Janet Creighton GOODLAD (nee Goodman)

GOODLAD, Janet Creighton (nee Goodman)

September 25, 1934 – June 10, 2014

Passed away peacefully at home in Parksville during the early hours of June 10, 2014 following a period of declining health. She is survived by her sister Pat McLeod, Qualicum Beach, cousins Helen Hendry, Windsor Nova Scotia and Bill Caulfeild-Browne and wife Judy, Tobermory, Ontario and the Gilgan family, including Dan Gilgan, Roger’s nephew. Jan is predeceased by her parents James and Marjorie, husband Roger, aunt Laleah and uncles Alan and Norman Creighton.

Jan was born in Sweetsburg, Que. The family moved to Halifax (where Pat was born), London Ontario and Montreal. Following graduation, Montreal West High School in 1952, Jan enrolled at McGill University. She was an exchange student at UBC in her 3rd year. In 1956 Jan graduated as a biologist, returned to the west coast and joined the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission. Along the way, she met the love of her life, Roger. In the early 70’s Roger took a position with the provincial government and they moved to Prince George B.C. Roger passed in 1978. Later Jan relocated to Windsor, Nova Scotia to care for her mother and uncle Norman.

Jan was an interesting, intelligent and analytical person with an inquiring mind. She was handy with power tools and at a potter’s wheel. Like her dad, she enjoyed photography and had a marvellous eye for composition, especially spider webs (her favourite), and close-ups of flowers, trees, fences and doorways.

Lasting friendships were made and remained for 60+ years, especially ‘les girls’ – high school, university and work friends. She took her role as big sister seriously and was very protective. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. A very special thank-you to Elder Life Advocacy & In Home Care’s, Anne Duggan and co-workers for their care and compassion.

In keeping with Jan’s interest in the environment, donations in her name to The Canadian Wildlife Federation, 350 Michael Cowland Drive, Kanata, On K2M 2W1 or Nature Conservancy of Canada, 400-36 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto On M4R 9Z9 or to the scholarship being set up at University of Northern B.C. Prince George in Jans name would be appreciated.

Jan’s ashes will be interned with Roger at the Fraser Lake Cemetery.

An informal Celebration of Life will be held September 13th

from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Widdershovens

1478 Madrona Dr Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.

Contact Pat mcleodph@shaw.ca or

Trish Widdershoven madronatrish@live.ca for further details.

Say not in grief she is no more, but live in thankfulness that she was.


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