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January 11, 2019

Second World War veteran Jean Elizabeth York of Kincardine, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the age of 92. Born in Binfield, England, July 1, 1926, daughter of Joseph Henry Heywood and Fanny Elizabeth Peart, her family immigrated to Canada in 1927. Her father served in the First World War for Britain, and Jean joined her brothers, Dennis and Roy, in the Canadian military in the Second World War. She was always proud of having served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). At the end of the war, Jean married Gordon Collins, and had two sons, Michael (Sharron), predeceased; and Larry and (Colleen) of Kingston. She later married Andrew York who served on the HMCS Kincardine. Jean worked several years at Kraft manufacturing. When Andy died in 1997, she decided to move from St. Catharines to Kincardine where she and Andy had previously enjoyed military reunions. She is survived by her grandson, Larry Jr.; granddaughter, Tracy; grandson Chris Collins; and sister, Carol (Harold) Tipler. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her siblings, Renee, Dennis, Roy, Joan, and Marguerite. A Royal Canadian Legion service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.