Updated Aug. 25, 2014
Jean Osborne was a very special in the hearts of former Toronto Sun colleagues. They remember her smile, her calming personality and her contribution to the smooth operations at the switchboard.
More memories of Jean, a Day Oner who died Aug. 19, 2014, from Alzheimer's:
Sharon Stott, former Toronto Sun reporter: "Jean was one of the kindest people at the Sun when I was there. My fondest memory was of being deathly ill with
bronchitis and Jean coming up the stairs of my falling-down top-floor
squat, bringing me a huge vat of creamed chicken and biscuits. Such
kindness. She was also a sergeant major of the phones,
knowing which ones to let through and which ones to send to the ozone.
Hugs to her dear family."
Andy Donato, cartoonist and fellow Day Oner: "Jean
was was just one lovely lady. Her and Mrs. K were a such a great duo
at the switchboard. I loved the way they would track down people who were
being sought after by our reporters."
Les Pyette, former city editor and CEO: "So sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was always calm in the middle
of a nutsy newsroom, always a true professional. When we were stressed
in those early days, she always had a quiet, sensible word. Sincere
sympathy to her family and friends."
Hugh Wesley, photographer and former photo desk chief: "In a chaotic environment, charged with fiery frustrations, demands and opinions, I remember Jean as unflappable, without a mean word, a very occasional raised eyebrow, but most often a sweet, gentle and obliging demeanour and a ready smile. Definitely one of the good ones. RIP."
John Iaboni, former sports writer: "We're saddened to learn of Jeanie's passing ... a classy
lady who always made my day with her great smile and upbeat manner.
Jeanie, Mrs. K. and Marj were so gifted at their switchboard
(sleuth) duties that often times they were deserving of a shared byline
for tracking down the newsmakers (around the globe) that we couldn't
find! We've now said farewell to Mrs. K. and Jeanie and are blessed to
still catch up to Marj on occasion. Our condolences to Jeanie's family
... rest assured we won't forget her."
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