February 22, 1946 – November 27, 2018
Jane G. Redmond, 72
Waterville - Mrs. Jane “Janie” Gray Redmond passed peacefully in her sleep on Monday, November 27, 2018 at her home in Waterville, Maine after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease and under the loving care of her husband of 48 years, Peter Redmond. Jane was born in 1946 in Newport, Rhode Island, attended Wheaton College, and later received a Master’s in Education at the University of Maine. She worked as a reporter for the McGraw Hill News Bureau in Washington, DC from 1969-1973, where she was proud to be among the first four women allowed to drink a beer at the National Press Club Bar, much to the dismay of the bartender. She later worked as an elementary school guidance counselor and a principal from 1975-2010 in SAD 49 (Albion, Benton, Clinton, and Fairfield), where she tirelessly advocated for the children of Central Maine.
Jane met her future husband just a week before he left for Vietnam in 1969. They wrote letters to one another during that year, and were married in Alexandria, VA shortly after his safe return in 1970. In 1973, they moved to Smithfield, ME, where their two sons were born. Jane was a strong, spunky, and opinionated woman who was never idle, nor at a loss for words. She often said how lucky she was to live such a rich and full life and that she was grateful for every day of it. She enjoyed flower gardening (with a particular fondness for daylilies), traveling with her husband, reading, collecting antique tools, and listening to the music of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, whose first U.S. concert she attended in 1964.
Jane was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Jack Gray, and her beautiful life will forever be remembered in the lives of her husband, Peter Redmond of Waterville, ME; children, Tim Redmond of Wakefield, MA, and Chris Redmond of China, ME; brothers, Jeff Gray of Alexandria, VA, and John Gray; daughter-in-law’s, Lena Popova of Wakefield, MA, and Laurie Grassi Redmond of China, ME; and her beloved grandchildren, Maya Jane Redmond of Wakefield, MA, and Elsa and Adele Redmond of China, ME; as well as many close friends whose company she counted as one of her greatest blessings.
Her family wishes to thank Waterville Hospice for their compassionate care, as well as all the friends and neighbors who supported her and her family during her final years.
No formal funeral will be held, but a celebration of life is planned in the Spring of 2019. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with Jane’s family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Maine General Hospice - Waterville, 10 Water Street, Ste. 307, Waterville, ME, 04901.
- Celebration of Life - Spring 2019
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December 9, 2018
Like so many others, I had the pleasure of working with Jane when I taught in Fairfield. I admired her skill in bringing together the student, his/her parent(s), and teacher(s) to work together in solving issues/challenges. She always had a positive attitude and boundless energy. I learned a great deal from her during the time that we worked together and will treasure these memories.
December 3, 2018
I had the great privilege of working with Jane while I taught at Clinton Elementary. I always marveled at her boundless energy and love she had for every child she encountered! She was such a positive force and worked endlessly for the good of all. Opposition was just a challenge for her! I remember one incident she was involved in where we couldn't convince the adults to attend an important meeting concerning their child. After many failed attempts, Jane drove to the home and called the parents. When they answered the phone, she told them she was in their yard and would be right in. The meeting was held in the home and the problem was resolved! That was our precious Jane! She was fearless when dealing with anyone who didn't put their children first! She never knew how many children she saved! Jane, you have left a huge gap here on earth and will be missed by more than you can ever know! Fly free, fearless one!
December 3, 2018
We're thinking of you all at this difficult time. How I enjoyed Janie's chatter about our kids, work, life, dating back to the child care days at Gaile's, then , too infrequently, running into her at the grocery store or seeing you walking around the neighborhood. She had a great laugh. May she now be at peace and may you find solace in knowing that we all care.
Suzi and Russ Cole
December 3, 2018
Janie was such a great older cousin my memories go way back!She would drive the camp road in the Thunderbird faster than I had ever ridden. Makes us laugh til our sides hurt. Kineo Mt.that summer vacation Lightbodys,Gray and the Palmers. Coming to visit with her college girlfriends. Coming to see the boat races with Mom,Dad and Biggie. On and on they go. Janie we will miss you but the memories are all ours to keep. Love you. My heart is with you all Biggie,Chris Tim and your families.
December 2, 2018
I worked, cried and laughed with Janie at MSAD 49. She was the school counselor at Clinton Elementary and I was the special education director. We rode to School Board meetings , she said it was the best street theater around. In the car to and fro, Jane would tell me stories.
She described going to work with her father at a nuclear facility. Janie still oohed over the beautiful green-colored pool of water. She had no idea what she was looking at, at the time, but the color remained in her heart and mind's eye. She also remembered her father wouldn't let her swim in it.
Jane said that she never gave to charity organizations. When she saw a need for eye glasses or an expensive medical test that a student's family couldn't afford, Janie wrote a check.
She was so tough. Tough enough to say what needed to be said, even when she'd cry about it afterwards. Her love of what was right was stronger than her fears.
As Libby Roderick sings, "Go where your heart is leading, go, I tell you to go. Go, though my heart is pleading, to pull you back in and never let go. Go with the wind my love. Fly with the wind , my love. Go."
Holding all of you in the Light,
Anne and Mark Boger
December 2, 2018
Dear Peter, Chris and Tim:
We have many very fond memories of our summers at Pine Tree Camp with you and dear Jane. Our families were young and we were so fortunate to spend time together in the lake setting on North Pond with the campers and fellow staffers. I also admired and enjoyed Jane as we worked together in the elementary schools of SAD#49. She was the counselor and I was the school nurse so we shared many experiences working together with children, their families and staff for the best possible learning outcomes.
Mark and I send our prayers and wishes that your memories of your wife and Mom will be a comfort as you grieve, especially knowing that her caring influence on others had such a positive impact for so many. We are so sorry for your loss. Peace and love, Anne and Mark Boger
December 2, 2018
Jane was such a caring person. I had the pleasure of working with her at Clinton Elementary School. She cared deeply for the students, staff, and anyone else who needed her. She led by example. Rest easy, Jane.