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JOHN JOY Saying goodbye to brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend, John Joy is missed and will always be remembered as a striking individual whose perspective on life was and is still translated to everyone through his paintings and exuberance of capturing the true colours of nature, countryside and towns throughout the world. John passed away quietly on a peaceful evening with wife Elsie and family by his side. Born in Toronto (1925) and educated at Central Technical School (1940 - 45) and the Ontario College of Art (1944 - 48), John Joy travelled extensively across Canada, including the Arctic, Europe, Asia and US, seeking to capture the essence of his subject with watercolours, acrylic and oil paints, all of which he is remarkably proficient in. For many years, John demonstrated his art techniques for school children, has exhibited widely and had numerous successful one-man shows from where his paintings have gone to many parts of the world. He has shown with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and is a founding member of the Society of Canadian Artists. John Joy was a longtime member of the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. Reflecting on a lifetime of fulfillment, 86 year old John has painted for seven decades and has been called one of Toronto's, if not Canada's, most recognizable and respected painters. Friends may call on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles). Private Interment. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or North York General Hospital. Condolences

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Published in Toronto Star from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2012.
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January 19, 2012
Rad and I feel privileged to have met and spent time with both John and Elsa. We share our home and cottage with many of John's wonderful paintings and wake up each day gazing at a mystical view of Holly's Pond at home and a Haliburton dawn at the cottage. We will cherish his artwork as a remembrance of John's vibrant spirit, his love of the natural world (even on those cold wintry days en plein air), and his joie de vivre. Such a fulfilled life, lived with passion and humour! Our thoughts are with Elsa and family at this difficult time.
Jan Stewart and Rad Wilson
Jan and Rad Stewart/Wilson
January 18, 2012
Whether at the Arts & Letters Club or in the Arctic John Joy brought his ready wit, a deep desire to share his considerable talent as a painter and teacher and his zest for life. There never has been a more eager plein air painter than John he was irrepressable and a delight to banter with. We feel blessed to have shared our last Artic painting excursion with John and Elsie.
Our heartfelt condolences to Elsie and to John's family. We will miss John. Paul Gauthier, RoseMarie Condon
RoseMarie Condon
January 18, 2012
From the PacRim exhibition in Seattle in the 90s, to the Arts and Letters and Arctic Quest in 2006 and, finally, our last meeting at the Carrier Gallery the year past, John is forever etched in my mind. I am proud to say I knew one of Canada's finest painters.
My condolences to Elsie and family.
W. David Ward
January 18, 2012
I am so sorry to hear that John has gone. I met John & Elsie on a painting trip to the Arctic in 2006. I remember him to be a great teller of his stories and adventures. Most were very humorous. He was the eldest of our group but the most prolific of us all. I am blessed to have met him. My heart goes out to Elsie and the family.
Ana Jurpik
January 18, 2012
We send our thoughts and prayers to the Joy Family.
THis man was truly a talented artist and held a vision very few are able to hold
Our thoughts are with you.
Michael Blomberg Rona Johnston
Michael Blomberg
January 18, 2012
We send our condolences to the Joy family on the loss of Uncle John with special thoughts to brother, Harry Joy. We are out of country and unable to be with you Wayne & Cathy. We wish all of you comfort from the great memories you have of Uncle John. Ken & Nadine Shaddock
Ken Shaddock
January 18, 2012
With deepest sympathy to the entire Joy Family for their loss.

Jane and Jim Ashwood, Grand Bend, ON
January 18, 2012
The art world has lost a visionary with the passing John Joy, a giant in Canadian art. On behalf of the OCAD University Alumni we send our sincere condolence to his family. With symphony
Maggie Broda
President of OCAD U ALumni Association
Maggie Broda
January 18, 2012
I will always remember John as a kind and gentle soul. John's paintings will live on forever.
My condolences to the family.
Andy Brooks
January 17, 2012
I am thankful for the years of friendship that I had with John.I especially appreciate the painting trips to Haliburton and to remote places only John would remember to get to. I will miss John but am richer for having had his friendship and creative inspiration. May expressions of love from friends and family bring comfort to you Elsie and all your family.
Sam & Rebecca Paonessa
January 17, 2012
I remember the wonderful and talented John Joy so well from the 60s . I was a Central Tech art dept alumnae as well but did study with John (was it the Three Schools?)
My condolences on his passing. Nina Keogh
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