Jane E. Lyons

May 27, 2019

Jane E. Lyons

Jane E. Lyons –  of Burlington, May 27th. Beloved wife of Andrea Bunker, at thirty-nine years of age. Cherished daughter of John “Jack” Lyons of RI and the late Kathleen (Mundee) Lyons.  Dear twin sister of Emily Lyons of RI and Keith Stevens of Ft. Mac, Alberta, CAN.  Loving aunt of Daelynne, Keira, Alivia, Raeleigh and Emmett.  Jane is also survived by many loving relatives, friends and colleagues.  On Sunday afternoon, June 2nd relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, from 2-6 p.m.  in  the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Please, at the families request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in honor of Jane to the Melanoma Research Foundation.com.  A Celebration of Jane’s life will be held on June 29th at the Queset House, 51 Main St, North Easton, MA 02356 at 5:30 P.M. Please RSVP to celebratejanelyons@gmail.com by June 15.

Jane Eleanor Lyons, 39, passed away peacefully at midnight on Monday, May 27, surrounded by loved ones after conquering stage IV melanoma for over seven years with humor and resilience.

She is survived by her loving wife of 15 years Andrea Bunker of Burlington; her father John “Jack” Lyons and her twin sister Emily Lyons of Portsmouth, RI; her brother Keith Stevens and his wife Lori of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada; her cousins Kim Lyons of Warwick, RI, and Jay Lyons of Providence, RI; her nieces Daelynne, Keira, Alivia, and Raeleigh, and her nephew Emmett. She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen “Kathy” (Mundee) Lyons. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Katherine (DeTeso) Bunker and father-in-law Robert Bunker of Burlington, MA; her brother-in-law Anthony Bunker and his wife Maurika of Gloucester, MA; and her chosen family of wonderful friends and co-workers.

Born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Jane was adopted with her twin sister by Jack and Kathy Lyons. They began their life as a family in New Brunswick before moving to Aquidneck Island, RI, where Jane excelled as a student and athlete and was a self-proclaimed band geek. She spent summers during her youth with her family at their cottage on Grand Manan off the coast of New Brunswick, and in her adulthood it was her “happy place,” enjoying coffee on the front porch while watching the tides of the Bay of Fundy and beachcombing for treasures washed ashore.

She graduated with honors from Portsmouth High School in 1997. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and graduated from Boston University in 2002 magna cum laude. She worked as an occupational therapist at Rhode Island Hospital for eight years. Her experience treating victims of the Station Nightclub fire inspired her to further her medical education.

She attended Duke University’s Physician Assistant Program from 2008 to 2010, graduating top in her class and receiving the Richard John Scheele Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievement and leadership role while a Physician Assistant Student. In 2010, she joined the cardiac surgery department at Massachusetts General Hospital, working tirelessly caring for her patients and mentoring her colleagues with kindness and humor. Her selflessness and generosity were evident in her gestures, buying prescriptions with her own money for patients who could not afford them and ensuring any family who needed assistance in getting their loved one home had it.

Jane met her wife Andrea in 2000, having played rugby on their respective college club teams as second rows. They lived in RI, NC, and MA, and their time in each place brought friendships and connections that would last a lifetime. While both were dedicated to their careers, they shared a love of trying new cuisines, visiting historical sites, hiking, running, walking their dogs Rusty and Lela, and enjoying quality time with family and friends. Upon Jane’s diagnosis in August 2011, they began their Big C Tour, traveling to destinations on their bucket list as close as Key West and as far as Norway and nerding out by taking in as much history and culture as possible.

Jane’s intellectual curiosity was limitless. In her spare time, she taught herself nalbinding, fountain pen restoration, and calligraphy. She enjoyed drawing, gaming, reading, and bird-watching, with one of her talents being able to identify any bird by its call. She collected stamps, coins, baseball cards, and feathers that found their way to her on almost every walk she took. She was an asset on any trivia team, being able to call up any random fact of useless information at a moment’s notice, and she was able to lighten any mood with her endless catalog of “dad” jokes. Her mind and spirit were truly beautiful, inspiring and entertaining those who had the fortune of meeting her.

Her family would like to thank the incredible doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, and hospital staff in the oncology and neurosurgery departments at MGH as well as the wonderful staff at Care Dimensions Hospice and their hospice house in Lincoln.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on June 2 from 2 to 6 pm in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, please make remembrances in honor of Jane to the Melanoma Research Foundation at melanoma.org.  A Celebration of Jane’s life will be held on June 29th at the Queset House, 51 Main St, North Easton, MA 02356 at 5:30 P.M. Please RSVP to celebratejanelyons@gmail.com by June 15.

On Sunday afternoon, June 2nd relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, from 2-6 p.m.  in  the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Please, at the families request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in honor of Jane to the Melanoma Research Foundation.com.   A Celebration of Jane’s life will be held on June 29th at the Queset House, 51 Main St, North Easton, MA 02356 at 5:30 P.M. Please RSVP to celebratejanelyons@gmail.com by June 15.


