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Janice Lynn Waite Thompson

Posted By Obits On June 9, 2011 @ 12:38 PM In Obituary | 60 Comments

1956 – 2011

Janice passed away at home on Thursday, June 9, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband John, daughter Emma, parents Rev. Douglas and Jean Waite, siblings James (Joyce, step-children Robin and Matthew), Paul (daughter Elizabeth), and Leslie Anne.

For many years Janice contributed enormously to the musical life of Calgary as a pianist, chamber musician and teacher, being involved with the Conservatory at MRU, the U of C, the CPO, the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Instrumental Society. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Calgary Palliative Care Team and Com Care, especially Andrea O’Brien and Janet Hutton, for their devoted support and compassion in the last year.

A Memorial Service will be held at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W.) on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm. It was Janice’s wish that in lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of their choice. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Janice Waite Thompson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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Condolence from Don and Ruth Parr on June 11th, 2011 3:49 PM

A wonderful wife and Mother and loving daughter and sister. She will be missed . Janice created music throughout her life and now after long suffering she is at peace at last. Our love and prayers are with the family. We wish that we could be with you to join in the thanksgiving for her life

Condolence from Elisa (Rha) Lee on June 11th, 2011 8:39 PM

Remembering a wonderful pianist, musician and mentor. Rest in peace.

Condolence from Marilyn Engle on June 12th, 2011 5:30 PM

Janice leaves an indelible mark on everyone who knew her. She was a unique human being. More than a friend, more than a colleague, she was a partner with whom one could explore the deepest as well as the silliest that life and music could offer.

Condolence from Carly and Lauren Leung on June 13th, 2011 8:02 AM

We will remember Janice for her love of music and her enthusiasm for sharing it with all of her students.

Condolence from Remco Memorials Ltd. on June 13th, 2011 8:49 AM

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Condolence from Jocelyn Colquhoun on June 13th, 2011 8:58 AM

Janice will be dearly missed by all who knew her and all who have shared the joy of music with her. She was a women of generosity, heart and grace which was so evident in her playing. I have so missed our chamber music and times of fun together. Alec, Lachlan, Maddy and I send our love to John and Emma and all of Janice’s lovely family.

Condolence from Morag Dornian on June 13th, 2011 10:27 AM

John,
Janice will be missed and has been missed by so many. My thoughts are and have been with you and Emma for a long time. Regrettably I will be unable to join with you and family this Friday. I go into hospital Tuesday for an aortic valve replacement scheduled for Thursday. My condolences to you all.
Morag

Condolence from Lucie Jones on June 13th, 2011 12:09 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I only knew Janice for a few years but was moved by her love and commitment to everything she did and the kindness that she showed to all. Most sincerely, Lucie Jones.

Condolence from Wendy, Doug, Therresa Rowan on June 13th, 2011 1:57 PM

Janice was a fine teacher. Firm in approach, she was dedicated to the development of her many students. Janice taught Theresa – the “Rhythm Queen” – to read music … no small accomplishment!
To John, Emma, and the entire family, our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Ralf Buschmeyer on June 13th, 2011 2:41 PM

I will never forget the kindness and encouragement Janice gave me during my initial years teaching at Mt Royal. I am deeply saddened by her passing and my condolences & prayers go out to the Waite Thompson family.

Condolence from Roxanne Laycock Bingham on June 13th, 2011 3:28 PM

I have complete admiration for Janice. Her impressive musicianship was blended with graciousness, generosity, wit and fairness toward students and colleagues alike. I enjoyed the times I was able to work with her at Mount Royal. To all her family go my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Evelyne Pytka, Dennis Miller and family on June 13th, 2011 3:31 PM

Dear John and Emma,
We were deeply saddened by the news of Janice’s death. We will always remember our summers together in Banff: the birthday picnics, the brunches and ice cream cones in Canmore, the laughter, camaraderie and of course, the beautiful music. Janice was a collaborator par excellence. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Condolence from Annalee Patipatanakoon on June 13th, 2011 7:01 PM

Janice was an integral part of my early musical life and I am forever grateful that our musical paths crossed. Her generous spirit and contagious smile will remain with me always.

