Joanne McGARRY
Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel
467 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON
McGARRY, Joanne (Paolini) - December 10, 1953 - April 27, 2014 Passed peacefully on Sunday, into the hands of the Lord, after a brave, two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Beloved wife of David Paolini; loving mother of Laura, Sarah and Daniel Paolini. Fondly remembered by her brother Bernard McGarry and his wife June and their children; Jeffrey and Julie and grandchildren. Cherished sister-in-law to Douglas and Elvira Paolini of Oakville and their children; Greg and Sabrina Paolini of Toronto and their children and Andrew Paolini. Dear sister-in-law to Carol McGarry and favoured aunt to Lucy and Katie McGarry. Predeceased by her brother Michael and parents Ed and Elsie McGarry. Joanne had a long and successful writing, editing and management career, chiefly with The Catholic Register and Jewelry World. Most recently the Executive Director of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL). Accomplishments too numerous to mention. Many thanks to the team at Odette Cancer Centre. Friends may visit at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street, (south of Wellesley St.), on Wednesday, April 30th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 78 Clifton Road (St. Clair Ave. just west of Mt. Pleasant Rd.), on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the CCRL ( would be greatly appreciated. Condolences

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Joanne was a lovely person and a joy to work with at the Register and at Jewellery World. We enjoyed many laughs and happy times.
Peace be with you and thanks for sharing your talents with so many
Barbara Klich
May 17, 2014
I was very saddend to hear about Joanne today. She was always available for a chat at parent night. Had seen her a little while back at my workplace while visiting a patient. Always had a friendly smile. Thinking of you Daniel and your family at this sad time. Ryan sends his condolences too.
Jacqueline Romero
May 9, 2014
We were very sorry to hear of Joanne's death.We knew her through her marvelous work with the CCRL.Whether it was her press releases or work with our members, she was always the consummate professional.Her clear, powerful defense of the faith was truly inspiring.We were so fortunate to have had her use her many talents for the good of all.She will be missed.
Michael Scandiffio
May 7, 2014
Dave and family,
I am a friend of Joanne's from Journalism at Western. While we have only been in touch through Facebook in the last few years, I want you to know that I'm thinking of Joanne and your family at this time. I am sure she is in a special place. My sincere condolences. Karen Humphreys Blake
Karen Humphreys Blake
May 5, 2014
To the Paolini and McGarry families,
I am so saddened by our loss. Joanne has been a gift to me since we had lockers beside each other in grade 9. Joanne has always been "sure and steady" as we have travelled life together. So many memories, I will miss her terribly. To you her family, I offer condolences and prayers, she loved you all so much. Sincerely Mary Lou Gunn ( McGraw)
May 3, 2014
I am sorry to hear of the loss of Joanne. She has always been a wonderful influence for me in the promotion of all that is important in being a Catholic and a member of the Civil Rights League.
My sincere sympathy to the family .
Roseanne Lidstone (member of the civil rights league)
May 2, 2014
David and family,
I never met Joanne McGarry. but I know her competence and kindness touched all those in the Catholic Civil Rights League. She was the CCRL "voice" -- and a wonderful missionary for Christ. Pray for us, Joanne.
Tom Roach, Antigonish, N.S.
May 2, 2014
The loss of my beloved sister Joanne in the prime of her life has been difficult for all of us who loved her. I am gratified by the fact that she meant so much to so many people. I take an older brother's pride in all of her accomplishments. Whether reading her pieces or watching her on television, I was always impressed by her talent. I will really miss her wit and humour - I look forward to its continuation when we are re-united in the next life. At that time I also intend to continue my life long quest to teach her Math.
To David, Laura, Sarah, and Daniel: I join you in your grief and sorrow. Joanne will always live in our hearts. Her positive influence will always be there to guide you along the right path. She lived her life with honour, integrity and dignity and now she is in a better place. R.I.P Joanne.
Bernie McGarry
May 2, 2014
Dave, Laura, Sara and Daniel, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Joanne always made me feel like part of the family when I attended McGarry family functions with Carol & Mike.
Marjorie Lehman
May 1, 2014
To Joanne's family whom she loved so much! Our love and prayers at the loss of such a beautiful soul. Joanne could always say the right thing with such love and compassion and what a champion for faith, life and family. We will miss her gentle but warrior spirit,

Jakki Jeffs, Board and member groups of Alliance for Life Ontario
Jakki Jeffs
May 1, 2014
Dave, Laura, Sarah and Daniel - my thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy, Adam
Adam Lodzinski
May 1, 2014
David, Laura Sarah and Daniel
Tom and I are so very sorry for your loss. We did not know Joanne, but clearly she was loved, admired and respected by many. The depth of your grief and sorrow is something we cannot begin to know. Our deepest sympathy to all.
Louise and Tom Oak
May 1, 2014
Aunt Joanne was always an inspiring, comforting, and loving presence in my life. She always had the right words to say and put the needs of others before her own. Joanne was an amazing sister to my father, Michael, as well as a wonderful aunt to my sister and I. I have so many fond memories at her house: playing hide and seek in the basement, the annual family Christmas party, lots of backyard barbecues, and many more. Her passing is a great shock, and my heart goes out to David, Laura, Sarah, and Daniel. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Katie McGarry
April 30, 2014
Aunt Joanne,

