Janet Brockway

Janet Brockway (Andrews)

Friday, August 31st, 1934 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Janet Nina Brockway (nee Andrews) at 2:00 a.m. on June 11, 2020 at Newmarket Health LTC with her daughter Patricia by her side (and family members praying from afar due to Covid restrictions). Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunty, friend and so much more. After struggling with Parkinson’s for many years she is finally free of the disease that took so much from her. We will miss her so much but at the same time can't believe how lucky we were to have her in our lives in one way or another for almost 86 years
Janet (Mummy) was a wonderful mum to four children, Andrew (Candice)Leslie, Sandra (Jack Lichtman), Patricia (Richard Oakley) and Theresa (Al King) predeceased Rob McNamara. Wife to Robert (Bob) Brockway (predeceased), daughter to Desmond and Nina (Short) Andrews, loving older sis to 3 sisters, Jill (predeceased William Murray), Tess (predeceased William Smith), Susan (Al White), and 3 brothers, Chris (Sally), Anthony (Bernie)Veronica and Paul (Elaine). Amazing Granny to Hannah (Ben Nielsen), Jessica, Sydney, Daniel, Jonathon, Samuel (Aleesha), Maggie, Jordan, Raymie, Nathan and Kalila. Great Granny to Elizabeth, Annette and Katherine. Aunty Jan to so so many!
Janet was born in Birmingham, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1956. After marrying Bob, she raised her family on Clarence Street in Woodbridge from about 1963 to 1980. They moved to an acreage in Tottenham until our father’s passing, then moving to Newmarket. As well as being a full-time mother, she worked in Pine Grove for many years, first as the secretary at St. Margaret Mary’s School and then as the administrative assistant and office manager to the owners of Hayhoe Mills.
Janet was devoted to her family and her faith and always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone she could. Always putting everyone ahead of her own needs. As an active member of her church, she held many roles from president of the CWL, to Sunday School teacher to keeper of the coffee rotation list, always ready to do whatever was asked of her. She loved to garden, paint, sculpt and dance when she was able. Her grandchildren kept a youthful spark in her eye, with many simple pleasures like raking fall leaves, snowball fights and tobogganing. She loved to travel and wished that she’d been able to do so much more. She enjoyed a good joke. She deeply believed in faeries.
Throughout her entire life, her sense of Andrew’s humour never wavered. She always got the joke and you knew by the glint in her eyes and subtle, but knowing smile on her face.
Janet was one in a million, a Rockstar! We will love you forever, always in our hearts and minds. You’re free to fly once again.
Due to COVID, space will be limited at the church, however if you would like to attend, please contact Trish Oakley at and we will you add you to the guest list if there is room. (We are required to submit a guest list by Monday, June 15)
A Private Visitation at St. Elizabeth Seton Church (17955 Leslie St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9A4), followed by Mass at on Tuesday at 1pm June 16, 2020 (live streaming available). Burial will be at St Patrick Cemetery in Schomberg at 3 pm with family only in attendance.
For those unable to attend, St Elizabeth Seton will be live streaming the mass, please go to their website at or their FaceBook Page and follow the instructions.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Parkinson Canada
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    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 2:30pm
    St. Patrick's Cemetery
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    Schomberg, Ontario
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Nathan Lichtman

Posted at 11:31pm
My fondest memory of Granny was when she would take me to Toys R Us and then to swiss chalet afterwurds - id always end up getting way more then i should and she would make me eat all of it

- Nathan

Sandra Lichtman

Posted at 12:07am
I am thankful to you Mummy for so many things. I am thankful for the wonderful mother you were to each of your four different children. I am thankful for the supporter and encourager you were to me throughout my good times and my difficult times. I am thankful for the amazing grandmother you were to my children. They so enjoyed playing with you, being loved by you and eating your cookies. I am thankful for how gracious and loving you were to Jack. He called you Saint Mother-in-Law and would say that none of the mother-in-law jokes could be applied to you since you were so loving and supportive of him.
I am thankful that when I became a born-again Christian you were happy for me; for the hope this brought to my life. You were gracious as I grew in my faith and even expected to learn from me. As you worked at Hayhoe’s you learned through their witness more about what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus and you shared with me when you prayed asking God to forgive you since Jesus had died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins. If anyone could get into heaven by their good works, it would have been you but thank God for the rest of us that salvation and the promise of eternal life with God is given us when we confess our sin to God and thank him that Jesus’ death on the cross paid our penalty in full.
These last years have been difficult for you as your Parkinson’s progressed and I am so thankful that you now stand completely healed and perfect in the presence of Jesus. Thank you for living out a wonderful example of a mother, wife, grandmother and all the other roles where people received your love.
I love you Mummy,
Love Sandy

Charmaine Wall

Posted at 07:41pm
Janet, you were a beautiful, caring, and loving soul. I will miss you.
Charmaine Wall

Chris Andrews

Posted at 01:53pm
Chris Andrews
One of my favourite memories of Jan was at Christmas, midnight mass. She and I would go to the mass together and go back to her house on Clarence. We would get out of the car, leave stuff inside and then go for a walk north along the street and talk about everything that was happening, our lives, the children, the world and everything else. This was an annual event with us and it was something that we both looked forward to and really enjoyed together. Miss you Jan!

chris dobson

Posted at 10:36am
I did not get to the Prinicpal's office very often, but when I did, I knew an angel was waiting there so I was less afraid. Mrs. Brockway was always present with kind words, small favours and a hug when I needed one. She was a mother to me in her own way and to so many other children or friends that happened her way. I really can't remember a single sharp word from her ever. She radiated a quiet love with a beautiful smile and an eye that twinkled with the wisdom of somebody who completely lived out of her heart.

I feel that when our time comes, there will be somebody in the Principal's office waiting for us, and we can all be a little less afraid.

Go in Peace. You are one of God's faeries now.

Chris Dobson


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