Jean Melanson

A photo of Jean Melanson


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 27, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Please call the Funeral Home for a
scheduled visitation time.
Face coverings are mandatory

Surrounded by people she loved and who loved her back, Jean Melanson passed away peacefully at home on Saturday November 20, 2021.  She was the last surviving child of the late Irene & Ray Pearce of Leamington, having been predeceased by her sister, Maxine (Quinlan), and two brothers, Daryl and Murray.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Melanson, who she absolutely adored for over 35 years. As sad as we are to lose her, we feel comfort knowing she is resting with the love of her life.

Jean will be missed dearly by her daughters – Cindy & Wes Girard, Denise & Terry Walker, Kim Giannini (Lee), and her step daughter Susan & Kevin Passwaters.  She was predeceased by her son Kevin Bailey. Jean was loved by 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, who knew they would be spoiled the moment they walked into her home. She will also be missed by her tiny fur babies – Abby and Chica – who spent every day by her side.

Friends will remember Jean for her years working in the dietary department at Southwestern Regional Centre.  In Jean and Paul’s retirement, they enjoyed summers at Wildwood Trailer Park and enjoyed winters in their home in Sarasota, Florida. She was never a big fan of cold weather or snow. She was a member of the Blenheim Seniors Centre and a part of the Happy Gang that put on yearly shows to raise money for the operations of the Regional Centre.  She was a collector of many things, but especially loved dolls and belonged to a local doll club. Jean had an amazing talent of building miniature doll houses and proudly won many awards for her work. She absolutely loved to shop, and Paul always supported her habit by driving her wherever she asked to go, and waiting in the car for her (sometimes all day) while she filled up the trunk with countless shopping bags.

Jean was one of a kind- beautiful, tenacious, compassionate, and gracious. The love she had for her family was ferocious and undeniable. She would do anything for those that she loved and easily made friends wherever she went. Jean was a presence with expensive taste and will truly be missed.

Unlike Paul, whose favourite music was Hank Williams, Jean loved Bob Seger.  So if you’re missing her someday, follow her advice:  “Blare some Seger and make yourself a Caesar…extra vodka and a splash of clamato!”

If you wish to remember her with a memorial donation, please consider Chatham-Kent Hospice, as this was a charity that was dear to her heart and she has donated to in the past.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at

Cremation has taken place.  A time of visitation for Jean will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 2 – 4 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.  Friends wishing to attend are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to schedule a visitation time.  Face coverings are mandatory.

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Our condolences to you all, Cindy, Denise ,( Neicy), and Kim, and all of your family. It has been some time since we saw her, but thinking of your Mom brings a smile to my face. Jean and Paul were such good friends over the years of my parents, Reg and Doris Cappleman. Perhaps, they will meet again.

So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was a nice lady and a great neighbour. She will be missed.

Denise, Terry and family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Big hugs

Going to miss this lady. Jean was the best neighbor that one could ever hope for. Gizmo absolutely loved her as well, he would sit in the front yard and stare across the road. We knew she was coming over because the tail and rear end went crazy. Swear Jean broke things on purpose so we would have to pop over for a visit. we are really going to miss the visits now.

Denise, Terry, and family, Kim, Cindy & Friends, please accept our sincerest condolences to the entire family for your loss. Your Mom Jean was a dynamic lady who was very warm to anyone she encountered. She will certainly be missed by many who loved her. Please take heart on the fact that she is not in pain or suffering anymore. She is in a better place with her God surrounded by her love ones. May Jean's soul rest in perfect peace Amen. We will see you on Saturday. Kind regards: Georgina and Wayne

Sincere sympathy for Jeans family and friends. Always fashionable and master of any craft Jean made it look all look so easy. Paul was always there to indulge his lady… she truly deserved it. One of my best memory’s from child hood was being lucky enough for Jean to make me a rocking horse birthday cake. Go’d’s speed Jean. ❤️ Donna Do

We will miss Jean's smiling face and our shared love of miniatures will live on forever. Our condolences to her entire family that we knew meant everything to her. We know that she is happy to be with Paul as he was the love of her life and she missed him dearly. We will see you on Saturday. Hugs.

