Janet Manuel

2 août 195712 août 2020

My time on earth must be over, if you are reading this. In our society, it is uncommon, and feels strange for someone to write their own obituary. We read them for the facts of relationships, where the person worked, their pastimes and hobbies, as though these things define the person who has died. I want to share something of myself to leave behind.

The facts: Born in Cold Lake, Alberta to a military family, I was the only daughter of Leslie Ross Hine (deceased) and Clare Winnifred Hayden. Sister to Joseph David Hine (Pat Hyson), Philip John Hine (Debbie Desjardins) and Andrew Ernest Ross Hine (Lisa LeRoyer). We had a good and rich childhood, moving often as military families do, eventually settling, after Dad's retirement in Fredericton NB. I loved our time in CFB Baden in Germany in the early 60s before we moved back to Canada. Seeing Europe in a VW camper van was very formative to my life! I went to the University of New Brunswick where I met the love of my life Richard (Rick) Manuel. He went to Dalhousie to complete his studies, and not one to let a good man get away, I followed, studying at the School of Health Record Science, obtaining my diploma in Health Information Science in 1979. Rick and I were married in Fredericton a week later. I have enjoyed a career in HIM, in Nova Scotia and ultimately for the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Rick and I were blessed with 41 years of marriage, two sons John Hayden Manuel (Jessica) and Mark Emery Manuel (Amanda). Our great joy has been our grandchildren Arden John and Alyse Janet (John and Jessica's blessings).

My accomplishments really are unimportant, I only hope and pray that my little life on this fragile blue green planet has enriched, and not diminished, the lives of others. Perhaps my writing has been meaningful, as I have been reassured. All I really have wanted from life is to delight in the Creator's universe and my place in it. I have tried to do that on a daily basis, and am utterly convinced, and know, that I will be fully engaged in a new life beyond this one. So miss me, yes... but don't wonder at my final disposition...I am zapping around the cosmos, learning and delighting in it.


Vision cleared, parted from the need to breathe

Ushered in by all the quieted souls

relieved of their questing. Oh may I join them

Happy numberless assembly

immersed in the slow revealing

of all manner of things

with no end,

no end,

thirst quenched eternally

but never fully slaked

A whole universe to know

patterns and beauty and dimensions

and colours and sounds

senses unknown

only hinted at by our earthbound existence

our sad, muted sight and dull ears.

My mortal synapses, now I know

could never withstand the piercing sweet

rending of the veil

immersion in the very moisture of true nature

and return, undrowned.

May all the animals I have ever loved come to greet me! Probably the cancer finally got me. Please feel free to donate in my memory, to Ovarian Cancer Canada, All Nations Christian Reformed Church, or, to my delight, the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Ontario.

Goodbye Joe and Pat Hine (their son Daniel (Kelly) and grandchildren Cameron and Finley; son Chris (Sharon) and grandchild Clark) Phil Hine and Debbie Desjardins (their daughter Shannon (Matt) and grandchildren Julia and Kate; their son Justin (Joel)) Andrew and Lisa (their kids Jonathan, Alyssa, Dylan) Clare Hine (Hayden) Mum.

You have all been wonderful supports! Thank you for your love and friendship: Anne Van Arragon, Pam Snow, Rob Hutten, MJ Chesnutt, too many to list!

Edith (Manuel) Walker and Larry Walker (kids Tim (Sarah) and Andrea (Matt) and all grandchildren) Brent and Joanne Manuel (kids Chelsey and Kristen) and all my cousins, aunts and uncles.


Janet Manuel


Ed Pugh

16 septembre , 2020

I just discovered, about 20 minutes ago, that Janet, a dear friend from my past, has gone onward. I very fondly remember our times and laughs and our gang of friends, while we were attending UNB here in Fredericton. She was a good friend, back in the day, and I so regret having lost touch with her over the years. Oh, so many memories. And now I must go to wipe my eyes.

Fare well, Janet. Have fun zooming around the cosmos.

Jim Houston

9 septembre , 2020

Dear Rick,

I was very sad to learn of Janet's passing. Please accept my (belated) condolences.

Jim Houston

Mickie Bowman

30 août , 2020

Dearest Rick… Your Janet was one of the joys of my life when she was a student at Oromocto Hgh School in New Brunswick. As a member of my music club, Jan was a star. She played several lead roles in both the Christmas and Gilbert and Sullivan productions as you well know. But most of all, Jan was a shining light off stage as well as on. Everyone loved her, everyone admired her, everybody from our special group will miss her. It breaks my heart to see her leave, but I feel blessed with many beautiful memories. . I send you sincerest condolences, and much love❤️

Patricia Conrad

20 août , 2020

Dear Rick and boys

My sincere condolences on your loss of a dear wife and mother. I am a former colleague of Rick's and so did not share a close connection to Janet. Nevertheless, I know she played a huge role in the support she provided to Rick and her family. It's my hope you can take comfort that her wisdom will prevail despite her physical absence. My condolences to all of you.

Warmest regards, Pat Conrad

Nancy Hennessey

20 août , 2020

I will miss you Janet, but have your book of poems in a place of honour. I will re read and enjoy them often in your memory.

Enjoy your trip around the cosmos and your reunion with Winston and the other furs.

Sending much love to Rick, the boys and the rest of your family.

Sue Murtagh

20 août , 2020

Dear Rick:

You may remember we lived next door to you on Bridgeview. Janet was so kind and welcoming to us as new neighbours.

Early on, a truck knocked out our power line and Janet invited me in for some lovely baking and good conversation. We still have Janet's handwritten secret recipe (with specific advice... must work the dough with your hands!) for biscuits, and will have a warm memory of her spirit each time we enjoy them.

Janet was kind and smart and funny, and we were sorry when you moved, but happy that you were both pursuing a new dream and new phase of life. It seems from the memories and photos here that she embraced all of the opportunities and experiences that phase offered.

Our best regards and warmest sympathies...

Sandy Smith and Sue Murtagh from Bridgeview Drive

Carol Atkinson

19 août , 2020

My Sincere Sympathy to Janet's family and friends. Our paths have crossed many times over all these years in our chosen profession of Health Information Management. Janet was a teacher and mentor and I will miss our friendship, great conversations and spontaneous laughter. May it give you comfort to always remember that through the years Janet found so much love and happiness in you.

Kenneth Campbell

19 août , 2020

Hello Richard

I was so pleases to have met Janet in Moncton two summers ago (the burial service for Phyllis)

Glad to have met Mark at the Manuel Reunion (Mount Pleasant, New Brunswick) later that same summer.

Please be assured pf my thoughts and prayers for you and for all the family during these very difficult days.

We will talk by phone soon.

God bless you!

With love and sympathy, Kenneth

Darcell Cromwell

19 août , 2020

I am sending this on behalf of Oren and Carmella Hazel, who are very good friends. They send their love and condolences to you Rick and the family. In Carmella’s words, “Janet was a beautiful, kind Christian woman”. She will be dearly missed. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers.

Also I would like to send my condolences to you Rick. I only met Janet a couple of times but she was a beautiful lady, inside and out. God bless you and I will continue to keep you in my prayers. (Darcell Cromwell)

Marilyn Iwama

19 août , 2020

O Rick, your darling Janet. May the memories you made together eventually ease the pain of your loss. As dear ones draw near may love hold you all.