September 26, 2019
Jean Gibson passed away at home on September 26, 2019 at the age of 65 with her children and close friend, Betty Hlookoff, at her side.
Born in Toronto, it was in Alberta that she discovered her passion for baking, breaking the glass ceilings at both Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise’ pastry kitchens. Upon visiting the Comox Valley, she fell in love and never looked back, moving to Kye Bay with her then partner David Brosz in 1982.
Her entrepreneurial spirit led to her owning and operating several local businesses over the years, including chain rental, furniture, consignment, and antique stores. She was best known for establishing Comox Videos ‘n More, a landmark and community staple in the valley where many friendships were formed over the movie rental counter. She was both an astute businesswoman and a friendly, welcoming face in our neighborhood.
Paramount in her life was the love, joy and pride in her children: Willem and Corinne Brosz. Their own vibrancy, intellect, and compassion are testaments to the kind of mother Jean was. She was ever present and involved in their passions and pursuits, including being a respected leader on the Parents Advisory Councils at their elementary, middle, and high schools. Despite the demands of her business, she always found time to volunteer within the community; she didn’t hesitate to extend her generosity beyond her family and let it envelop all those around her.
Jean took pleasure in games of golf with her good friends “the Birds”, enjoying the camaraderie over a few good shots, and laughter over the many bad ones. Her sincerity and innate ability to be straightforward was a gift to those who knew her. A pragmatic woman, there was not a challenge in her life that she did not tackle with enthusiasm, and she always persevered without looking back. Her energy was infectious and her kind heart will be dearly missed.
Jean is survived by her son Willem and daughter Corinne, and brothers Nick and Tom and their families.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 9th, 2 pm at the Little Red Church, 2182 Comox Ave., Comox.
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