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A tribute to Miss Jean Drew by Cathy Bullen

Date added: 12 Aug 2012

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Cathy Bullen

the RAF Benevolent Fund
https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/rafbf/Celebrations/FindTribute/RemembrancePages/cathybullen
Dear Friends/Family, I have recently set up a page in the RAF Benevolent Fund Memorial Book and wanted to share it with you. Through this page we can share memories, photographs and videos of $personFirstName$ as well as raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. To view page and add your memories, just click on the following link: $findPersonLink$ Thanks!

After her cousin, my mother, Joy Williams came to Canada, she would come and visit us. As a child, Aunt Jean was my link to a bigger world. I didn't know anyone else who actually lived in another country and was always so excited to go to the airport and pick her up - it seemed so exotic. She had an accent that I used to try and mimic with little to no success. I even tried it with marbles in my mouth (something I read) but that didn't help at all. Jean came to Canada often as the years went by for weddings, Chistmas and summer holidays. Over the years she came to know four generations of her Canadian family and I never stopped being excited about meeting her at the airport. We are going to miss her.

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A tribute to Miss Jean Drew by Toby Beadle

Date added: 12 Aug 2012

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Toby Beadle

the RAF Benevolent Fund
https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/rafbf/Celebrations/FindTribute/RemembrancePages/tobybeadle
Dear Friends/Family, I have recently set up a page in the RAF Benevolent Fund Memorial Book and wanted to share it with you. Through this page we can share memories, photographs and videos of $personFirstName$ as well as raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. To view page and add your memories, just click on the following link: $findPersonLink$ Thanks!

My Mother, Margaret Beadle ( nee Hearmon ) was one of Jean's cousins. As children, in the 1950s and 60s, my sister Charlotte and I thought that the Drew family were very grand. We were fascinated that when Aunt Ella, Uncle Billy, and their daughter Jean went on holiday every year to Lowestoft, they travelled in their huge Vauxhaull Cresta, before we even had a car. Ella and Jean always wore real fur coats, even in summertime! The Drew's were always generous to our family, and in 1969 Uncle Billy arranged my first mortgage. Later in life, when her parents died, Jean generously took my Mother on holidays to places that she would otherwise never have seen. They always wrangled with each other, but obviously enjoyed each other's company and shared a mutual interest in gardens and history. Something which we have inherited from them. Christmas at Jean's was always enjoyable, mainly because she favoured parlour games over TV as family entertainment, something else that we still share. The friendship and values shared by Jean and my Mother have shaped our lives, and Jean is remembered with our respect and love. Toby Beadle.

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