Janet came into this world as the first born to Louise and Alec Andison. She was a feisty little mother’s helper from the get-go and was on hand to help raise her four much loved siblings Bruce/Robin/Scott/Neil.
Family and family history, were extremely important to her. She was particularly interested in her Scottish/English heritage as a result of her connection with her paternal grandparents. As a young child she visited her grandparents often in Cochran Alberta and forever that place held a special place in her heart.
Meeting her life partner Ken, when just 16 years old, was the beginning of their 60+ year life journey together. Rich only in love, they married in 1964 and started living on Texada Island. To be closer to family they came back to the lower mainland in 1965 and moved into a small 1 bedroom apartment in South Vancouver; the only place they could find that would allow their two rescue kittens. Their cats, Melody and Muffin, would be the first two of a long line of much loved rescued animals that included cats/dogs/rabbits and even an injured crow, over the past 6 decades.
1965 was a year of both joy and sorrow; they were thrilled to be pregnant with their first child, but also found themselves grieving the tragic unexpected loss of Jan’s brother Bruce in the tragic C.P Air Flight bombing that took the lives of 52 people over 100 Mile House. The birth of her son Kenneth Bruce in 1966 brought new love and joy to the family, followed by the birth of her daughter Erin in 1967.
The young family moved to North Vancouver in 1970 where Jan went back to school and became an Early Childhood Educator; teaching was her true calling! She worked for years at the parent participation preschool in Lynn Valley but ultimately began working with her mother, Louise Andison, at her private preschool, Chelsea House at Heritage in the Woods in West Vancouver. The preschool was extremely sought after and much in demand as its loving environment and excellent learning programmes built a legacy that the mother and daughter team diligently fostered over many years. Needing more space, they eventually moved to Cypress Park Primary School where Jan became the head teacher, and the business was renamed as Chatham Preschool.
Known for her creativity, warmth and humor, she was a skilled educator, and her style was legendary. From her home visits, to her circle times, to her ever evolving programmes, she immersed herself in her work. Her annual Christmas and Spring concerts were particularly renowned and a fantastic show was always delivered to adoring parents and relatives. Jan continued as the head teacher for many years until her Parkinson’s disease made it impossible for her to continue. She retired in 2007 and was featured for a story in the North Shore News entitled Fond Farewell. Over the last years of her life she could still recall, with uncanny accuracy, every student’s name and particular preschool situation. In fact she was speaking of past students and preparing for classes and concerts right up until her last breaths.
Keeping connected with family was very important to Janet, and when her mother moved from her West Vancouver home into Jan’s home for part of each year, Jan and Ken took over hosting important family events and summer get-togethers. These gatherings were always held in the lovely surroundings of their backyard garden, which she loved so much and happily shared with family, friends, and neighbors.
Predeceased by her brother Bruce Andison, father Alec, and mother Louise, Jan/Mum/GranJan was gracefully released from her body after living with Parkinson’s Disease for over 25 years. She leaves behind an enduring legacy and imprint on many including her devoted lifelong partner and adoring husband Ken, her loving children Bruce (Shelley), Erin, her beloved grandchildren Jacob and Justin, siblings Robin (Dave), Scott (Margot), Neil (Vera) and many other close family and friends.
Jan bettered the lives of immeasurable number of neglected/forgotten/injured animals by adopting directly and supporting organizations financially. In lieu of flowers, donations to her favorite charity - Critter Care would be greatly appreciated. www.crittercarewildlife.org
We love and miss you so much but we are all so grateful to have had the time with you that we did. Until we meet again GranJan XOXOX