Janet Plock

Obituary of Janet Plock



(née Cadenhead)



Janet passed away peacefully on April 10th, with her two sons at her bedside in the place she loved most–her home on the same street in North Toronto where she had been born, had grown up, and had raised her family. Predeceased by Albert George Plock, her former husband of 22 years, Janet will be dearly missed by sons, Sean (Laurie), and Christopher (Anindita), daughter, Sarah, much loved grandchildren, Keefer, Aaron (Angie), Tyler, Meagan (Anthony), Andrew, and Aiden, and treasured great-grandchildren, Kylie, Hannah, Addison, and Keefer. Janet’s family was the light of her life.


Born on June 19, 1935, to parents Loveday (née King) and Keefer Cadenhead (who noted any of her misdemeanors with a twinkle in his eye), Janet attended John Wanless Public School, then Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, completing her post-secondary education at the Toronto Teachers’ College.  She later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Glendon College, York University.  She began her elementary school teaching career at Park School (York District), working with special needs students (Opportunity Class) and, until her retirement from Armour Heights Public School in 1992, taught grades 1 through 6 in various combinations, and diverse subjects, including French.  She will be remembered by her students as being passionate about their learning, and fiercely dedicated to enriched education. She was legendary for supplementing regular curriculum with lunchtime sessions devoted to reading Shakespeare, or “classics” such as The Scarlet Pimpernel.  These were subsequently turned into plays, performed by junior grade students for their parents and friends. Nothing was too good or too challenging for Janet’s classes.  


Janet was also passionate about travel, whether taking each of her grandchildren to mark their 10th birthday to whatever destination they chose (New Zealand, England, Italy, Central and Northern Europe, etc.), or visiting family and friends across Canada, or walking the neighbourhood with her Nordic poles.  On November 2, 2019, her travels went vertical as she finished the annual climb of the CN Tower with her trainer watching in admiration.  Janet was unfailingly curious, an avid learner, determined, and absolutely fearless.  Her extended family and many friends are testament to her care in nurturing relationships.  Whether recent or lifetime, Janet maintained connections with those with whom she shared special interests, family history, as neighbours, colleagues, longtime fast friends and confidants.  She leaves volumes of memories for everyone who loved her.  


The family is planning a celebration of Janet’s life when COVID-19 restrictions permit. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Salvation Army will be appreciated. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com


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