Condolence from Lorraine Irvine on June 13th, 2011 8:17 PM

Although I only met Janice once, I was impressed by her warm personality and of course, her musical talent. However, the Waite Family meant so much to our family as they were growing up in Didsbury. My condolences to everyone for the loss of Janice.
Sincerely,
Lorraine Irvine

Condolence from Lauren Eselson on June 13th, 2011 9:23 PM

Janice was a beautiful person of talent, compassion, intelligence, and great humour.
I will miss her greatly as a colleague, neighbour and good friend.

Condolence from Steven J. Lubiarz on June 14th, 2011 6:50 AM

Her kindness, musicianship and smile will last forever. Janice was a great woman that will be dearly missed by all.

Condolence from Kathy Grigoriu on June 14th, 2011 8:22 AM

I will never forget her incredibly joyous CPO performance and her humorous words during the remission period. A lesson for all of us. My deepest condolences

Condolence from Kathryn Lapp on June 14th, 2011 8:43 AM

John,

I cannot imagine what you must be going through right now. I pray that you would have supernatural peace through this time of great sorrow.

Janice was such a kind woman and a wonderful musician. The whole Calgary music scene will certainly miss Janice.

My prayers are with you.
Kathy Lapp

Condolence from Janet and Barry Baldwin on June 14th, 2011 5:03 PM

Janice

As her audience we were so delighted, as the parents of a child she both taught and accompanied we were so grateful, and as her friends we were enchanted.

Our deepest sympathy for John and Emma for your cruel loss.

Condolence from pat davis/taylor on June 15th, 2011 7:31 AM

My sinceere condolences to John and family.

Pat Davis/Taylor

Condolence from John Moules on June 15th, 2011 10:18 AM

Sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one Janice.

Condolence from Karri Quan on June 15th, 2011 1:12 PM

Janice was an influential part of my musical and teenage life… One of those rare people whose guidance you appreciate all the more, as time goes on.

Janice’s amazing hands are a perfect reflection of her impact on all of us – incredibly far-reaching, with a firm, gentle, exacting and lasting impression.

My deepest condolences to Mr. Thompson, (you’ll always be Mr. Thompson to me) Emma, and all of Janice’s family.

Condolence from Theresa Plotnick on June 15th, 2011 6:05 PM

Wherever Janice targeted her energies, the impact was enormous. In the past couple years she was a powerhouse on the board of the Amici String Program, where I observed her contributions with amazement.

Through health and through illness alike she possessed a wave of positive energy which radiated to those around her. Even in the recent months of difficulty she inspired me with her lively interest in living. I would like to be as courageous as she was.

John and Emma, we are here for you in the coming months. Please call upon us for support.

Love Theresa and Jeff Plotnick

Condolence from Martha Baldwin on June 15th, 2011 8:19 PM

The patience, kindness, inspiration, and joy Janice brought to my many years with her have shaped not just my musical life, but the person I have become. I will be forever grateful for her influence and mentorship and strive to teach my own students with her memory on my shoulder.

Deepest condolences to John and Emma

Condolence from Dennis Valentine on June 15th, 2011 10:41 PM

My sincere and deepest sympathy, John

Condolence from Kathy Dornian on June 16th, 2011 12:19 AM

What a great achievement it is to live one’s life well. As a mother, a wife, a teacher, a musician, a mentor and a dear friend to so many, Janice wholly and selflessly put her life to splendid use. With gratitude to my friend: I will miss you, our gardening outings, our shared memories. To John and Emma: “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ” ~Emily Dickinson

Condolence from Ellen Borak on June 16th, 2011 10:22 AM

I am so sorry John. Janice was a wonderful, accomplished woman. Her smile always lit up the stage. My deepest condolences. Ellen Borak

Condolence from Gareth Jones on June 16th, 2011 1:03 PM

I will always remember Janice as a warm and vibrant person with a wonderfully infectious energy about her. She was a sensitive musician, caring teacher, and loving person. Her love of life, gentle humour, and caring for those around her shone through in everything she did. We will miss her greatly. Please know, John and Emma, that I want to be there for you in any way that I can. Do not hesitate to call on me for anything.
WIth heartfelt condolences,
Gareth

Condolence from ceril kenny on June 16th, 2011 6:05 PM

I remember Janice’s energy and infectious laughter and also her patience and humour when she was working with young musicians.
Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Condolence from eric friedenebrg on June 16th, 2011 8:49 PM

