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Janice Anne Mason, age 87, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2020
Regarded as loving, intelligent, fiercely independent, an avid reader, an accomplished artist, compassionate, a loyal friend and neighbour.
She was born on November 30th, 1933 in East York TWP., Ontario to Thomas Lawrence and Anne Lillian (Wallace) Mason.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, John Barry. She is survived by her two adopted daughters Jennifer & Laurel and her grandchildren Andi, Carter, Meredith & Wyatt.
Janice had three brothers, Robert (sister-in-law Janet, niece Heather/husband Tymen/daughter Trinity), Rodney (sister-in-law Helen, nephews Doug & Chad/his wife Susan/son Octavius) and Thomas (sister-in-law Pat-both deceased).
In her younger days, Janice enjoyed riding horses, sketching, reading, writing and spending time in the great outdoors boating, hiking, camping in Georgian Bay and The Bruce Peninsula. She studied philosophy and later earned her degree in English from York University.
Janice enjoyed a long career at Southam Communications in Don Mills where she worked in the Marketing Research Department, often travelling to Jasper and Banff while working on projects for Parks Canada.
Upon retirement, Janice began her second career as an artist. She was in a partnership at a Cobourg art gallery/frame shop and also served on the board of The Pine Ridge Art Association where she participated in several art shows during that time.
Janice lived out her remaining years in Cobourg where she enjoyed walking her dog, tending to her garden and curling up with a good read and a hot cup of tea.
In Janice’s memory, donations to Alzheimer Society Canada (Alzheimer.ca), or a charity of your choosing, would be very much appreciated.
Janice and I were good friends when we lived next door to the Masons on Millwood Rd. in Toronto from 1944 until 1950. We went together every week to the Saturday afternoon movies and, in the summer, at least twice a week to the softball games over at Davisville Park. She was an artist even then and I still have a book for which she made an illustrated dust cover from regular writing paper. If anyone from her family would like to have the dust cover, I would be happy to give it to you. It is on a book by Clarence E. Mulford who wrote the Hopalong Cassidy series of books. The book itself was a very cheap edition and I'm not sure that it would stay together if anyone actually read it but you could have it too if you wanted it. Just send me an e-mail and I will mail it. Unfortunately, we lost track of each other when we moved away from Millwood Rd. She was the last of my friends from our high school era. My condolences to her family.
Our sincere condolences to Jennifer and Laurel as well as to Jan's extended family.
It was my pleasure to meet Janice late in her life .Even then the smile and laugh could not be overlooked. Her day has come and now her place is filled with hearts and joy.