LUNAN, Zetta Mary Jameson
Retired Bank of Montreal
Zetta Mary Jameson Lunan passed away in Montréal on December 5, 2012, after a brief illness. Zetta, wife of the late Havelock Stanley (H.S. "Flip") Lunan, fiercely proud Mother of Stanley (Rami Assabgui), Sherry (John Burton), Heather (Ray Burton) and Monique (Derek Wright.) Doting Momma\Granny Zets to Carolyn, Corey and Caitlin; Raymond, Sean and Kimberley (Trevor), and besotted great-grandmother of Chloe, Alyssa and Sara. Zetta will be greatly missed by her sister Vevey Loveday, her brother R.B.M. "Bob" Jameson (Jacquie) and all her nieces and nephews, great and grand. Zetta is fondly remembered and will be sadly missed by Kindred Souls Norman Carson, Susan Cryans, Derek Shackell, BFF Carol Stevenson and many friends on Benny Farm, in Montréal, across Canada and around the world. Zetta was born in 1927, spending her early youth living upstairs over the Bank of Montreal in Walkerville, Ontario, with her Father, P.G., the Manager, Mother, Mary Benson, sister Vevey and brother Bob. In 1945 they moved to Peterborough, to share the Jameson Family Home at 544 Harvey Street with PG's widowed Mother Lavinia Greenwood and Great Aunty Ida Diamond. A busy home with four generations under the same roof, it was the first house on the block to acquire indoor plumbing. After High School, Zetta took a position with the Bank of Montréal in Peterborough, and spent a happy young womanhood, combining work with family and friends: sometimes nipping down to Toronto for a night of theatre, always leaving The Royal Alex before the finale so she and the girls, running in high heels down Bay to Union Station, could make the train back home. One night, on that train home, she found the wallet of H.S. "Flip" Lunan, who was working for Canadian General Electric, headquartered in Peterborough. By 1955 Flip was working on the Sir Adam Beck Power Project in Niagara Falls, so he and Zetta were married in the Honeymoon Capital of the world, and honeymooned in Buffalo, New York. Flip's work required him to travel and he spent the first four years of their marriage away in Brazil, Churchill, MB and Kittimat, BC. Zetta raised Stanley and Sherry on her own during that time, and when Flip returned in late 1958, The H.S.Lunan Family moved to Benny Farm in Montréal. In due course Heather and Monique arrived, completing the family. Benny Farm was a CMHC Veterans Housing Complex in NDG, a unique community with 480 units and one big back yard: in that big back yard, Mrs. Lunan became a force to be reckoned with. In the 1970's Zetta returned to work at the Bank of Montréal, and also became President of The BFTA - Benny Farm Tenants Association - organising meetings, coordinating activities and producing the newsletter called The Benny Farmer. As time passed Zetta and Flip retired and Zetta spent her time a proud Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, quietly supporting her far-flung family, talking on the phone and visiting her children around the country with Flip. In the late 1990's and into the new century, Zetta became a driving force in the re- development of Benny Farm: she spoke at TownHall committee meetings, appeared on TV, was quoted in print media, and walked the picket line to protect Veteran's Rights. She worked tirelessly, consulting with the designers and continually lobbying to ensure the NEW Benny Farm apartments were the best they could be. After Flip died in 2007, Zetta spent the final years of her life involved, as always, in the social life of Benny Farm, now, in part, a state-of-the-art Seniors' Housing project filled with friends she had known for half a century. Zetta's Family, immediate and extended, were her pride and joy … children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, friends new and old. Generous of spirit and unfailingly optimistic, she was unsinkable in the Titanic sense of the word. It was a joy to know her, and those who did will miss her smile, her tinkling laughter and her hugs. She touched each and every one of us and made us feel special. Please join Zetta's Family and Friends for a Celebration of her Life on Saturday, January 5th, 2013. Visitation from 10 a.m. and Funeral Service at 12 p.m. at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home. Interment beside Flip in the Canadian Military Field of Honour, Pointe Claire between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Please join the Family to Remember and Reflect at the Benny Farm Common Room, 3510 Benny Avenue, main floor, from 3 p.m. Donations in memory of Zetta would be appreciated either to the Canadian Diabetes Association or SunYouth Montréal.