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P. Jill Chalmers
November 22, 2023
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P. Jill Chalmers was born on December 13th, 1926 in London, England. Even though she didn’t smoke, she had her first cigarette in a bomb shelter during The Blitz in WWII. It was during this time that she met her future husband Don Chalmers, a young prairie boy who answered the call and joined the Canadian army. They were married in Hammersmith in 1944.
After the war, they moved to London Ontario, while Don earned his degree at Western University. Jill ran a boarding house out of their home to earn pin money while Don went to school. Their first child, Stephen, was born in June of 1946. Their second child, Margo, was born in 1951, and they moved to Owen Sound when Don landed a job with Wyeth Canada. Their third child, Lesley, was born in 1957. They remained in Owen Sound for the rest of their lives. Even though Jill didn’t go to kindergarten in Owen Sound, after seventy plus years, she can still be called an “Old Owen Sounder”.
Jill was exceptionally intelligent, and was also a kind and compassionate human being. She taught the intellectually challenged children of Crofthaven School how to swim, an important life skill in Owen Sound. Education was always important to her. She was a supply teacher and tutor for West Hill Secondary School, and also earned her own degree from Western by taking extension school courses. Her houses were always lined with floor to ceiling bookshelves and her children rarely had to go to the library to study. She expected them to be better people, and we wanted to be.
While we are extremely sad at Jill’s passing, we can take solace by thinking of her dancing in heaven, which probably looks very much like her beloved England. As our Dad would say in his prairie vernacular – “Ya done good kid!”
The family would like to express our extreme gratitude and thanks to the wonderful people at Summit Place LTC, who took incredible care of Jill for many years. At Jill’s request, there will be no service. She will be resting beside her husband Don at Greenwood Cemetery in Owen Sound.