Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Jenny Belair

My cousin, Janet Rae (known as Jenny), was the elder child and only daughter of Ray and Emily (Murphy) Belair. Ray, who was my Dad’s younger brother, had moved from Ontario to British Columbia in the early 1950s, where he still lives today. Aunt Emily passed away in 1980.

I met Jenny for the first time when my family (my parents and my sister) went on a trip to BC in the summer of 1966. Uncle Ray lived on a large rural property near the town of Hope. Jenny and her brother Leo had a huge yard in which to play, took a bus to school, and every window of their home featured views of the Cascade Mountains. It was all so different from the urban life my sister Marianne and I knew in the northern Ontario mining town of Timmins.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years since Jenny passed away. Rest in peace, my cousin.

Jenny Belair obituary
Jenny Belair obituary, 2011

Source: “Janet Rae (Jenny) Belair”, obituary, The Hope Standard (Hope, British Columbia), 17 February 2011, p. A18.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.


  1. Your cousin sounded like a lovely woman. I'm sure you miss her.


    1. I do miss her... Thank you for commenting, Betty.