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Jan Shimano

December 22, 1943 - June 6, 2013


Jan passed away peacefully due to cancer. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 40 years, Gerry, and children Scott (Lee), Janette (Mark and Dale (Nora) and her grandchildren, Jared, Shawn, Shannon, Ryan, Nicole and Natalie. Jan also leaves her sister, Shirley in England and her brother, Eric in France.

Jan was born in Barry, South Wales and immigrated to Canada at age 18 where she originally settled in Montreal. Over the years she lived in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatoon, St. Catherines, Welland, Mississauga, Milton, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.

Before she married Jan loved to travel and lived in South America for awhile and back-packed for six months throughout Europe.

Six years ago Gerry and Jan decided to leave the harsh winters of Fort Erie, Ontario and decided to spend the rest of their retirement years on Vancouver Island where they eventually built their dream home on the waterfront in Chemainus.

Jan worked most of her working life in the health field. Early in her career she was self-employed as a Nutritional Consultant. For a time she was District Manager for Health & Welfare Canada in Saskatoon.

Jan will be remembered as a caring person and a loyal friend and above all a devoted wife and mother.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Manhas for going above and beyond for Jan.  Also warmest thank you to Staff of VIHA Home Support, Particularly Stephanie, Jan, Emily, Janice and Gidget as well as the Cowichan Valley Hospice especially Vanessa, Heather and Shelley for standing vigils with Jan

In lieu of flowers, one may choose to make a donation to a charity of their own choice.

Cremation has already taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc.com




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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Dean and Leslie Warriner
Relation: Your neighbours on Strang Drive

We are very sorry for your loss. You and she were wonderful neighbours.

From: Lisa Mills
Relation: Former Co-Worker

Gerry and Family

So sorry for your loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers

From: Mary-Anne
Relation: Shoppers Drug Mart, Niagara Falls

Jan was such a wonderful, plesant person, I always admired the two of you, and enjoyed each interaction with you.I have fond memories,
I am so glad to have known such a wonderful person.


From: Naomi Knude
Relation: wife of my cousin, Gerry

Everyone out east is very saddened by your great loss. We remember her to be a generous, friendly and happy person. With you by her side, you made the perfect team. We recall her delicious potato salad which we enjoyed at your home in Fort Eric, in that most beautiful house and the kitchen she revelled in. She always made us feel so welcomed in which ever house we visited. We followed your from east to west, but we never made it to Chemainus. She will be greatly missed but we will always remember how you were there for her, through all her most trying days, never faltering and standing by the vows you made to her 40 years ago. We love you and wish you peace and wonderful memories. Toivo and Naomi

From: margaret Davies Willmaser
Relation: friend

my very best friend throughout our teenage years. I was so sad to hear of Jeanette’s passing, she will always have a special place in my heart.To Gerry who I only met once and family my deepest sympathy to you, she was a special hard working person and I knew she would make a wonderful life for herself in Canada, Margaret x

From: Yvonne Payne
Relation: First cousin

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Many happy memories of growing up in Barry with Jan and so pleased to be able talk to her on the phone a few months ago.

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