Denise and all the family, so sorry for your loss. I played bingo with your mom and Paul everywhere in Chatham -Kent, both were great people. They were also great neighbours to my mom for many years. My mom will sure miss your mom coming over and sitting on her porch. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless Love from Shelley and the Brown family

Denise and family, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Thinking of you all.

Cindy, Neicy, Kimmy and Families We were sorry to read of Jeannie’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to each of you .

Sorry to hear of your moms passing. Jean was such a fun lady. We always enjoyed talking about the antique shows & her interest in her doll collection. I alwAys looked forward to chatting with her when we worked at SRC. Pat

So sorry for your loss, my husband and I worked with Jean at the SWRC Art and Pat Wardle.

Deepest condolences to you all. Your mom was one of the best fun loving woman with a big smile. She will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers.. The Dowd Families..

Denise, Terry, and family: I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She had a lot of spunk and a happy way about her! I truly loved running into her while out at the yard sales, comparing our deals, and always catching up on your family, Denise. Thinking of you, Vicki Lewis

My condolences to Jean’s family. From Jean’s obituary she lived a wonderful life. Rest peacefully

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your precious mother/grandmother. Jean will be missed very much at the Kent Doll Club too where her talents and sense of humour were greatly appreciated. She shared many stories about her family who she obviously loved and worried about.

Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you we will miss her

My sincere condolences to the whole family especially Denies biggest hug ever to you , my thoughts and prayers always 🤗

My sympathies to Jean’s family. It was always a pleasure to visit with her weekly. She’s out of pain now. Keep hold of all your good memories.

We want to send our condolences to all the family. I worked with Jean for years at the SWRC and had lots of fun. Thank goodness we have memories to reflect on the people we care about.

Cindy, Denise , Kim and families, So sorry to read this about your fun loving, caring mother. She always was so pleasant to meet with at our family gatherings. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort. Cherish your precious memories.

Cindy we wish to offer our sincere condolences with the loss of your mother, to you and your family, big hugs to all.......

So sorry for your loss.

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom Kim. She sounded like a great woman. I will definitely listen to Bob Seger and have a caesar in your moms honour. Sounds like she had great taste. Hugs and condolences to you and your family Sincerely Colleen Gillett

Cindy, Sorry to read about your moms passing..She sounded like an amazing mom and person..Enjoy your memories of her. Cheryl and Alex Clark

My sincere condolences to the family, Cindy, Denise, and Kim. May the memories of your Mom help you through the darkest days. I always considered her a friend and fellow worker at SRC. I always enjoyed getting calls at night when she was missing Paul. RIP Jeannie, you are with the love of your life now.

Sincerest Condolences Denise Terry and family. Please know you are in our thoughts today and send our love

So sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to Denise & all her family. Jean was such a great woman, loved by all. I have fond memories of her & Paul on Christmas morning at the farm. And her taco salad! Love & hugs to the Bailey clan.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I’ve known Jeanie my whole life , and worked with her. She loved to laugh , and a infectious laugh it was. You’ll be missed Jeanie, the fight is over, rest peacefully ❤️

Thinking of you all during this tough time . My condolences.

So saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. She was a lovely woman and a good friend to our family. Sincere condolences to her daughters and family.

Sorry for your loss.

I’m so sad to see you leave our world but I know in my heart your pain and suffering is over with in your back with your true love your memory and all the good you did will always be with me thank you for being the amazing person you were God take care of this angel

We would like to give our condolences to your entire family, Jean was a kind soul who will be missed by use all. May all your memories of her bring you all some peace at this sad Time.

Thinking of you at this most difficult time. Take one day at a time. Hugs Joyce & Bill

Denise Terry and family. I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I got to know her when she and Catherine Linda and George and Nan and my mom would get together to play cards on Wednesday afternoon. She was an amazing lady and will be missed. Hugz..

Condolences to Jean’s family...she was a wonderful lady, so much fun..We worked with her at SRC..She will be missed 🙏