Jean (Hayward) Strangway

Jean went through Medical School at University of Toronto, graduating in 1962 and then spent a year at the Centre for Christian Studies (Angel Factory) in Toronto preparing to be a medical missionary in Hong Kong. At the end of that year, she married me, changed her plans and in 1970 we went to Hazelton, B.C. to work in the United Church Hospital there. Jean did part time practice, while raising our (then) three small children. In 1971 we moved to Terrace, B.C. where for one year, Jean did full time medical practice. She then did some anaesthesia training and worked part time as an anaesthetist. In 1973 we had one more child, so she raised four children in addition to doing her medical practice. She also remained very active in the United Church, singing in the choir. She continued to do her beautiful knitting and looked after the home. Later, she was the Doctor for our Chronic Care Facility in Terrace. We also raised a special needs child, Tia, from age 2 to age 21. She needed multiple surgical procedures and finally landed up with tube feeding in to her small bowel. Jean was probably the foremost expert in B.C. for handling Jejunostomy feedings. Tia was a ray of sunshine in our lives, but died a year and a half ago from overwhelming sepsis following scoliosis surgery.

In 1993, we moved to Bella Bella for a year and a half, although Jean spent a good part of that year in Vancouver where there was better schooling for Tia. From 1995 to 2001, we were in Castlegar, in the West Kootenays where Jean did the accounting for the United Church. In 2001 we moved back to Terrace where, once again, Jean did the accounting for the United Church and looked after the home and Tia.

Over the past two or three years, Jean has developed a degenerative brain disorder and as of June of 2007, we finally put her in the closed unit of the Chronic Care Facility which she used to look after as a doctor. She is still a very loving person and always gives me a big hug when I go to see her.

Jean Hayward


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  1. Hi Don,

    I am researching for the University of Toronto as a member of the Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. From my research, I believe you may the husband of Jean (Hayward) Strangway. I am pleased to tell you Jean has been inducted into the 2015 Sports Hall of Fame for her incredible accomplishments in archery at the University of Toronto. The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education are hosting an induction ceremony and reception in late May. If you are indeed in relation to Mary, we would truly enjoy if you could accept the induction in her honour. If you have any questions please contact me.

    Thank you kindly,

    Raquel Preston
    Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
    University of Toronto

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