Simard, Jocelyn Leda – After a nearly two-year struggle with cancer, Jocelyn died peacefully with her family by her side. Jocelyn spent an active life professionally as a Registered Nurse, working for more than 20 years at Northwood. Nothing frustrated her more during her illness than her inability to care for her residents. Jocelyn loved to give back to her community, volunteering for Beavers, Cubs, Air Cadets and in many ministries in Saint Benedict Parish, her church, including community suppers, youth ministry, catechetics, the Catholic Women’s League, Alpha ministry and any other place where her talents could be used for the glory of God. An ardent and talented singer, she was a member of several choirs in the church and also sang as a cantor. Jocelyn enjoyed nothing more than singing and performing with her family. She was a loving and devoted mother to her three children, but also adopted in spirit all those who needed her special care and guidance. She was always close to her family, spending many summers in Greenfield, at “the cottage”, water skiing on the lake and cooking summer meals.
Jocelyn was married for 39 years and is survived by her loving husband, Marc; her sons, Justin (Ellen) and Guy; daughter, Stephanie Potter (Tim). She was a proud and indulgent Grammie to Samantha, Hannah, Robert, Joseph, Rebecca, James and George. She is also survived by her sister, Anna Albert (Julien) and her nephews, Eric, Joel and Bryant. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Joyce (Strum) Freeman and her brothers, Richard and Deryck.
Thanks to the many caregivers from Northwood Home Care, the Palliative Care Unit in the VG Site, QEII, who added so much to her quality of life over the last two years. She was blessed with the same level of care she had lavished on her own patients.
Funeral service will be held in Saint Benedict Parish on Friday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m., with Father James Mallon officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, July 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Room of Saint Benedict Parish. A reception will be held afterward in Rev. Bernard O’Neill Auditorium. The interment will be in Mount Olivet for family only. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Saint Benedict Building Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.