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Jean Elizabeth Tremblay Sawin
  • November 04, 1941
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  • February 13, 2017

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EDGEWATER, Fla=-Jean Elizabeth Tremblay Sawin, a resident of Edgewater for more than 30 years, entered into the arms of the Lord on Feb. 13,2017, after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family. She was 75. Born in St. Albans, Vt., on Nov. 4, 1941, Jean enjoyed sports in her youth. In high school, she played basketball and softball and was also a lifeguard. She graduated in 1959 from Thayer High School in Winchester, N.H., where she had moved with her family in the  middle of her senior year.  At a New Year’s Eve dance her senior year at the local community center, she met Carlton Sawin, a young sailor on leave who gave her a big kiss at midnight when the lights were down (to the chagrin of her father, who ran the center, when the lights came up). They were married eight months later, on Sept. 5, 1959, raised three wonderful daughters together, and were happily married for more than 57 years.  In 1970, Carl and Jean and their young family moved from New Hampshire to South Glens Falls, N.Y. They lived in South Glens Falls for 16 years, moving to Florida in 1986.  During her years in South Glens Falls, Jean worked at the junior high school as a teacher’s aide in remedial reading. She also was the high school’s first JV girls’ softball coach, coached girls’ softball at Moreau Rec, coached the high school’s cheerleading squad, and was a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader.  Jean loved animals and pets, especially her two dachshunds. She would buy a particular brand of food for a stray cat because she insisted that the cat only liked that particular kind. She also enjoyed gardening.  She was like a surrogate mother for her grandchildren (and even for some of her neighbors’ children), and recently doted on her great-grandchildren, the youngest of whom was born in December. She cherished her family and loved nothing better than to have them all around her to enjoy the holidays or a cookout. She loved decorating for  Christmas.  Her mother, Eleanor Briggs Tremblay, died in 1956, when Jean was only 15. Her father, Adrian “Babe” Tremblay, died in 1993. Jean is survived by her beloved husband, Carlton; her three loving daughters, Karen (Jeff) Plude of Halfmoon, N.Y., Pamela (Edmund) Mills of Edgewater, Fla., and Carla Ruff of Edgewater, Fla.; her six grandchildren, Ronald (Jocelyn) Gray, Ashley (Matthew) Chandler, Cory (Bridget) DeWitt, Nicholas Jock, Zachary Jock, and Elyssa Ruff; her three great-grandchildren, Leahna Gray, Lillian Gray, and Ava DeWitt; her five brothers and sisters, Ann (Melvin) Baskin of Naples, Fla., Cyndi (Scott) Gerlach of Grantham, N.H., Thomas (Cathy) Tremblay of Fort Myers, Fla., Kate Tremblay of Montpelier, Vt.,  and Robert Tremblay of Mesa, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A memorial service for Jean will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 18, at Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Her ashes will be interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, FL. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the Halifax Health-Hospice, South Volusia Care Center, at www.halifaxhealth.org/ services-treatments/ our-serviceslhospice-care/givingldonation-portal, or at Halifax Health-Hospice, Fund Development, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.


Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers NSB

Date & Time:
February 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM


Cemetery:
TriCity Crematory
, Daytona Beach, 11


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  1. Pamela Mills lit a candle:
    17 Nov 2017
    Lit since November 17, 2017 at 11:14:35 AM

  2. Ashley posted an image:
    19 Mar 2017
    Love and miss you gram!
    Love and miss you gram!

  3. Pam and Ed Mills posted an image:
    01 Mar 2017
    Jean with her first great grandchild.
    Jean with her first great grandchild.

  4. Pam and Ed Mills posted an image:
    01 Mar 2017
    Enjoying dinner out together! Miss you, Mom!!!
    Enjoying dinner out together! Miss you, Mom!!!

  5. Judy McCormack lit a candle:
    20 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 20, 2017 at 2:32:08 AM

  6. Margaret McCormack says:
    16 Feb 2017
    We love all of your and in this time of sorrow our prayers are with you. Because of geographical distance we won't be at the service but candles and prayers will be lighted and said here in NH/MAfor Jean. May God welcome her with open arms. She was a loving and caring person for so many. A true angel.
    Margaret, Judy, Joan,Ron,Danny, Gary and Eddie.

  7. Edward Sawin says:
    16 Feb 2017
    My condolences to you Carlton and the rest of the family. In your heart keep all the good times and know that someday you both will meet again. All the years together have given you enough love to sustain you in the days to come.
    Your brother, Eddie.

  8. Tracy Pelkey says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Carl and Family,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Jean was a truly special person to me and I will never forget the moments we shared.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

    Love, Tracy

  9. Nancy Michaud says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Carlton and family. I have had a lot of memories going thru my mind of Jean the past few days. She was so great to me when you brought her into the family. I looked up to her as my sister. When I needed to talk about things you don't bring up with your mother she was always there. She understood where I was coming from. Yes, I have grown up now but deep down I missed our little chats with her. She was always the wiser one. I am feeling emotions that I haven't felt in many years. And I hurt. So I am right there with you. I know you all have some wonderful memories of the years past. She was a wonderful person. I have my memories too.
    We love you Jean. I will never forget how you were there for me.

  10. Sally Smith says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Jean was truly the good example of how a person should live their life. Always giving and loving. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. I have some great memories when we lived in St.Albans and visiting in Ashuelot, So. Glens Falls and Edgewater. Rest in Peace my dear cousin. I love you.

