It is with great sadness that the family of Ivan Jewett announces his passing at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at the age of 90, with his family by his side.
Born June 6, 1916 in North Branch, Ont. to George and Mary Jewett, Ivan was the fifth of 10 children.
He began employment at the early age of 14 at a sawmill in North Branch. A number of years later, he purchased his first pulp truck and several stands of timber, thus starting his logging contracting and hauling to Fort Frances, Ont.
On April 21, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ruth Zimmerman of Fort Frances.
In 1960, Ivan decided to seek employment with the Town of Fort Frances Public Works to allow more time with his family. After the family moved to the Lakehead in 1966, Ivan worked with the City of Fort William Public Works Department until his retirement in 1977.
Ivan had a great love for the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing all his life and camping with Ruth in his later years. He truly was in his element when in the bush.
A hard-working man with incredible endurance, he will be remembered for his love of life and family, his ingenuity and inventiveness, his unique sense of humour, and the twinkle in his blue eyes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of nearly 63 years; three daughters, Margaret (Bill) Roeder of International Falls, Mn., and Marilyn (Mark) Smith and Donna (Dennis) Harman of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and one son, Dean, of Thunder Bay, Ont.
Also surviving are one sister, Evelyn Gray (Humboldt, Sask.); brother-in-law, Robert Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.); and sister-in-law, Mary Rosen (Richmond, B.C.)
He also is survived by 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; four brothers, Harold (Mary), William, Laverne (Laura), and Gerald; four sisters, Bessie (Don) McMillan, Dorothy (Mervin) Williamson, Edith (Reuben) Bang, and Frances; three brothers-in-law, Brit Gray, George Zimmerman, and Nels Rosen; and two other sisters-in-law, Charlene Zimmerman and Virginia Zimmerman.
A private service was held Friday, March 30, 2007, with interment in Stanley Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Society or charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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