A Woman who Cared

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Al­though Pat Jory, who passed away on April 27th, was born and raised in Bri­tish Colom­bia, she adopted Stanstead as her home over forty years ago, mov­ing here with her hus­band, James Jory, to raise a fam­ily. Over the years she be­came in­creas­ingly in­volved in the com­mu­nity, vol­un­teer­ing for lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and help­ing in­di­vid­u­als when she could; she was the kind of cit­i­zen that any town, any­where, would ben­e­fit from.

An avid reader of the Stanstead Jour­nal, Mrs. Jory some­times called the news­pa­per when she had in­for­ma­tion that she thought would be ben­e­fi­cial for oth­ers. Most re­cently, this re­porter had to laugh when Mrs. Jory called the news­pa­per to re­port a case of tele­phone fraud, de­scrib­ing how she had out­wit­ted the would-be fraud­sters who had ‘promised’ to re­duce her elec­tric­ity bill. But that was Pat: us­ing hu­mour and in­tel­li­gence and tak­ing the time to make a small ges­ture that might just save some­one from some prob­lems down the road.

Mrs. Jory worked for the Stanstead Jour­nal for many years be­fore re­tir­ing about ten years ago. “It was prob­a­bly Peter Scowen and Robert Fisher who hired Pat,” said for­mer Stanstead Jour­nal owner and edi­tor, Ross Mur­ray, who also worked with Mrs. Jory for many years. “She was our Cir­cu­la­tions Man­ager, in charge of de­liv­er­ies and man­ag­ing the car­ri­ers. We would deliver the pa­pers to Pat’s house late at night and, af­ter that, we had no wor­ries. She al­ways did her job well and dili­gently, and be­cause she was al­ways out and about, she also brought back lots of lo­cal news tips. She was a cham­pion of the Stanstead Jour­nal, when she worked there, and al­ways had the paper at heart; Pat was a great mem­ber of the team,” added Mr. Mur­ray.

Mr. Mur­ray had an­other good ex­am­ple of Pat’s gen­eros­ity of spirit: “Over the years, my kids sold or­anges for the Galt sports pro­gram. When they would phone Pat for her or­der, she would have a list of people from her con­gre­ga­tion who also wanted or­anges. All they had to do was bring all the or­anges to Pat’s house and she would deliver them.”

“There were three things that Pat cared a lot about: the Stanstead Jour­nal, the Haskell Opera House, and her church. She had her own prin­ci­ples and I ad­mired her for that,” con­cluded Mr. Mur­ray.

The last per­for­mance of oein oein at the Haskell Opera House was ded­i­cated to Mrs. Jory who was a big sup­porter of the Opera House, work­ing there as the head of se­cu­rity for fif­teen years. “Pat was the most de­pend­able, re­li­able woman – we loved her at the Opera House. She was al­ways there, al­ways help­ful, and would al­ways come in if we were miss­ing some­one. She also had some great ideas like ad­ver­tis­ing in the Stanstead Jour­nal, which I started to do and I’m glad that I did,” com­mented Lynn Leimer, the Theatre Man­ager of the Haskell Opera House. “Pat had asked me to hold her job open for this sea­son be­cause she re­ally wanted to work there again… I feel re­ally bad about los­ing Pat; she was a good friend. She was quite won­der­ful.”

Pat Jory’s pho­to­graph now hangs in the Haskell Opera House be­side Jac­ques St. Sau­veur, her pre­de­ces­sor.

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