Janice Simpson

Janice Simpson

Monday, September 14th, 1959 Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

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Obituary for Janice Carole Simpson (Simpson)

Simpson, Janice Carole (nee Simpson)
It is with deep sadness that we announce Janice Carole Simpson passed away unexpectedly at age 60. She lived life to the fullest until the last few moments when her heart stopped. Jan will be dearly missed by her beloved spouse Adrian Horwood, parents Don and Marion Simpson (she was their eldest daughter), siblings Dave, Chris and Craig and their families.

Jan developed a communications, organizational and change management consulting practice, Redoaks Management Consulting Inc. It was founded on her strong consulting background from her work with Intersect International Ltd., Oliver Wyman, Mercer Delta Consulting, Cosult International and Salasan Associates. She was Director of Communication Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness at Nortel. She co-authored several books, including Mastering Customer Value Management: The Art and Science of Creating Competitive Advantage.

She earned a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a MA English Literature and BA English/French from Western University. Early on, she taught literature, communication and public-speaking courses at the University of Toronto and Western University.

She was the family organizer, a vital assistant for her mother as she often schooled her younger siblings on a variety of school subjects she had already mastered. She created theatrical productions and assigned roles for each family member to carry out in basement performances for friends and relatives. She discovered early that reading allowed her to travel places that her youth would not yet let her go. As a University student she excelled in languages and literature and she was able to combine these two subjects while studying in Europe in her twenties. Her love of literature became her emphasis at school culminating in her doctorate.

Jan’s professional expertise was the ability to synthesize complexity and communications challenges into precise, simple and plain language. She asked the right questions, made unexpected connections and produced nuanced, clearly reasoned strategy. She was quietly confident, not afraid to challenge convention and stand up for her ideas. Her skills were sought by large multi-national corporations, global non-profits and entrepreneurs. The elegance she found in a well-designed sentence came from her commitment to plan, to prepare and to always have purpose.

Her life passions reflected these attributes and anyone who travelled with her can attest that a Jan planned trip ensured thorough knowledge of the local customs and lore, the local food and music scene and the best places to stay all over the globe. Her preparations at home, with the able support of Adrian, to support large gatherings of business colleagues, friends or family were legendary.

One of her purposes was to keep us connected. She was a guide to all of us who needed the nurturing she could provide, drawing on her understanding of great literature, music, theatre and the world. She shared all these passions with siblings, nieces, nephews and friends. She was curious about the world and loved to learn. She enjoyed choral music and her years in major choirs in both London and Hamilton. Most of all, she loved her time with Adrian at Redoaks, the home they built together. They shared the things they loved, from gardening to hiking, from cooking to travelling the world together. They were partners in a wonderful life together.

There will be a future event at Redoaks for friends and family when the pandemic situation allows social gathering.

If people wish to donate in memory, Jan suggested considering Western University’s A. Dorothy Turville Undergraduate Language Travelling Fellowships. This fund supported Jan in her studies in France and added to her love of French and international travel.

We will all miss her dearly.

A tree will be planted in memory of Janice in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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David Gouthro

Adrian, I just now heard about Jan's passing and am deeply saddened. My memories of Jan span her work with Don at the Banff Centre to her time at Northern Telecom and beyond. I remember her colleagues never wanting to rush Jan because they knew by supporting her to work in her own way and in her own time, brilliance would be the inevitable result.

You must miss her terribly, Adrian. I know of no words that will provide any comfort; however, I will hold tightly on to my memories of Jan as I know you will be doing the same, with many more to reflect on.
Comment | Posted at 06:56pm via Condolence

EP & Trish Henley

Dear Adrian,
No words can describe how shocked and saddened EP and I were to learn of Jan’s passing, much too soon. We were honoured and blessed to have known Jan and she will certainly be missed by her family and many friends ,but most of all by you. She was generous, thoughtful and kind with such a " joie de vivre" for family, travel, the written word, music ,the arts and gourmet cooking.

You both shared so many passions and lived such a full and happy life together we know you will treasure special memories of your experiences, and travel adventures . Redoak will always be there to remind everyone of the times you both spent lovingly planning and making your home and gardens come to life . This retreat was enjoyed by so many fortunate guests and family. Thank you.

One of our fondest memories of Jan,...she is graciously presiding over" sa belle table" , with a mischievous smile ,hosting a sumptuous gourmet dinner , always ensuring her guests felt welcome, nurtured, and included in stimulating conversations.

We are sure you will have many memories that you will cherish and keep in your heart. Draw on all of them as they will help provide some comfort as you navigate through this terribly sad time .

Please accept our deep heartfelt sympathies to you and Jan’s family. We cannot imagine what you must be feeling right now but please know that we are just a call away
Trish & EP
Comment | Posted at 03:19pm via Condolence

Ann dunbar

Dear sweet Jan, she will be missed by many, but not so much, as you will miss her, Adrian .
I Iwill always remember her infectious smile, that constant glimmer of a giggle.
I wish Universal blessings to help you through.
Comment | Posted at 11:39pm via Condolence

Keith and Norma Stoddart

Dear Adrian, we were shocked and saddened to learn of Jan's death. Losing someone is always very hard; especially when it is so sudden. May you be comforted and strengthened as you grieve your heartbreaking loss. Our deepest sympathies are with you.
Keith and Norma.
Comment | Posted at 01:34pm via Condolence

Jane Graydon

Sending you my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of Jan from our work together at Nortel - she was a master! I also really appreciated her warm hospitality at Redoaks.
Comment | Posted at 11:07am via Condolence

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