January 15, 1930
August 28, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jane Ann Poole, affectionately known as “Granny”, on Monday, August 28, 2023. Ann peacefully passed away in her sleep at her residence in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 93. She was born on January 15, 1930, to Pearl and Donald Cambell in Ottawa, Ontario, and spent her childhood in Shawville, Quebec. From an early age, Ann displayed remarkable athleticism and was recognized for her speed and tenacity while playing hockey. Throughout her life, she maintained an active lifestyle, even taking up rollerblading, tap dancing, and ballet in her later years. In celebration of her 90th birthday, Ann went skating with her family at the Olympic Oval, a testament to her enduring love for sports.
In 1952, Ann married Dr. Norman Poole and together they relocated to Baie Comeau, Quebec, where Norman established his medical practice. They resided there on the cherished North Shore until 1987, when they returned to Shawville, Quebec. In 2002, Ann and Norman moved to Calgary, Alberta, to be close to their children. Tragically, Norman passed away just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary, leaving Ann to navigate life on her own. In 2006, Ann found love again and married Dr. Robert Paulette, a dear family friend who had also been a classmate of Norman’s. Together, Ann and Bob embarked on countless road trips to the scenic Rocky Mountains, with Ann capturing the beauty on canvas while Bob took photographs. After 14 joyful years of marriage, Bob passed away in the Spring of 2020.
Ann was not only a talented watercolour artist, honing her skills at Sir George Williams University in Montreal and studying under Zoltan Szabo, but she was also an incredibly supportive mother and grandmother. Her home became the heart of the family, where loved ones would frequently reside. Ann played host to countless family gatherings and parties. Furthermore, she cherished the spontaneous visits, engaging conversations over the fence, and coffee outings with her friends and neighbors, all of whom will remember her sharp wit, warm charm, and wise counsel.
Ann was preceded in death by her two brothers, Douglas and Urquhart Campbell. She is survived by her children Peter, Jane, Judi (Phil), Douglas (Roselle), and Alexander (Hildur). Additionally, she leaves behind her grandsons Samuel (Josie), William, Norman, and Leif, as well as her step-children Wendy (Richard), Woody (Diane), Laurie (Marty), and Jane, along with her step-grandchildren James, Eric, Elly, Edward, Josh, Cameron, and Maggie. In accordance with Ann’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. Those who desire may make donations in her honor to the Canadian Diabetic Association or the Salvation Army. Sympathies and messages may be conveyed to the family on the website of Foster’s Garden Chapel.