It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Iva (Gilroy) Taggart in Dartmouth on March 18, 2022, surrounded by her family.
Born on June 30, 1931, Jean was a daughter of Lilla (Fraser) and Layton Gilroy of Rodney, NS. “Mrs. Taggart” was a dedicated, well-loved, and patient teacher to hundreds of fortunate students during her long career spanning from one-room school houses in rural NS to elementary schools throughout Dartmouth. Upon retirement, Jean kept active with her husband, Rod, through travelling, square dancing and enjoying the company of family and friends at their Saint’s Rest cottage. Jean was a beautiful cook, painter and crafter. She was also a surprisingly competitive Bridge and card player. Jean's life will be remembered as one of generosity and service to her students, family, friends, School Breakfast Programs and UCW.
Jean was devoted to her children: Stephen (Christine Carter) and Denise (Robert) Mayo of Dartmouth; and grandchildren: Rebecca, Peace River, Alberta, Sarah, Katherine, and Ellen (Andrew Snyder), Dartmouth. She will be missed by her sister, Marie Gilroy (Rodney); her brother, Walter (Caroline) Gilroy (Lander, Wyoming); numerous nieces and nephews.
Aside from her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward; brothers-in-law, Donald, Malcolm, Bruce, and Roy; sisters-in-law, Shirley, Hazel, Helen, Lola, and Bernice.
Cremation has taken place. At Jean’s request, a private funeral service will be held at Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main Street, Dartmouth at 2pm on Tuesday March 22. Masking is required.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the IWK Foundation, The Lung Association of Nova Scotia or The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Special thanks to family physician, Dr. Adeniji, the Palliative Care Team, and the VON.
The Maritime United Church Women extend deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Jean
May you always treasure the memories of Jean in your heart and treasure them always. May the love of God surround you to comfort, strengthen and give you courage to face the days ahead. May you feel the love and caring of your UCW family and known that they are there to comfort, strengthen and given you encouragement. May younrestbassured thatnaJean is now resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father where there is no more pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
In Christian Love, Reta Manuel