Jean Tinney (nee Menzies)

1926 – 2013

Jean quietly passed away on October 27th surrounded by the warmth and love of her family.

Jean was born in Vancouver to a doctor and a teacher. She went to school and graduated in Kitsilano and was then working as a stenographer when she discovered the exciting world of Art Tinney.

She married Arthur in 1950 and raised 5 kids in numerous towns including Alert Bay, Woss, Black Creek, Port Alberni and Courtenay. Their home was always known for its music, games, laughter and togetherness.

Jean shunned the spotlight, instead deflecting it to those she loved while cheering them on, making them all feel valuable and capable. To her children, she had the most incredible ability to be warm and tender yet firm and fair. And she was such a good sport, often putting up with (and enjoying) family shenanigans like pea-shucking fights in the kitchen.

She was most well-known for her food. If you were to ever enter her kitchen, the fridge door was thrown open and almost the entire contents were brought out with the question, “Are you hungry?”

A humble academic, Jean was passionate about politics, current events, injustice and history. Of historical note: Jean was related to pastor and politician Thomas Menzies who arrived in the Comox Valley in 1900.

Many thanks to Dr. Reggler who made us feel that Jean was his only patient and a big hurrah to the CV Senior’s Village staff for their wonderful care.

Missing her are husband Arthur and kids: Leslie (Allan), Paul (Lorna), Megan (Jim), Sammie (Paul), Jordan (Lori), 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was wonderful beyond words.

There will be no service for Jean but feel free to raise a glass, sing a song, or eat a butter tart in her honor.

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