Jane C. Brown died peacefully on Dec. 27. She was 82, and was an amazing force of nature who defied the odds of surviving cancer diagnoses far longer than she was told she would.

Jane was born on the Vineyard to Leo J. Convery and Irene Prada Convery who raised her here as a fifth generation Islander. Throughout her life, she also spent much of her time in southern Florida. In recent years, she became a Florida resident.

She graduated from The MacDuffie School in 1957 and then spent time at both Simmons College and the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. She lived in the Philadelphia area for several years, where she worked for Dick Clark and the American Bandstand show and developed a love for popular music that she carried throughout her life.

After moving back to the Island in the early 1960s, Jane worked for the family businesses, including the Harborside Inn. By the early 1970s, she opened her namesake real estate office, which carries on under her name today. In the late 1970s, she owned the Boston House restaurant, eventually turning it into a nightclub known as The Atlantic Connection while also continuing to run both Jane Brown Associates and The Harborside Liquor Store.

By the 1980s, she began to focus her career pursuits on another love: antiques. Using Boothbay Harbor, Me. as her home base for a time, she traveled across half of the United States to shows, spending time in places like New York city, Round Top, Tex. and Nashville. On many trips, she was accompanied only by her German shepherd Andrew, terrifying her kids as she explored the country and made friends everywhere she went.

Throughout her life she cruised the world, experiencing many great adventures and making more friends. A taxi ride with a friend in Cartagena, Columbia, while looking for a certain flea market she visited years earlier, comes to mind — and terrifies her kids yet again. She was also an animal lover who rescued cats, dogs, ponies and ducks, and raised purebred German shepherds. She was an avid bridge player, including online bridge, and a voracious reader.

Jane is survived by her siblings, Marjorie Convery and her husband Jim Rankin, and Leo Convery and his wife Alyson; her children, Tricia Fugée and her husband Greg Cole, and Jeff Brown and his wife Kyah; grandchildren Josh and Beth, Samantha and James, and Ian and Nicole; and great-grandchildren, Waylon and Hank. Her sister Nancy Young and Nancy’s husband Arthur both predeceased her.

A celebration of life will be held during the summer of 2022. For information or to send condolences, funny stories and more, contact Tricia (tricia@colefugee.com) or Jeff (cracka67@yahoo.com).

Memorial donations can be made to A Paw in the Door in Bath, Me. (pawinthedoor.org) or a charity of choice.