A Woman who Cared
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.