ROSENSTOCK ADAIR (NEE STEARNS), PATRICIA JANET passed away in Barrie, Ontario on November 7, 2023, age 90. Janet or J as she was fondly known is survived by her beloved husband, Dennis Adair, her daughters, Eva (Harvey Sahker) and Ruth, grandsons, David and Sam and her daughters’ father, Michael Rosenstock. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Wendy (Mike Truffer), her and Dennis’ nieces Debbie (Clancy), Cathy (Dave) and her and Dennis’ four grandnieces, Taylor, Kaitlyn, Kendra and Natasha. Janet was also loved by her adopted daughters, Crystal and Lori and her adopted grandson, Tristen.

Janet was born in Marlborough, MA to Chester and Irene Stearns. She had a long life full of adventure, travel, enjoyment with family and dear friends, and a successful career as a journalist and author with her husband, Dennis. Together they wrote and published many articles, and books under their names and their pseudonym, Joyce Carlow. She was also a strong political advocate, a woman ahead of her time and someone who always advocated for the most vulnerable.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an educational charity of your choice. J was passionate about all receiving a strong education. J’s humour, good nature, and zest for life will be missed by all.


6 Condolences
  • Joanne MacIsaac
    Posted on: Thursday, November 9, 2023 Reply

    an amazing, kind, strong and so intelligent woman … God Speed Janet

  • Karen Houston
    Posted on: Thursday, November 9, 2023 Reply

    My condolences to you and your family Ruth.
    Love from Karen (hugs)

  • Hannah Farrell
    Posted on: Thursday, November 9, 2023 Reply

    Dear Ruth,
    Sincere condolences from Cliff & I, may your beautiful memories of your mom bring you & your family, peace & consolation.
    Our Bookclub night with Janet & Dennis will always be a favourite.
    Love & Hugs

  • Sen. Jane Cordy
    Posted on: Monday, November 13, 2023 Reply

    I was blessed to have gotten to know Janet when she and Dennis lived in Nova Scotia. She had a brilliant mind and loved to engage in discussions especially political ones. She was such a strong advocate for the rights of women in the days when it wasn’t talked about that much. She loved life and she loved to laugh. It was a privilege to know Janet. Dennis my thoughts are with you at this time.

  • Bob Duncanson
    Posted on: Thursday, November 16, 2023 Reply

    My sincere condolences to Dennis and the rest of Janet’s family. Janet (and Dennis) freely offered their time, expertise and friendship years ago for which I am ever grateful.

  • Monica Percivale
    Posted on: Saturday, November 18, 2023 Reply

    Janet was an amazing woman, full of wisdom, willpower and a zesty sense of humor. To me, she was a true friend who helped me like nobody through a very difficult time in my life. A one of a kind soul, mind and spirit.

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