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VINCENT – Jennifer “Jenny”

June 15, 1968 – January 24, 2010

Jennifer Vincent, born in Montreal on June 15, 1968, died at home on January 24, 2010, after a brief battle with cancer.

Jenny was the beloved wife and dearest friend of Jim Nield; and mother of her adored boys, Tyler (10) and Isaac (8). She will be deeply missed by her parents, Janet and Peter Vincent of Calgary; and by parents-in-law, Jack and Janet Nield; and the late Sharon Nield. She was a great friend to Jim’s siblings, Laura (Jim), Donna (Michael), Peter (Nancy), Margaret (Michael), and Esther. She was a special friend to Tanya Childs; and was a much loved aunt to the Nield clan of nieces and nephews.

Jenny graduated from Bishop’s University in 1991, and the University of Victoria in 1994. At her death she was working on her PhD in Sports Technology at the University of Calgary. Prior to returning to academic life, she had a rewarding and successful career as a computer scientist in Calgary. Jenny was deeply passionate about horseback riding; and she was an athlete of distinction, having represented Canada in rugby from 1987 to 1992. After starting women’s rugby at the University of Victoria, she had a distinguished coaching career at all levels in Canada.

Jenny had a profound impact on all she turned her hand to, and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8th Avenue N.W.) on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. To honour her memory, scholarships have been developed in Jenny’s name. An academic scholarship in the Sports Technology Research Laboratory as well as the Jenny Vincent Coaching Endowment for Women’s Rugby, which will support future coaches of the Dinos women’s rugby program. Donations to these can be made by contacting Kristine Williamson at (403) 220-3651 or kristine.williamson@ucalgary.ca
In living memory of Jenny Vincent, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. I was so sorry to hear of your recent loss! If there is anything at all I can do to make this time easier for you and your family, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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  2. Jim and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Halls (Ottawa) – Don, Martha, Rebecca, Madeline and Bridget

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  3. Dear Jim, Tyler and Issac,

    I wish you strength and courage in going on without Jen, such a bright light in your lives and in the lives of many people. Remember all the joy she brought you and everyone she knew. I have known Jen throughout our rugby years at John Abbott College, Ste. Anne’s Rugby Club, Quebec- and Canada-level rugby; in short, some of the best years of our lives.

    She was all about laughter and joy. I am sure you know that better than anyone. Having seen the photo posted on Internet, I realized that she had not changed a bit, was as radiant as ever.

    I feel great compassion for you in having to deal with the loss of such a great wife, mother, and friend. Know that you are not alone in feeling this loss, even if I am at quite a distance from you. Love Lucy

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  4. Doug and Sheril Mathieu :

    •May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Sincerely Doug and Sheril Mathieu

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  5. Aaron White & Lauren Perryman - White (and kids) :

    Dear Jim & boys,
    We are so deeply sad to hear about Jen’s passing. Aaron received the e-mail yesterday and you have been in our thoughts and prayers continually. Aaron was telling me yesterday about staying at your house last year, and walking to school with Jen and the kids. He said what a beautiful wife, mother, and person she was. Life does not make sense sometimes. However, Jen’s death is a reminder to appreciate every single day, and cherish those close to your heart. Our prayers are with you in the days and months to come.
    With much love, Aaron, Lauren, Jackson, and Abby.

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  6. Raul and Susana Alvarez :

    Dear Jim,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    The Alvarez family.

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  7. Jim, Isaac and Tyler – Our family sends our deepest condolences to you all. Jen was a constant part of our lives for the past 10 years as a fellow parent at the daycares and school – shining in her role as a great mom. We didn’t know her well in the other areas of her life – but all really loved her positive energy, great smile and caring, kind presence. Our thoughts and support are with you.
    Sincerely,
    Kelly Farley, Sophie, Bella & Will White

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  8. Jim, I’m so sorry. Hope you and the boys are ok.

    Drop me a line if you want to talk. I’m at llew.hamdi@gov.bc.ca

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  9. Caroline Samne :

    Dear Jim, Isaac, Tyler, Janet and Peter

    I want to extend to you all my most heartfelt sympathies. Jenny was an amazing person in all ways and may her spirit live in you all and give you comfort through this difficult time. I hope that you will find comfort in each other.

    With our love and deepest sympathies

    Caroline, MJ and family

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  10. Jim, Isaac and Tyler,
    When you lose someone you love, a little of you dies with them. Honour them by remembering all the wonderful blessings they brought into your lives and living the way they would want you to live.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Irene.

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  11. Oleg Ovchinsky :

    Jim, Tyler, Isaac and all the family,

    I would like to express my sadness and offer my deepest condolences. Jenn was a wonderful human being, great friend. She had a special smile, always full of life and optimism. I will always remember her and she will be always in my memory and heart.

    Sincerely,
    Oleg Ovchinsky

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  12. Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Sadaf

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  13. Jamie & Kathy & Ben Weir :

    Jim & kids –

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Jenny, such a bright spark of a person and an amazing rugby coach. Our thoughts and sympathies are with your family.

