Joan left us on her own terms, just as she wanted, with her last few days full of family, friends and laughter. "Let them know", she proudly instructed, "that I played bridge right to the end!"
Joan was born in 1942 in High River, Alberta, the first of three siblings. The family moved to Calgary in 1952 and that is where Joan remembers taking to school like a fish to water. While completing her BA at the University of Alberta, Calgary Campus, Joan met her future husband, Dale, and they married in 1960. They spent many years moving around the country, and Joan fulfilled her dream of being a teacher. Eventually settling in North Vancouver in 1970 to raise their family, Joan spent countless hours volunteering for the Junior League, she spearheaded 'Parents for French', and she developed a career in Executive Training for the Vancouver Stock Exchange, UBC Executive Programs, Royal Trust and Ikon. Joan and Dale eventually retired to their "piece of paradise" in Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast and here Joan did more of what she always loved to do: played bridge, quilted (Halfmoon Bay Crazies), shared books with her book club, stayed active in the community with her involvement with the APC and the OCP, gardened, took adventurous holidays, walked on the beach, and played with her friends of the Red Rooffs Golf and Country Club.
Joan's authenticity, passion and determination will be missed by her husband, Dale, children Ross (Gabi) and Dana, grandchildren, Sydney, Jackson, Valentina and Jackson, sister Janet and brother George (Joy), niece Jemison (Ingo) and nephews Russell, Glen and Kevin. She is especially appreciative of her many wonderful friends!
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2pm-4pm at Coopers Green Hall, 5500 Fisherman Road, Halfmoon Bay. At Joan's request, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.