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Eleanor Jean Grant Tombs has passed away at the age of 90, after several months of illness. Born in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of the Rev. Frederick C. Grant and Helen Hardie, she took a degree at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts before becoming head of the French and Spanish desk at the OSS (US military intelligence) during the Second World War. A war bride, she married Laurence C. Tombs of Montreal, in September 1945 – they had 47 wonderfully adventurous years together.
Jean died as she lived, with dignity and courage. She was a woman of great intelligence and generosity. She will be sorely missed by her brother and sister-in-law Bob and Peggy Grant of Chicago; by her daughter Cathie (Robert Kahan); by her son Guy (Suzanne Ozorak); by her son Bob (Susan Ross); by her son George (Marie Frenette); by her grandson Alex Somma (Isabelle Plante) and their son Malcolm; by her other grandchildren: Gabriel Somma, Stephanie, Angelica, Frederick, Sylvia and Marissa Tombs, and Eleonore, Iona (Adam Shamash), Myriam and Nathanael Fournier-Tombs.
After a life of remarkable actions motivated by love, devotion and respect, her example will long be remembered. She was truly blessed, and her family, friends and community are blessed for having known her. Now that she has been called back to God, may she rest in peace. Our profound gratitude to the neurological and palliative care units at the Hôpital Charles-Lemoyne in Greenfield Park for their outstanding and loving healthcare during her final days.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White funeral home, 307 Riverside, St. Lambert (approach via Desaulniers Blvd. and Argyle Ave.). A funeral liturgy with Eucharist will be celebrated on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 11 a.m., at St. Barnabas Church, 95 Lorne Ave., St. Lambert. After a reception for family and friends in the parish hall, the burial will take place at Mt. Royal Cemetery.
Published in The Gazette from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2012