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Joanne Lee SUTTON
1961 - 2021
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JOANNE LEE SUTTON"Jojo" It is with profound sadness that the family of Joanne Sutton announces her passing Sunday March 7, 2021 in hospital in White Rock, BC. Predeceased by mother, Orysia Bilous, father, Harry James and sister-in-law, Cheryl. She is survived by her loving husband Wesley (Ted) Bell, her brothers, Derek (Marilyn), David and Douglas (Chris), and her sister Sharon (Michael). Joanne was the proud stepmother to Angie (Dan) and Ken (Shanon), adored grand-stepmother to Maxx, Maggie and Paisley, beloved aunt, great-aunt and cousin and good friend to many. Born on Feb. 20, 1961 in Scarborough, Ont., Joanne grew up and graduated high school in Beaconsfield, Que. She was a skilled lifeguard, coach, competitive diver, soccer player and skier. Eager to travel, she moved West in 1979 to work the ski mountains of Banff, then Kelowna, becoming "The Queen of Curve." Friendships there lured her to Whitehorse in 1982, where she started a career in broadcasting, working at CHON FM and Northern Native Broadcasting as a newscaster. Later, she was drawn to B.C., where she solidified her career by graduating from BCIT's Radio Broadcast Program in the class of 1984. Joanne became a mainstay through the 90's in country music, distinguishing herself as a well-loved personality in both radio and live events. She joined the popular JR Country 93.7 FM as a show host and community events reporter. Later, she was part of the team at 97 KISS FM/CKWX and News 1130, as part-time co-host of the Latremouille show and as the "eye in the sky" helicopter traffic reporter - where she met her husband, Ted, and they married in 2000. Joanne also worked at Z95.3, LG 104.3 and CISL 650. Her sideline was "The Little Fruit Pie Company,"and her delicious and sought-after pies became available at local farm markets throughout the Lower Mainland. Joanne was passionate about her causes. In 2000, she climbed Mt Kilimanjaro as part of the Ascent for Alzheimer's team, raising over a quarter of a million dollars for research. She was an intricate part of a team that ran a half marathon in Reykjavik for Team Diabetes in 2004. Over the decades, she hosted, emceed, produced, organized and judged countless events, including BC Country Music Awards, fundraisers for the BC Guide Dogs, and numerous live concerts. In 2019, she was inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame for her tireless contributions and dedication to showcasing upcoming local talent. Joanne was multi-talented and squeezed every ounce out of life that she could. She was always willing to lend a hand, emcee, or roll up her sleeves behind the scenes. An event planner, baker extraordinaire, sympathetic friend and selfless volunteer with endless energy. Beautiful inside and out, Joanne radiated joy with a smile you won't forget. Her tremendous imprint on all who were lucky enough to meet her is everlasting. Joanne touched many with her generosity and passion for life. She is deeply missed, and her exemplary life will forever be cherished by those who knew her. In lieu of flowers, Joanne would have asked that you donate and/or volunteer to BC Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer Society of BC, or BC Guide Dog Services. Family and friends will observe a celebration of life at a later date.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Mar. 20 to Mar. 24, 2021.
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April 5, 2021
You will be missed but what makes it bearable is we got to know and love you. RIP Joanne
Ted and Mary Lou Ellan
Friend
April 3, 2021
Got to know Joanne back the mid to late ninety's while she was at 97 Kiss Fm hosting/ skiing along with Jack Marion at Blackcomb Mountain. Joanne was a wonderful beautiful energetic woman full of life and laughter.. God Bless her, Gone way too soon..Rest in peace beautiful lady...
Gerry Tremblett
Friend
April 1, 2021
Ted and family, Joanne’s bubbly personality will be missed by all, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Donna and Lloyd Ducharme
Acquaintance
April 1, 2021
I was saddened to hear this news, I had met Joanne a few times , when she was working at Kiss FM , and often heard her on the radio .. and at Ted's high School Reunion , where we had some laughs , a Wonderful lady , gone too soon . My Deepest Condolences to Ted , and family at this very difficult time, hold your memories close to you heart . I loved the trip to Mexico , the whole Station (KISS) came , and it was so much fun ..
Jean Honig
March 26, 2021
I am planting trees to honour my dear sweet cousin Joanne. May your energy touch them so they grow taller than any others in the forest. I am so sad that your “time has come”; and BTW it was not your turn. Your determination, fearlessness, and Joie de vivre inspired me at a very young age. Thank you for providing me with a family connection I craved so dearly. I miss you so much. Love and hugs.
Julie Bishop
Family
March 26, 2021
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March 25, 2021
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Banu Altan Potter
March 24, 2021
Fond memories of great times in Florida with a very special lady
Our deepest condolences to Ted and family and the entire Sutton family
Erv and Judy Sande Sarasota Florida

ervin e sande
Family
March 22, 2021
Joanne was so full of life with boundless energy and could entertain you for hours with lots of stories. She was the "Pie Queen Extraordinaire". Brian and I will miss our dear friend.
All our love and deepest condolences to Ted and family.
RIP sweet Joanne.
Jeannette
Friend and Neighbour
jeannette cormier
Friend
March 22, 2021
Joanne was full of life with boundless energy and could entertain you for hours whitish many stories. She was the "Pie Queen Extraordinaire"!
Brian and I will miss our dear neighbour.
All our love and condolences to Ted and family.
