Wendy-Ann Jones

Wendy-Anne Jones

Saturday, February 18th, 1956 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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She was quite simply the sweetest person you could ever meet. She embraced everyone with her love, her kindness, and her caring.  She died as the autumn rains washed the summer heat away but her warmth will linger in the hearts of everyone she met. 

Wendy-Anne Jones was born in Toronto in 1956, and grew up in Montreal, cultivating a talent for writing. At the age of 18, she began working for Air Canada and enjoyed a 16-year career as a flight attendant. She was a caring professional and loved telling stories of her adventures in aviation hospitality. She learned German on her frequent flights to Europe and developed an appreciation for German literature.

In 1986, Wendy enrolled in McGill Law School, earning a BCL in 1989 and Master of Laws in Air and Space Law in 1990. She married Bob Levy during law school and they had two children, Jaya and William, and several unique dogs. After a short time practising family law in Montreal she moved to Ottawa in 2000 to work in air policy and aviation security for Transport Canada. Bob died in 2004. 

Wendy met her future husband Sandy Graham, a lawyer with the Department of Justice, in 2006 when both were working on the same legal project. Prosaic work emails over the Christmas season became more personal. By January, the spark jumped. Wendy and Sandy were married “forever and beyond” in a joyous outdoor ceremony on the only sunny afternoon in August 2008. They laughed together for fourteen years. 

Wendy loved animals as much as she loved people. She delighted in creatures of all kinds and enjoyed speaking for them in silly voices.  She embraced every duckling, kitten, goat, piglet, and puppy she met.  She often said that her greatest privilege would be to spend her days washing baby elephants. 

She unfortunately never got to enjoy that privilege. Wendy-Anne Jones died of ovarian cancer at Manotick, Ontario on September 30, 2020.  She leaves her beloved husband Sandy, her mother Sally, her daughter Jaya, her stepson Mackenzie(Samantha Bradley), brother Griff Jones (Liza Brettingham) and sister Susan(Tim Saxby), nieces Alex (Pete Osborne), Emma (Joe Hawkins) and Annie and grand-nephew Bowen.  She was predeceased by her son, William Levy and her father, David William Jones.  Wendy also leaves her many Air Canada friends, her McGill law friends, her Transport Canada friends, her Manotick restaurant friends and her cycling and travelling friends.

Donations in tribute to Wendy may be made to Hospice Care Ottawa or to the Donkey Sanctuary. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the gynaecology-oncology team and the nurses of 7 West at the Ottawa General Hospital and the palliative care team at the LINH. 
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Brenda Hindson

Posted at 01:26pm
Jaya, Sandy and family, I am so sorry for this most devastating loss. Wendy could put a cheerful spin on anything and the world is a sadder place without her in it. You have all already endured so much, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Katie Tolan

Posted at 04:25pm
Jeff and I were so sorry to hear the news of Wendy's passing. Wendy was a truly lovely person. I will always remember Wendy's warmth, kindness, and compassion. I feel truly fortunate to have had her in my circle of friends. Our heartfelt condolences to Sandy and every member of Wendy's family.

DArlene Maclachlan

Posted at 06:45am
I am so sorry to hear of Wendy-Anne's passing. She was one of the kindest human beings I had the pleasure to meet. Always a big smile, no matter whenever I would see her at Tower C. Always a kind word-the world needs more of Wendy-Anne's personality, kindness and compassion. She, and that amazing smile, will be missed.

Colin Stacey

Posted at 09:44pm
I had the pleasure of working with Wendy over several years. She was deeply cherished by her colleagues for her kindness and professionalism. She always managed to bring light and happiness into the office, and was truly a joy to be around. My deepest condolences go out to her family for this loss.

Leslee Warren

Posted at 06:22pm
Wendy and I met at McGill in the first week of law school and became, there and then, friends for life. She made an immediate impression on me and quite frankly, on all her fellow classmates. Here was this tall, beautiful ex-flight attendant who had left a seemingly glamorous career in order to join the lowly ranks of first-year law student. Most of us had not had any real life experience to speak of and could not help but be intrigued by this successful career woman. Our intrigue quickly gave way to admiration and respect. Wendy had a quick wit, an irreverent and refreshing sense of humour, a way of listening to others that invariably made the interlocutor feel important and worthy and a very tender heart that meant that she had time and a kind word for everyone. She was a firm believer in the tenet that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. No one was ever excluded from her friend group or her study group. She often regaled us with stories of her many journeys across the ocean. I remember one instance where she was recounting the demands of a particularly difficult passenger. As was her way, she was imitating the voice of the passenger, and she had the group of us rolling on the ground in laughter.

Law school came and went. Wendy enrolled in the McGill Master of Laws program, while I headed out west to article. The next occasion that brought us together was the birth of Jaya. I will never forget the phone call from Wendy announcing that she and Bob were in Calgary to pick up their new baby girl and could we meet at the hotel where they were staying. Wendy showed Jaya off proudly, noting how every single thing about her was perfect. Wendy had me convinced that there was simply no child on earth more beautiful and precious than Jaya. When I next met Jaya, many years later, at her grandfather’s funeral, I quickly realized that indeed, Wendy’s words were prescient.

I cannot imagine a world without Wendy. Over the course of our friendship, I have humbly witnessed her courage, her strength, her selflessness, her devotion to family and friends. My life has been deeply enriched by her kindness, her laughter, her genuine and simple goodness . . . How does one say good-bye to such a friend?

Sandy, you have been Wendy’s safe haven during these stormy times. She has been so lucky to have you by her side. To you, to Jaya, and to Wendy’s entire family, Richard and I are sending our love and our most heartfelt wish that your memories of happier times will sustain you through the difficult days ahead. Leslee and Richard xxx

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