Geordie H. Bezanson1

M, #22941, b. circa 1924, d. circa 1924
FatherWalter F. Bezanson1 b. 27 Aug 1896, d. 1959
MotherMary Grace Fisher1 b. 1907, d. 1980
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Geordie H. Bezanson was born circa 1924.1 He died circa 1924.1
Last Edited19 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 184.

Ruby M. Bezanson1

F, #22942, b. 1926, d. 12 May 1927
FatherWalter F. Bezanson1 b. 27 Aug 1896, d. 1959
MotherMary Grace Fisher1 b. 1907, d. 1980
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Ruby M. Bezanson was born in 1926.1 She died on 12 May 1927 at Upper Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.2,1
Last Edited2 Apr 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 184.
  2. [S14] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Death Registrations", Bezanson, Ruby Evylen; Registration Year: 1927; Book: 119; Page: 154.

Winston Spencer Bezanson1

M, #22952, b. circa 1942, d. 17 December 2011
FatherWalter F. Bezanson1 b. 27 Aug 1896, d. 1959
MotherMary Grace Fisher1 b. 1907, d. 1980

Family

Gerri (?)
Child
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Winston Spencer Bezanson was born circa 1942.2 He married Gerri (?).2 Winston Spencer Bezanson married Delores Murphy.2 Winston Spencer Bezanson died on 17 December 2011 at QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.2

     Obituary from The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 20 December 2011:
BEZANSON, Winston Spencer "Grampy" -- 69, entered into rest unexpectedly on Saturday, December 17, 2011, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, surrounded by his wife and daughters. Winston resided in Lower Sackville for about 40 years. Some long-time residents will remember him for his patience as he helped them become safe drivers through Bezanson Driver Training School. Friends and family will remember him as a "backyard mechanic" as he took great pleasure in troubleshooting and fixing old cars. Winston retired several years ago and former co-workers will remember him for his strong work ethic and honesty. All who knew him, however, will remember him for his kind nature, inability to say "no" to anyone in need. He was an exceptionally loving and doting father and grandfather and took great pride in all of his children's and grandchildren's accomplishments.

Winston was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Mary (Fisher) Bezanson, and recently lost his son, Derek.

He is survived by his wife, Delores (Murphy); daughters, Deb (Gary), Tami (Brian), Nikki (Donnie); stepdaughters, Shirley (Doug) and Darlene (Jeff); friend and mother of his children, Gerri; grandsons, Codi-Ray, Michael, Derek "Doozer", Kevin, Scott and Joshua. granddaughters, Cherish, Callahan, Liz, Khrysty, Karlee, Khace, and Rhylee; great-grandsons, Jordan, Phoenix, and Shawn; great-granddaughter, Kamdyn; brothers, Walter and Stan and sisters, Ethel, Winnie, Jean, Shirley, and Ann.

A celebration of Winston will be held Thursday, December 22 at 12 noon in Knox United Church, 567 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Reception to follow in the same location.2

Census, Residence

LivedWinston Spencer Bezanson lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.1
Last Edited31 Mar 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 184.
  2. [S2] Bezanson, Winston Spencer Death Notice, The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 20 December 2011.
  3. [S2] Bezanson, Derek Adrian N. Death Notice, Atlantic Funeral Home (Sackville, Nova Scotia), September 2011.

Mary Bezanson1

F, #22953, b. circa 1917
FatherCharles Anthony Bezanson1 b. 6 Mar 1888, d. 22 Jun 1944
MotherCatherine Matthews1 b. c 1891, d. 24 Feb 1920
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Mary Bezanson was born circa 1917 at Nova Scotia.2 She married Frank O'Toole.1

Census Summary

1910
Birth
1917
1920
Census
1921

Census, Residence

Census1921Mary Bezanson appeared on the census of 1921 in the household of Charles Anthony Bezanson and Catherine Matthews at 20 Gray Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.3
Last Edited11 Apr 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 179.
  2. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Halifax (City), Halifax, Nova Scotia; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 44; Page: 14; Lines: 14-19.
  3. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Halifax (City), Halifax, Nova Scotia; District: 66; Page: 14; Lines: 14-19.

Brother Thomas Bezanson1,2

M, #22955, b. 5 August 1929, d. 16 August 2007
FatherCharles Anthony Bezanson1 b. 6 Mar 1888, d. 22 Jun 1944
MotherJessie Revels1 b. c 1906
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
Brother Thomas Bezanson
     Brother Thomas Bezanson's name at birth was Charles Anthony Bezanson.1 He was born on 5 August 1929.2,3 He graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1950.2 He entered the Benedictine Monastery in Weston Priory, Vermont, in 1959.2 He graduated from The University of Ottawa in 1968 with a Masters degree in Philosophy, and was awarded the University Gold Medal.2 He became a world-famous artist in pottery, exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, and wrote articles and produced other works related to his craft.2 He died on 16 August 2007 at age 78.4

     Obituary from Duskas Funeral Home (Erie, Pennsylvania):
"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and there finds the Divine by which Nature herself is animated." – Auguste Rodin

Brother Thomas Bezanson, an internationally known potter, died on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at his home.

Brother Thomas was a ceramic artist, a master of complex glazes in his colors and of purity of line in his forms who said, "I struggle to express my intuition of the beautiful. I want my work to be as much a spiritual experience for others as it is for me."

Brother Thomas, born Charles Bezanson in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 5, 1929, graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Design in 1950 and received a degree in commerce from St. Mary's University, Halifax. He had, at that time, also begun his work in ceramic art.

In 1959, he became a monk of Weston Priory, Vermont, a community of Benedictine men. He continued both his art and his formal education at Weston. Brother Thomas received the PhD in philosophy and the University gold medal from Ottawa University in 1968. He says, of the gift Weston was to him and his art, which he learned from his brother monks, that: "The first extension of love and freedom is creativity, and without them there is no possibility for art to exist in this world."