RIP Joanne
Jeannette
Neighbour and Friend
Jeannette Cormier
Friend
March 22, 2021
Joanne was full of life with boundless energy and could entertain you for hours with so many stories. She was "The Queen of Pie Making Extraordinaire"! Brian and I will miss our very special neighbour. All our love and condolences to Ted and family.
RIP Joanne
Jeannette
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Jeannette Cormier
Neighbor
March 22, 2021
Joanne was the light in the room, always full of life and funny stories. We were lucky enough to be Joanne and Ted's neighbours and became fast friends. She will be very missed by both Larry and myself, may you rest in peace our beautiful friend.
Joanne Prest
Friend
March 22, 2021
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Bert Hick
March 22, 2021
To Ted and Family
We had the pleasure of meeting Joanne at many family functions. She was a breath of fresh air. Her smile was contagious and she was always fun to be around.
May you find comfort in all the good times and happiness you shared.
Paola and Bob Muzyka
Friend
March 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to Joanne’s family and friends. I am heartbroken. As one of the lucky people who had Joanne as a friend, I met her in Banff and off we went on a journey to California. The adventures and our friendship was a huge integral part of my young life. We had lost touch for many years, but I am so grateful that I got to see Joanne in August 2018. I was awed by her courage, happy to see her beautiful smile, but felt angry and sad at the unfairness of Joanne’s illness.
The love and memories of our friendship will remain in my heart forever.
Banu Potter
Friend
March 21, 2021
To Ted our dear friends Doug and Chris and all the family. Peter and I are sending our deepest condolences. We had the pleasure of spending time with Joanne at the tennis tournaments in LaQuinta that she loved watching so much. We know you all will miss her so much. Our heart and prayers go out to all. Virtual Hugs Sherry and Peter Pelensky
Sherry Pelensky
Friend
March 21, 2021
My inspiring aunt will be greatly missed. She set a mean bar for fitting epic adventure, fun and love into every part of life. She will continue to shine through all her loved ones... she couldn’t help but leave a mark on everyone in her life.
Sending you big ‘Fish’ kisses Aunt Jojo xxx
Krista Sutton
Family
March 21, 2021
I have know Joanne from early Days of the BCCMA.
Joanne presented me with the Presidents Choice Award and life time
Member.
Joanne is the most kindest and uplifting women I have ever met.
I am so thankful to have known Joanne for so many years.
A beautiful person. She will be greatly missed., and always in my prayers.
My deepest condolences to her husband Ted and the whole family.
RIP JOANNE
Tala Sayer
Friend
March 21, 2021
Beacon Hill chalet, playing soccer, “mat” night, grade 4 school concert, BHS courtyard, the cafe, skipping class, the laughs, oh the laughs. A childhood and teenaged years full of memories. I am thankful to have had you, albeit for a short time, as part of my life’s fabric. Ted, your words capture a life so beautifully and fully lived, please accept my sincere condolences. Farewell my friend.
Cathy Potts
Friend
March 21, 2021
A great lady....my condolences to Ted and her Family and zillions of friends. We worked together at KISS-FM and we saw each other for the last time just after her diagnosis. I admired her spirit and her many talents. God Speed, my friend.
Tom Jeffries
Coworker
March 21, 2021
You were the "light" in so many of our lives. I will miss you and I'm so grateful to have known you and shared history. I hope we meet again ....
Jennifer Longmore
Friend
March 20, 2021
I will miss you , I will think of you often. You are gone to do beautiful work elsewhere. Rest In Peace Joanne

Jeanne
Friend
March 20, 2021
I knew her when she was crowned Queen of Curve’ since she worked the Curve station of the new gondola at Sunshine Village. It was a great title, since she had the curves and could made the curves on the ski hill! I will miss her laugh,, her honesty and her zest for life! She will continue to be a heavenly light! God Bess her family, Condolences, Pauline Bartlett
Pauline bartlett
Friend
March 20, 2021
So sad to hear. Godspeed Joanne. RIP.
Cal Koat
Coworker
March 20, 2021
A beautiful tribute to a pretty awesome lady, rest well Jo. To all her family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Cody Gilmore
Friend
March 20, 2021
I was lucky indeed to work with Joanne during my brief radio career.
Rest well kind lady
Roderick MacLeod
Coworker
March 20, 2021
Joanne was one of a kind! This tribute says so much of what she brought to the world. And her culinary expertise was so grand that she was the caterer for our wedding! Jo Jo, you’re missed and brought so many gifts to this world...
Ange Frymire
Friend
March 20, 2021
It was my pleasure to of been a co-worker, and one of my greatest joys in life to of been her friend. I will forever hold her smile and love in my heart.
Marilyn Singer
Friend
March 20, 2021
A beautiful tribute to an exceptional and beautiful woman... A woman who will be dearly missed by so many yet always remembered for the legacy she left with everyone whose life she touched..
Cathy and Bart Frith
Friend
March 20, 2021
Joanne was such a beautiful person inside and out. Always giving with a smile on her face. A true gift to all who knew her. She had a zest for life and fighter spirit. She will be truly missed. My condolences to Ted and her family. Our hearts break for you.
Suzie “Snoozer” and Dan Ketchell
Suzie Ketchell
Friend
March 20, 2021
This photo is just a hint of the fun side of Joanne. I took this photo when we were in Pureto Vallarta Nov 25-Dec 3rd 1990. I loved this beautiful, unique, multi talented, smart, creative, and cherished friend. I will miss her all the rest of my days.
Suzanne Lively
Friend
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