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Patricia Jacques

Patricia Jacques

Wednesday, October 12th, 1927 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Patricia (Nichols) Shayne
October 12, 1927 – September 21, 2020

Patricia was born in Brighton, England to George and Lilly Mae Nichols on October 12, 1927 and died peacefully at Sandfield Place Residence in Cornwall, Ontario on September 21, 2020.

During the Second World War, she met and married a Canadian soldier Marcel Jacques.

In 1946, she immigrated to Canada on the Queen Mary with her son and only child Raymond to join her husband in Montreal.

After over 30 years of being together, the marriage unfortunately broke up in the late 1970s, and Pat subsequently married Jimmy Shayne and stayed with him until his death in Alexandria in 2001.

Patricia leaves her son Raymond, his wife Penelope, two grandsons Steven and Peter, and one
great-grandson Zachary.

Pat was an amazingly resolute person who, according to her son Raymond, “always gave her all,” facing adversity with characteristic resilience and tough-mindedness both in England during the Second World War and in Canada after her immigration.

Late in life, she embraced the Baháí Faith and, like her husband Jimmy were ardent promoters of its principles of the oneness of God, the oneness of essential religion and the oneness of humanity.

A funeral service for family and friends will be held at the Munro & Morris Funeral Home,
114 Main Street South, Alexandria at 2 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Masks and physical distancing are required.

For those who wish to view the Funeral Service live may do so at the following link facebook.com/kavproductions/live.

Personal tributes for reading at the funeral service can be sent to her very dear friend and
companion Jane Macmillan at jbmacmil@primus.ca.

Tributes can also be posted via the Memory Will link tab at the top of Pat’s obituary page.

For any questions or further information, please contact Jane at 613-938-3875.

“Thou are My dominion and My dominion perisheth not.”
- Bahá’u’lláh
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Todd Lawson

Posted at 05:59pm
Our Friend Pat
A friend - a true friend - is someone in whose presence one is in paradise, in the spiritual world. You could not be with Pat and not be in the spiritual world. Pat, you are luminous now and you were luminous before. We miss you terribly. We learned from you but the most important feeling for me is the sense of freedom and love that you radiated - always. Bahaullah cites many times a statement from Muhammad that says "Our knowledge is very difficult. Only three types understand it: 1) the angels that are close to the throne, 2) the prophets sent by God and 3) the believer whose heart has been made pliable and soft through suffering and tests so that true knowledge can enter it." This describes you dearest friend. You are an inspiration to us forever just as you and Jim are a sign of unity until the end of time. Here is something you wrote for Jimmy's second book of poetry, "Time is just a place" ( a title you gave the book): "There was nothing devious about Jim. . . . To be with Jim night and day, for me was like heaven on earth. And as his health declined, we used to sit on the sofa, every afternoon, and watch old movies, and hold hands, and side by side, let the seconds, and the minutes, and the hours, and the days, and the nights, and the weeks, and the months, and the years roll by, in our own world, mixed with prayers, and music, and it is not over. Our love continues." (Summer 2005) Please give our love to Jim. We think of you both with the deepest possible gratitude for your lives of service and exampl and, of course, your friendship. As Jim himself wrote: "No matter where we are, there is forever." Todd Lawson
MC

Maria Chouchtari

Posted at 12:40pm
Sending my loving tribute to my dear friend, Pat Jacques Shayne who passed away recently.


Please feel free to edit if it is too long. I know others may have more to say as well.
I first met Pat when I was 18 years old. Actually I met Jimmy first.
During my many years living in Africa, we continued to keep in touch via letters, cards and Jimmy`s poetry.
She is always remembered with great love and admiration.


Pat Jacques was English. She had a British accent, red hair, beautiful skin and a glowing warmth about her.
The first thing you would notice after all that was her true kindness, humility, her gentle nature and courteous manners.
She was not only a nurse`s aid by profession but she was truly a caring individual. She had a sweet laugh
And she truly loved Jimmy Shayne. When I met Pat, she and Jimmy were not married. She had an older son. She also cared
for her elderly mother who lived a very long life. Pat was committed to caring for her. She often bought little gifts for people.
She once gave me a little treasure box. It always reminded me of her. I treasured that little box for years as a symbol of our friendship.
She would also send me hand written letters and Jimmy`s hand written poems.
We did not have the internet or computers in those days.
She would tell me how they were loving life together even more so now as a married couple.
They were both well into their seniors years. Pat and Jimmy were like paper and glue. They were stuck together.
She would always refer to him endearingly as My love.