In 1978, Brother Thomas was invited to travel to Japan where he met five Japanese potters, designated "living national treasures" by the Japanese government. These men deeply influenced his work and his thought. He wrote, "Japanese master potters touched my spirit. They taught me to appreciate my own work and to recognize my responsibility as an artist." In 1984 he was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1985, he has been artist in residence at Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Erie, PA where the Benedictine community, privileged to share his life and his art for these past 22 years, mourn his loss.

As Brother Thomas developed his glazes, his goals were: "color, depth of surface and uniqueness." "Technology" he said, "is the bridge (or barrier) to realizing the intuition. Glaze is headwork while the form is contemplative." Of the forms of his pots, Thomas said, "The line defines form and encloses a space; it gives at the same time the space within and without." His practice was, first, to throw the pot, then, having studied the line of the pot, to choose the glaze so that each could enhance the other. "Sometimes there is that rare happening which is a very special experience. It is a beautiful piece that seems as if it was done by someone else. Those are rare pots, rare moments, full of the transcendence beauty calls us to." "I feel like someone with a message to deliver, which is why the cycle [of making the pot]…is completed only when I am able to share that message with others…That's the moment of completion – the shared mutual recognition of the beautiful. My work is from myself but not for myself.

Over the past 35 years, Brother Thomas's work has been exhibited at more than forty one-man shows. His pots are held in more than eighty public collections in such museums as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Internationally, museums in Japan, Canada, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and the Vatican also hold examples of his work. Brother Thomas was the author of numerous articles, monographs, books and lectures on art and its spiritual aspects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Alonso and Jessica Revels Bezanson; his sisters, Marjorie Webb, Clare Vaughan, Mary O'Toole and Marianne Hartley; and his brother, Reginald.

He is survived by his sisters, Ellen MacFarlane, Sharon Harland, Jacqueline MacLeod; several nieces and nephews.4
Last Edited11 Apr 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 179.
  2. [S513] Unknown compiler, "Brother Thomas Ceramics", September 19, 2001.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 179, where the birth date is "1929."
  4. [S839] Ancestry.com, "United States Obituary Collection", Brother Thomas Bezanson, 16 August 2007.

Reginald Thomas Bezanson1

M, #22956, b. 1931, d. 1980
FatherCharles Anthony Bezanson1 b. 6 Mar 1888, d. 22 Jun 1944
MotherJessie Revels1 b. c 1906
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Reginald Thomas Bezanson was born in 1931.1,2 He married Joanne Rozee.1 Reginald Thomas Bezanson died in 1980.1 He was buried on 7 April 1981 in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.3
Last Edited17 Mar 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 179, 241.
  2. [S681] Catholic Cemeteries Commission, "Internment Database", where his age is 50 when he was buried in 1981.
  3. [S681] Catholic Cemeteries Commission, "Internment Database."

Joanne Rozee1,2

F, #22957, d. 14 January 2018
Joanne Marie Lawson (Rozee) Bezanson
     Joanne Rozee was also known as Joanne Marie Lawson Rozee.1 She married Reginald Thomas Bezanson, son of Charles Anthony Bezanson and Jessie Revels.2 Joanne Rozee died on 14 January 2018 at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, Nova Scotia.1

     Obituary, 25 January 2018:
BEZANSON, Joanne Marie Lawson

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Joanne Marie Lawson Bezanson, announce her passing in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, Cape Breton on January 14, 2018. She was a daughter of the late James Everett Rozee and Jean Lawson Baird Rozee.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Smith; and brother, David Rozee Sr. She was predeceased by her first husband, Reginald Bezanson Sr; her second husband, James Latter; brothers, Robert Rozee and Dr. Ken Rozee, and sister, Beverly Mahabir.

Joanne married her childhood sweetheart, Reginald Bezanson Sr. He was a soldier and her early life was spent traveling from base to base across Canada and raising her growing family. She had four children: Barb (Bruce) Scott, Reg (Linda) Bezanson, Allan (Sandy) Bezanson and Charles (Heather Imhoff) Bezanson. During this time Joanne was a stay at home mom and was extensively involved with her community through the Girl Guides of Canada, eventually becoming a Commissioner of Girl Guides in the Oromocto area of New Brunswick.

As with all military wives of the time, she was soon moving again, this time to sunny Manitoba. As her children were now older, she returned to the work force and worked at a bakery in Rivers, Man. The local high school students soon learned of her talent and rushed the bakery every lunch hour to sample her creations of the day. Joanne’s door was always open and the kitchen table counsel was freely and lovingly given to all who sought it. There was always a warm hug, a hot cup of tea and open invitation to stay as long as it took to solve whatever it was.

Joanne eventually returned to Halifax, her place of birth, and found employment with MT& T, where she made many lifelong friends and developed a career in Yellow Page Sales. After the death of her husband (Reg Bezanson) she dedicated her spare time to hospice work with the 'Daughters of The Nile' volunteering her time and energy to the veterans at Camp Hill Hospital. Throughout Joanne’s life music was a passion that was expressed daily with many favourite tunes being sung with a beautiful and gifted voice that comforted many a child and veteran alike.

Joanne was blessed with grandchildren, Carole Anne Mastoras, William Allen Scott, Amanda Handley, Dr. Joshua Bezanson, Dr. Thayne Bezanson, Jesse Bezanson and Kate Bezanson, and great-grandchildren, Julia, Lily and Avery. Cremation has taken place. The family will have an interment and a celebration of life in the spring, date and location TBA.1
Last Edited13 Feb 2018

Citations

  1. [S2] Joanne Marie Lawson Bezanson Death Notice, The Halifax Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 25 January 2018.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 179, 241.