Jean (Georgina) Cloakey - 1959 - 2023
At 9.55 pm on September 16, 2023, heaven opened up while the clouds ushered Jean in.
Jean ended her long 3 1/2 year battle with cancer peacefully with her loving family by her side in her home in Kincardine.
Jean was 64 years old and was born in Goderich. She is the daughter of the late George and Eleanor Mason.
Jean has always lived within a 50 km radius of Kincardine where she and Paul Cloakey (husband) made it their home.
Not only was Jean a hairdresser but she owned the Hair Loft from 1998 until her diagnosis of terminal cancer in 2020. Jean has made many friends over the years. That's what Jean loved about her career. It wasn't a job but an opportunity to meet friends every hour in her shop. She loved every minute of it. In fact that is where many would come to receive not only a hairdo but were welcomed with a free cup of java and to off load their concerns or problems. Jean didn't have her certificate in psychology but she soon grasped how to help… and that was just to give them her ears while she worked away.
Jean was a very passionate gardener in which she spent many hours in it and it shows. She was one of the largest Toronto Maple Leafs fan the team could ever wish for… and it still hasn't helped. This season maybe?
Jean exemplifies true friendship. Her front door was always opened… you could stop in anytime of the day/evening. She would offer you refreshments then followed by “do you want a game of whatever the game was her favourite game that week. She was full of life and laughter.
Jean is survived by her husband, the love of her life Alex (Fred) Cloakey who was also her Yahtzee competitor! In fact I believe they were trying for the world record in games. They’ve played 3000+ games since the beginning of her battle of cancer. She has every game recorded.
Jean also leaves behind her loving children Jonathan Cloakey and his partner Meaghan (Guelph), Pamela wife of Joe Buonaiuto (Hamilton) and extended family of Alex Cloakey and their cat Pedro.
Jean adored her Grandchildren Shaymus and Everett children of Jonathan and Angela.
Jean is one of 9 children and leaves behind Archie Mason (Goderich) Wally Mason (Kincardine) Betty Currie/Jim Hastie (Tiny Beaches), Laverne/Dave Jamieson (Seaforth), Chuck Mason (Sarnia) Tammy/Bud Wiser (Brussels) MaryLou/George Befurt (Kitchener), Perry/Carrie Mason (Listowel)
Jean also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, close friends and her special customers.
Anybody who was fortunate enough to know and be loved by Jean has learned so much from this little warrior. Life hasn't been easy for Jean however she was the happiest soul on this planet in spite of her challenges.
We will always be looking from signs from her… whether it be a special flower, bird, a special song, nudge or just having fun. We know she will be watching over us.
Jean’s favourite saying to us all “Don’t sweat the petty stuff… and don’t pet the sweaty stuff!”
We will be hosting a celebration of her life once her garden is back in full bloom in June 2024.
In lieu of flowers Jean has requested that everyone either volunteer, make many good deeds or support a charity.
Our thanks go out to everyone who helped her and her family through this final chapter of life’s journey. A special thanks goes out to Doctor Murray, Nurse Katrina, her End of Life Doula Cheryl and everyone else who was instrumental in fighting her battle.