In Memory of



Obituary for Jayne Ford

Frances Jayne Ford, age 81 years, passed away peacefully at Richmond General Hospital on November 30, 2023. Lovingly remembered by her husband, Dave and children Nancy (Wahid Ali), John, and grandsons Jackson and Solomon.

Jayne was predeceased by her parents, Wardlaw and Jean Porteous, her brother Dick, and by her beloved aunt, Jo Ward, all of Edmonton.

Jayne’s early years included family camping trips, tagging along with her older brother and his friends, skiing, horseback barrel racing, and trick water skiing. Her daredevil attitude became a lifelong trademark.

Jayne completed all of her schooling in Edmonton, graduating from the University of Alberta in 1964. Jayne loved her summer jobs during college working for Brewsters in Banff. During these years, she learned to love the mountains, and eventually, a young man named Dave.

Jayne’s work as a social worker focused on child protection, helping people and ensuring the best family outcomes in difficult situations.

Jayne and Dave were married in 1966 and have stayed in love for 57 years. In 1969, Jayne gave up her social work career to move as Dave’s job took them to Ghana, Toronto, Regina, and Vancouver.

Once Jayne landed in West Vancouver in 1978, she loved it and declared that if his job took him away again, he would be moving alone. They both stayed permanently.

Jayne’s priority became motherhood and she was great at it. Jayne was actively involved in school, sports and community activities where her volunteer spirit and creative abilities shone. She built a successful craft business named ‘Frankie Jay Originals’ featuring hand-made Christmas ornaments. Many shoppers only knew Jayne as “The Playdough Lady.”

Upon retirement in 1993, Jayne and Dave became snowbirds, spending their winters at their home in Scottsdale. Jayne loved the sunshine, their new friends, and the snowbird lifestyle. Cycling became a treasured activity: Jayne was active in the VBC (Vancouver), Norwest (West Vancouver) and Corvairs (Scottsdale) bike clubs. Many days were spent on cycling trips, both local and European. Jayne knew the coffee breaks and the Happy Hours were as important as the miles on the bike! As cycling became physically difficult, Jayne enjoyed cruising, from the Greek Islands to the South Seas.

Jayne was known for her vibrant smile, a robust sense of humour, her free spirit and a compassionate nature. Jayne was resilient. She overcame a variety of medical issues and still brought sunlight and laughter into every encounter – her family and friends will miss her forever. Jayne’s family want to thank the many medical professionals who helped her battle life’s obstacles, particularly her Physicians, Dr. Siobhan Clement, and Dr. Kathleen Alexander.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Dec 18th, 2023 at 1 PM at Gleneagles Golf Clubhouse, 6190 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2S3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency.