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Hans Jansen
June 8, 1943 - March 7, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Hans Jansen of Fletchers Lake passed away unexpectedly but peacefully surrounded by his family in the VG site, QEII on March 7, 2016. Hans had an easy going disposition. He was modest, humble, light hearted and wise. He lived a full and happy life. <br />Born in Parnu, Estonia on June 8, 1943, he was a beloved son of the late Anton Jansen, P. Eng. and Erica Jansen. Hans and his parents immigrated to Canada through Pier 21 in 1949. He grew up in the Fairview neighborhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia and attended Halifax West High School. <br />Hans loved his family and they were always his top priority. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth. Hans met Liz at a St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day dance at the Victoria General Hospital Nurse&rsquo;s Residence on March 13, 1964. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 9, 2016. <br />Hans was very proud of his children and grandchildren, daughter Krista and son Tony and his wife Carmine, as well as his grandsons Jacob, Isaac and Eric. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Dr. Edmund MacInnis, Ottawa; and sister-in-law, Rev. Dr. Elaine MacInnis, Toronto. Hans also dearly loved and enjoyed the company of his extended family and many friends. <br />Hans was a graduate of Dalhousie University in 1964 with a Diploma in Engineering. He was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University) in 1966, with a Bachelor of Engineering, in Civil Engineering with Distinction. Hans was an employee of the Government of Canada. He worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia for over 30 years. At the time of his retirement in March 1998, he was the Head of the Engineering Services Section (Diadromous Fish Division, Science Branch.) Hans was made a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia in the spring of 2009. <br />Hans was a member of St. John&rsquo;s United Church, Fall River, Nova Scotia since April 1984. He was a former member of Oakfield Golf and Country Club, Oakfield, Nova Scotia. He was a member of Tucson City Golf and played most of the city courses during his many winters spent in Arizona. Hans played bridge, both social and duplicate. He was a member of many bridge groups in Nova Scotia and Arizona. Hans was a member of the same gourmet dinner club with friends for 40 years. He was an avid gardener. He could often be found amongst his vegetables and perennials. Hans created an amazing perennial anniversary garden for Liz at their home. Hans and Liz filled their retirement with extensive travel including driving across and around Canada and the U.S. They took a cruise to Hawaii where they renewed their wedding vows in 2014. They also took cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean. They visited China and walked &ldquo;the great wall&rdquo;. They had extended visits with their children in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Toronto and California. They also visited Mexico, Finland and Estonia. <br />We would like to thank Doctor Fred Archibald, Doctor Christopher Jamieson and Doctor Mark Walsh for their exceptional care of Hans over the years. We thank the staff of Saint Mary&rsquo;s Hospital and the staff of Banner University Medical Centre in Tucson, Arizona for their thoughtful care in early February, 2016. We also thank the nursing team on 3B in the VG site, QEII, for their compassionate and wonderful care of Hans during Hans&rsquo; final month. <br />There will be a celebration of Hans&rsquo; life on Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 2PM at the St. John&rsquo;s United Church in Fall River, Nova Scotia. Liz and family will love and miss Hans forever. He was the best. <br />In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Craig&rsquo;s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer Canada, in the US to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada or St. John&rsquo;s United Church, 3360 Highway #2 Fall River, NS, B2T 1J2. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div>