Recently, we were notified that our kind and supportive member, Jan Hawke, passed away several weeks ago.  Many of you may have noticed Jan’s silence on social media and the fact that she had not posted a blog with her usual regularity, or sent out her regular tweets in support of other authors.  All that we know, is what we are sharing with you now.

Jan joined RRBC in April 2014.  Aside from being one of the most awesomely supportive members of RRBC, she served on the Governing Board as Administrative Asst. II from June 2015 until January 2017.  Because of her dedication to the club and the TEAM, she was awarded Lifetime Membership status on April 14, 2016.

Jan was the author of “MILELE SAFARI” and she also wrote under the pen name of Sian Glirdan.  She inspired many of us to be kinder and gentler with each other, and also, more giving of our time. 

To show just how kind Jan was, I am sharing a snippet of my response to her resignation from the board, shortly after the loss of her husband;  her reply then follows mine:

Nonnie to Jan:

I want to THANK YOU personally for all your dedication to the team and the club this past year. Your help has truly been invaluable.

Thank you for continuing on as Moderator for our monthly BOOK CLUB DISCUSSIONS. You’re good at handling that!

You are so greatly appreciated for all that you have offered to us and for who you continue to be.

Sincerest adoration…

Jan to Nonnie:

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the governing board and, as you probably realise, I made the decision to leave based on knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to continue to contribute as much as I’d want to in the future, and not because I wasn’t happy in the post.

The Book Club Discussions are one of my favourite things at RRBC and are very easy to schedule, so I’m looking forward to carrying on with that as often as needed. If you did ever need emergency/temporary assistance with specific tasks (like the block parties etc.) I’d be happy to lend a hand, so please let me know if you ever did need a hand with something you know I could handle. 🙂

Thank YOU for being such a great team leader and President and making RRBC such a fun and friendly place to be, on or off the board. I’m off to start tweeting for BTR now – maybe ‘see’ you in the Peanut Gallery! 😉


As President of RRBC, it is my duty to lead the charge of ensuring that her memory is kept alive and that she will never be forgotten.  If you have not picked up a copy of Jan’s book, please head to Amazon today.  

If Jan Hawke touched your life in any way, please share your memories and comments below.


Click HERE to support the work of our dearly departed member, Kathryn C. Treat.


26 responses

  1. I was devastated to hear the news about Jan. It’s always heartbreaking to find that someone you know either in person or online has passed away. A little harder online, because there’s always the possibility you may never find out where they went. (two online friends passed away and I didn’t know about it until long after. Fortunately, we have a great group here.) I’m reading Milele Safari: An Eternal Journey. What a mind this lady had (has). God bless and RIP.


  2. I’m so, so sorry to hear this – just saw the post on Twitter. What a remarkable person. author, host….All my love and prayers and condolences….


  3. Wow, I’m so sad to hear this news. She was such a huge presence here and I learned a lot from her. Prayers and thoughts go out to her family.

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  4. Sue Bridgwater | Reply

    Jan was the only ‘virtual friend’ in my life who became a ‘real-life’ friend as well when I moved back home to Devon on my retirement. We shared a love of Tolkien and of Terry Pratchett among many other fantasy writers. We became ladies wot lunch, not to mention CEOs of very small publishing companies wot lunch! We had grown up in the same town without ever meeting, and I am grateful that we had ten years as friends and collaborators, sharing our personal and professional joys and troubles. I can’t believe she’s gone, I keep thinking of things I will ask or tell her next time we meet. Kind, funny, and brilliant – I will miss her more than I can say.

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    1. The privilege was yours, Sue. One always muses about the possibilities of meeting one’s Online friends with whom one shares such strong bonds because of a mutual love of reading and writing. I had hoped to go to that area one day to visit Jan. We shared a mutual affection for Africa as well. 🌺💐🌺

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  5. Dear Jan was one of my earliest supporters. She encouraged me to write my novel and she contributed regular comments to my first blog. We shared a few private “conversations” through messages, and though we hadn’t talked in a while, I always thought we’d have more time. Rest now, dear friend. Condolences to her family.

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  6. I’m so sad to hear this news. I loved Jan. She was a wonderful friend and such a supportive lady. She would help anyone with anything and she will be missed by so many people. She shared her journey through life with her honest way of writing and I’ve read and reviewed all of her fabulous books. Some made me cry at the problems she overcame so admirably. When we chatted via email, nothing was too much trouble for her. She really was one of a kind. Never forgotten.

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  7. I am so very sad. Jan will be sorely missed by all of us that had the privilege of her presence in their lives. R.I.P my friend.

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  8. She will be very missed. I read Milele Safari and encourage others to read it along the rest of her work to keep her in our hearts. I like what Gwen said that she is frolicking with the angels. Beautiful Tribute. RIP Jan.

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  9. My condolences to Jan’s family and her many RRBC friends. I treasure my “Dreamless Roads” mouse pad Jan sent me. Hugs xxx

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  10. Thoughts and prayers for Jan’s heartbroken family. She was a lovely lady and I feel that I was privileged to know her. What a beautiful tribute, Nonnie.

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    1. Jan H. was such a beautiful soul, Jan S. We’re all devastated and heart-broken.

      RRBC, rally around each other. Be kind to one another. You just never know when…

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  11. Thoughts, love and prayers to Jan’s family. Jan, you are loved and missed. ❤

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    1. She is definitely missed. Members were wondering where she was.

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  12. Jan was such a sweet person. I’ll definitely miss her.

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  13. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    I had gotten very close to Jan and so it was a shocker to wake up this morning to this. It was so unexpected.

    Jan, may you rest in peace.

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  14. I’m so sad about this. Jan was a lovely person.

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  15. I’m shocked and heart-broken at the loss of Jan. She was a kind and helpful person and it was a privilege to know her. She will be missed but I have no doubt her husband was waiting for her with open arms.

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    1. Whatever pain she was in here, Mims…she’s in his arms now so rest assured, she’s happy!

      Sing, Jan!

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  16. What a beautiful tribute, Nonnie! I read Milele Safari and truly enjoyed it. This news has shocked and saddened me. 😢 Jan was always such a positive light in RRBC. She will be greatly missed. 😢

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  17. This is the saddest news I’ve received in a while. My heart is broken. Jan was such a kind person and huge supporter. I hope everyone buys, reads and reviews her books, because that’s one way to keep her alive in our hearts and minds. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her. I wish her family strength and peace.💔

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    1. Thanks for your wonderful words, Vashti. I feel the same – I’m heart-broken as I always had this dream that I would be able to go down to Cornwall and meet Jan in person. This is the worst news for all of us who’ve got to know Jan through her writing and encouragem3nt. 😢

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      1. There’s no doubt she will be missed. I had already been missing her encouraging posts on Twitter, thinking she had gone on vacation. I was shocked when I read the news. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. ❤

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  18. Milele Safari was one of the first books I read when I joined RRBC. It has continued to be one of my favorites. Jan was a kind, funny, and giving person who touched my heart in a special way.
    I will miss her.

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  19. Thank you, Nonnie, for posting this beautiful tribute in remembrance of Jan Hawke. She was a lovely person, very giving of her time and energies. I recall so well when she was a guest on Aspire to Inspire. She needed time to rest her voice so that she could speak. Her courage touched me deeply that day. I’m sure she is frolicking with the angels now and singing as never before. May she rest in blessed peace. ♥

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  20. Jan will be missed. RIP, dear Jan.

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