Home is where the heart is.
Jean Roe Scott, a Botwood native who grew up in Corner Brook, died of natural causes in South Surrey, B.C. on April 17.
The former journalist, politician, humanitarian and Order of Canada recipient was 95.
Charlotte Philips and her sister, Jennifer Studer, two of Ms. Roe’s four daughters, buried their mom’s ashes in the family plot at the Townsite Anglican Ceremony in a private memorial service Friday afternoon.
“We’re just really grateful to be able to take this final journey with our mom, and we’re more than overwhelmed by the beauty of Newfoundland and we certainly understand why our mother adored it so much even though she was outside Newfoundland for so many years,” Phillips said before the memorial service.
A woman respected in Canada from coast to coast for her commitment to community and her country, Phillips spent the past 20 years close to her mom because she only lived five minutes away in White Rock.
She got a keen sense of the strong ties her mom had with her home province through their many conversations. She said he mom always told people where she was from no matter where life took her in her travels.
“She always considered herself a Newfie and called herself a Newfie even if it wasn’t politically correct these days,” she said. “She always told Newfie jokes everywhere she went.”
Her mom always spoke fondly of her time in Corner Brook. She loved everything Newfoundland had to offer, with George’s Lake one of her favourite getaways. She loved the friendly nature and sense of humour Newfoundlanders were known for around the world.
She left Corner Brook in 1956 and lived in cities across western Canada before retiring in South Surrey in 1993.
“It’s a privilege to bring her home to Newfoundland,” she said.
A little bit about Jean Scott Roe
- Born Dec. 17, 1922 in Botwood
- Lived in Corner Brook from ages 2-34
- Graduated with honours from Corner Brook Public School in 1939
- Married James Roe in 1954 and moved to Vancouver
- Mother of four daughters
- Held various key positions with Bowater’s pulp and paper mill, including private secretary to vice-president and general manager in 1950
- February 1944, granted a leave of absence from Bowater’s to serve as liaison officer with U. S. Forces United Services Organization (USO) and help the position for two years
- When USO centre converted into Corner Brook Community Centre she served one year as assistant director before serving two years as director.
- Played a key fundraising role in various community projects with the building of Humber Gardens one of the most notable causes she supported along the way
- Recipient of two of the Queen’s Jubilee Medals and scores of other local, provincial and national awards for her service to community and country.
- One of her proudest moments came in 1981 when she was made a Member of the Order of Canada
- Served as a municipal councilor in Moose Jaw, Sask. for a decade.