Our condolences John.
Lillian and Eric Friedenberg

Condolence from Alana Gralen on June 16th, 2011 10:54 PM

John and Emma,
Our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. Janice touched so many lives, including our Laura and Patrick’s, starting them both on their journey in music. Such a positive and warm person, she will be sorely missed. Taken too soon, but a life lived to the fullest.
Alana, Don, Laura & Patrick

Condolence from Rolf Bertsch on June 17th, 2011 10:21 AM

I will remember Janice for her fine musicianship and her winning smile. While this is a time of loss and sorrow, I know that the support of your family and friends as well as your own strength will carry you through and to help all celebrate her life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rolf and Cynthia

Condolence from Gianetta Baril on June 17th, 2011 10:32 AM

I am so grateful for the support and encouragement which Janice offered when I joined this musical community. Her dedication to the Instrumental Society was inspiring and I personally, and we as a Society will do our best to continue her work with the same passion for sharing the gift of music and of life. It was truly an honour to know Janice and have my life touched by her joyful presence. May she rest in peace after such a courageous struggle.
God bless,
Gianetta

Condolence from Hope Lee on June 17th, 2011 10:57 AM

We’ll always remember the cheerful greetings and bright smile from Janice whenever we ran into her in the hall way. She’s such a wonderful and beautiful person – caring, understanding, generous with her time and talent.

Our thoughts and prayer are with you, John and Emma. May time heals the sorrow of our loss.

Hope Lee and David Eagle

Condolence from Judit Szanto on June 17th, 2011 12:25 PM

What a great musician! Professor Janice Waite was a brilliant mentor! Such qualities come from within. I was amazed how well she heard and corrected how we deliver each note or phrase in chamber music class. Both kindness and strictness in her eyes inspired us to do better. I wish I spent more time with her.
Dear Emma,
I also lost my Mom at an early age. The first year was a bit hard, but it slowly gets better. My prayers are with you.

Condolence from Nolana Baillargeon on June 17th, 2011 1:10 PM

Such a lovely pianist, such a lovely person. She will be missed by so many.

I spoke with Janice this past fall – she relayed to me how much she was enjoying driving Emma to all of her extra curricular commitments and spending time with her over the previous year.

My deepest condolences on your loss John and Emma – she was an amazing woman.
Nola

Condolence from Judy Elliott on June 17th, 2011 1:15 PM

Dear John, Emma and the Waite Family,

I was So sorry to hear of Janice’s recent passing. My thoughts and prayers have been with you the past couple of days and trust that all the special memories you have will sustain you through this difficult time. You do not know me but I grew up in Grande Prairie and have known Janice since we were 12. I have fond memories of her as my rival contestant in the Kiwanis Festival – we studied piano with the same teacher, Mrs. Kazakoff. We played in the high school band, orchestra and sang in the choir all through high school. I lost contact except for a few ‘coffee dates’ here in Calgary.

she was a very gentle person, fun and always kind to everyone she encountered.

The music community in Calgary and lost a truly great musician and person.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Elliott (nee: Jones)

Condolence from Liza Scriggins Lowry on June 17th, 2011 1:15 PM

I was fortunate to be able to collaborate with Janice during my first stint at the Banff Centre, and I was immediately struck by her kindness, musicianship, humor and vitality. She will be greatly missed!

Love to you both,
Liza

Condolence from Marianne Bleile on June 17th, 2011 1:16 PM

Dear John and Emma,
What a great privilege we have all had to share our lives with someone so brilliant, kind, and generous as Janice. She was a strong, inspiring influence during my early years as a pianist. I will never forget the patience and grace with which she tried to steer me in the right direction. Her memory will always inspire me. We are so very sorry for your loss, and at the same time, so grateful that she is no longer suffering. Our family will keep your family in our prayers.
Marianne, Sarah, Mary and Leonard Bleile

