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1935 Janet McDonald Kiff (Nee Stewart) Dec. 10

Janet McDonald Kiff (nee Stewart) Dec. 10, 1935 - Nov. 14, 2017 Thank you for being the person you were. Janet was born in Chatham, the eldest daughter to Dr. C. Allan Stewart and his wife Eleanor Alice (McDonald). Janet is predeceased by both her parents as well as her younger sister Harriet. Janet is survived by her brothers Bill and Allan Stewart (Dr. Lynn Stewart). Janet's passion in life was her family: past, present as well as family as defined by the larger community in which she lived. Janet's attachment to the Orillia area began as a young child when her Mom, Dad, brothers and sister piled into the family car and made their annual trek from Chatham to Geneva Park for their summer get away. Later in life, through an act of fate, Dad was offered a job as an Ophthalmologist for Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital. This brought our family back to Orillia in the early 1960's and once established, we never moved. Orillia became the backdrop for our many years of active family life. Janet gave up her career as a teacher to raise four children myself, Stewart, Philip and Barbara. When Dad embarked on his private practice in this city, mom was that driving force behind Dad's well-managed office and his ability to keep a healthy life work balance. Of Janet's 81 years of living, 58 years were shared as devoted wife and supporter of Dr. Ray Kiff. Though no longer working in the field of teaching, Janet had strong feelings regarding the importance of education and implementing improvements in our school systems. In so doing, Janet had the support of the community as a member of the Simcoe County Board of Education for 2 terms. Mom's values and strong opinions regarding education drove all of her children to choose professional careers and become movers in our respective communities. Local charities and organizations benefited from Janet's generosity and volunteering skills including St. Paul's United Church, Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation, The Richmond House, Green Haven Women's Shelter, Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Orillia Branch, Couchiching Conservancy, Orillia Naturalist Club, Orillia Horticultural Society and Amnesty International. Philanthropy was an important part of Mom's daily life and she never missed an opportunity to encourage us to give back to organizations and the community in order to make positive change in the world around us. I would like to thank Dr. Kim McIntosh, Dr. Monica Chaudrhuri, the Palliative Care Team, ProResp, Happy At Home Support Services and Bayshore nursing care to assist with making my mothers wishes possible so that she could have dignity and grace in her final days. You were all wonderful. All of my cherished lessons and memories are woven into the fabric of life which I share with my partner, Mike Townsend and our step children Lynda (Jean Nic Crépin), Robert, Chantelle, Debbie, Cynthia (Andrew Weedman), our grandchildren Joey, Rhys, Jayden, Oliver, Aisling, Savanna, and Austin. Some due to distance have not met Mom but will know her through our memories as they grow up. Donations can be made as a Memorial to Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation. Thank you for your loving support throughout my life. I love you. Sheilagh Rose (Kiff) A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at 11:00am. at Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James St. E., Orillia Ontario L3V 1L1. Messages of condolence can be sent to www.simcoefuneralhome.ca 13229499
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Posted by Hilma (friend ( through Twin Lakes Scuba Club )) On Tuesday, November 28, 2017
To Ray and family...I am very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Brenda Lashbrook (friend) On Sunday, November 26, 2017
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this one - of - a kind woman! Janet , Ray and family helped me at a difficult time in my young life. Janet , your bright smile and good heart shall never be erased by loss. you leave a very large legacy. thinking of you : Ray , Sheilagh, Stewart , Philip and Barbara.
Posted by Bob and Polly Burns (Friends) On Friday, November 24, 2017
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family on the death of Janet. She was a wonderful, caring, and committed person, to her family and to the community. She will be greatly missed. With sincere sympathy.

We are in Florida, so unfortunately will not be able to attend the memorial service. We will hold you in our prayers.

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