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Gary Steward Jessup
April 1, 1935 ~ July 14, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Gary Steward Jessup at the Bingham Memorial Hospital in Matheson on Friday July 14th, 2023 at the age of 88. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Mary Jessup (nee Audet), children Mary Dee (Hal) Pike, Kathleen (Ed) Bertrand, Stuart (Shelley) Jessup, Andrew Jessup and Matthew (Paulette) Jessup, grandchildren Christina (Aaron), Jeffrey (Casey), Brittany, Ashley (Manou), Jordan (Will), and Mackenzie; great grandchildren Eva, Rylee and Gia; siblings Murray Jessup (Betty – deceased), Gwen Snook (Les – deceased), Vira Jones (Bob – deceased), Vivian Abma and Pat Elliott (Mike – deceased). Gary also leaves many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was predeceased by his grandson Alexander Jessup, father Clifford Jessup, mother Pearl Jessup (nee Thompson), brother Vernon Jessup (Diane), sister Betty MacKinnon (Don) sisters-in-law Joan Whalen-Prymak, Jacqueline Desloges and Catherine Piché.
Gary/Dad/Poppa/Papa had a presence larger than life. He could be sitting in a room not saying a thing, but you always knew he was there and felt his love. Gary was born in Iroquois Falls in 1935 and spent his early years between Iroquois Falls and Watabeag Lake where his parents had a Hunting and Fishing Lodge, known as Jessup’s Lodge. Gary played football throughout High School and was a cadet and played the bugle. Gary attended Ohio State University where he took Forestry. Upon his return he worked for Bustard Brothers briefly. Gary married the love of his life Mary in 1957. Once married he moved to Matchewan where he worked for Jakey Koza. He later moved to Levaque where he joined the Foundation Company of Canada, also working in La Tuque and Port Cartier. Gary returned home to Matheson in 1961 and after briefly working for Carson McLean, he bought and operated Ginn McLean Hardware for over 30 years. Gary managed to stay busy after the closing of the store by using his handyman skills and building just about anything at Watabeag Lake. As soon as you enter Lucky Bay you know Gary had a hand in crafting most of the docks, saunas and cabins as far as the eye can see.
Relatives and friends are welcome to visit at Irvine & Irvine Funeral 641 deTroyes Avenue in Iroquois Falls on Tuesday July 18th, 2023 from 2 pm to 6 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Mary Queen of The World Roman Catholic Church in Matheson on Wednesday July 19th, 2023 at 11 am. Cremation to follow and the interment will take place at a later date in Matheson.
Thank you to all staff at Bingham Memorial. Your kindness does not go unnoticed.
In memory of Gary donations may be made to the Mary Queen of The World Parish or the Diabetes Association and would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.irvineandirvinefuneralhome.com