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ELIZABETH JANE GLADSTONE (published on October 03, 2009)



ELIZABETH JANE GLADSTONE 1936 - 2009 With love and sadness Jane's family announce her passing on Saturday morning September 26th at the Kildonan Personal Care Home where she lived for the past six years. Jane suffered from Alzheimer's disease and we wish to thank the staff at the Home for their respect and compassion towards everyone (patients and visitors alike) and especially for their gentle humour which cheered everyone up and comforted us all in difficult times. Jane was predeceased by her parents Charles Vince and Elizabeth Ann Gladstone and is survived by her brother-in-law and sister Doug and Patty Everett and their six children: Sarah (Don Barber) Bethan, Ashleigh (Stuart Murray) Jane (Carl Hodge), Douglas and Kate (Dave Findlay) and by her adored nieces and nephews: Daniel and Laura Cameron, Kaitlin and Christopher Barber, Sarah and Hayley Murray, Kyle, Kirsten and Dominic Aikman and Andrew and Zoe Findlay. Also by her dear cousin Lee Treilhard and friends made through the years especially Judy Carr Hendry and Judy Patton Hall. And Claudia Kubel, Jane's devoted caregiver, companion and friend. Jane was at Rupert's Land School from kindergarten to graduation and then at the University of Manitoba where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in English and Philosophy. A year later (following a teaching course) she received her Bachelor of Pedagogy degree and a certificate to teach grades 1 to 12 in academic subjects. She then moved to London, England where her intellectual curiosity led her back to study and become a Chartered Librarian. She lived there for a dozen years during which time she was librarian in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. Returning to Canada in 1970 she resided in Kingston, Ontario where she was senior Librarian and Cataloguer at Queen's University in the Faculty of Education. Then in 1979 she moved to Toronto and worked as a Librarian at the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto. She had a very interesting career, as a Librarian and an Author. Among her publications was A Bibliography on Battered Wives in Domestic Violence: Issues and Dynamics, edited by Vincent D'Oyley, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Also Vandalism: a Bibliography written together with Catherine J. Mathews at the Centre of Criminology, and she edited and wrote the preface for Criminology: A Reader's Guide which she found to be a fascinating project. Jane found life rich and rewarding because she was interested in just about everything. She collected lovely costume jewelry, never went anywhere without at least two books in her purse, loved walking and researched quite thoroughly every city she lived in or visited. She once wrote a book on the architect Christopher Wren (after a great deal of study) but she never tried to have it published because someone else wrote and published a book on the same subject just as she finished hers and she thought it would be redundant. She had no regrets because she had fun doing it. Janie ~ we'll miss you and love you forever. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


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