M. Jean Ogden Varep
October 29, 1935 - May 15, 2019
Born October 29, 1935 in Blackpool, England, died May 15, 2019 in Cobourg, Ontario.
Mum immigrated to Toronto with her parents in 1948. She married my father, Michael Wormley, in 1959, had me (only child/daughter Anne Livingston - thanks, Mum!), and continued working in publishing for a time at British Book Service. She did the stay-at-home-mom thing for a few years, then got her real estate license, and the part-time job she envisioned quickly turned full-time. My parents parted ways, and Mum made our new home together a warm, fun and welcoming place, with style, grace and plenty of parties and good humour. My friends adored her. She was a founding partner in two real estate firms. Her business partner at Richards & Howe became her life partner and husband. She and Rick Varep moved to Northumberland County in 1992, making cat-and-dog-filled homes in Castleton, Brooklin and Brighton, working, cooking, entertaining, gardening, volunteering, making stuff, building a house, traveling and sailing. Rick died in 2015 and Mum moved to Streamway Villa in Cobourg, a small, sunny home in a lovely old neighbourhood (but of course) where she was surrounded by love and care, fun and friends, dogs and pythons, and where she was never bored.
Despite some dementia and arthritis, Mum enjoyed quite good health throughout her life. Her last illness was sudden and fast. My partner, Scott Kennedy, and I were with her at the end, back at her home, in her own bed.
Jean also leaves her stepdaughter, Andrea, and stepson-in-law, Tom Harrison.
Thanks and love to her Streamway family, Dr. Loganathan and the nurses at Northumberland Hills Hospital.
Cremation to take place, then a private gathering for friends and family to take place in the near future. If desired, please make a donation in Jean's name to the Residents' Council at Streamway Villa, 19 James St. W., Cobourg, or your local humane society. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com
Thanks for everything, Mum! Love you forever.
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