilot,James K. Watson. Married on September 19, 1953, they made their homein Hawkesbury, Ontario, and had three children: Ken (1954), Dougie(1956) and Mary (1961). Tragically, Dougie drowned in 1959.

In 1965, Jim was transferred to Montreal and the Watson family movedto Pointe Claire where Lynn made many lifelong friends. As music hadalways been a love in her life, she joined Sweet Adelines and sangbass with them for many years. Lynn also became a parishoner at St.John the Baptist Anglican Church and became very involved in manyparish activities.

Early in 1959, Lynn and Jim bought a piece of property on Lac desSucreries in the Laurentians. Going up to “Camp” became a family love.Summer and winter, many weekends and holidays were spent there overthe ensuing decades, both as a family, and with many friends. For along time, Mum did all the cooking on a woodstove – and turned outmany fantastic meals that family and many friends remember fondly.They were very happy years.

By the early ‘80s, Ken and Mary had both left home, and life began tosettle into a slightly altered pattern. Ken married Pat, and moved tothe Yukon, and Mary moved to Edmonton, and then to Jasper. Mum begantaking trips to see them – sometimes with Dad – sometimes on her own.When Ken and Pat moved first to Timmins and then to Elgin, Ontario,Mum didn’t have quite so far to go to see them, but then Mary moved toVictoria, and Mum started to spend a couple of winter months there.When Mary’s job took her to Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island’s westcoast, Mum enjoyed a visit there too. She was never happier than withher children.

Latterly, as Mum’s health began to decline, she was unable to travelas she had. Ken made monthly trips from Elgin to see both parents, andMary came home for extended trips at Christmas and in the summer.These visits were always a joy for Mum. Last fall, Mum moved into anassisted care home in Pointe Claire where she remained connected tofamily and her lifelong friends, but also found friends in her newcommunity. It was a whole new lease of life for her, and her lastmonths were very happy. On April 14th, taking ill, she went into theLakeshore General Hospital. She rallied briefly, and we were able toenjoy further visits with her, and more laughs and stories. The windowwas brief however, and after a further decline, she died peacefully inthe early hours of June 1st, 2011.

Peter Hugh MacEwen

MacEWEN, Peter HughQ.C. Peter died on Sunday, April 14, 2002, at theage of 68, at his home in Morrisburg, where he practised law for manyyears. He was born in Maxville, Ontario, the son of the late WilliamA. MacEwen and Rachel MacLeod. He was predeceased by his sistersFlorence and Mary and his brother Bill. Peter is survived by his wifeAlice Wickenden; his sons John (Diane Gallagher) of Peterborough,Ontario, Christopher (Catherine Garrow) of Rossport, Ontario, Peter(Elizabeth Rhinelander) of Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, and William(Margot Lang) of Vancouver, British Columbia; his grandchildrenThomas, William, Adele, Angus, and Peter MacEwen, Cassia GallagherPiper, and by his sister-in-law Vera MacEwen. At Peter's request therewill be neither visitation nor service. Donations in Peter's memory tothe Canadian Cancer Society or the Winchester District MemorialHospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Arrangementsentrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg(535-2339).
[Ottawa Citizen, April 15, 2002]

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