Godfrey, Janice

November 1945 - July 2022
We are saddened to announce the passing of Janice Lorraine Godfrey, 77 who passed away July 23, 2022 at Scarborough Centenary Hospital after suffering a stroke in January 2022 and succumbing to complications. Jan was a kind and giving person that loved people. Beloved by family, friends and co-workers alike. Born in Oshawa, to Donna Godfrey (Andrechuk) who remarried after the death of Jan’s father Jim Godfrey (deceased) to Peter Andrechuk (deceased). Sister to Murray Godfrey, John Godfrey (deceased) and Michael Andrechuk. Aunt to Mark Godfrey of Oshawa, Lynnette Sweeny of Texas, Tamara Reid, Michelle Green and James Godfrey (deceased) of B.C. Great aunt to Meghan Sweeny and Sarah Sweeney of Texas, Laura and Nicholas Godfrey of Oshawa, Josh and Nichole Green, Dustin, Cory and Lindsay Reid and Melissa Godfrey of B.C. Jan lived her adolescent years in Ajax, Ontario where she was very active in local sports. She graduated grade 12 from Ajax High before being employed by the Royal Bank. In the summer of 1965 Jan was the victim of a traffic accident which left her paralyzed for the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Ever the fighter Jan underwent physiotherapy twice a week for the next ten years in hopes of regaining the use of her legs. Sadly, this never happened. After a stint at a local radio station Jan was offered a job working for Dr Robert Jackson at the Banting Institute, Toronto. An orthopedist, Dr Jackson hired Jan as a lab administrator for the next several years. During her time with Dr Jackson, Jan was introduced to paraplegic sports and went on to win 1 gold and 2 silver medals at the Pan-Am (paralympic) Games in 1967. In the years following Jan participated in and won medals at many more international wheelchair sports related games in Calgary, Israel, Japan and Germany. Jan then became Director of the 1976 Olympiad for the disabled (official Olympic Summer Games) at Etobicoke, Ontario. In 1976 Jan and Marilee Weisman co-authored and published a book on wheelchair sports called So Get on With It. After several years employment with the Ontario Government, Jan was asked to oversee the accommodation of disabled facilities and logistics for the visit of Pope John Paul in 2002. Ironically, Jan is not Roman Catholic. Jan returned to the workforce and performed Human Resources placement and counseling for several years. Never one to sit idly, Jan turned her work experience toward volunteerism and became active at the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto, helping to get people back on their feet: through employment counseling and assisting with resumes. Upon returning to live in Ajax, Jan took her services to the Salvation Army Ajax Branch until she suffered an unfortunate massive stroke. Anyone that met Jan could tell you that to know Jan was to love Jan. It seems that we never see the true exceptionalism of a family member, until we see them through, the eyes of others. Jan was truly exceptional in every way. I’m sure will all miss the cringe worthy rendition of Happy Birthday that Jan could inflict over the phone. Most definitely, Jan held the record for attending, other-people’s-kids, sports activities, concerts and birthdays: even if she barely knew them. Jan will be ever missed and loved by all who knew her. She leaves a great space in our hearts full of warm memories. Rest well Jan
Friends will be received on Tuesday August 2nd, 2022 at the Accettone Funeral Home, from 11am until the time of service at 1 pm
*** in lieu of flowers please donate to The Salvation Army, Ajax Branch

Messages of Condolence

My sincere condolences go out to Janice's family and friends on her passing. Growing up in Ajax, everyone knew of the spirit and greatness...
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Ed Dickson
AJAX
August 02, 2022
I had the pleasure of meeting Jan in the Longo‘s grocery store when she would pop into the floral department buying flowers for so many of...
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Wilda
Ajax
August 02, 2022
My dear friend Jan, What a legacy. What an inspiration to all. You taught us the meaning of grit and grace under such adversity . I sh...
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Gale Robinson
Whitby,Ontario
August 01, 2022
Jan was the kindest soul I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You will be greatly missed.


Dorothy Hickling
Ajax, on
July 31, 2022
I knew Jan from back in the day at the Ministry or Culture and Recreation. We also lived near each other in Toronto so I would bump into h...
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Marna Snitman
Toronto
July 31, 2022
It was a great pleasure to know Janet. She was always pleasant and smiling and she parked her car across from us in the apt. underground l...
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Carole and Wolf Blecher
73 Bayly St. W., Ajax, On
July 31, 2022
I was an Ontario Ministry colleague of Jan’s in the 1980s. Although working in a different branch, I soon learned Jan was a collaborative,...
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Susan Dennison
Burlington
July 30, 2022
When we learnt Jan had passed, the first thing that came to mind was that Jan was running - not walking, but running and as much as it sad...
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Elizabeth M Duhan
Corpus Christi, Texas
July 30, 2022
I am saddened to hear of Jan’s your seeing. I worked with Jan for many years at the Sports and Fitness Branch, Ontario, and was also invol...
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John Smyth
Windsor, Ontario
July 29, 2022
Jan was an amazing friend to everyone who knew her. She was always determined and dedicated. I will miss her kind and gentle spirit. Sinc...
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Nancy Carter
Strathroy, Ontario
July 29, 2022
Oh how we will miss you dear friend. We have so many wonderful memories and you will always be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to your...
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Ron and Teresa McRae
London
July 29, 2022
I met Jan when we both worked for the Prov. Gvt. Over the next 40+ years she became one of my most cherished friends. Her laugh, smile and...
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Deb Wilson
Whitby
July 29, 2022
I am so sorry to hear about Jan. She was one in a million. Always had a smile for you and her laugh was so contagious. I loved being aroun...
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Lynda Mitchell (McCord)
Paudash Lake, Bancroft, Ontario
July 29, 2022
Jan brought sunshine into the lives of every person she met. Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends


Gary J Michalak
Sudbury Ontario
July 29, 2022
To the family of Jan. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Jan. I extend my condolences to you all at this time of sadness and los...
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Ken Carter
Kitchener
July 28, 2022
Jan and I worked together for a while at the Recreation Branch and became "good buds". Many insightful conversations. I very much enjoyed ...
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Paul Finley
Sudbury
July 28, 2022
Our deepest condolences on Jan's passing. She had such a kind and gentle spirit and was always so thoughtful. She was greatly loved and wi...
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John and Lori Walton
Guelph
July 28, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I knew her as a fine athlete during those early years in Ajax. My sympathies are extended to her f...
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Joanne Wells
Savannah Georgia
July 28, 2022
Growing up in Ajax in the 40's, 50's and 60's did not seem to have many benefits to me in my youth, but looking back in my old age I reali...
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Donald Fairley
Long Beach, California
July 27, 2022
I first met Jan at the 1976 Olympic Games in Etobicoke. An effervescent and ever welcoming personality that lasted through my years of wor...
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Pamela Bullard
Etobicoke
July 27, 2022
Jan will always be remembered for her deep interest in the well-being of others, her ability to laugh and make others laugh, her patience ...
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Carmel McCartney
Oshawa
July 27, 2022
I had the pleasure of working with Jan in the Ministry of Sports and Fitness. She was a great colleague and a better friend. Having a meal...
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Barbara Track
Toronto
July 27, 2022

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