Condolence from Pam Ludwar on June 17th, 2011 3:17 PM

Dear Rev. and Mrs. Waite,
You may or may not remember me from Janice and Ina’s and my U of A days. My name was Pam Braaten (now Ludwar) and Janice and Ina and I were the inseparable “3 Musketeers”,as some of our friends liked to call us. I wanted to extend to you both my most hearfelt sympathies. I received a phone call from Ina today, and am so immensely shocked and saddened. I so wish I had known that Janice was sick, as I surely would have visited her, since both our children live in Calgary, and we visit there from time to time. I now of course regret so much, that I didn’t take the time to do just that, over the past few years.
Janice and Ina were my two closest friends in Edmonton. We shared so many of life’s experiences together, through the growing pains of trying to become the best pianists that we could be, as well as enjoying many discussions about our mutual classes. I remember well Janice’s extraordinary abilities as a chambre pianist, as well as her fine scholarship as a student. Mostly, though, I remember her warmth and her kindness. We also spent one summer together at Banff studying chambre music with Isobel Rolston, who I grew to love just as much as Janice did. Janice and Ina were my bridesmaids at my wedding in Aug. of 1980 – I believe you sewed Janice’s bridesmaid dress.
I regret that we didn’t stay in touch over the years. I never met John nor Emma, but I know from Janice’s occasional letters at Christmas, how happy she was. I will be thinking about her for many days to come, and hope that you both, (as well as your other children) will be able to remain strong and that your pain will ease a bit, in the years to come.
Sincerely,

Pam Ludwar (nee Braaten)

Condolence from Jean Landa on June 17th, 2011 3:19 PM

John I am so sorry to hear this sad news.
Janice was such a wonderful person to work with. Truly good natured and naturally positive.

My condolences on your loss. jean l

Condolence from Sandra Page on June 17th, 2011 4:11 PM

The world will feel a little less a fine place without Janice but she will continue to live in all our hearts.

Sincere condolences, John

Condolence from Don Stiles on June 18th, 2011 8:59 AM

I was sorry to hear that your wife Janice had passed away. You are joining our ranks of widowers at much too young an age. My condolences to you and your daughter.

Condolence from Karmen Ingram on June 18th, 2011 11:37 AM

I learned so very much from Janice in my years studying piano with her. Many of the lessons I learned from her have helped shaped my musical career away from the piano, and for that, I will always be grateful.

I will always remember her kind nature, gentle patience and wonderfully bright smile.

John and Emma, I’m sending my most sincere condolences.

~Karmen Ingram

Condolence from Megan Singer on June 18th, 2011 11:39 AM

Dear John and Emma,
A few years ago my quartet got together with Janice to read through some piano quintets. I will never forget how happy we all were as we played, and how Janice’s laugh and positive mood affected the whole group. I’m pretty sure we also ate a delicious dessert or two, along with coffee, making the whole experience perfect. Janice knew how to live well and shared this with everyone. I am grateful for her influence in my life and will miss her.
John and Emma, you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Megan

Condolence from Daryl Caswell and Barbara Schneider on June 18th, 2011 3:57 PM

Janice: We will always remember our summers of laughing ourselves silly at the Banff Centre. You were the only musician we would entrust our son to for piano lessons. If you were on the gig, we knew there would be stories to tell, laughs to laugh and always your marvelous musicianship. Love and laughter wherever you are.

Condolence from Matt Heller on June 18th, 2011 4:13 PM

I am grateful that I got to know Janice in her last few years, to hear her and experience her radiant personality. My deepest sympathy and condolences.

Condolence from Jan Lisiecki on June 19th, 2011 7:51 AM

Dear Emma,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother passing.
You are an amazing girl, my prayers are with you and your Dad.
With friendship,
Jan

Condolence from Ross Lemon on June 19th, 2011 10:40 AM

When I heard about Janice’s death, my heart just sank. Janice meant a lot to me and I am so forever grateful for the help and support I got from her while I was taking my Music Diploma.
I will always hold Janice in a special place in my heart and she will never be forgotten.
John, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

“We didn’t loose a friend, we gained an angel”

Condolence from Ruth, Dave, Sarah & Christina Minions on June 19th, 2011 5:14 PM

Dear John & Emma; Our sincerest condolences to you both. Janice was always so gracious and giving; Christina & Sarah absolutely loved their years of lessons with Janice and the joy in music she shared with them. Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Tana Jermyn (Gasser) on June 20th, 2011 2:23 PM

My deepest condolences to Janice’s entire family. Mr. and Mrs. Waite I wish you peace and rest in Him, Leslie, to lose a sister, the loss is insurmountable, my heart weeps with you.
Tana

Condolence from Phil and Rae Cram on June 21st, 2011 10:25 AM

Dear John,

We are very sad to hear that Janice has passed away. She made such a fine contribution to the Calgary musical scene.