    Jamie, Kathy & Ben Weir

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  14. Jason and Hiyat Mitchell :

    Jim, Tyler, Isaac and all the family,

    Words cannot express our sadness for you and your family during this time of loss. You are in our hearts and our thoughts and know that we are here for you.

    Please accept our deepest condolences.

    The Mitchell Family

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  15. Jackie Rice (nee Crow) :

    I remember Jenny well from when we were both in graduate studies at UVic. She made an impression even then as a role model. I am so sorry to hear of her passing; the world is a darker place without her. My sincerest condolences to her family.

    Jackie Rice (nee Crow)

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  16. Barbara Thompson :

    Tyler & Isaac and Family
    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    With sincere sympathy
    Barb Thompson

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  17. I am so sorry to hear of Jenny’s brief battle with cancer. Jenny and I rode together at Willowgrove a few years ago. We had so much fun competing together. I looked forward to the day she would be competing again with us but knew Jenny was busy with her PhD, family, rugby. What a tragic loss of a wonderful person with so much to live for. I am so sorry for her family.

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  18. Jim, Tyler and Isaac,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you always. If we can be of any help at all through-out this time of need, just ask. We’re all here to help.

    The OOSC Team

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  19. Rev. Dr. Christine Johnson :

    My prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. I feel so sad that you’ve lost a wife, mother, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, friend, and coach. Each role is so precious and irreplaceable. I pray that God may comfort you and set you on the road to healing. The parishioners of Glebe-St. James United Church in Ottawa send their deepest condolences and are including the Nield/Vincent families in their prayers. Please take care, Christine

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  20. Desiree Emery :

    To the Vincent family,

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

    I was one of the fortunate “young rugby players” who had Jenny for my coach. She taught me so much. She was a major mentor in my life. She shared her love of “her” support and took me under her wing.

    She was a legend in herself, her actions selfless and reflective of the amazing woman that she was. She will be deeply missed.

    Sincerely,

    Desiree Emery

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  21. To the Vincent Family,

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife and mother.

    Jenny played an integral part in the life of our daughter, Desiree as her rugby coach. She was not only her coach, but her mentor and friend. She was the first coach who convinced Desiree that she had the “Potential” to achieve in this sport.

    Desiree is England right now pursuing her dream, due in large part to the encouragement that she received from Jenny in her early years of rugby.

    Desiree was very saddened to hear of the news of Jenny’s death, and so were we.

    We will pray for you and your family that our heavenly Father will provide you with the strength and comfort you will need during this sobering time and in the months ahead.

    God bless,
    John & Diane Emery (Desiree’s parents)

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  22. Doug Branter & Christine Voggenreiter :

    Jim

    It is with profound sadness we send this message. To you and your boys please accept our heartfelt sympathies. Jenny touched so many people with her energy, joy for life and leadership. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Doug and Christine

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  23. I am so sorry for your loss…Jenny was and always will be amazing, I feel very blessed to have known her. She always had a positive outlook, I will miss her greatly.

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  24. Cindy Cantin Starzenski :

    Jim, Tyler, Isaac, and the Vincent and Nield families, I’m so sorry to hear of Jenny’s passing. What a shock to lose such a bright and vibrant woman. Jenny was an inspiration to so many of us. Even though I haven’t seen you in a few years, I have the fondest of memories of the time we spent together in rugby in Montreal, kayaking on Vancouver Island, and hanging out in Calgary. I miss her, and will cherish my memories of her. Deepest condolences to all of you. I’m thinking of you.

    Cindy

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  25. It’s so hard to find the right words that can possibly convey how sorry I am to hear about Jenny.

    I knew Jenny as a fellow parent at Hillhurst School and around the community. She was always so cheerful, enthusiastic and upbeat that you couldn’t help but want to be near her. We were only just chatting about her horses and grad studies in October so this news is as shocking as it is heart-breaking.

    It was comforting to learn that she lived such a rich & happy life with no regrets. I hope that her story inspires more of us to live our lives with so much sparkle, too. She certainly inspired me.

    Sincerely,
    The Rock family–Becky, Terry, Simon, Noah & Juliana

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  26. Mark & Trish Sibthorpe and family :

    Dear Jim, Tyler and Issac,

    Our prayers are with you.

    Mark

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  27. Dear Jim and family,

    My thoughts have been with you during this difficult time. Jenny has left an amazing legacy and will be remembered fondly by a large number of people whom she has touched.

    Sincerely,
    Bruce

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  28. I got the email passed from Robb this morning. Very terrible news that left me shocked. Your family was such a great team. Seeing you guys always brought a big smile. This is such an unbelievable blow.

    I pray that you have the strength and spirit to get through this and keep going. She lives on in your great kids and the many other blessings she left behind.

    Your friend,

    Alex

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  29. Danielle Schroeder :

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jenny was such an amazing women. I am so honoured to have had her as a coach I learned so much from her. Jenny always had a great big smile on her face and had the most positive attitude.

    Sincerely,

    Danielle

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  30. Pascal Foucault :

    En mon nom personnel et au nom de toute la communauté rugbystique du Québec, veuillez recevoir l’expression de nos plus sincères condoléances.
    Amitiés sportives.
    Pascal Foucault
    Président FRQ-QRU

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