1. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on August 21, 1930 - Father's family from St. Vincent, Bequia Island
2. Brought up in private schools, in part because of the polio scare of the early 40's in Trinidad and missed her mother. As a consequence, she made sure when she had children of her own, that she keep them close. As an only child often living away from home with relatives, drawing was a way to occupy her time in something she enjoyed.
3 Jean Bury, worked in the Government Office in Trinidad where she met and married James Seeley Bury, a Civil Engineer and Canadian working for the British Overseas in 1955. James Bury died in 1985.
4. She had two Children Beverly and Owen.
5. Brought her children to Canada to join her husband, who was recovering from double detached retina in 1967. At that time in February Jean left her mother and people she knew in tropical Trinidad to go to Fredericton, New Brunswick in the middle of winter with high snow banks, it was an adjustment for Jean and all. Left Fredericton after living there about eight years to live in Toronto.
6. Had a career as a graphics designer and fine artist in Canada. She painted pictures of landscapes, floral themes and portraits. Her work was shown at galleries and juried art shows in Toronto, studied at OCAD, but had a natural talent for art from a young age.
7. Had a heart for nature in every day life from the shade of the leaves on trees in varying lights, or a vase of flowers she had at home that she would be inspired to paint a picture of. A simple view from her window would be turned into a detailed and well thought out painting in nicely blended colors. Her paintings brought enjoyment to those who saw them. Her love of landscapes, flowers and animals added to her appreciation of life and simple things were interesting as she observed them keenly and this could be seen in her paintings.
8. Took care in running an orderly household, while helping out her family however she could, for example picking up her grandson Keith from daycare on days when his mother could not.
9.. Grandmother to Keith Fisher, Omar Rady, deceased and Sarah Rady, deceased and Great Grandmother to Kendrick Fisher.
10. She was a Christian, and went to Church in Trinidad, and attended St. Paul’s Church on Bloor street, some years ago. While in Fredericton there was some Church attendance and her children went to Sunday school.
11. She died after a lengthy illness at the Toronto Western Hospital the day after her 89th birthday.
12. Was told that she was a strikingly beautiful woman, strong and independent with her own classic style; she was given strength from an early age.
13. Working full time and running a household along with her art, took up most of Jean's time and she did not have much of a social life, she gave most of her time to her family.