KENNISH, Frances Jean - Passed away on October 10, 2016.
Jean Kennish (MacDougall) was the seventh child born to Margaret MacDougall (Wisener), a WW1 war bride who immigrated from Northern Ireland in 1919, and a Canadian soldier, Ross MacDougall.
Along with her nine siblings, three brothers and six sisters, Jean grew up in the East End of Hamilton. This is where she met Bud Kennish. Jean and Bud were teenagers when they married in 1948. They had been married for over 55 years when Bud died in 2003.
Jean was always a hard worker and was employed at former area landmarks; such as, Aerovox and Gulliver Travel’s Restaurant. In 1970, Jean and Bud embarked on a relatively new business at that time: a Tim Hortons franchise. They were part of a small group of franchisee owners; they owned store #2 on Concession Street for over 30 years. It has been often recognized in Tim Hortons Corporate that it was the hard work of the original franchisees who laid the foundation for the business that would later become a Canadian success story. Jean and Bud were excellent ‘pioneers’ in the initial start-up years.
Jean was mother to five children: Karen (John Fraser); Deborah (Jim McCoubrey); Sharon Kennish Hart; Rob Kennish; and Steven (Loraine) Kennish. Jean had 13 grandchildren: Shauna, Alice, Steven; Jeremy, Patrick, Jenna; Kyle; Sierra, Brent, Jeffrey; Kara, Hailey, Karli; and 9 great grandchildren. She was a wonderful grandmother, and her grandchildren have fond memories of backyard pool parties and cottage gatherings.
Our family wishes to recognize the dedicated staff at The Wellington Place who provided care for our mother for many years.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Friday October 14, 2016, at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, Hamilton. Visitation 12-1 pm, with Funeral Service at 1pm. A family graveside service will follow at Glanbrook Cemetery.
In memory of our mother, we request that you support either the important work being done by the Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice.