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JOAN (WEBER) BURTON Joan passed away peacefully on March 1, 2014 at the Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket, ON) following a one year struggle with cancer. She was 69. Beloved mother to Scott of Toronto and Jamie (Heidi) of Calgary. Grandma to Kyra, Emmitt, Halia. Sister to Kathryn (Rob) Hettler of British Columbia. Also will be greatly missed by special friends Russ, Pat, Carla and many others. Joan worked in the healthcare profession in Kitchener (infection control) and the Toronto area (COSHA, IAPA). Because of her long term commitment to healthy workplaces, she was awarded the prestigious Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award in 2003. Over the past decade Joan enjoyed hiking holidays to places as diverse as Italy, Iceland, Tanzania (climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro) and New Zealand. She made many new friends through local hiking groups and was always thankful for the wonderful life she had. A celebration of life will be held at Roadhouse and Rose, 157 Main St., Newmarket on Monday, March 10th at 2 p.m. Donations to Oak Ridges Trail Association ( and to the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition ( would be welcomed.

Published in the Toronto Star from Mar. 5 to Mar. 8, 2014
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