You have always been an inspiration to me. You have accomplished so much, in your career, as a Catholic, as a wonderful mother and aunt. I am proud to have your name as my middle name. Thank you for always bringing our family together over the years for holidays and fun. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

Uncle Dave, Laura, Sarah, and Daniel,

You have been lucky to have such a wonderful wife/mother. It was always obvious how much she loved you and how proud she was of you. I really wish she could have stayed with us longer. But at least she has given us so many good memories to hold on to. Now, I bet she and my dad are joking about Sammy, up in the sky
Sending you lots of love,

Lucy McGarry
April 30, 2014
Dave, I send my deepest sympathies and blessings to you and your family. I am sure you are the spirit that kept Joanne going strong through her struggle. May she rest in peace. Best, Suzanne G
Suzanne Gerweck
April 30, 2014
I was deeply saddened to hear of my cousin Joanne`s passing. Although we seldom saw each other during our adult years, I was always interested to listen to her on a number of occasions, over the years, when she took part in panel discussions and interviews on CBC Radio, always presenting solidly reasoned views on issues she felt strongly about. Her strength of belief and intellect will clearly be missed. My deepest condolences, at this sad time, to her Family and all who were personally close to her.

Steve Gilbert
April 30, 2014
i am very saddened to hear of the passing of Joanne. I didn't know her well, but all encounters with Joanne were always uplifting.Rest in peace.
Les Pinkus
April 30, 2014
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the good Lord comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
April 30, 2014
I really enjoyed working Joanne. She was a kind person. I am very sorry to hear of her passing.
Lorne Benjamin
April 30, 2014
Dave and Family: My heart goes out to all. I am shocked to hear of her passing I feel very fortunate to have worked with her. The pictures have reminded me of how calm, loving & helpful she was. Truly beautiful inside and out. Lynn Walks
April 30, 2014
Joanne and I went to the same high school and our paths crossed again a few years ago through work. She still had that same wicked sense of humour and could always make me laugh. She was also a very sweet and gentle soul and I know she is now in the arms of God. She will be greatly missed.
Antoniette Palumbo
April 30, 2014
David, I was very saddened when I received your message. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jonas Lood
April 30, 2014
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor
The love of Christ has gathered us together into one

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. – Plato

Joanne's good actions were plentiful and customary to her family and friends. Her generous family gatherings are a special memory to me. Her kind words at just the right moment, her open love for her children – for all of her family - her many accomplishments and written words that gave strength and encouragement to others: perhaps these are the source of Joanne's great strength.

I miss you, friend,
Carol McGarry
April 30, 2014
I did not know Joanne well or for a long time but was most impressed with her work at the Catholic Civil Rights League and The Catholic Register. I remember making a donation to the League over the phone and how gracious and grateful she truly was. My deepest condolences to Joanne's entire family and the CCRL family.
Erica Zlomislic
April 30, 2014
David, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Look at your beautiful children and know the very best part of Joanne lives on. You and your family will be in my thoughts.
Audrey Heutzenroeder
April 30, 2014
Jane and I are so sorry about your loss and like everyone, know the sorrow that the loss of a family member brings.--Mary McGrath
April 30, 2014
Dave, my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of great sadness. The photographs tell a story of a rich and full life.
My condolences to you and your family.
Marjorie Gegear
April 30, 2014
My deepest sympathies to Dave and family. God bless you all and give you strength.
Nicole Filiatrault
April 30, 2014
My deepest sympathy to David and the kids. Joanne hired me as a reporter at the Catholic Register in 1984. It was my first big break. She was a good mentor and friend.
Mike Mastromatteo
April 30, 2014
Dear David and family,
Our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Anne & Zdene Vizintin
April 30, 2014
I am so saddened by the news of Joanne's passing. She is someone I have always admired throughout the years. First as a "9'er" at St. Joe's Wellesley and later in life in her unwavering work for the dignity f all human persons. She will always be a giant in my heart and I believe she is now accompanying our new great saints John Paul II and John XXIII. My deepest condolences in this very sad time. With love and respect, Debbie Fisher Toronto Right to Life
April 30, 2014
Dear David and family,
I am very saddened to hear of Joanne's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kati Bujna
April 29, 2014
I only knew Joanne through her emails and letters related to CCRL but I greatly admired her writing about Catholic issues. I am very sorry for your loss. I must also comment on the beautiful photo gallery that you have put together here--just a lovely tribute. Becky Kallal (Edmonton)
April 29, 2014
May you rest in PEACE with all the Saints!
Thanks for all you did to promote authentic Catholic positions on controversial issues. Ed
Dr. Edward Rzadki
April 29, 2014
Our deepest condolences to all the Paolini and McGarry Families. Know that Joanne is in our prayers. Bobby Paolini and children Christopher, Joanna, Raymond, Robert and Andrea.
Bobby Paolini
April 29, 2014
Dear David, Sarah, Daniel & Laura:
Thom and I were at a loss when we received David's email.
We were blessed to have Joanne (and family) as our friend; and Hillsdale neighbour for more than 11 years. Our daughter was their 4th child and always welcomed at #49.
We are so sorry for your loss - Joanne was a 'rock' in Paolini family.
Much love and our deepest sympathy.
Thom, Kari, Kim Vincent
April 29, 2014
Joanne was a courageous woman. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I am praying for a family I never met because of a woman I did. May God bless and comfort you.
Don Hutchinson
April 29, 2014
For many years Joanne and I have waived to each other, or exchanged quick comments as we passed on Hillsdale Ave. rushing off to our respective meetings. She was an elegant, intelligent woman, with a wicked sense of humour. I will miss her.
My husband Fred and I send condolences to the Paolini Family.
Anne Mellers
April 29, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

