Janet Cushman

October 8, 1920January 28, 2014

Les funéraillCUSHMAN, Janet Hunter (Chafee) (1920 - 2014)Janet Hunter Chafee Cushman died peacefully in her 94th year on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at The Sunrise in Beaconsfield, Quebec. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Jan graduated from Vassar College in 1942 and went on to serve in WWII as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy where she worked in decoding, first in New York and later in Hawaii. While stationed near Honolulu, Jan met her future husband, the late Robert Cushman, who was also a naval officer. The two married in 1946 and moved to Montreal in 1952 where they raised their family. Jan became a Canadian citizen in 1992.Jan and her husband were among the early pioneers to organize a support system for the intellectually handicapped on the West Island of Montreal. She volunteered for over 50 years for the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped. Jan worked hard to maintain relationships throughout her life with a vast network of friends from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. No matter where a family member was headed, Jan had a connection. Jan loved the great outdoors, sports and animals. She was an avid cross-country skier at her beloved Morgan Arboretum. During her summers, she could often be found hiking in New England, sailing in Maine, or on the tennis court, where she was a sought after doubles partner. Jan always had at least one dog until age 84, when she moved into an apartment.Jan was blessed with boundless curiosity and a range of interests that included history, art history, politics and literature. Dinners at her table were ripe with political discussion and no meal was complete without reference to her ever-present atlas.Jan will be missed by her loving children Robert (Lynne MacGregor), Amey, Hope (David Cape), John (Heather Lawson) and Charlotte (Enzo Cefis), and by her grandchildren, Robert, Hunter, Alex, Emily, Tim, Claire, Jenny, Adriana and James. Predeceased by the accidental death of her husband in 1980, Jan bravely rallied and inspired her family during a difficult time. Jan's family would like to thank the staff at The Sunrise in Beaconsfield for the care and support they provided over the past three years and particularly in her final days. Her family would also like to thank her caregivers, Marian and Anne LeBlanc.A memorial service will be held at The Church of Saint John the Baptist, 233 Ste-Claire Avenue, Pointe Claire on Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at The Forest & Stream Club at 1800 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Island Residences for the Intellectually Handicapped (W.I.R.I.H.) at 111 Donegani Avenue, Pointe Claire, QC, H9R 2W3 or The Church of Saint John the Baptist Memorial Fund, 233 Ste-Claire Avenue, Pointe Claire, QC, H9S 2E6. - See more at: sont organisées par : Collins Clarke MacGillvray White, Pointe-Claire, Québec.


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February 24, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of Mrs Cushman's passing; I met her a number of times at Kay Aksich's, and always admired her wit, her knowledge, her energy, and great kindness.

Petra Hartweg

February 8, 2014

Thank you Charlotte for everything, and Benoit said upon returning from the lovely service re: Tennis: I could never have cleaned her clock!! There you go. She did it her way, always!!

Bill Dodge

February 6, 2014

So sorry to receive news of your Mom's passing and so soon after Marthe. It has been very moving over the years to see the friendship between the Kruse family and the Cushmans endure and after reading about Jan's life, I can begin to understand the strength of character that laid the foundation for her relationships. We'll be thinking of you Saturday. Warm hugs to you all!

February 6, 2014

our hearts go out to all of you. She was an amazing generous openhearted women.
May the many memories you have keep you warm during this time of sadness.
Sheila, Clayton, Teagan and Adam

Ricky Held

February 6, 2014

Charlotte, so sorry to hear about your mom's passing--she was a wonderful,caring lady.

Carol and Bill Hick

February 5, 2014

Hope and family
Bill and I are sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. In reading the obituary, she was obviously a great lady and passed along her passion for life onto you and your family.
Carol and Bill Hick

Jim Sproule

February 5, 2014

Hope and family: My sincere sympathy and best personal regards. WIAIH and its many volunteers were so very good to my brother-in-law.


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Linda Kagan

February 4, 2014

Dear Charlotte,

Was so very sorry to read of your Mom's passing in this morning's Gazette. Our paths have crossed several times, over the years, through tennis and with our Mom's at various seniors homes. Please know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time in your life. Sincerely,


February 4, 2014

RIP to the most wonderful, dynamic, intelligent and kind woman I have been blessed to know and love! She was my friend, my mentor, my inspiration and a trailblazer who changed my life and the lives of many for the better!!! What a joy to have known Jan!!! I will always treasure my very special memories of her!