Janice Lyn McCormick
With sadness, we announce the passing of Janice McCormick on December 29, 2018, due to complications related to her brain injury.
She was predeceased by her father, Clare. She is missed by her mother, Aileen; sister, Gwenn (David) England; her husband, Gary Hirose; nieces and nephews: Corey (David), Laura (Clayton), Stephanie (Tom), Kristi (Scott), Kari (Matt), Nikki, Lucas and Jordan; and close friends: Janine Rousseau, Dean Brown, Miriam and Victor Dattel.
Janice was born in Brandon, Manitoba and traveled extensively as a proverbial “army brat”, as her father, Clare’s military career kept the young family on the move to CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, then to one of the Canadian Infantry Brigade Groups (CIBG) stationed in Hemer, Germany, and finally, returning to CFB Shilo, 35 km east of Brandon, Manitoba.
Janice studied Nursing at the University of Manitoba and soon met another aspiring nurse, Janine Rousseau, and they formed a tour de force to be reckoned with, besides a life-long friendship that spanned 50 years.
Janice’s adventurous and outgoing spirit led her to New Orleans and a fulfilling job at Tulane Medical Centre in the Dialysis Department. Janice’s love of music, dancing and laid-back style was a perfect fit with the Crescent City.
Miriam Dattel, another long-time friend, created a nursing position customized to fit Janice’s unique skills at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, and not surprisingly, was the best candidate, and was hired, and they resumed their great friendship for life.
During a dinner party at the home of Miriam and her husband, Victor, Janice met an unexpected late guest, Gary Hirose, who was visiting from Ottawa. It was love at first sight… at least for Janice. But Gary soon realized that this could be the special someone he’d been waiting for all his life…and she was. They shared a loving marriage and a great friendship for 30 years.
Janice was a confirmed feminist, and strong supporter of women’s rights and issues. Her PhD dissertation is titled: “The Discourses of Control: Power in Nursing”. She taught at UVic in the School of Nursing, Langara Campus.
After Janice’s tragic biking accident in 2004, Janice’s abilities gradually declined. Janice and Gary moved to North Vancouver in 2014 where they enjoyed life as much as possible for the last few years of her life.
We greatly appreciate the amazing care that Janice received from Dr. Michelle Brousson and Dr. Sue Lejay. Also, we greatly appreciate the wonderful care that Janice received from the staff at the Lionsgate Hospital and the Vancouver Coastal Health, Home and Community Care, North Shore Health Unit.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Janice’s honour on Saturday, February 2, 2019, 2:30-7:30pm in the Capilano Room, Memorial Community Centre, 125 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver, B.C. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MeM.com for the McCormick family.