Jean lived life to the full on so many levels; those of you who were kindergarten teachers in the 80’s will remember her as the NZFKTA President. At the end of her term as President a group of teachers wrote this song as a tribute, titled - “I wanna be like Jean”Chorus: I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Jean!
I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Jean.
I want to have her style, I want her million dollar style, I want to be the president
I wanna be like Jean.
I remember the first time I saw her at Orongamai marae. The spot light it was on her, there was not an eye that was dry. I remember the adulation, the songs and the food and the wine.
I remember the frock she was wearing. It was dinky and pink with a tie.
There are so many ways to describe Jean, a remarkable woman in our time: A few words that I would use to describe her are:
We will all miss her so much. I feel very privileged to have known her. My thoughts and love are with Kerry, Katherine, Emma, Tom and baby William at this time of great sadness.