Friday, 25 February 2011

IN MEMORY Jan le Lean

Jan was one of the most amazing, special people I have ever had the pleasure to know, and the love of my life.

We met on a modelling shoot and it was love at first site. We travelled the world together, modelling all over, and loved living life like it should be lived.

Sadly, in 2010 Jan passed away.
One of the saddest days of my life.
I miss you Jan ♥
We bought a six inch Iguana while in Florida one year and called him Adolph. He travelled everywhere with us smuggled down Jan's top, where he would sleep for hours on end without moving an inch. It was amazing. He grew too be six feet long in the end, and even had his own bedroom.

A note from her sister Leigh-Ann
Jan can be credited with being the reason for many good times in my life. We grew up in Port Elizabeth she was born 29.08.1971. We grew up together sharing most Christmas and Easter holidays either down on Kenton or bushman’s beaches, or on the family farm which was where the family gravitated to often.

I could regale stories shared with other cousins of camping at the river at the old skiing shack, riding monkey bikes while Jan laughed on the back, and she laughed louder just before we were to loose control on the sandy parts of the old farm tracks. We would go chasing monkeys in the Datsun 1400, play touch rugby or soccer on Gran’s lawn, chasing springhares.

When my mom moved to Johannesburg, Jan would wow us with the fruits of the big city. This started with amazing goodies like space dust, which crackled on your tongue and may well been from outer space in early teenage years. Jan tried to bring me up to date on speed on latest fashion and how to look cool even local hair gel.

The underlying presence with her though was always love and laughter and fun like smuggling Adolf, a green Iguana she bought with Spyk in Florida, which was her child. She smuggled him in her bra from overseas and being Jan never was caught and got thru customs.

Jan’s beautiful features combined with her tough resolve and fearless ambition took her away on a journey which led her through the highs and lows of life and distances eventually took our lives further away from each other.

In spite of news of Jan which spoke of testing times for her, that zest and joy to see you again was always a trademark of her personality. When she met you she was overjoyed to see you as if her circumstances were irrelevant to her. Who she was cut through what she was going through at the time.

She was so independent that for most of us, would never get to see any sign of struggle in her life, she only showed us the good side.

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