Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 27, 2009
Lucie Georgine “Jean” (Nichol) Porter passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Monday March 23, 2009. Jean was born to her parents Senior Bruce and Margaret Nichol 84 years ago. She joined the Air Force in her early years and was a member of the Women’s Air Corps stationed in Jarvis Ontario carrying out her duties as a Parachute Packer. Shortly after her marriage to William de Graff in 1945 the couple moved to Winnipeg where they had five children. Following Bill’s death, Jean and her children returned to Blenheim where she met and married George Burns. Jean was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and became the first female president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 185 in Blenheim. Following the death of her second husband, Jean married John Porter. Together they lived in the Toronto area and after his death, Jean moved to Windsor before moving to the Blenheim Community Village in 2007. Jean loved to golf, knit and play cards, but her first love was her family. She is survived by her children Debbi de Graff of Aurora, Ken & Mae de Graff of Manitoba, Dennis de Graff of Windsor and Nick & Nancy de Graff of Whitehorse as well as eleven grandchildren. Jean is also survived by her sister Margaret & Bill Petrie of Mississauga and by her brothers Robert & Amy Nichol and Walter & Helen Nichol, both of Blenheim. Jean is predeceased by her daughter Carol de Graff Harrington, her granddaughter Jolene de Graff, her sister Mayme Samson and her brother Tom Nichol. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday March 27, 2009 at 1:30 with Rev. Doug Rowley officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. Friends wishing to honour Jean’s life with a memorial donation are asked to consider the charity of their choice.