Service postponed until further notice.

Jean was born in Toronto, younger sister to Bruce Carruthers.  Jean was predeceased by her loving husband Willem (Bill), her beautiful daughter Tanya, and her brother Bruce.

She is survived by her son John (Hilary) and her granddaughters Alexa and Sophie, along with Bruce’s three children Dale (Colin), Scott (Tracy) and David (Gail), and their children and grandchildren.  On Bill’s side of the family she is survived by four nephews here in Victoria Bob (Rosie), John (Jill), Marc (Jan) and Van (Loretta), along with their children and grandchildren.

Jean lived a full life surrounded by her family and many friends.  Jean enjoyed playing tennis, bridge, and going for long walks.  She was an avid reader, gardener, and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Jean’s gentle ways and kind soul will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Service postponed until further notice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Stefani Paine

    Dear John, Hilary and Family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of our Jeannie. She was an inspiration in so many ways in her own quiet way , truly one who led by example.
    During the current health concerns we will stay in Sooke and so will be with you in spirit, but not in body, for Jean’s Celebration of Life.

    With Warmest Regards,

    Stefani and Michael

  • Rob and Leslee Crisp

    Dear John, Hilary and the Girls, I have such fond memories of hanging out at the Van Cuylenborg house playing lots of tennis and raiding the kitchen. John, your parents were always so welcoming. Your mom was always friendly, calm and interested in what we were all up to. I treasure our upbringing in Cadboro Bay and a big part of that was the tribe of families with parents that were involved and interested in the kids in our neighbourhood. Although I hadn’t seen your mom in many years, I remember her fondly and I’m thinking about you and your family with warm memories. Take care.

  • Joan Hendrick

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother John. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • Jane danzo

    Dear John
    For many years, I shared happy times with your mother on the tennis court . I shall always remember her as a gentle, reserved and courageous lady who loved the game!
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Kind regards,
    Jane Danzo

  • Bev Highton

    Dear John and Family
    Pam and I were saddened to learn of your Mother passing. Both of us know and understand what a difficult time this is for all of you. We also know that with time the sadness you feel now will ease and the happy times you shared will be remembered.
    With our sincere condolences
    Pam and Bev Highton

  • Lee Cook

    We are thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

    We will see you on the 18th.

    Lee and Gordie

  • Kelly Cook

    So very sorry to hear this news. May she be reunited with loved ones she lost and in this life on the other side. Much love to you John and all your family.

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