Jean Chipman was a considerate and caring friend and a loving mother.


Born March 24, 1924 in Philadelphia, USA, died October 16, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario.


Jean was born to Emma and William Doherty and is survived by her sister, Eileen Ortolani and her brother Dick Doherty.


After taking her teaching degree at Westchester College, PA, Jean accepted an offer as an international exchange teacher with the Toronto Board of Education in Forest Hill in 1947.  She also had an offer to teach in Hawaii but as her parents had never visited Hawaii and they had been to Toronto, they persuaded her to accept that position. 


There she met not only her husband to be, John Chipman, as well as her lifelong friend and colleague Edith Jones.


Jean and John were married in Philadelphia in 1948.


Her first child, John Jr. was born in 1950 in North Bay but did not survive.


She is survived by her two subsequent children Timothy who was born in Philapdelphia in 1951 and Sarah, born in Toronto in 1955.


In later life, Jean returned to teaching and taught children with special needs from 1974 until her retirement in 1989 with the Scarborough Board of Education.


She maintained an active outlook on life with a wide circle of friends.  She belonged to book clubs, attended plays and concerts regularly, as well as attending Later Life Learning courses through U of T up until this year.


Her great love in life was her second home in Avalon, New Jersey, which she had inherited from her parents and where she spent two months of every year enjoying the beach and the ocean.


Jean was a life long church-goer and ecumenical in her religious affiliation.  Although she had been an Episcopalean in the US and an Anglician in Canada, every summer she would faithfully attend the First Methodist Church of Avalon with her friends.


Jean Chipman will be remembered by friends, colleagues and family alike for her positive outlook on life, her sense of humour and her generous good nature.


Family and friends are invited to visit at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst Street (North of Dundas) on Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 3-5 & 7 - 8:30 pm.  A Service to celebrate Jean's life will be held on Monday, October 20, 2008 at St. Martin in the Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Avenue (Keele Street, north of Bloor).  In Jean's memory, donations to World Vision would be greatly appreciated.  Online condolences may be made at 



October 19, 2008
3-5 & 7-8:30 pm


October 20, 2008
11:00 am

Burial / Entombment / Cremation