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Janet Antoinette (LeFlem) BUDD

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BUDD, Janet Antoinette (LeFlem) Janet Antoinette Budd passed away peacefully and from natural causes August 10, 2012 in Victoria, BC. She was in her hundredth year. Her nephew, Vernon McCarthy of Regina, spent the last week with her. She lived the last eleven years, at her own choosing, at Beckley Farm Lodge; her care there was superb, and she was considered highly by the staff. Janet was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the only child of Hellen (Simpson) and William LeFlem, and lived there till 1918, when the family moved to Robsart, a recently established booming railroad town just south of the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan. They left there in 1924 for Calgary, eventually returning to Regina in 1927 where she resided till she and her husband settled in Victoria in 1959. At an early age she studied the violin and excelled at it. Music and the violin remained an important part of her youth and adult life. In 1934 she received her Associate Diploma in violin performance from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. (Curiously enough the diploma itself was not mailed out until 1936, affixed with the newly minted stamp of the new, yet uncrowned King, Edward VIII!) During her early adult years Janet not only performed extensively in Regina as a soloist and with various violin ensembles, but she also took up teaching. On June 28, 1941 Janet married Walter Clement Jesse Budd at the Metropolitan United Church in Regina. Her husband was also a gifted violinist, and the two played together in the Regina Symphony Orchestra until 1959, under the batons of Knight Wilson and John Thornicroft. At more casual Budd family gatherings and festive holidays they were key figures in musical evenings, joined by other members of the Budd extended family. After moving to Victoria they continued to play in the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Besides the important role music played in Janet's life, she also was a career woman, and served in a secretarial role in law offices in both Regina and Victoria. In a more relaxing mode she enjoyed many years of travel with her husband, developing a wide group of friends among the regular 'Silver' RVers. After her adoring husband died in 1988, Janet met Tommy Gallivan, who was devoted to her too. They shared many social outings together, drives, sight-seeing around Victoria, dancing, dining out. He predeceased here in 2008. She was a 'regular' at the Happy Hours at Beckley Farm Lodge where she resided very comfortably in her last years. Lynn McElroy, a niece, selflessly attended her Aunt in these years, and after Lynn's untimely passing, a nephew, Vernon, took on responsibilities that Janet could no longer handle, and also to ensure that she was in good care. Her survivors are few. A sister-in-law, Vivian Moen of Kelowna, BC, two nieces-in-law, Merle Pearce of Regina SK, and Sharon Harder of Kelowna, a nephew-in-law, Vernon of Regina, a first cousin, Verna Neild, also of Regina, second cousin, Jeanette Fawcett, Lacombe AB, and a third cousin, Karen Marriott, Australia. At Janet's own request there will be no funeral or memorial service. A private burial will take place in September at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria. "May the angels lead you into Paradise," gentle lady, on wings of song. There is no pain in the graveyard, or the voice Whispering in the tombstones, "Rejoice, rejoice." Irving Layton, Canadian poet
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Sept. 8, 2012