Joan Yvonne Canton
Gainesville - Joan Yvonne Canton of Gainesville, Fl passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. She was born on the island of Antigua and at the age of 5 she moved to the island of St Kitts where he remained until the age of 14. Joan immigrated to America at the age of 14 and lived in New York City. She married Alric "Rico" Canton and had 5 daughters.
Joan worked as a Clerical Assistant, Medical Claims Examiner in Brooklyn, New York and a DCF Caseworker in the State of Florida from which she retired. Joan was active in her community and is most notably known as a founding partner of the SWAG Center in Southwest Florida. She worked tirelesslyin ensuring that her community excelled, not just with handouts but with hope and more tangible options. She was instrumental in ensuring the Child Care Center, the SWAG Resource Center, A satellite health clinic and many other resources for her beloved community. Her motto was "WE MAY NOT ALL BE IN THE SAME BOAT BUT WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME STORM".
Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Alric"Rico" Canton. Joan is survived by her daughters, all of Gainesville, Florida, Lisa Canton, Kim Daniels, Dana (Charles) Jones, Erika Canton and Ebony Almonds; Joi (Elroy) Lewis, of Lake Worth, Florida. Grandchildren Akeem and DeSean Thompson, Akim Cromwell, Khai, Niko and Kezia Canton, Grace Daniels, Jay (Rodasha) Miller, Charles Jr. (Kamesha) , Diego and Santana Jones, and Jo'Lyese White, all of Gainesville, Fl, Aniyah, Diamond and Elijah Lewis of Lake Worth. Greatgrandchildren Jada, Akeem Jr., Chad and Justice Thompson, Kameon Lee, Loryn, Charles III(C3), Janiyah and Darrious Jones, Julien, Jehudi, Jocelyn and Jay'Lyn Miller. Sisters Eloise Edwards of Gainesville, Fl, Gloria Adams of Queens, NY and brother Wilmoth (Hazel) Edwards of Ormond Beach, Fl . In addition, she leaves a host of family, and many others.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2021.