  11. Jim and Elyse Adinolfi says:
    16 Feb 2017
    May your wonderful memories sustain you as God welcomes his newest angel to his side. May you find strength and comfort in the love she had for you and in your love for one another. She can now rest in peace with God's loving arms surrounding her forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  12. David and Janet Minor says:
    15 Feb 2017
    To my best friend in the whole world. I will always have you in my thoughts,"Love Ya" See you in Heaven, Hugs, Jan

  13. Janet Minor says:
    15 Feb 2017
    to my best friend in the whole world. I will always have you in my thoughts and prayers, Love Ya, See you in heaven , Hugs, Jan

  14. Jack Eldridge says:
    15 Feb 2017
    It does not seem possible that have known "Beanie" for 60 years; meeting when you were a 15 year sophomore in high school. From the late 50's until the mid 90's our paths seldom crossed. However, when they did it seemed as if you were the girl living next door. I always considered you a true friend. True friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget.
    I will miss you but forever will cherish the memories. Thank you for being my friend. I love you.

  15. Suzanne says:
    15 Feb 2017
    Words could never express the impact that Jean and Carl have had on our family. A loving example of the of the best this world has to offer.

  16. Steve Creamer says:
    15 Feb 2017
    Uncle Carl, Karen, Pam and Carla, I am sadden by the loss of Aunt Jean. I always remembered the good times when we were younger and the times we spent together as a family. Aunt Jean was always good to me and I very much appreciated her kindness towards me. I will miss her very much. Please know I am here if you need anything. Love, Steve Creamer

  17. Stacy Crabtree lit a candle:
    15 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 15, 2017 at 2:39:14 PM

  18. Melvin Baskin says:
    15 Feb 2017
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family as they go through this very difficult time. May God care for Jean and comfort the family.
    Mel Baskin

  19. Gerry Robinson lit a candle:
    15 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 15, 2017 at 2:12:29 PM

  20. Claudia says:
    15 Feb 2017
    Carl and family, even though we only got to see you folks once a year, we formed a great friendship. Jean took pride in her family which is totally visible when you enter her home. Special photos of her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Jean was a very warm and caring lady. We will miss Jean but we have our memories to carry us through. Love, Ken and Claudia

  21. Shannan Wierzbicki lit a candle:
    15 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 15, 2017 at 2:29:56 AM

  22. Cheryl Walsh says:
    15 Feb 2017
    My thoughts and prayers are with you say "goodbye for now" to one so precious to you. Jean was such a sweet person and a wonderful wife and mother. You were blessed to have her and I was blessed to have known her.

  23. McKinley Croteau says:
    15 Feb 2017
    Mr. Sawain (Uncle Carl),
    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Jean, your wife and Grammy Annie's sister. Although we did not have a chance to meet her we enjoyed the stories that Steve has shared with us. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    McKinley and Denali Croteau

  24. Moira Hetherman says:
    15 Feb 2017
    Uncle Carl, Pam, Carla and Karen,
    Please accept my sincerest condolescences on the passing of Jean. My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult times, may the memories that you have shared help get you through.

    Moira

  25. Annie Tremblay Baskin says:
    15 Feb 2017
    My Dearest Sister Jean,

    You have been in my life for 73 years and there has never been a moment that my love for you has ever been stronger then now , knowing I wil never be Able to touch you, hug you, talk to you, share memories with you and to whisper I love you in your ear..

    The memories in my mind of our times together wil sustain me the best that they can.. Growing up together, trick or treating to see who could get the most bags filled, sliding down Rublee St in St Albans,VT when they closed the street for the kids to slide, going with me to buy my first used bike next door for 15.00 with the name Buggy carved in the seat. You thought that was the funniest thing and called me Buggy for awhile . To many memories to post here..

    You have only left us less than 48 hours ago and I pray and am sure Mommy and Daddy were there to welcome you... You have left an enormous hole in my heart that will never be filled and someday we will be together again.. I will carry you with me the rest of my life, my sweet sister.. I love you to the moon and back and into eternity.. Rest in Peace My Sweet One,

    Love, Annie

  26. Margaret McCormack says:
    15 Feb 2017
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Remember all the good times you've had together and those 58 years.
    Life has bumps in the road but God gave you a smooth one together. I will miss her side remarks during our phone calls.
    I'm glad she did not have to suffer and she is at peace and a new angel.
    I'm sorry I can't be there with you as you were for me when Ken passed away.
    All my love, Carlton,
    Margaret

  27. Nadine Francis lit a candle:
    14 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 14, 2017 at 2:14:42 PM

  28. Megan & Tim lit a candle:
    14 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 14, 2017 at 2:47:37 PM

  29. Kate Tremblay says:
    14 Feb 2017
    Carl, Karen, Pam and Carla,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your wife/mom. Although I haven't spent a great deal of time with her over the years, the times I do remember being together were filled with laughter. I'm sure you have many happy memories to comfort and sustain you. Be gentle with yourselves and each other in the days to come and know that all of us are sending our love and support.

    With Love,
    Kate

  30. Meghan Tremblay says:
    14 Feb 2017
    Uncle Carl and family,
    Please know I am thinking of you all during this time. Sending my thoughts and prayers!

  31. Cyndie Roy says:
    14 Feb 2017
    Carl, Karen, Pam, and Carla, I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am praying to give you strength. Remember the good times. Laugh together. She loved you all. Carry that knowledge with you. And know that she is now at peace.

  32. Mary Lieberman lit a candle:
    14 Feb 2017
    Lit since February 14, 2017 at 2:49:09 PM

  33. Pam and Ed Mills says:
    14 Feb 2017
    With all of our love, Mom!! We miss you already. You weren't just "MOM" or "GRAM" to us but you and Dad were also our BEST FRIENDS!!! How we so enjoyed getting together and spending time with you and Dad. Memories that we will cherish for all time!!! We love you and we will be with you again.

    Until then.....Forever in our hearts!!!
    Pam and Eddie

  34. Pamela Mills posted an image:
    14 Feb 2017
    Mom and Dad
    Mom and Dad

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