Janet Lynn Reid
Born February 24 1956 passed August 3 2007
The greatest sorrow is upon our family, as we announce the death and passing of Janet Lynn Reid. Janet is survived by her loving husband Kevin Reid and her three beautiful daughters Megan, Erin, and Gillian Newhouse. Janet fought a long hard battle with cancer; she did this with grace and dignity. Our family would like to offer the most sincere thanks and appreciation to all the medical professionals, daily care team, and the many concerned friends that were always helpful.
Janet Reid was our ray of light. Although our mind understands there is a difference, her persona embodied many of the characteristics of light. She could illuminate a dark or unknown place and make it known or easy to comprehend. She easily moved quickly and quietly from person to person as she was needed. Her presence would always bring warmth and understanding. If we were around her, the light of her spirit could be reflected in our own daily lives.
She was born the daughter of Dick and Elsie Penner and sister to Debbie, Cathy and Joanne. Growing up in St. Catherine’s, Ontario she often spoke of her childhood times, playing with her sisters, her school years, working on her Uncle’s farm, running with the track and field team and visiting Niagara Falls. Upon graduating high school, her spark blossomed into the light she would become and she followed the sun and moved west. At first settling in Vancouver for a post-secondary education and the beginnings of what would become her career in banking and finance. It is here that she met her first husband and the father of her three beautiful daughters. Moving one last time, Janet chose the Comox Valley as her home, and soon after her daughters Megan, Erin, and Gillian were born. If you should happen to look at these beautiful girls you can see the light of their mother reflected in them. Janet set aside her professional career and devoted all her time and love to raising and providing for her three girls. As the girls grew up she resumed her career in the financial field. It was at this time that Janet remarried, moving one last time to Kitty Coleman.
Janet was truly an amazing woman always willing to head outdoors hiking, climbing and canoeing; she thrived on a healthy, happy lifestyle. She enjoyed her home life as well, keeping her husband and girls happy preparing great family meals and creating special times whenever we could get together. Her work life blossomed as well. Janet excelled as a financial advisor. She would often talk of how much her clients meant to her and how honoured she was to serve these fine people. At the end of her busy day she would smile and talk of tomorrow and wonder what she could do for any of us. Janet will be dearly missed by all of us. Her light is gone from the world and it will always sadden us. But if there is just one memory of her in us and we can some how manage to live even close to her standard, her light shall be reflected in this world. In this we can honor Janet’s life, until we meet her in the next.
A service of remembrance will be held Wednesday, August 15th 2:00 pm at the Foursquare Church 1640 Burgess Road, Courtenay