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GHERSON, Joan Evelyn
July 13, 1927 - April 26, 2017
Born in Morris, Manitoba, at home. Died peacefully at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence in Ottawa after a brief illness. Predeceased by her parents, Leo Slater, QC and Anne McIntyre, brother Hugh, and devoted husband of 63 years, Randolph. Survived by twin children, Giles and Diane (Doug), grandchildren Nicola and Pippa Gherson and Duncan and James Barile, great-grandson Rhys Harley and niece Paula Robinson. Attended Winnipeg Public Schools, University of Manitoba, where she graduated at the top of her class in Commerce, and the London School of Economics (MSc Econ). Author of numerous publications including for the wool industry, and the London & Cambridge Economic Service Bulletin. During the 1960s, Joan worked as an economic consultant in Ottawa (DW Carr & Associates), in the 1970s and 1980s for the Foreign Investment Review Agency and its successor, Investment Canada, and then for Revenue Canada. Her career was interspersed with diplomatic postings abroad in Brussels (1968-72), Washington (1972-76) and Paris (1980-83). Following her retirement she volunteered at the Bruyere Hospital and Elizabeth Fry Society in Ottawa and the Gatineau Historical Society while tending to her beloved garden at home in Larrimac, Quebec. An avid reader with an abiding interest in European and British history, Joan led a rich life, full of family and friends she cared deeply about and, for those who knew her, dominated by her storybook marriage to Randolph. With great thanks to the caring management and staff at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence who did so much to make her final weeks and years comfortable. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence, Penthouse, 100 Island Lodge Road, Saturday, April 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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April 29, 2017
Very, very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. No matter what age, they leave a big gap in our lives, but also with so many memories to treasure.
Barbara Martin
April 28, 2017
I knew Joan from FIRA where we worked in the 80s, and was impressed with her intellect, accomplishments, and her work ethics. An interesting woman. Condolences, Noreen Charron
Noreen Charron
April 27, 2017
Thompson Family
April 27, 2017
We only knew Joan in her later years when we became neighbours at Larrimac. She was a charming and elegant hostess of exquisite dinner parties; a dedicated and accomplished gardener; and a fearsome bridge opponent, and a delightful neighbour to chat with. We only wish we'd known her longer. All the best to Giles and Diane and the rest of her extended family. May she rest in peace with Randolph.

Elizabeth Roscoe and Dave Crapper
April 27, 2017
Lois with Joan 1948 England
Joan came into my life before I was born, being a longtime friend of my mother's. I am grateful to have been a visiting companion and helper for Joan during the last few years of her life. Joan is a gem. She had such style, wit and insight. I wish her well in spirit, with Randolph, and my heart-full thoughts are with all of her family. Be well.
Lynn Thompson
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