COX, Joan (Nora) January 19, 1923 - September 8, 2012 Joan passed away peacefully on Saturday September 8th in Sidney. Pre-deceased by her sister Joan in England. She will be dearly missed by Peter, her loving husband of 70 years, sons Michael (Margaret), Bob (Jan) grandchildren Nicole(Brian), Tara(Mike) and David and great grandchildren Danika, Logan and Abby. Joan was born in Portsmouth, England on January 19th, 1923. Her father passed away in the loss of the HMS Valerian in 1926. She was raised by her mother Mabel, step father Fred and her maternal grandmother 'Gran'. Joan always spoke with love of her 'Gran' which may have had something to do with the fact she owned a 'sweets shop'! She met Peter in Portsmouth in 1940 while he was serving convoy duty in the RCN. They were married in 1942 and Joan came to Victoria as a war bride. From then on, as the family was posted across the country with the Navy, she always called Victoria home, returning home to stay in 1969. She was first and foremost a great mother and loving wife but saved a huge spot in her heart for the grandkids and the great grandkids who were a great joy to her. Joan also had a soft spot in her heart for animals, wild and tame, especially those who were neglected or abused. She was a great adopter of pets. On one sailing trip to Ucluelet, she refused to return home until she convinced Peter to rescue and bring home an abandoned dock dog. He never had it so good! She never felt comfortable with the idea of taking a job outside the home until she started working at Carleton University and found out she loved the job and the students. When Peter and Joan returned to Victoria in 1969, Joan joined the staff at the University of Victoria Bookstore where she worked for many years. Her greatest joy in these years was helping first year students find their way - and books. She also loved to garden and spent many happy hours in the yard only giving that up, somewhat grudgingly , to spend time cruising the Gulf Islands with Peter. Her favourite part of sailing was being anchored up in some protected cove soaking up the summer sun. The family would like to express our sincere thanks to all the staff of Sidney Care Home for the loving care they gave to Mum over the past year. She is sorely missed by Peter and her family but the fond and happy memories will always be with us. Love you. No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Victoria Branch of the SPCA, 3150 Napier Lane, Victoria, B.C., V8T 4V5 would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to: www.firstmemorialfuneral.com "> www.firstmemorialfuneral.com
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2012