Janine Grespan-Sharp
March 6, 1961 – May 3, 2024

About our mother, Janine Sharp (Grespan) by Bram and Jesse Sharp

Our mom was and always will be a Kitchener-Waterloo icon. She is often remembered for her 25+ years in local news and broadcast presentation at CKCO/CTV News Kitchener. Even in everyday conversation, she always took a journalistic approach and sought your real story. But her successful career does not completely encapsulate who our mother really was.

Beyond the camera, she was a compassionate, committed mother to two sons. We were her world, and no matter the paths in life we took or who we decided to be, she adored us as the crowning achievements of her life. She loved and protected us in a way we can only aspire to treat our own children someday.

We have always admired our mom’s natural gift of friendship. To her, making friends was never a popularity contest. It was a gift to create strong loyal and loving bonds—and have fun while doing so. Wherever she travelled across the globe—from Australia to Europe to Africa—she was never without someone to have fun with, because a friend was just waiting to be made. Our mom was also a woman of exceptional taste and culture, deeply ingrained in her community’s arts and music initiatives. She could always be found in the front row dancing, even if she was there alone. She never once apologized for her uncompromisingly sociable attitude, and for that, we are so proud of her.

Above all, we believe the most important thing to note about our mom’s life experience is courage. She dared to live out loud and love without fear of being ridiculed. She took great risks and lived a life full of adventure. She made many friends from various backgrounds. She had the courage to fight cancer – twice.

In 2007, the first time she was diagnosed, she stated on a TV broadcast that she “would be back.” She fulfilled that promise and inspired many other cancer survivors in their own battles. Then, after her triumphant victory, she set her career in journalism aside, to enjoy 15 more wonderful years. We always believed in her strength, but could not fully comprehend her courage until we saw it for ourselves. She was the most courageous woman we have ever known.

We have heard that people who have passed are never really gone if we keep them in our hearts. For us, we will remember our mom in every beautiful flower garden, every fishbowl glass of wine, every pink sunset cloud. So she will never truly be gone from us. We know her memory and legacy will be carried on by all of us in her community, including the many dear friends and acquaintances who had the joy of meeting her.

Our mom peacefully passed surrounded by her family on Friday, May 3rd, 2024 at Grand River Hospital’s Freeport Campus in Kitchener. She is predeceased by her parents Fred and Enes Grespan, and sister Claudia. She is survived by her two sons Jesse and Bram, her daughter-in-law Maliyah, her siblings Paul (JoAnn), Peter, Michelle (Alan), Rebecca and Sonja and her nieces and nephews Benjamin, Laura, Lakin, Sierra and Erica. Also by her dear friend and former husband of 35 years, David Sharp.

Visitation will be taking place at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm both evenings. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date still to be determined. In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to the Grand River Hospital – Freeport Palliative Care Unit are appreciated and may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

CTVNEWS – Kitchener
Published Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A face familiar to viewers throughout our coverage area, Janine Grespan has been on the air at CTV for nearly twenty five years.

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, she began her career at Canada’s number one private radio broadcaster, station CFRB in Toronto, working in the newsroom and as a feature reporter, as well as providing live on-location cut-ins from major events in the city for Wally Crouter’s morning show, host Bill McVean and others.

Returning to her hometown in 1985, Ms. Grespan started out in the Kitchener market as a news announcer on radio stations CFCA and CKKW (now KOOL-FM and K-FUN, respectively).

The following year, she was recruited to the television side of the electrohome operation, as noon news anchor and weather presenter on CKCO-TV.

By 1992, after posts as weekend anchor and news reporter, Ms. Grespan was named co-anchor of the station’s flagship news house at 6pm, and the 11:30pm broadcast following CTV National News.

Watch the video tribute CTV-Kitchener aired on the 6 News of May 9, 2024 – Remembering one of our own

Video Courtesy of The W/O/C Archive – Youtube