Jan Gillanders

With heavy hearts we are sad to announce that Jan Gillanders passed away peacefully in her home in Chatham on August 2, 2022. Daughter of the late Edsel and Ruth Gillanders (nee McKenzie). Sister of Linda Trinacty and her husband Ed. Jan will also be missed by her nephews Alan Trinacty and his partner Matt Boisvert, and Paul Trinacty and his wife Loubna Amarir, and her great-niece Alba and great-nephew Mehdi. Jan attended high school at CCI in Chatham and then Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her passions included photography and music while she also enjoyed biking, golf, pickle ball, tennis, reading, and puzzles in her quiet time. Jan greatly valued her friendships and had many life long friends. A family graveside gathering will take place at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Jan’s name are asked to please consider the Chatham-Kent Library or the charity of their choice.


31 Comments on “Jan Gillanders”

  1. We are saddened to hear of the passing of your sister Linda. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family.
    Bernice and Raymond Chartrand

  2. Linda &Ed and family , we are sorry to hear of your sister Jan passing. We are thinking of you . Life is so fragile , hold her memories close , love never dies but live on in our hearts forever. Hugs ❤️‍

  3. So sorry to hear about the loss of your sister, Linda. My sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Linda & Ed, Paul & Al, we are so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. Heartfelt condolences for your loss.
    Love Charlie & Linda Lekavy
    and Family

  5. Linda, Ed and family, we are so very sorry to learn of the death of your sister. May treasured memories help heal your hearts at this difficult time. Hugs..

  6. We have been friends since high school ….I feel so lucky to have had her in my life …. She was a special friend and I will miss her greatly …. My heart goes out to her family !!! A shining star has been lost !!!
    Betty Jean and Dennis Makowetsky

  7. Linda Ed and family l am so sorry to read of Jan’s passing my condolences and prayers go out to you l still remember when you lived out in Lynwood and Jan suggesting interesting stuff to do lol

  8. We are all shocked and saddened by the passing of Jan. We will miss her very much. Rest in Peace, Jan. We love you.

  9. Linda, Ed and family-so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. May you cherish your memories and know we are thinking of you at this sad time.
    Gary & Pat

  10. Linda, Ed, and Family…I am SO shocked to hear about the passing of your sister Linda. I just played golf with her 2 weeks ago. Jan will certainly be missed by ALL. May she rest in Peace.

  11. This was a shock to read! Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea that Jan was your sister. She was a part of our 9 hole golf group at the Links. She golfed with us last Tuesday and now she is gone! She was a very nice person who had lots of good adventures! Hugs to you and your family! ❤️❤️❤️

  12. Dear Linda, Ed & family We are so sadden by the passing of Jan. She live across the hall from us in the apartment. She was a wonderful her smile was wonderful. She amazing running up four floors pickle ball, golf she had so many talents. We are so glad that she got out to B.C. I will always remember our last short visit while doing laundry. See will be missed.
    May she now rest in peace.
    Wilbert & Mary Jean Horne apt.401

  13. Linda, Ed and Family Our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Jan was full of life. Her visits to our home usually included the beach, good food, walks, biking and of course some good wine and oh yes some good movies and lots of fun… Typical Jan stuff. Hard to keep up with her. She lived her life to the fullest and will be forever missed.

  14. Our deepest condolences in the loss of Jan! You are in thoughts in prayers at this sad time. Jan memories will live on threw all her family & friends. R.I.P. Jan….

  15. Our deepest condolences in the loss of Jan! Jan memories will live on threw her family & friends.R.I.P Jan…

  16. I have only known Jan a short time as we met from living in the same apt building. She always stopped to chat on her way out to play golf or for a bike ride. I am shocked at her passing. She was a very kind woman. She will be missed here in our building. My condolences to her family. You are in my thoughts and sending prayers.

  17. Saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. My condolences to her family. Enjoyed watching the videos. Met Jan golfing last summer and remember her stopping to take photos on the course.

  18. So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I met Jan playing pickleball and had wonderful chats on the greenbelt, at Shoppers, at Canadian Tire… where ever we ran in to each other. Jan was full of love and laughter. Rest well Jan❣️

  19. I will miss my dear friend Jan. The many laughs, conversations, music and bike rides we shared. She will be in my heart forever.

  20. Linda and Ed, Paul & Loubna & family, Al & Matt. Peter and I are thinking of you and wishing you strength through this time. Jan’s smile, personality, zest for life will always be special memories for you. Life is so fragile. Sending you love and hugs. The Beintemas

  21. Linda, Ed and family we are sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Our condolences to your family.

  22. I was saddened to hear of Jan’s passing. She was my Monday night golf partner and always had a smile and a story to tell of a recent adventure. I know that she treasured her family and friends, near and far. She’ll be missed by many. My sincere sympathies.

  23. Jan was my next door neighbour. Always pleasant and helpful. I feel very lucky to have known her. She loved all the good things nature, sports books quite time good wine and most of all her friends.

  24. Three weeks ago today I golfed the Fawn at Deer Run with Jan. She mentioned that the 7th hole was her favourite as it was between the tall majestic trees. She was always taking and sharing her pictures and loved her bike rides. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends. She will be missed by many.

  25. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your sister Linda. Our deepest sympathy to you and Ed and all your family.

  26. Linda,

    I am very sorry for your loss. I met your sister (not knowing it was your sister) a couple of summers ago when she golfed with some of us at The Links of Kent. When she talked about her life it always sounded like she squeezed every ounce of activity and enjoyment out of life that she could, and that she’d seen a lot of beautiful places and wide open spaces. From the comments posted here I see that she was still active golfing, etc. recently, so I am thankful that she continued to enjoy life and good health until the end. May your memories of your time spent with Jan provide you with comfort. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

    Lori Gall (Neil)
    (From your Pioneer Hi-Bred Days)

  27. We are so shocked and saddened by the news of Jan’s death. And we are grateful for the wonderful visit we had with her on her recent trip to BC. We were lucky to have Jan stay with us for more time than originally planned; time spent laughing ( a lot of laughing!), exploring and heart-to-heart chats. She was a treasured and very dear friend. A bright light has stopped shining and we miss her profoundly.

  28. Dear Linda and Ed, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear sister/sister-in-law, Jan. We didn’t have the pleasure of knowing her but, having siblings ourselves, can imagine how much she was loved and will be missed by you and your family. We wish all of you peace and comfort in the days ahead. With prayers and hugs, Ed and Maxine

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