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  1. Larry Layne
    August 20, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

    I was very saddened to hear of Jane’s death. She holds a very special place in my heart.

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  2. Jean Hickman
    August 19, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

    Dear Jane’s family and friends,
    I was very saddened to hear of Jane’s passing.
    I know she had a rough time with her illness and deeply admired houw she handled it.
    I knew Jane in our junior high school years and always admired her strong and kind spirit.
    She was always friendly and happy to chat and help others and her write up indicates that she was did help several persons in her work and her personal life! She will certainly be missed and I hope all the good memories help you all at this difficult time.
    Take care Jean (King) Hickman

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  3. Gary Tanner
    August 18, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

    I first knew Jane during the late 1980s into the early 90s. Over the years we lost touch. Just a few days ago I learned about her illness and subsequent passing. How sad.

    To her husband, family, friends, colleagues and those in her care I would like to express my sincere condolence.

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  4. Nora Valentino
    August 17, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all of you. She was my 1st cousin and one of my favourite ones.

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  5. Christina Toplack
    August 17, 2016 @ 10:50 am

    To Elizabeth, Phil and all of Jane’s family and close friends

    Please accept my condolences at the loss of Jane.
    What a truly lovely, compassionate and caring human being.
    Her loss will be felt widely and deeply. She was of such help to so many people.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Chris Toplack

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  6. Bert Wood
    August 16, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    To Phil I understand your sadness and have sympathy for your loss. As you know I lost my wife when she was age 61; by cancer.

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  7. Maureen Donnelly
    August 15, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

    I knew Jane in the late 90’s and early 2000’s in Halifax; we took some social work classes together. I am very saddened to read of her passing at such a young age. Jane truly had the heart of a social worker and was committed to helping others better their lives.

    Alexandra and Luke,your Mum gave her all to ensuring you were raised with love and support and all the encouragement she had to give.She always tried her best to make sure you did not go without.

    Jane had a passion for life, an interest in other cultures,music,foods and spirituality. I will always remember her for her brave heart and concern for others. May she rest in peace.

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  8. Susan Francis
    August 15, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    Jane was a beautiful caring member of staff at the licensed Rest Home I ran in Halifax many moons ago. How sad I feel to read of her passing. Jane truly was lovely gentle soul. May she rest in peace. My sympathies to her family.
    Susan Francis

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  9. Ann and Barry King
    August 15, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    Ann and Barry King .With our love and deepest sympathy

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  10. David Crane
    August 15, 2016 @ 9:57 am

    Jane and I were good friends about a decade ago and had both grown up in the Rothesay/Quispamsis area of New Brunswick but met in Halifax. However, it was our mutual love of poetry that really built the foundation of our wonderful friendship. I also spent many days on the beautiful beaches of Nova Scotia with Jane and I met her lovely children several times.
    I was so saddened to read about the passing of this beautiful, caring, relevant woman and I am having difficulty making sense of this loss to the world. This poem is at least giving me some solace that she did live and she did have a wild and precious life……

    The Summer Day
    Who made the world?
    Who made the swan, and the black bear?
    Who made the grasshopper?
    This grasshopper, I mean-
    the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
    the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
    who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
    who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
    Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
    Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
    into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
    which is what I have been doing all day.
    Tell me, what else should I have done?
    Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?
    —Mary Oliver

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