Passed away peacefully, with
family at her side, in Royal Columbian Hospital on April 6, 2009. She was born in New Westminster on July 29, 1914, the first child of Charles and Etta Ingle. She spent her early life in New Westminster and married Ben Hancock on November 21, 1941. In the late 1940s, Jean and Ben moved to Coquitlam, and for most of her working life, Jean was the secretary at Queen’s Avenue United Church in New Westminster. She and Ben were active in various groups at the church. They enjoyed travel and visited many of the western U.S. states and much of Canada. They retired in the late 1970s to Salt Spring Island, where they built their dream home overlooking Vesuvius Bay, and became active in the United Church and the community in Ganges. Jean will be remembered as a loving wife, sister, aunt and great aunt. She was predeceased by Ben in 2000 and her sister Evelyn in 1994. She is survived by her sister Beth, nieces Carol (Bill), Norma (Bill), Janice (Don), and nephew Tom (Karen) and their families. The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Belvedere and to all her good friends on Salt Spring Island for their care and concern. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Salt Spring Island in June.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 24th at Queen’s Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at Salt Spring Island’s United Church, in the lower hall.