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I have to think in terms of "us" as over the years it has always been about Len and Pam and Joan and Jim, right from when we were all "new Canadian' and, brand new parents! In retrospect it is amazing the confidence we had and, that it would all work out. Canada was wonderful for us all; how lucky we were.

It is wonderful to know, in the absence of family, you have friends who were always there for you. We had lots of fun in those years, silly happy parties, real camping weekends under canvas with all the attendant discomforts - hot, sticky yelling kids, weird one pot meals and toasting marshmallows over the camp fire.
Then they all grew up... Len and I went travelling in our trailer. One April we were returning to Ontario, driving ahead of one of those scary late winter storms. Realized we couldn't make it to Toronto so, of course "phoned Joan and Jim" seeking refuge in London, Ontario. It was the blizzard to end all blizzards and we were marooned for three days - in great comfort I might add.

So happy that Joan and I spent time together one last time in Vancouver - even if, in late March, we had a week of wind, rain and sleet and - being in transit from sunny Australia, she rigged me out in woollies and wet weather gear so I could experience beautiful Vancouver city to the max! All my love Joan, Pam xx
Dear Aunt Joan. I remember you as always cheerful and caring, always interested in what was happening in our lives. You will be sadly missed.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, loves leaves a memory no one can steal. (Anon)
Love Christine Bourdon/Eade and family xxxx
I have many fond memories of Joan. Her quick witt and effervescent, charming personality were always present when you spent time with her. She loved to have a cup of tea and just chat. Conversations with Joan were easy and always interesting. Over the years that I knew Joan she battled several health issues but always demonstrated amazing resilience, fortitude and sheer determination to get better. I always believed that it was her devotion to her daughter Jo that helped her battle adversity.
Jo, although your Mom is no longer physically here she will be with you for the rest of your life. You will treasure memories of good and challenging times. New and old acquaintances will remind you of things that your Mom may have done, said or appreciated. The fact is that your Mom is very much a part of who you are. Take time to greive, then move forward with her resilience and determination.
I love you very much.

Cindy Novak
Most of the wonderful things that I knew about your elegant mother were through the many stories that you told me over the years. A certainly learned from your words what this woman meant to you and what space she occupied in your entire life. My words today are to try to console my friend whose loss is so great. Jo, you not only a great person but a friend that I will always cherish. In observing you through the years I have seen a person that takes care of everyone and the affection that you have shown my children is second to none and profoundly appreciated. But I must admit, that I always marvelled at your loyalty and affection for your mom. My only lesson here, is that I hope that I will have to courage and strength to follow in your footsteps and be the good person that you always are. You are truly the sister that I never had.
You will be missed Aunty Joan! I have fond memories of our times together over the years in Ontario and British Columbia. Love Susan Lee xoxoxox
Joan was a lovely lady with so much life and sparkle. She was a wonderful mother, as the daughter she raised in Val is the most caring and beautiful person I know. Joan will be missed. I knew her for the last 5 years and she was a delight to be with. God Bless you, Joan.
'We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day'.
God Speed and Bon Voyage Joan,

Andrew Robertson
I knew Joan from when she was about four and lived next door at The Plough in Ruislip. About two years later I remember when she had chicken pox and was looking out of the window, when the horses and carts were setting out from The Plough for Northwood Carnival.
We used to play at the pub or at my house at Bury Street Farm. She loved to read. I used to call on her in the morning so we could walk to school together (the Church School). Sometimes her Mother would still be drying her socks over the gas stove!
We remained friends for the rest of our lives and I went to Canada to visit her.

Eva Roberts (nee Collins) England. I will be 92 in two weeks time
My dearest mom;
I know the last few months were a struggle and I take comfort in the fact you are at peace now. Your passing has left a hole in my life, one that was filled with your love, compassion, friendship and beautiful signing voice. A child could not have asked for a more caring, supportive and, loving mother and friend.

I have many, many fond and loving memories of you mom that I will cherrish for the rest of my life. Recent memories of attending the Barbra Streisand Concert in October where you sang to many of her familiar and famous songs. Your beautiful voice still strong after all these years. Memories of lovely holidays in the U.S. N.E., Florida and England. Memories of learning to cook from the best and how important it was to learn how to peel a potato without taking the whole potatoe with the skin! Memories of gardening and learning to grow my own vegetables. Memories of just sitting and chatting over a lovely cup of tea!

I thank you for my life and making me the person I am today. I know your life at times was hard and challenging but your tenacity and passion always helped you overcome what ever hurdle was put in front of you. Your family in England loved you dearly and I know today they are very saddened at your passing. You may have been all cousins to one another, but you loved each other as sisters.

My dearest mom, you will forever be in my heart and in my memories and I know one day we will be together again.

Rest well and at peace my dearest mom... I love you very much.

All my love always

Val xxxxx
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