Along with her husband Captain Thomas G. Fuller, Ms. Jeanne Fuller founded Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure to support a cause she so deeply believed in. She supported the organization generously until her death in 2017 and the bursary that continues to ensure no youth are left ashore for want of funds bears her name.
Born in 1930 and growing up in the Sandy Hill area, Jeanne Fuller wasted no time leaving her mark on the city of Ottawa. It was in 1954 that she met a war hero named Captain Thomas Fuller in a meeting that would alter the trajectory of both of their lives forever. Despite the Captain being 22 years older than Jeanne, the two were instantly soulmates and married after a storybook proposal at Britannia Beach. They were the perfect compliment to each other as Jeanne was able to bring out the soft, gentle side of her rugged Captain.
While Captain Fuller's legacy was already well established by this point, Jeanne's was just getting started. Known as both a socialite and philanthropist. For her entire life she generously supported the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as well as the National Arts Centre. Her "Jeanne Fuller Red Dress Golf Tournament" in support of the Heart Institute has raised over $1 million for heart research since it's inception.
In 1994, Captain Thomas G. Fuller passed away after a long and fulfilling life. Jeanne knew from the beginning that with their age difference, lonely years toward the end without her husband would be the price to pay for all of the wonderful years together.
On December 17th, 2017, Jeanne Fuller passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side as she gazed out over Britannia Bay. Her contributions to foundations across Ottawa, including our very own, will long exceed her life and for her generosity and belief in the vision of her husband we are forever grateful.