November 11, 1916 - January 07, 2013
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With family around her, Joan died at her home after a battle with cancer. She managed her diagnosis and illness with courage, pragmatism and humour. Joan (nee Gold) was born November 11, 1916 to George Edward and Dorothy Gold. She attended Kingsway West Elementary and Burnaby South High schools. She was predeceased by her husband, Ted le Nobel in 1984 and is survived by their three children, Susan Halsey-Brandt (Fred Pawluk), James le Nobel (Gail) and Dr. John le Nobel (Karen). She regarded her eleven grandchildren as valued friends: Jennifer D'Agnolo, Christopher and Michael Halsey-Brandt, Katie Kordyback, Suzanne Brewster, Ian and Warren le Nobel, and Christian, Gavin, Brendan and Claire le Nobel. Her ten great-grandchildren gave her much joy. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Keisler and cousins Jean and Ross Fuller and Jana Hadley. Joan was an accomplished scholar and attended U.B.C. as mature student. After completing her B.A., she continued her studies and graduated with an M.A. in English in 1975. She loved the challenges of bridge and scrabble. Music and art gave her pleasure. Flowers and vegetables from her garden were carefully tended and she enjoyed the research and surprises that came from travelling. Careful consideration was given to the unique interests of each grandchild as she planned an outing for the two of them. Joan was proud to be a Canadian; she regarded herself as fortunate to live in such a wonderful part of the world. After living independently for most of her life, Joan relocated to West Vancouver Amica. She frequently commented on the kindness of the staff. The generosity and gentleness of Elma Cabiles, the wonderful care by the Vancouver Coastal Health team and the support of Dr. Kathleen Bell-Irving in the last months were appreciated by both Joan and her family. A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2:30 p.m., at Amica, 659 Clyde Ave, West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Joan le Nobel Prize in Environmental Sciences, U.B.C., 6253 N.W. Marine Dr., Vancouver, B.C. V7T 1Z1, would be gratefully received.
Published in National Post on Jan. 26, 2013