Lawrence, Janet Philippa

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Janet Philippa Lawrence (née Shrimpton) at the Grey-Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound on June 13, 2022 at the age of 78. Janet lived with scleroderma for many years, courageously optimistic despite the advancing impact of this disease. She passed peacefully with her husband and daughters by her side.

Janet is survived by her husband, Stan Lawrence, by her daughters Claire Draycott (Richard Draycott) and Eva Thompson (Pascal Lemieux), by her stepson Scott Lawrence (Jennifer Lawrence) and grandchildren Taylor, Peter, Emma and Stephanie.  Dear sister of Ann Dunlop (David Dunlop).

Born in Stourport-on-Severn, UK on November 5, 1943, Janet was the much-loved daughter of Philip and Betty (nee Brocket) Shrimpton.  Janet moved to Canada in 1967, settling in Toronto where she raised 2 daughters and was actively involved in her community.  Janet was an avid tennis player and fan, a Girl Guide leader and a faithful member of St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church.   Her career as a travel agent allowed her to explore the world and develop a life-long passion for seeing new places and meeting new people.

In 1991, Janet met Stan Lawrence and had soon moved to Meaford to marry and start a new chapter.  Janet and Stan lived life to the fullest, starting a bookkeeping and accounting company, becoming involved in the Meaford Curling Club, playing as much golf as possible, taking frequent trips to the UK to visit with Janet’s family, and welcoming family and friends to Bora Bora North.  During one of their trips to Scotland, the affectionate nicknames of Mr. and Mrs. Puffin were born and their passion for puffins never ended.  Janet was an active member of Christ Church Anglican, serving as Warden and ACW President for several years.  She found a passion in practising Tai Chi and was an instructor in Thornbury and Meaford.  She had a love of flower and vegetable gardening with new beds ever expanding.  Janet was an accomplished knitter, crocheter and stitcher, providing an endless supply of socks to the family.

Janet will be remembered for her curiosity, kindness and her appreciation for every new day, her sense of humour and strength through adversity.

A memorial service celebrating Janet’s life will be conducted at Christ Church Anglican, Meaford, ON on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 11 o’clock with a reception to follow. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Scleroderma Society of Ontario or Grey-Bruce Regional Health Centre would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON    N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:00 AM
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Doug Price
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    The Tai Chi community in and around Meaford will greatly miss Janet’s bright simile, quick whit and the occasional good humoured but stubborn streak.

    Janet was one of my instructors when I began Tai Chi so many years ago. In recent years Janet would bring her sister along whenever she would come over to visit. They would troop to all the area classes often staying for an extra few minutes to ask some little question or just to chat.

    I will miss the visits, we will all miss Janet.

    Doug Price

  2. Melissa Smith
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Stan, Eva and Claire and Family
    We were so sadden to hear of Janet’s passing. A kind and thoughtful neighbour who always wore a friendly smile . We will miss seeing her in the flower gardens and receiving her black currant jam. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Glenn, Melissa, Sarah and Kenneth

  3. Ted and Lorna Krawchuk
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    That beautiful smile! A lovely photo.
    Such fond memories of the Leaside days, and how enthusiastically Jenny tackled whatever was up next – setting up forms for cheese orders at St. Monica’s ACW group, making a zillion ‘whatevers’ for a church sale, and even finishing my needlework project when I had given up – all intertwined with supporting all the activities both girls were involved with.
    Stan, Claire and Eva – our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry not to be able to be with you for the service, but sending our love.

  4. Brenda Degilio
    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Janet was my beginner instructor in Tai Chi. She was knowledgeable about the art of Tai Chi, was always positive and encouraging in her comments, had a genuinely warm smile, and was simply a grand lady. She will certainly be missed by all who knew her. My sincerest condolences to Stan and all of Janet’s family.

  5. Ed & Marilyn Ormsby and Family
    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Stan and Family. We are sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. She was a Wonderful Neighbour. I always enjoyed our chats. Whether at the Curling Club, Church or the side of the road. Please know you are in our Prayers.
    Ed,Marilyn Ormsby and and Family

  6. Heather LeGros
    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Janet was such a lovely lady she always seemed so positive inspite of her ongoing health issues, I enjoyed our chats at Tai Chi class; she will be missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. My heartfelt condolences to Stan and all the family.

  7. Art Smith
    Friday, June 17, 2022

    Janet was a great friend and neighbor. In years that the saskatoons were good she would make pie and she always remembered me when the garlic scapes were ready. She took great delight in her garden and liked to give the provenance of many of the plants. I was the recipient of many plants but they always did better on her side of the hedge. Condolences to Stan and family, my thoughts are with you.

  8. Frances Stewart
    Saturday, June 18, 2022

    I was lucky enough to have a good part of “Jenny T” as I knew her before her second chapter.We lived so close in Leaside and I even took care of Tiger Thompson.(CAT)
    We travelled to South Carolina with Eva and Craig driving all the way and loving it
    So many memories of ourpairs tennis games together(we were champions” the kids growing up together, the tours we went on together Alaska ,the Caribbean ,Russia ,Bermuda and our crazy guests and we travelled so easily together
    We made new friends that we kept for a long while
    We played cards and she helped me with gardening needlepoint and all her skills -made great curry too
    Its hard to put into a paragraph
    When she moved so happily to Meaford with Stan geography kept us apart but her laughter and smile stayed with us.
    We travelled to family weddings in the UK and I had the pleasure of spending time with Ann and David their Family and “Father” (her dad) who taught be to love Haggis
    What a loss for you the family and the world
    Rest in Peace Janet you left a million wonderful memories and accomplishments.
    Your daughters will carry your skills forward
    Fran Stewart

  9. Michael Stevenson
    Sunday, June 19, 2022

    Janet was a lovely person and a great friend and we send our sincere condolences to her lovely family. A real leader in St Cuthbert’s Church and in all her activities. For several years Janet was the Hon Secretary of the Regimental Council of the Queen’s York Rangers (First Americans) RCAC and did sterling work. A faithful Christian loved by her many friends, may she rest in peace. Judy and Michael Stevenson

  10. Joe Macdonald
    Monday, June 20, 2022

    We are deeply saddened to hear that Janet has passed away, she was such a wonderful and caring lady. We hope you are doing well through this sad time stay strong. I will always remember what Janet instilled in me “leave a paper trail” our prayers are with you.
    Jean and Joe

  11. Donna Kearns
    Monday, June 20, 2022

    Janet was a compassionate and caring person. We had many enjoyable and stimulating conversations at Tai Chi. My deepest condolences to you Stan and to Janet’s family members. Donna Kearns

  12. Wes Sparling
    Monday, June 20, 2022

    My sincerest condolences to Stan and all the family at this time of Janet’s passing.
    We enjoyed several competitive games in curling and always benefited from Janet’s advice
    at Tai Chi class. Janet will be missed by all but never forgotten. RIP!


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