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  1. I met Jane and Andrea in the mid 2000s through mutual friends. I had just moved back to RI and was excited and grateful to have such amazing new friends. Jane and I both worked at RIH at the time. We were in different departments, but I enjoyed bumping into her on the hospital campus. She would send me silly messages on my pager which would make me laugh and cheer me up on stressful days. At that time, Jane and Andrea lived in a small apartment in Cranston which was often the site of many fun, laughter-filled gatherings. As the years went by, our lives took different directions; we did not see each other as much anymore, but Jane was one of those friends who I could immediately connect with no matter how much time had gone by.
    The loss of Jane will always be a source of great sadness and Andrea, you are constantly in my thoughts.


  2. Samantha Kwan Verruto

    To Jane’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I only knew Jane for a short time but even in that time, I knew she was a special person. I remember her as being kind and funny. Every memory I have of her, she is smiling or laughing. She will he greatly missed.

  3. Michelle Murphy

    I had the pleasure of knowing Jane during PA school. I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. She had a positive impact on the lives of so many people.

  4. martin & linda LaCarbonara

    so sorry for your loss andrea.- YES- the few times i met her she was always in good spirits.

  5. I got the pleasure of knowing Jane during her high school years n band. Jane n Emily became friends with my daughters n I enjoyed the time they came to the house. Jane was a beautiful strong woman. you were blessed if at any point of her life you got to know her. My heart is with her family.

  6. I got to know Jane when she assisted with a volunteer project at the Woburn Public Library where I work. This was not your average project. We needed to pack up an entire museum, in an unheated attic in the winter, to get ready for our library building project to begin. We wore winter coats and hats and gloves while we were working. Jane was unbothered by the cold and her steadiness and good humor helped me get through a tough situation. I remember laughing about some of the oddities we found in the collection such as dried batwings and a stuffed armadillo. Jane was fascinated by everything in the collection and clearly could have excelled in the museum field if she had taken a different career path. She was an excellent packer and made some custom boxes for packing all manner of objects. Everything we packed made it through the move to the new library safely – I only wish Jane could have made it through as well. Andrea, so sorry for your loss….

  7. Karin Templeton

    Add me to the countless others that will miss you Jane. It was a true privilege to have known you and worked alongside you. I admire your amazing courage and your fight. I will miss your smile and your amazing sense of humor. Proof that God only takes the best. May you rest in peace my friend. Much love to Andrea and your entire family.

  8. A friend of a friend, Jane sounds like someone I absolutely would have wanted on my team and at the top of my contacts list. My thoughts lie with Andrea and the rest of her family as the Jane-sized hole in their hearts will never be filled, and no doubt healing energy is being sent from the west coast. Cheers to a vibrant soul! May the dad-jokes, feathers, baseball cards, and bird calls be never-ending in the space she is most assuredly flourishing in!!

  9. Lorraine Butler

    I didn’t know her but I’m so sorry to hear about her passing she is now resting in peace may god be with her family and friends you are all in my prays

  10. Julie (Andreozzi) Valois


    My heart goes out to you, Jane’s family, and your family, during this most difficult time. I had the pleasure to work with Jane at RIH, and enjoyed her humor, knowledge, and passion for everything she did:) and an occasional run in Roger Williams park. Andrea, love and healing goes out to you. Jane will always be with you.

  11. Elisabeth Nyang

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jane through her sister during our time at BU. She was very brilliant, funny and dynamic and will be missed by many. May her soul rest in peace.

  12. Rebecca Faulks, RN

    I had the privilege of working with Jane for 3 years on Ellison 8. As a nurse, I always felt so supported by her, and experiencing her trust toward me felt like a real honor. She was incredibly approachable, never pretentious, always ready to teach, and give the best possible care to her patients. She brought so much joy with her when she walked into the room, and I will truly miss her humor, wit, and resilience.
    Praying for you Andrea, that you may experience the comforting presence of Jesus Christ himself in your grief.

  13. Lauren DeSantis

    Jane was one of my PA’s during my heart surgery in 2014 at Mass General. I will always remember her caring and professional demeanor and sense of humor. She even gave me a Diet Coke from her “stash” when I expressed a desire for a diet soda.
    Rest in peace, Jane.

  14. Karlene Lemieux

    I was lucky to have known Jane. She was a wonderful person to work with on Ellison 8. Her fearlessness and strength in battling her diagnosis was inspiring. She touched the lives of so many, Andrea, thank you for being her constant. Peace Jane.

  15. Jane was a great friend and colleague and I wish I had had more time to spend with her. I swear she got me through PA school with her inspiration and sense of humor! When I was stressed she always made me laugh! I can only imagine how well she took care of her patients with her deep sense of caring and morality. She was a special sould and she leaves a great big hole in this world and in everyone’s heart who loved her.
    Amy Ford, PA-C

  16. I worked with Jane, and actually she helps to train me. Sometimes you read these notices and reflect on how they’re a little more rosy than reality. But Jane really was that smart, interesting, funny, kind person being described. This is beyond a tragedy and shouldn’t have happened to such an undeserving person. This happened way to soon and I’m so sorry to know we won’t be seeing her back at work.

