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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Valerie Jane Hamilton, 70, on August 25, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Jane leaves behind her husband, Greg Hamilton; daughter, Sarah (Marcelo) Hamilton and grandchildren, Carter and Eliza Hamilton; brother, Ian Willis and sister, Liz (Tony) Willis. Also mourning her loss are sisters-in-law, Sandy (John, deceased) Hamilton, Carol Ann (Don) Halstead, Lourdes (Larry) Kelly, Andrea (Jim, deceased) Nowosad and several nieces and nephews. Jane was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Willis; father, Frederick Willis; stepmother, Annie Willis; and son Christopher Hamilton.
Jane loved to spend time with family and to travel. She especially enjoyed her yearly trips to Naples, Florida, with Greg, which was the highlight of the year for her. She was particularly delighted to reunite with cousins, Sharon and Tanya during two of the Florida visits. Although no longer able to travel over the last few years, Jane enjoyed her regular visits with Sarah, Marcelo, Carter and Eliza; daily texts with Sarah; Zoom calls and emails with Ian and Liz; and regular calls with sister-in-law Sandy. Jane was also an avid reader and enjoyed discussing her literary discoveries with friends and family.
Those who knew Jane best will never forget her affection for animals and concern for their welfare. From her early days “rescuing” frogs at the lake, to feeding the wild baby bunnies under the steps, to serving as the devoted “mother” of a series of beloved cats, most recently Parker and Caesar, Jane professed and demonstrated a love of animals all her life.
The family would like to thank the many doctors and staff at CancerCare Manitoba who cared for Jane over the years, including Dr. Ralph Wong, her principal oncologist, and Dr. Joel Gingerich and the nurses and staff of the palliative care team.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or an animal charity of your choice. A comprehensive list of animal charities is available at canadahelps.com.
There will be cremation and interment will be arranged at a later date.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 02, 2023
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Greg and all the family. We will always remember Jane and her infectious smile. We always looked forward to visiting with the two of you and catching up with Jane's latest technological triumphs and we were always amazed at her store of book lists. She was a dedicated reader. Her love of cats and animals was also so inspiring. We really enjoyed your visit to our house Mesa. The world was a better place because of Jane and we will always remember and miss her. Heaven has a new special angel with Jane's arrival. - Posted by: Lorne and Kathy Lautens (Friends) on: Sep 09, 2023
I remember all the special times we shared whether it was at each other's homes for meals, dining out together, sharing our love of books, (thank you for all those downloads), movies/TV series, sharing our life stories and more. I loved Jane's sense of humour, her wit, her recipes, her hospitality and friendship. Our conversations were sometimes light and sometimes insightful. I will miss you my friend. - Posted by: Kathy Lautens (Friend) on: Sep 09, 2023
My heartfelt sympathy to Greg, Sarah and family. I had the privilege of working with Jane at Winpak. I often think of those days as they were my favorite, working side by side with her, having so many laughs along the way. Jane, you will be so greatly missed. Our crazy girl get togethers just won't be the same without you but I guarantee you will be in our hearts forever. - Posted by: Rosaline Hosler (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2023
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