Jean Hancock

Jean Hancock (Nichols)

Thursday, July 9th, 1925 - Sunday, April 18th, 2021
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Jean Edythe Hancock (nee Nichols; formerly Liscum, Lean) passed away peacefully, at the age of 95, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Jean was born on July 9th, 1925 in Chatham, Ontario, but spent most of her childhood in the Apsley area. Life was not always easy growing up, but Jean always persevered and tried to make the best of every situation. Whether she was helping her father deliver groceries as a child, working to earn her room and board in Lakefield so that she could attend high school, or inspecting wire for the Inspection Board during WW2, Jean never shied away from hard work.

In 1946, Jean answered an ad in the newspaper and accepted her first teaching job at the one-room schoolhouse in Owenbrook. She would later earn her teaching qualifications by taking summer courses at the Toronto Normal School. She taught at two more one-room schoolhouses in Clydesdale and Cottelsoe before settling into teaching junior grades at Warsaw Public School and Parkhill Public School. Jean was a creative and innovative educator whose special talent was making connections with struggling students. She particularly enjoyed the years that she spent teaching speech therapy and reading intervention. Nothing delighted Jean more than running into one of her former students and finding out what they had been up to.

Jean loved picking berries, fishing, playing euchre, birdwatching, baking, making quilts, crocheting hand towels, yard sales, peanut butter, reading, traveling, and being physically active. At Royal Gardens, she frequently participated in activities and could somehow remember the poems and songs of her youth, long after her memory started to fade. Above all else, she loved her large extended family and cherished every visit, phone call, letter, card, email, and Facebook message that she received.

Jean is survived by her daughter Karen Pick (Dan); her step-children Irene James, Janet Lean (Larry), Bob Lean (Elaine), and John Lean (Marg); her grandchildren Jennifer, Vanessa, Josh, Anica, Alan, Paige, Rob, and Michelle; her 9 great-grandchildren; her sister Lynda Ball; her sister-in-law Nancy Nichols, former sister-in-law Marilyn Nichols; and her many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents Glen Nichols and Mary Jane Nichols (Tanner); her husbands Wilbert Lean and Francis Hancock; her ex-husband Ted Liscum; her son-in-law Eric James, her siblings Ruth Rexe (John), Mary Lou Howitt (Jim), Elizabeth Lillico (Trevor), Phil Nichols (Pat), and David Nichols; and her brother-in-law Donald Ball.

The family would like to thank the staff of Royal Gardens, who took such good care of Jean over the past 15 years, and the staff of PRHC, who helped make her final days more comfortable.

Due to COVID-19, a private family interment will take place. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date, when circumstances allow.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Food For Kids Peterborough would be appreciated.
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Chris Parkes

Posted at 04:39pm
My memories of Jean over the years are only wonderful ones,No matter where I would meet up with her she always had the biggest smile and would always want to know how my family was. I was always drawn to her and as a child at lunch hour I would take my lunch into her class room and sit with her and we would eat lunch together she was always gracious and being a child I never questioned she might want to be alone during her lunch break .She was loved by all her students and a wonderful caring teacher . To Karen I’m not sure you will remember me but my brother Bill was your age and he was the one to call me to let me know of your moms passing .Sorry to you and all Jeans family for your loss of this wonderful lady,she lived a long fulfilled life and made a impact on so many people that had the good fortune to have had her in their lives . RIP Jean

Chris Parkes (Drain)

Elizabeth Bingham

Posted at 08:55am
Thanks Jean for all the wonderful memories I have of us travelling along the country roads looking for wild flowers,wild birds and
big hills.You recited poem after poem.We tried to solve the world's problems as we drove along.You were a very good friend and I learned from you. Elizabeth Bingham

Pat Tucker

Posted at 06:04pm
Jean meant a lot to our family. She was a beautiful person inside out. We will always remember her gentleness and kindness over the years. Lots of love and hugs and prayers to her family. May your memories help you through this difficult time..

Love, Jon and Pat Tucker.

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