When Jimmy passed away, a friend published a compilation of his poems. Pat sent the book to me.
Jimmy had passed away and she sent me a picture of his gravestone with the roses I had asked her to buy.
Jimmy had a way with words and loved puns.
He would say to get on the Ship of Friendship. As Pat grew older her hearing became very weak.
Still we could speak over the phone and of course she remembered me throughout the years.
She would show me photos of her son and daughter in law and her 2 grandsons.


They had little money but they had happiness. She loved to keep her home modest but beautifully decorated with fine delicacy.
Her faith was very important to her but she never preached. She taught by example.

The first time I met Pat was at a fireside Jimmy had invited me to. After the social tea she offered to give me a ride home in a taxi.
It was pouring rain and I was already soaked from having walked to the gathering under a real downpour.
I never took such a kindness for granted. She was attentive and caring.
After that event we had lost touch for about a year. I had moved away and had no phone at the time.


One day, about a year later she came into the Gym where I worked. She recognized me and reminded me where we had first met.
She herself wanted to get back in shape as she said she loved sweets and they were her downfall. She had put on some pounds.
We laughed. She had a great sense of humor. Her laugh sounded like little bells. She glowed and radiated warmth and kindness.
She had an angelic heroism about her and never showed a frown or an angry face, even when people were not
always kind. She just overlooked it and gave back tender loving care in return.


In addition to her work at the Reddy Memorial Hospital, she was quite a social bee and loved to be with people.
She always found some way to be of service to others. She loved humor and loved to laugh.
She had a calming effect on those around her. All those who knew her, Family and friends found her to be a faithful and loving friend.
I am truly grateful that she lived a long and fruitful life. She continues to inspire us all with her courageous, loving, patient and kind nature.


She once gave me a book called The Divine Art of Living. She drew much inspiration and wisdom from it and wanted me to have it.
She truly lived in a divine way and followed a spiritual path with practical feet. She was content and happy. She glowed.
Her intentions were always pure in the highest sense and were destined to serve a higher purpose.
With Faith, Love, Courage, Wit and most of all patient loving kindness, she shared her light.

I am sure she is thrilled to be reunited with her loving soul mate and life partner even though she will be sorely missed.
Her spiritual heart`s desire and her new journey will lead her to travel throughout eternity with the love of her life, Jimmy.


My deepest condolences to her son, grandson and daughter in law of whom she always spoke with loving consideration and
endearment.


Dearest Pat, Be Happy to spread your new wings and know we love you dearly.
You are truly in our hearts and in our prayers. Be Blessed!
Continue to be a Shining Light in the Heaven of Understanding!


Love,
maria
LV

Lise Vigneault

Posted at 12:35pm
"Death proffereth unto every confident believer the cup that is life indeed. It bestoweth joy, and is the bearer of gladness. It conferreth the gift of everlasting life." Bahá'u'lláh
JM

Jane Macmillan

Posted at 12:05pm
Dearest Pat,
What an inspiration you were constantly sharing your prayers and Jimmy’s poems with all who crossed your path – you always had a twinkle in your eye – and latterly shared with me about the French Canadian in your extended care home who would come and sit on your bed and sing songs in French to you, and another man who would suddenly appear naked in the dining room! You took all this in stride and with your customary sense of humour.
Over the years we have shared many stories, prayers, TV, Ruhi studies (Books 1,2,4,6, and up till your passing a bit of Book 8.1) and visits in the hospital.
I had a feeling the transition was near – I would love to see your face light up when I sung prayers to you on skype to gently rouse you when you nodded off – and you would just smile that lovely smile and try to sing the prayers too.
I drove towards Alexandria yesterday, the sun was shining and Dvojak’s Slavonic dances were playing and I just thought how wonderful that you were now soaring through the illimitable space towards your beloved Jimmy – and I shed a tear for you…..
MM

Maury Miloff

Posted at 12:03pm

I have been berating myself for not having been in contact with Pat. Visiting her was in my todo list for years and I didn’t get to it. Her and Jimmy will now know how important they are to me. Pat was from that great generation of Baha’is in a Montreal who inspired me as a new and young Bahá’í . She was profoundly kindly and humble, as was Jimmy. With the demise of her Mom, whom she had taken care of so assiduously, Pat was able to marry Jimmy and that was a match made in heaven. We were so happy for them both. She lived many decades without him and I am so glad there were people like Jane nearby for her...

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