In Memory of







Obituary for Mary Isabelle (“Jackie”) Bromley (nee Jacklin)

Mom passed away peacefully on February 3, 2022 after a long and fulfilled life. She was predeceased by her husband Jim (2019) to whom she was married for almost 69 years. She leaves behind her children David (Kelly), Susan (Peter) and John (Verlee), grandchildren Diane (A.J.), Debbie, Daniel (Kelly), Jim, Stephen, Sean and David and great-grandchildren Adaline, Eloise and Liam.

She was born on December 16, 1925 on a farm near Chesley, Ontario - the daughter of David and Rose Jacklin. Raised on the farm through the hardships of the 30’s, she lived without electricity for the first 14 years of her life. While she talked fondly of her childhood especially working with her dad making maple syrup, she hated cleaning the gas lamps and collecting eggs from the hen house. Her fruit pies became renown within the family but she was largely self taught later in life as her mother did not want to risk wasting rationed sugar on a novice baker using a wood stove.

After attending Chesley High School, she went to Toronto to train as a registered nurse at Wellesley Hospital. It was while in training that she received the nickname “Jackie” – a name she much preferred to her given names. To her family she remained Isabelle but to everyone else she was Jackie. She graduated in 1947.

While in training she met the love of her life, Jim – though when they met, they were both on a date with other people. They married on September 9, 1950. Dad worked for the CPR and there were many moves – Sudbury, North Bay, Toronto, Smith Falls, Schreiber, Toronto again, and finally West Vancouver where she lived for almost 50 years. Dad’s job frequently took him away from home and Mom was often a single parent – a job she mastered.

She was a long-time bridge club member. As an empty nester, she took courses at Capilano College and volunteered for various charities. She was a regular worker at Meals on Wheels. She loved entertaining and for years threw great Super Bowl parties. Her special love was Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s family dinners. Mom and Dad spent their retirement years travelling the world. They loved cruising and there is virtually no place to which they didn’t sail.
She was a devoted grandmother and she and Dad were enthusiastic spectators at all their grandchildren’s activities attending countless hockey, ringette, lacrosse and baseball games.

The family would like to thank Mom’s caregivers, Mena, Joan and Marypil for all their assistance over the last few years and the home care nurses who helped ease her passing. An informal reception to honour her memory will be scheduled in the future. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.