JANICE R. BLACKWOOD

November 3, 2022

JANICE R. BLACKWOOD

Janice R. Blackwood – of Woburn, died November 3rd at her home at the age of seventy-one. Beloved daughter of the late Frank C. and Mary E. (Connors) Blackwood. Dear sister of the late Frank M. Blackwood. Loving niece of Thomas Connors and the late Ruth DiPaolo. Lovingly survived by her nine cousins and close friends. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.

 

Janice R. Blackwood – of Woburn, died November 3rd at her home at the age of seventy-one.

Born in Waltham, Janice was a daughter of the late Frank C. and Mary E. (Connors) Blackwood. She attended Waltham schools before moving with her family to Woburn’s West Side in 1966. 

Janice started a career with ITT, where she worked as a shift supervisor. After years of hard work, she was asked to relocate with the company to Huntington Beach, California. She remained there for many years, making many friends along the way but eventually moved back to Woburn to help care for her ailing mother.

 Janice later worked for Walden Behavioral Health in Waltham as a unit supervisor. Janice’s quick wit, sound advice and unlimited kindness brought her the accolade of Counselor of the Year. The extraordinary letters of praise she received upon retirement spoke of her commitment and caring to others.

Janice loved shooting pool, driving a mustang, drumming the dashboard to Wipeout, hanging with her closet friends, “the hens” and always, always Dancing. She had the greatest sense of humor and made people feel good!
She was a true gift and will be deeply missed.

Beloved daughter of the late Frank C. and Mary E. (Connors) Blackwood. Dear sister of the late Frank M. Blackwood. Loving niece of Thomas Connors and the late Ruth DiPaolo. Lovingly survived by her nine cousins and close friends.  

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.

 

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  1. Janice was always a sweet, kind and funny person, May she rest in peace
    with her family, Janice is Home.

    God Bless,
    Koreen Johnson

  2. What can I say my dear friend. You were a part of my family through high school and college. There are no words, only a heartfelt loss, and precious, precious, memories. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. Marie Fazio Harrison

    Looking back to our high school days , of course a smile comes to my face when I think of you. You were always so much fun then and continued to be when I’d come back for our Reunions! I’d look so forward to seeing you to catch up each time! One hug from you and I’d feel like I never moved away! We’d pick up right where we left off! To say you’ll be missed is an understatement! I wish you could see just what you’ve meant to all those who have written here as well as everyone else who loved you! Rest In Peace, my friend.

  4. Louise Flaherty McRae

    I was fortunate to have met you.
    We played volleyball together. You always made me laugh. You will be missed. RIP

  5. Janice, you will be missed! We couldn’t have asked for better neighbors all of these years! You hated it when my mother called you Janet and after many years of all of us correcting her, you finally gave in and said she was the only one that could call you that! I’m quite sure when you got to the pearly gates you heard a familiar voice waving and yelling ‘Janet, Janet’! Rest In Peace dear neighbor.
    Eileen Doherty

  6. Eileen Brosnahan Chernoff

    Janice you could always bring a smile to my face during our years at WHS and then seeing you 50years later at our reunion, my gosh you still could. You clearly brought out the best in people & it’s clear from all the online comments that you will be sorely missed by so many friends. Rest In Peace.

  7. Looking out my front door will never be the same….no chance of a big HELLO from Janice, followed by an enthusiastic wave & heartwarming smile. You will be missed dear neighbor. Give Frank a hug from me. Rest easy my friend

  8. I will miss the hen with the greatest sense of humor and the lover of ’60s music. I will miss hearing you say “T-O” to get your point of view heard; I will miss seeing the gap in your front teeth when you smile. You touched us with your wit and just for being you. You left us all far too soon.

  9. Janice it’s such a shock to hear about your passing. Not only were you my cousin but my confidante. I know your smiling down on us from heaven. Rest in sweet peace. Love you forever and a day💜
    Lauren

  10. Not long after Janice moved to Woburn we started talking at the bus stop. One day I told her that she should hang around with my friends and I and she said “all right then”. That was 55 years ago.
    One of our favorite stories began with finding a buyer for the 6 of us riding around in Janice’s mustang. The song Midnight Confession was blasting as we drove down Main Street in Woburn.
    The police suddenly pulled us over.
    Janice rolled down the window and the officer said “Do you know that you hit a horse?
    A horse, we all exclaimed!
    A wooden traffic horse with a blinking yellow light was wedged in the grill of the mustang. After removal, we continued on…

    Janice had a deep respect and love for her family.
    Her beloved dad died at the young age of 41.
    Later Janice left her successful position at ITT in Huntington Beach to care for her disabled mom for 13 years until her passing.
    And she cried buckets of tears for Frankie.

    Janice loved her cousins Jimmy and Lisa and their families with all her heart.

    At Walden she spoke lovingly of her “charges”, her patients and younger staff.
    Janice’s quick wit, sound advice and unlimited kindness brought her the accolade of Counselor of the Year.
    The extraordinary letters of praise she received upon retirement speak to her commitment and caring.

    Janice, JR, Ruthless, Blackwood, Jana Banana loved shooting pool, driving a mustang, drumming the dashboard to Wipeout, hanging with the hens and always, always Dancing.

    She made people feel good. Because she was good.
    She was a gift.

  11. Elizabeth Doherty

    So sorry for your loss 🙁 Janice was the best neighbor and I will miss her! She always looked out for us and we did the same ❤️

  12. I’m having a hard time finding the words to say goodbye my friend. The memories are flooding my head and heart and I thank you for them all! To my funniest, caring and loving friend fly with the angels until we meet again. Love you Janice♥️

  13. I will miss the joy you brought to every occasion. RIP my friend until we meet again. ❤️💔🙏🏼

  14. Mimma and Jack Abreu

    To my Schmee! I will never ever forget you and the funny/fun times we had. You certainly were the most important and loved person in my life and my family. Jack told you, you are the big sister he’s never had. Our children adored you. Us hens will never ever forget you Ever! I will miss you forever. Till we meet again, we all love you! Love, Schmee! 😢💔❤️

  15. Janice what can I say my friend, I cannot imagine after 50 years life without you, your smile, your humor.. I will miss you more than I can say, love you always and forever

  16. Joanne Milo Downing

    You will be missed by so many people. Will always remember how you made everyone smile and laugh. Condolences to your family.
    You will be missed.

  17. MY VERY DEAREST tennis buddy…
    You were near and dear to everybody that knew you!!!
    Thanks for all the LAUGHTER. There can never be another cherished true “friend like Janice ”
    Go With God…….
    luvs ya
    Ann Marie

  18. Janice, I am so sorry and shocked to read this💔You will be missed by so many of your “ hen ” friends and many many more💔

  19. Dianne Connor Carbone

    I will always smile when I think of you!! Super special person.. You will certainly be missed.

  20. Candy Hearn Power

    Memories abound dearest friend. It won’t be the same without you. I’ll miss you forever, Ban 😢❤️

  21. Janice, you were such a great friend for over 50 years. We had so many laughs together. You will be missed by your family and friends.
    You truly where one of a kind.
    I am heartbroken that we won’t be together again at parties, dinners etc.
    My condolences to your family and friends.
    You will forever be in our hearts.
    Rest In Peace my dear friend.
    Love always
    Jane

  22. Bob Cogan Jensen Beach Fl

    I remember all the fun we had at the WCC.Janis you will be missed,may your playful soul shine on.Rest peacefully.

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