Janet Berton

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Janet Walker BERTON

June 29, 1920 - November 6, 2015

Wife and best friend to Pierre; sister of the late Dr. Donald Walker; sister-in-law to Dr. Elspeth Walker and Lucy Berton Woodward; mother to Penny, Pamela, Patsy, Peter, Paul, Peggy Anne, Perri and Eric; mother-in-law to John, Rico, Paula, Holly, Stewart; grandmother to Elora, Orin, Liam, Graeme, Michaela, Laura, Thomas, David, Joanna, Harris, Heidi, Zac, Gareth and Joshua; great-grandmother to Nayan; den mother to countless others, friend to all.

Journalist, copy editor, public relations expert, general store clerk, unofficial hostel operator, cookbook author, event promoter, pioneering restaurateur, early environmentalist, community activist, Explorer leader, picnic coordinator, tireless volunteer, vegetable gardener, gourmet chef, 24/7 party convener, welcoming host to friends, strangers, stray cats (and let's face it -- all creatures great and small); heritage conservationist, and eternal optimist.

Her inevitable response to small disasters was "oh well, it will make a good story." Her common refrain: "Aren't we lucky." Her predictable question of others: "What can I do to help?" Her usual offer to random transients: "You'll stay with us." Her most frequent comment about almost anyone: "They seem very nice."

A celebration of her life will be held at the Board of Trade Country Club, 20 Lloyd St. in Woodbridge, on November 16th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Published in the Toronto Star from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, 2015