BROWN, Jeanette (Jan) Kathleen - June 15, 1932 - January 19, 2022
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Jan, after a short illness, at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto.
She was in her ninetieth year. Jan was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the oldest of six children (all girls) of Lucy and Roland Bourgeault.
Her high school years were spent in St. Mary's convent school where she was given a firm grounding in music, and excelled in piano.
Later, she attended the University of Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music where she obtained both her ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory Toronto) and Licentiate Certificate.
In 1959 she married David Brown and they began their life together in Etobicoke, he pursuing his career as an English teacher, she as a piano teacher.
For the next fifty years she gave the gift of music to countless children and some adults during their 62 year marriage.
Jan and Dave had four children: Chuck (Giselle), Jennifer (Bryant), Stephen (Wilhelmina), and Jonathan (Sinéad). She is also survived by nine grandchildren and her two remaining sisters, Theresa and Veronica.
Jonathan, the youngest, attended St. Michael's Choir School where he developed his musical abilities in piano, organ and voice.
He continued at the University of Western Ontario and Cambridge University in England.
Jonathan is currently a member of the choir at Westminster Abbey and teaches music at Westminster School. Jan's life has been defined by her two passions: her love of family, and her love of music.
She was an extraordinary woman.
Cremation and a private family funeral have taken place. A celebration of Jan's life will take place at a later date.