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Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2005

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JANET POLLOCK DICKSON DEACON Died peacefully at home on Thursday, October 6, 2005, shortly after celebrating her 98th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Dr. Alfred E. Deacon, who died in 2004 at the age of 101. Janet was born in Glasgow, Scotland on September 18, 1907 and immigrated to Canada as a young child with her mother and older brother James Dickson. The family settled in Wilkie, SK where her mother married Bernard Carruthers. They had three sons, being Janet's half brothers, William, Graham and Roy. After graduating from high school, Janet came to Winnipeg and graduated from the Winnipeg Children's Hospital School of Nursing in 1930. It was there that she met Alf, who was then an intern at the hospital. They were married in 1931, and Janet's cheerful and loving devotion to Alf for their whole long life together greatly enriched not only their lives, but the lives of their extended family and a host of friends. A large and significant feature of their life together was their summers at the Deacon Island in the Lake-of-the-Woods, where Janet warmly entertained the many members of family and friends who were often invited and always made welcome there. Janet was committed to the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as an active volunteer in several capacities. She was a member of the Forum Art Institute and her love of art led her to become a very accomplished painter, but her modesty and sense of humour never allowed her to take it too seriously. She was a 50 year member of the St. Agnes Guild of the Winnipeg Children's Hospital, and a member of the Winnipeg Junior League and the St. Charles Country Club. Janet has been extremely fortunate during the last 18 months, in having the support of John and Elizabeth Deacon and the loving care of her wonderful caregivers, Mary, Ava and Kaye, so that she could continue to reside in her own home. Also she is survived by her nieces, Dorothy Harty of Victoria, Janet Kvaas of Pitt Meadows, Louise Adnams of Edmonton, Nancy Pridham of Toronto and Elaine Yates of Tottenham, ON and by her nephews, James Carruthers of Maple Ridge and Thomas Jamieson of Toronto, and their spouses and children. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Olive Carruthers of Pitt Meadows. A memorial service to celebrate Janet's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson St., Winnipeg. Friends are invited to join the family for this occasion.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 19, 2005

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I unfortunately do not have a story tell or a memory to share, but I do have one of Janet's beautiful paintings. If any of the family is interested in having it, I would be happy to give it to them. - Posted by: Candace Barkman (Acquaintance) on: Jan 20, 2021

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