It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of George Patrick "Pat" Jessome on May 20, 2021 at home and with the love of his life, Kim, by his side.
Pat was born on June 29, 1941 in Georges River, Cape Breton Island and was the son of the late Patrick and Annie (Cresser) Jessome.
He spent the first 19 years of his life in Georges River then headed west to Ontario where he worked on a small farm. He got a job at Dofasco where he remained for 30 years and to his credit, did not have a single sick day in those 30 years. At Dofasco, Pat was a crane operator on the ore bridge and did multiple jobs over the years. His last job was as a millwright mechanic until he retired.
Pat got married in Ontario and raised a wonderful family in Dunnville. To his family, Pat was always a hero but sometimes in real life too. Pat's daughter, Nancy recalls the time they all got stranded at a motel for days during a raging blizzard. All the vehicles were frozen from the bitter cold and the motel ran out of food and supplies. Pat managed to get a snowmobile started, headed off to a convenience store down the road and returned with armfuls of chocolate bars, chips and convenience store food for the delighted and hungry motel guests. He didn't stop there but started a small fire under his truck to thaw out the block. It worked and the family were able to get out. Just another family adventure with Pat.
When Pat retired from Dofasco he returned to his roots in Cape Breton and his home in Cape Dauphin. Pat loved Cape Breton so much and often said, "why should I go anywhere else, I love it here." Fishing was one of his passions and took him to every corner of Cape Breton especially the Highlands.
Time stood still for Pat and he always felt like he was 40 years old. Pat worked hard all his life and every project had to be perfect. Nothing was ever impossible. He could fix anything, build anything and work any kind of machinery.
Pat was beloved to his family. He was a wonderful Dad, Grampa, Uncle and Brother. He was helpful to all, a good friend, caring neighbour and was always there with advice or a hand. He adored his fur babies Maggie, Hope, Hunter and Jasper. He was a talented gardener working 2 gardens and a greenhouse and growing just about everything. Over his life, Pat was an electrician, carpenter, plumber, mechanic, painter and body repair man. A man of so many trades and talents.
Pat always wanted to be a race car driver and had a passion for cars. He spent many hours rebuilding old classics and fixing newer ones. One of his nephews, Brian was totally enthralled by his Uncle Pat as a kid and became Pat's shadow. They shared a special bond and had some wonderful times together over the years rebuilding those cars. Pat taught Brian everything he knew about cars. Brian loved it and was so influenced by Pat that he ended up becoming a mechanic.
When he wasn't working on his vehicles, gardens or helping out neighbours, Pat could often be seen having a fire with Kim in the evening or the two of them heading out in a blizzard for a drive. He had a wonderful sense of humour. He was a very independent man. You could never tell Pat what to do but in truth, he was usually right.
Pat was predeceased by his first wife, Crystal, his brothers James, Phonse, Lloyd, Melvin, Adrian, Bill and Syd and his sisters Tina, Lois and Patricia.
He is survived by his brother, Darryl (Mary Lou), his sisters, Irene MacDonald, Sharon Eszes, Marie (Harold) Fraser, his daughters, Kim Jessome and Nancy (Jessome) Dass who were his pride and joy, his 2 grandchildren, Jesse and Samantha Dass, who he adored spent many summers with at the family cottage. The kids looked forward to visiting yearly and many nieces and nephews.
You were such a huge influence in our lives and have left a massive void. We will cherish our fond memories of you forever and ever.
Love you, Nancy, Kim and family
You were my strength, my courage, my love and my biggest fan.
I will miss you forever.
All my love, Kim
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