Our thoughts are with you and Emma.

Phil and Rae

Condolence from Paul Dornian on June 23rd, 2011 10:14 AM

Dear John and Emma,

Please accept heartfelt condolences from all your friends and colleagues at the Mount Royal Conservatory. Janice made a lasting contribution over a number of decades as an educator, performer, administrator and overall wonderful colleague. Janice’s contributions were not just to the Conservatory but to the community more broadly. Everyone at the Conservatory wishes you the very best. Please know that our thoughts are with you.

Your friends at the Conservatory

Condolence from John and Leonora Pauls on June 24th, 2011 4:31 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Emma as you mourn the loss of Janice, whom we knew through her very musical and sensitive playing and accompanying.

Condolence from Judy Honickman-Fuller on July 27th, 2011 12:38 PM

John – My condolences go out to you, Emma and Janice’s entire family. May all of your wonderful memories of her provide you with comfort in the days ahead.

Judy

Condolence from Margaret (Matheson) Macmillan on August 11th, 2011 6:12 PM

Janice and I shared good times, confidences and friendship when we shared “rustic” accommodation in Banff for a number of summers. What a positive spirit, patient, talented, kind and compassionate person Janice was – and what a good friend during those challening summers, first as program assistants and then as accompanists for the Gifted Youth Program! Despite living in opposite parts of Canada Janice would always call to say “hello” whenever she was in Toronto. My husband David and I did enjoy meeting you, John, and I remember a lovely picnic with you, Janice and Emma on the shores of Lake Minnewanka the day after Shauna Rolston’s wedding! Janice was so happy being a wife and mother and sharing bird-watching experiences with you!

My heart goes out to you and your family and please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Margaret (Matheson) Macmillan

Condolence from Nhat-Viet Phi on October 15th, 2011 5:33 AM

I am very sorry to be late with my message, but it was only by accident on Facebook that I even learned of Janice’s passing.

From the Atlantic coast, I offer my sincere (albeit late) condolences to her family, colleagues and friends in Alberta, many of whom were my own friends and partners-in-crime. By hiring me to join the staff of Mount Royal College, Janice helped me build invaluable experience that continues to serve me today… There is not much else I could say that hasn’t already been said here so eloquently by, for example, my past instructor Marilyn Engle, or past colleague Theresa Plotnick, so… Requiem in pace.

Condolence from Irene Johansen on October 15th, 2011 10:51 PM

John,

Having been away from the Chorus from January to now, I didn’t know Janice had passed until this weekend. We sang for her, known and unknown. I hope you and your daughter received some comfort from the concert, knowing so many loved her and cared enough to show it, to you and to the world. I think you’re a brave man. Keep on, and she’ll be right beside you.

ij

Condolence from Brian and Della Lewis on October 17th, 2011 12:23 PM

We’ve been attending the Calgary Instrumental Society concerts for more than ten years. We didn’t know Janice but she always has a wonderful smile and greeting for us. Her enthusiasm was infectious. We miss her. Our deep condolences.

Condolence from Lynn Caddey Schweber on February 26th, 2012 3:01 AM

Dear Rev. and Mrs. Waite, John, and Emma,

I have just now on Facebook learned of Janice’s passing. My condolences to all of you on your loss. Janice was my roommate at Banff her first summer there as a student. Sadly, I am the last of that trio that had so much fun together at the age of 15 or 16. (Our other roommate, Adelyn Peck, passed away in 1995 after a long battle with breast cancer.) I last saw Janice in the fall of 1989; and John, I think we met then. My husband and I were driving to Yellowknife and passed through Edmonton. Janice has always been my example of how one can be wonderfully happy as a musician, loving the music, treasuring the students, and having a balanced and positive outlook on life. I have often thought of her over the years as someone whom I wished I were more like! The world has lost a lovely person and musician. Emma and John, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you move on with your lives. I have a daughter Emma, too. May the Source of Peace comfort you all.
Lynn Caddey Schweber

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