Jean  Broomfield

Jean Elizabeth Broomfield (Duce)

Saturday, May 17th, 1924 - Sunday, November 15th, 2020
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BROOMFIELD, Jean Elizabeth (nee Duce)
Peacefully, at Stedman Hospice, Brantford, on Sunday November 15, 2020, of Paris in her 97th year.
Beloved wife to the late Evan Broomfield (2006); loved mom to Karen Pottruff of Newfoundland, Nancy Antaya (Bill) of Grand Prairie, AB, and Elizabeth of Peterborough; cherished grandma to Kendall (Melissa), Chad (Stephanie), Brett, Tyler (Karissa), Charlene (Chris), Carl, Sarah and Natasha (Heyab) and great grandma to Summer, Jasper, Skylar, Oliver, Wesley, and Krysta.
Predeceased by her brothers Russell and Richard Duce.
Friends will be received at the Wm. Kipp Funeral Home, 184 Grand River St. N. Paris, on Thursday November 19, 2020 from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. Service to follow at 1:00 PM. Interment Paris Cemetery.
50 persons are allowed, PLEASE RSVP THROUGH FUNERAL HOME WEBSITE. Due to Covid 19 restrictions masks must be worn and social distancing maintained.
Donations to Stedman Hospice would be appreciated.
Online Condolences and Donations may be arranged through or by contacting WM. KIPP 519 442 3061
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Wm. Kipp Funeral Home
    184 Grand River Street North
    PARIS, ON N3L 2N1
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 1:00pm
    Wm. Kipp Funeral Home
    184 Grand River Street North
    PARIS, ON N3L 2N1
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Susan Dinsmore
  • Interment

    Paris Cemetery
    170 King Edward St.
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Posted at 09:36am
We are here to say good-bye to a very special lady, and one who touched all of our lives. We knew her well.
One thing that you may not know is how MOM met Evan. Their parents both had cottages at Pike’s Bay. The next bay over Red Bay held dances every weekend for young people. He asked her to dance. She said she never felt so comfortable dancing with someone before. She thought he was a bit of a rascal at first, but he won her over with charisma and charm.
For his part, he told me that he liked the way she bounced over the waves in her father’s motorboat.
The went on to become accomplished dancers, square dancing,,,,,where mom was referred to as grease lightening, and round dancing, basically ballroom dancing with a caller. Mom loved beautiful music and when it was playing, she had to respond.
Mom was a mover. Enjoyed many sports and seldom sat still. She was over eighty at one the3 few Christmas’s that I was home. Dinner was over and everything cleaned up. She was still fussing around her kitchen and I asked what else I could do for her. She said to go ahead and enjoy myself. She wasn’t ready to sit down yet.
Mom was good at many things. She liked sewing, cooking and fixing things. She loved maintaining her house and keeping everything nice and organized and tidy. She loved learning new things and talking with people.
Mom was an excellent hostess and enjoyed having people drop by. One summer I told her that Bill and I were getting married in two weeks. I didn’t expect much extravagance. Somehow, she let people and planned a nice reception in her home. It was enjoyable and relaxed and I got a pretty good husband out of the deal.
Mo was her own person and encouraged everyone else to be too….at least in theory. She was a very courageous for someone so small, I was admired that. She was a good example in many ways. I am glad she was my mother.
It will be so sad leaving her house without her out front waving goodbye.
I will miss her dearly and will never forget.

Ann and Bob Fielding

Posted at 01:16pm
Dear Karen, Nancy and Elizabeth,
I am sending our sincere condolences on behalf of Margaret and Reg Broomfield's family.
I talked to your mom a few months ago and we shared many memories of Pike Bay, Broomfield picnics, Sunday visits to Hamilton to visit your grandparents.
Your mom was an amazing lady. Wee but mighty.
The world is a sadder place without her.
Sending you long distance hugs.
Ann and Bob Fielding

Lori DeJong

Posted at 11:18am
We were saddened to hear of Jean's passing. We met Jean when we moved to the neighbourhood over 20 years ago. Always a friendly neighbor. She said watching our 3 girls as they grew up reminded her of her own 3 daughters, she was a proud mother. We would see Jean out for regular walks & were always amazed at her energy. She will be missed in the neighbourhood. Sorry for your loss.
Lori & Paul DeJong

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Posted at 10:23am
With caring thoughts and love, Tony and Lindsey
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Elizabeth Broomfield

Posted at 11:52am
I am posting this story my mom neighbour Barb wrote for mom a couple of weeks ago.

"Joy Ride"

My neighbour Jean is 96 years old and has recently been taken to hospice. Jean has lived in the same house three doors down from me for over 50 years and has played bridge for longer. In her day she was also a curler and a badminton star. Jean has been living on her own since her husband Evan died about 15 years ago. She drives a big old boat of a car that has been on the road forever. Unfortunately Jean is a very tiny eighty pound lady who cannot see over or even through the steering wheel. Fortunately for Jean she has a grandson named Chad who lives nearby. Chad is a great guy who picks up her groceries and repairs anything that needs repairing.

A few months ago Jean's daughter Liz was visiting from Peterborough. For some unknown reason Liz decided now was the time for Jean to stop driving so she asked nicely for the keys. Jean refused but she did promise not to drive anymore. Liz was not convinced by the too glib promise so she looked around for the car keys but had no luck. Her next idea was to look under the hood and disconnect some wires. Again she hit a wall when she realized there were too many wires to choose from and no idea which ones would work or not work. So she left the car door ajar hoping that would achieve the same purpose. Liz headed back home to Peterborough hoping she had solved the driving problem.

Just to be sure that everyone was on board Liz called Chad to let him know about the car door and the battery. At that point in time Chad thought Jean should drive if Jean still wanted to drive so he rushed over to boost the battery. As soon as Chad left the property Jean jumped into the car and went for a joy ride. We think she headed out West River Road and saw some horses and hay fields. The good news is that she and the car made it back home safely. That night Jean phoned Liz to let her know that the car was fine and Liz's plot had been foiled. Jean was clearly gloating that she had won the battle over who can drive and who cannot.

As it turns out it was Jean's last joy ride. After that she had a slight stroke and lost some skills eventually being taken to hospice. Liz has returned to Paris. A grand daughter has come to keep vigil. Another daughter and her husband have arrived from Alberta. Jean has some days when she sleeps all day and others when she is quite lucid probably smiling with pleasure at the memory of her last joy ride.


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