After a brief illness Janet Margaret Dunlop Melvin died peacefully at Granite Ridge Care Community in Ottawa on December 20, 2022, age 83. Predeceased by her brother, Edward Arthur Melvin; her father, Karl Warner Melvin; her mother, Jean (Dunlop) Melvin; her step-mother: Delma (Howe) Melvin, all four of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and by her cousin, Alice Melvin of Boston, Massachusetts. Survived by cousin and last close relative, Mary (Melvin) Petronella and her husband Vincent, also of Boston.
Janet was a B.Sc. graduate of Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia and an M.Sc. graduate of the University of Western Ontario, London, now known as Western University. She served for about a year on the science staff at Sir George Williams University in Montréal, Québec, which later became Concordia University. She then became a secondary school science teacher for the Ottawa Carleton Public School Board teaching for many years at Laurentian Collegiate, also at Lisgar and several other collegiates, teaching from grades 9 to 13.
Music was a life-long interest, being an accomplished pianist in her younger years, later a member of the Ottawa Choral Society and then her church choir. Other interests included drama, for many decades attending the Ottawa Little Theatre and latterly the Kanata Little Theatre; also travel to many countries on four continents.
Janet was a long-time member of Britannia United Church, Ottawa, actively participating in many of its programs.
Her funeral service will be held in the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Home, 3440 Richmond Road, Nepean, on Thursday December 29 at 1 pm with visitation starting at noon, the service to be conducted by the Rev. Jennifer Power, minister at Britannia United Church. Masking is strongly encouraged everywhere within the funeral home to respect current Covid guidelines. For this reason no reception will follow the service. Interment will occur at a later date in the family plot at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Acadia University, Wolfville NS B4P 2R6; to Britannia United Church, 985 Pinecrest Road, Ottawa ON K2B 6B4; to the RTOERO Foundation of the Retired Teachers of Ontario, 300-18 Spadina Road, Toronto ON M5R 2S7 or to a charity of your choice.