Jane E. Hawco

December 30, 1991 to September 19, 2017


Our darling sweet Jane died peacefully in her sleep while staying with family in Ottawa on September 19, 2017. After graduating from MUN in 2015 with a BA (Honours, Deans List) Jane spent a year teaching in Korea and then completed a Masters of Library & Information Studies at McGill University, Montreal in June 2017.  Jane’s great love of Montreal was infectious; while at McGill she worked at the Montreal Jewish Library and loved her job.

Jane will be greatly missed by her dad and mom – Leo & Lorna Hawco, her brother Michael (Meg), her G’Ma, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was a fun loving, strong woman who achieved all the goals she set for herself.  She loved to travel and had many friends around the world.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Epilepsy Association of NL. A memorial service will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel, 329 Freshwater Road on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm with a celebration of her life to be held at a location to be determined.



2:00pm, Saturday October 28th

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Dear Hawco family,
I am very sadden by the passing of Jane. I was Jane’s teacher when the Hawco family lived in GFW. I remember that Jane was the youngest student in the class. She was playful and had a bubbly personality.
My condolences,
Aurevoir Jane,
Your Grade 1 teacher,
Mme Roussel

Sorry for your loss, Lorna and family.

Jane’s family,

I remain so saddened by the news of Jane’s passing. She will always remain the sweet, gentle soul who was my daughter’s (Kasi) best friend when we moved to St. John’s in 2003. They volunteered together at the Arts and Culture Library,, the library becoming a place so dear to Jane’s heart.

My very deepest condolences are offered to you at this extremely difficult time.

Beth Humber

Michael and family,

So very sorry to hear about your loss. Passing along my condolences and keeping you in my thoughts during this difficult time.


Lorna, Leo and family,
So deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lorie Perry

Leo and family,
We were saddened to hear of your daughter’s passing. We offer our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Take care.

So sorry for your loss.

So very shocked and sassened to hear about Jane. May all the wonderful memories of her help you and your family as you deal with your loss. Take care!

Lorna and Leo,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of your little Jane. You and your family are in my thoughts and I know you will find strength from each other.

Jane, in her short life made the best of it and lived it to the fullest. I know she made her parents proud.. I also know she did well because of them.

Leo and Lorna, may you find peace as you bear the weight of your huge loss and know that you have good friends to help along the way.


Ann so sorry to hear about your nieces passing our prayers and condolences too you and her family.

Leo, Lorna, Michael and family,
It’s difficult putting into words such sorrow and condolences but we are sending our strength and love to you during these dark days.
I remember playing with Jane as a child and I’ll cherish those memories of her. She will never be forgotten.

Natalie, Rod and boys

Leo and family
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your daughter. I worked with Leo for many years and we would chat sometimes about my daughter and Jane, since my daughter taught her piano lessons. Many times we would chat about how much Jane loved taking the lessons and about the camaraderie that Jane and Chrissie shared.

I had the great privilege of teaching Jane piano lessons for several years. Though she was still a young teen at the time and I, a young adult, we shared so much – a quirky sense of humour, a love of anime and Japanese culture, a sincere appreciation for music, a talent for drawing, and the list goes on. We laughed ironically to discover that we even shared the same birthday! Jane was such an incredibly unique soul, with wisdom beyond her years and an infectious sense of humour that could make you smile on even your gloomiest day. Of the hundreds of students I have taught, she was a true “favourite” of mine, and I loved seeing her every week. Once she had graduated from my teaching, I would try to keep in touch with the occasional message. I now wish I had tried harder, as the time I was fortunate enough to spend with her was fleeting. She will always have a special place in my heart, and I will forever cherish that I was lucky enough to have known her.

I don’t want to be one of these people who come out of the woodwork to make a spectacle in times like these, but I do feel compelled to anonymously pay tribute to the Enigma that was Jane Hawco.

I knew Jane during our highschool years at PW . At first glance, she was a quiet girl, usually with her head in a book. As time passed in highschool, her vibrancy and enthusiasm became more and more evident. The things she appreciated, she appreciated on such a deep level. I collaborated with her in school projects and extra curricular arts based activities and her true passion for the arts was infectious. She had a keen sense of humour and her chocolate chip cookies were legendary throughout our entire grade. She wasn’t afraid to voice her opinion even when she stood alone. She valued the quirky, the authentic and the enchantments that life had to offer.

In a world and in a life phase where people were so preoccupied with keeping up with the Jones’, Jane was never afraid to be her true self and you couldn’t help but respect and admire her individuality. Her opinions, her interests, her sense of humour always added a distinctly “Jane flavour” to the discussion.

I still think of her when I see the books and music that she deeply loved and enthusiastically proclaimed her love for. It is hard to believe that someone that I went to high school with, so young and so accomplished has departed this earth.
It is deeply unfair and my sincere condolences are with her family and friends at this time. May we all remember Jane’s manifesto of staying true to yourself, knowing that it will point us in the direction of our dreams. Though her time was not nearly as long as she she deserved, this was a life lesson that she had mastered.

Through Regina to you all, especially Lorna, Leo and Michael : I heard many loving stories from Jane’s proud aunt. She was obviously a very special, independent, strong and good young woman – well raised and deeply loved! I am happy you had her in your lives and she you. I wish you comfort now and later as you cope with your sadness and loss.

Dear Leo, Lorna & Michael.
So very sorry to hear the news of Janes passing.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Don Cathy & Family

Leo, Lorna, Michael, Our deepest condolences to you at this very sad time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Harvey & Lee Humby.

My deepest condolences and hearfilled prayers to all of your family.

Patti Maddigan (Furlong)

Hawco Family,
I was very saddened to hear of Jane’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you guys. Take care.

Jane was a joy to know and a pleasure to be around in the Classics Department. She was so full of life and love for those who were her family and friends. I will treasure all the hugs and smiles they came my way from her.

Cathy Kieley
Classics Department, MUN

Dear Hawco Family,
Brian is a new friend of our family’s and we just found about your tragic loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this terribly sad time. Take care.
With love from the Millar Family
Ottawa, Ontario

Our deepest condolences for your loss.

Lorna and Leo I can’t even begin to imagine how you must be feeling.. You spoke of Jane with such pride and love and concern but always knew she could hold her own. I pray your memories will get you through this difficult time.Rip Jane.
Ruth Foster ( former coworker of Lorna)