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Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON

OBITUARY

Jan Freedman

July 25, 1945April 26, 2020

Jan Freedman Condlln passed away on April 26, 2020, in Aurora, Ontario, of heart failure at the age of 74. Born Catherine Jan Lunan in Montreal on July 25, 1945, she was raised in Montreal and Vancouver. She was educated at the London School of Economics, Carleton University and later York University, completing a Masters in Sociology. Passionate about the arts, she was an ardent supporter of human rights and freedoms and the democratic process. She had an eclectic, creative sensibility, a formidable presence and a lively personality, quick to laugh. Living in Aurora over the last 20 years brought many gifts, including a vibrant community to which she connected wholeheartedly. In the Aurora Seniors Association, where she served as vice-president, on the board of the Aurora Public Library and at the Aurora Farmers Market—where she was fondly known as the “Jam Lady” for the delicious Jan’s Country Pantry preserves she lovingly made—she was a driving force. In this beautiful milieu she found welcome challenges, much joy and many friendships. She leaves her devoted husband of 42 years Frank Condlln, daughter Laura Condlln (Jane Gooderham), brother-in-law Bill Condlln (Melodie), as well as extended family, including the caring Sue Beaumont and her family.

A celebration of life will be held in the future. We would be grateful for donations to Procyon Wildlife (https://www.procyonwildlife.com/how-you-can-help/) and the Women’s Centre of York Region (http://www.wcyr.ca/ ).

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the Freedman family.

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kathi Wright

May 1, 2020

I will miss Jan's smiling face at the Aurora Senior Centre & The Farmer's Market . I will also miss her yummy red pepper jelly ! Thinking of you , Frank , & send my deepest sympathy to you & your Family . Jan will be missed . kathi Wright [ receptionist at the Seniors' Centre ]

Laura Smith

April 30, 2020

My sincere condolences to Frank and to Jan's daughter Laura, and all who loved Jan. Jan was such a remarkable lady!! I loved seeing her and Frank while in the restaurant at the Mercury Diner. We made such a great connection as Jan did with so many that crossed her path. I will miss her hugs and her presence at the Farmers Market and the Concerts in the Park in Aurora. She loved those concerts!!! You will be missed Jan❤️ R.I.P

Laura Smith

Virginia Bodnar

April 30, 2020

My deepest condolence to your family.

Jan and I worked together on many committees over the past years. She tackled any and all tasks with great enthusiasm. Jan was a formidable force but always with a smile. I will miss seeing her and our chats.

Rest in Peace Jan

Virginia


Reccia Mandelcorn

April 29, 2020

Jan and I shared great pride in our “miracle daughters”, a deep appreciation for theatre, collaborations on many cultural initiatives and a love of shopping at our favourite store in Yorkville. I will miss Jan for her many gifts to our community, but more than that, I will miss Jan because she was a dear friend. My condolences to Frank, Laura and family members on their great loss.

Barb Taylor

April 29, 2020

Jan, the Tuesday Jam Sessions were a bright spot in a dark time for me. I still think of you whenever my jar lids POINK as they seal. Thank-you for sharing your time on the Earth with me.

Sylvia Gilchrist

April 29, 2020

Jan, I am so sorry that you have gone. You were an inspiration on the Seniors Centre Board of Directors. You were also so funny as the "cow" in one of the Silver Stars performances, and I always loved the red patch in the front of your hair. Your jams were loved by everyone, but I don't think anyone loved them more than my husband, Jim! I have given so many away as gifts. Whatever will I do now? I will miss you.
Sylvia Gilchrist

Elaine Copsey

April 29, 2020

Jan and I sat on the library board together for 4 years. As people always do, we always sat in the same seats and mine was luckily beside Jan. Jan was very engaging and I appreciated that she brought a different perspective. She was one of the most honest and kind people that I knew. One of the things I remember most was how proud Jan was of every production her daughter was in. She had such a big impact in Aurora and will be missed. My sincere condolences.

Chris Ballard

April 28, 2020

We are saddened to learn of Jan's passing. Our condolences to Frank, Laura and all her family. Her Aurora family will miss her passion for justice, devotion to the Farmers' Market and Aurora Seniors' Centre, and to many other local causes. We will miss her smile.

Jan was a great supporter of mine when I sat as an Aurora Town Councillor and, later, MPP for the area. I always appreciated her insight and candour. As MPP, Jan "The Jam Lady" would send me to Queen's Park each Christmas with her award-winning jam to give the Premier. I was instructed to tell the Premier how much she was appreciated and that her accomplishments were very important. It was just like Jan to even be concerned about the well-being of the Premier of Ontario (who loved the jam, by-the-way).

Aurora has lost a notable citizen. We all have lost a dear friend.

Chris & Audrey Ballard

Nigel Kean

April 28, 2020

Jan, Aurora will miss you. You were such an amazing fixture at the farmers market. Thank you for such an amazing job you did continuing the market. RIP.

Catherine Marshall

April 28, 2020

For a woman who once confided in me that she never really felt part of the “inner circle” in social situations…Jan, you were firmly in the centre of so many circles of friends, community groups and charitable actions that you made your own head spin! And you soldiered on when you often didn’t feel well. I knew you as ever the peacemaker with heart; empathy, caring and democratic principle often served up with that impish grin, and your always elegant and colourful flare of course. Ai yi yi. You can't be gone because you are an indelible piece of this community that you loved. But go off; be enlightened. I am saddened and miss you. Frank and Laura, and families, our deepest condolences and so look forward to being able to give you a long hug.

FROM THE FAMILY