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February 17, 2019

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February 15, 2019
We are so very sad to hear of Joana's passing. She, Eugene, Nicholas and Rebecca were all wonderful neighbours for my family on Humewood Drive and Joanna became a mentor and inspiration to me during my academic career. She and Eugene would regularly take care of our family over the years... hosting my sister when she went to Paris, visiting my widowed mum each Christmas with warmth and kindness, and offering me advice throughout my teenage years. My deepest condolences to Eugene, Nicholas and Rebecca. I will miss dear Joanna's wonderful generosity, her kind smile, and her abiding compassion.
February 12, 2019
Sorry to hear of Joanna's passing, and deepest condolences to Nicholas, Rebecca, and Gene. For as long as I can remember, Joanna has been a friend and colleague of my parents, and I have impressionistic early memories of us visiting them at their home and seeing Gene's paintings. Sorry for your loss.
February 11, 2019
Joanna Blake was my friend and colleague for nearly half a century. We were of the same age, married the same year and had children at the same time. We celebrated many birthdays together and I fondly remember our trip to Portugal at the occasion of a conference. Joanna and her husband Gene's house on Wychwood was a place for stimulating discussions and gatherings. Their house was always open if I needed a place to stay in the city, and I greatly enjoyed their hospitality at their cottage. Joanna offered me invaluable support in the development of my reading method. I am very grateful to her family for hosting and inviting me to her 80th birthday party last summer, where Gene gave a wonderful speech, highlighting Joanna's gentleness, generosity and ingenuity. Joanna has made a contribution to the lives of many, her family, her friends, her students and her colleagues. She will be missed, but her memory will live on.
February 9, 2019
Joanna's passing away was a very sad news, and the loss of a nice friend, seen too rarely. Thank you, Nick, for the obituary, the publication of which was announced by Rebecca, and, to me, forwarded by Ellen Bialystok. Lots of nice memories came back to my mind, of course first from the time we were in Toronto for a postdoc for Yves and a graduate student time for me; I did not realize (or do not remember) that it was the very beginning of Joanna's and Gene's Canadian life. They were living on a farm, then. But of course also more recent memories, although already ancient, for instance from visiting you all (and visiting caves with you) from your stay in the Perigord or when you came all to Geneva for a few days and we were snowed in, very rare event here. More recently still (but much shorter, also, unfortunately) visits to Wychwood, and Gene showing some of his older paintings. All very fond memories. I am going to miss you, Joanna, in my rare trips to Toronto. My thoughts in sympathy to all of you, thank you for all these nice memories.
Anik