  17. Nicole Needleman

    This was so beautifully written. What an amazing tribute to an amazing person. I will miss her greatly and remember her fondly. Sending my deepest condolences and prayers for strength as you work through this incredibly difficult time. With peace and love.

  18. Mark Williams

    Jane, you probably never knew it but you were an inspiration to me during PA school. You were a brilliant student and such a kind and gentle soul. I’ll always remember and think of you fondly.

  19. Honoured to have met Jane & when I did I felt immediately why she is so loved by so many. Memories of whale watching & get togethers with her & family are precious memories. The whole family has a piece of our hearts. We will miss you deeply Jane. Profound loss. Your reputation & the magnitude of your presence in our lives will never fade. Nathan & I extend our deepest sympathy to all of you beautiful family. We love you all. 🙏💕

  20. Tammy Krones (Brown)

    Fond memories of growing up with you and Emily. RIP Jane, you were very much loved

  21. Betty Ann Gilroy

    What a fighter, warrior, fabulous person in every way and a beautiful person and friend. She certainly could light up any room she entered! I will keep her forever in my heart and miss her every day but certainly hold onto the memories! Thank you, Jane, for the time we had and the lessons you have taught me as well as many others! If we had a small piece of her kindness, this certainly would be a better world.

  22. Bridget Thompson, PA-C

    Andrea and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jane and I went to PA school together and I will never forget the patience in her teaching, love and determination. She is a true inspiration to me, in school and since graduation through her fight. Her love, kindness and determination will never be forgotten. God Bless you all now and always.

  23. JANE,
    You were truly an enema, I mean enigma! From the first day I met you, I knew you were different. And you sure did live up to that. Little did I know or predict from that first day that I fired you, what a good friend and colleague you would become. Your kindness and willing to help others despite your own health was inspiring and amazing.

    I will miss our conversations on: comparative anatomy, physics, building projects, raptors, the ocean, kayaking, sailing, outdoor adventures, your artwork, large things that make noise, the 13th cranial nerve and trucks.

    Your abundant humor, heart and passion for life was there until the end. I learned a lot from you.

    I am one of many that will miss you. Goodbye “Motorcycle Chick”.
    Fellow Blue Devil.

  24. Jack and family I am so saddened for the passing of Jane, I know your hearts will be broken, , I remember the first time you brought the little ones and passed the two car seats to Jack he always loved them and you , specials and hugs to you all Nell Huckins

  25. Vanessa Graf (Tobin)

    Jane was an incredible mentor, colleague, and friend. I had the incredible privilege to work with her these past 3 years and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that. We had many, many laughs together and listened to countless stories about her love Andrea, her dogs, her family, and her Canadian roots. Her knowledge about medicine, Star Wars, and literally any topic you could think of was astounding. I will never forget her laugh and how incredibly generous and caring she was. She was the most selfless person I’ve ever met despite her long and courageous battle with cancer.

    Andrea, I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words.


  26. Erin Kollofski

    I had the privilege of being a fellow PA student with Jane. She was incredibly smart, kind, and generous. My heart goes out to Andrea, Jane’s family, and friends. May you find peace in this time of deep sorrow and happiness in the memories you have with her.

  27. Christi Farrar

    I don’t think that there’s anything that I can say that will make this time any easier. Please do know that Jane made a huge impact in the world. I’ll always remember her sense of humor and intellect. And I feel so fortunate to have the chance to know her – both in college and again, later, as your wife. My thoughts are with you <3

  28. Jeremiah Davis

    I am so sorry for your loss, Andrea. I know how in love you two were. I’ll never forget the precious moments I spent getting to know Jane during our glory years of the student challenge bowl in PA school. It sparked a wonderful friendship that I will always hold dear. Her spirit. Her determination to fight and never give up gives me inspiration. She will be missed and always remembered.

  29. Shellee'Turner

    Jane went to Duke with me. Such a brilliant PA. I admired her humility and kindness. I am a better person because I met her. I will keep all of y’all in my prayers.

    Shellee’Turner PA-C
    Houston, TX

  30. Patricia M Dieter

    The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s faculty, staff and students extend sympathy to the family at this time of loss. Jane is fondly remembered here at Duke as an exceptional PA student and graduate, who also was the recipient of the Richard Scheele Award presented to the outstanding student in her class. She will be greatly missed!

  31. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Carousis

    Dear Andrea, We are so sorry for your loss of your beloved Jane. You and your family have to be so proud of the tremendous imprint Jane left in the short time she was on this earth. A brilliant career ,in nursing, that helped people on the verge of dying, extend their lives. You were blessed to have been her partner, Jane left you a wonderful legacy ! God bless you for a long life, may her memory be eternal!

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