Peter & Cindy McGarry
April 29, 2014
Thank you for all you did for the Catholic faith.
Well-done good and faithful servant.

Deepest sympathies to the family.
James Doak
April 29, 2014
words do not express the sadness we all
feel at this time, too young to be taken from us...
McGarry Paul
April 29, 2014
So sorry to hear about Joanne. She embraced integrity and wrote beautifully and exquisitely about Catholic issues.
Mark Evans
April 29, 2014
I was very saddened to hear of Joanne's passing--I had not known she was battling cancer. Count on my prayers for her repose, and for all of you who were close to her.
Kara Johnson
April 29, 2014
Donna, Richard, Alex and Peter Anglin express our deepest sympathy to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Donna Anglin
April 29, 2014
Dear David and family:
How blessed I was to have a chance to know Joanne and enjoy her friendship. She was supportive of all my artistic efforts, and her face shone with a light of faith and hope whenever we met for lunch. It was another blessing to my life to learn more about the CCRL through her tireless efforts as its Executive Director.
She will be missed by so many but God knew the time was right for her to go home to Him, and on a day when our Church was full of celebration.
Be assured of my prayers for all of you.
Sincerest sympathy, Joan Levy Earle, Cornwall, ON
Joan Levy Earle
April 29, 2014
Condolences to your family from our family.
Iain, Hilary & Sarah Marshall.
April 29, 2014
On behalf of Priests for Life Canada, we express our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family. Joanne was a great defender of life and faith. As she transitioned from this world to the next on Sunday, I'm sure that she heard the words "Well done good and faithful servant come and inherit the kingdom prepared for you." Be assured of our thoughts and prayers.

Fr. John Lemire (Board Chair) & Fr. Thomas Lynch (National Director)
Father John Lemire
April 29, 2014
Joanne you are now in Jesus arms But we will all miss you
Josie Bacci ofs
April 29, 2014
R.I.P. Joanne Rose Pinnell Sean Beggs
Rose Pinnell
April 29, 2014
David & Family,
On behalf of the Serra Club of Markham & Scarborough, I would like to express our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We will greatly missed Joanne.

Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us!
Maria-Luz Manalo
Maria-Luz Manalo
April 29, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ana Smith
April 29, 2014
I am truly saddened to hear of Joanne's passing. Although we had never met we conversed by email and the occasional phone call but she seemed to be a wonderful person & I had always wanted to meet her.
My deepest sympathy to her family and, friends at the CCRL National Office.
Cathy MacDonald
April 29, 2014
David, Sarah, Laura, Daniel,

I am so sorry to hear of your great loss of your mom, your wife, and our colleague, Joanne. She was one the first to welcome me to Ontario and teach me the ropes of understanding God's ways at work in ethics. She was a great writer, networker, advocate, and tireless giver of her love and passions. I am so sorry she has left us so soon, with prayer, Lorna Dueck
April 29, 2014
David and Family
I met Joanne in grade 9 and we have been friends ever since. I have so many fond and funny memories of her. She will be lovingly remembered. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so sorry for your loss.
Chris Milcawich
April 29, 2014
David, on behalf of Jorge and myself our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. Joanne will be greatly missed.
Karen Dalton
April 29, 2014
David and Family:
I will always remember Joanne fondly for her easy smile and bright outlook on life in general. Please except my most sincere sympathies for your loss. May she be in a better place.
Ray Lancashire
April 29, 2014
Joanne as a great neighbor will be truly missed.
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Bruno Pinn
April 29, 2014
I met Joanne on the first day of grade 9. What drew her to me was her laughter. She always found the fun in each and every day. Our children attended St. Monica's together and the Joanne I first encountered at St Joe's was still the same. Over the years I could always count on her for hilarious e-mails that never failed to make me laugh and see the lighter side of life. She was a great friend!I feel blessed to have known her and incredibly sad at the loss of her.
Joanne Mills
April 29, 2014
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