HARDY, Betty-Joan (B.J.)
After a valiant struggle against cancer, Betty- Joan passed away peacefully at her home in Guelph on November 25, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her adoring husband of 62 years, Hugh; 4 loving children, Richard (Anne), Guelph; Bradford, Edmonton; Brenda Dewar (Rob), Ottawa; Scott (Kim), White Rock, B.C. as well as 7 grandchildren: Christina, Alex (Kaitie), Lauren (Ewan), Jordan, Rebecca, Kaitlin & Hannah; great granddaughter, Kaelin; and her brother Bus (Jean) Hillyard. She is predeceased by her brother Gordon. Betty-Joan was born in Saskatoon on December 18, 1925 to noted photographer Len and Florence Hillyard. After high school, she attended the University of Saskatchewan before beginning her career as a Registered Nurse. Betty-Joan married Hugh on December 29, 1950 and had a few short months together prior to his departure for military service in Korea. She remained in Saskatoon and continued her work while Hugh was in Korea and son Rick was born. In support of Hugh's career, they moved across North America from Saskatoon to Winnipeg where Brad arrived, to Victoria then Vancouver where Brenda was born. Scott arrived in New York, then on to Tampa, Montreal, Burlington and most recently to Guelph and their winter home in Florida. An accomplished athlete, Betty-Joan swam, played basketball and learned to play golf at a very early age. She later became club captain and ladies president at golf clubs in Montreal and Burlington and played competitive golf through early 2012. Betty-Joan was committed to family and friends and a life- long caregiver to all that knew her. Her humble yet commanding and ever present strength of character anchored the family… always with a refined sense of humour. A family member recently wrote, "A lady of grace and charm - a beautiful, strong woman both inside and out. You are an inspiration to all who love you". She will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate to have known her. The family would like to thank the entire talented and always compassionate cancer team at Credit Valley Hospital, Dr's Nick and Will Ruddock in Guelph, and especially nurses Anne and Lauren Hardy. Following cremation, a funeral service will be held November 29, 2012 at 1 PM in Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Avenue (off Edinburgh), then a Memorial Service at Reid Hall in the Village-by-the-Arboretum in Guelph. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Credit Valley Hospital Association.