JOYCE ANNA "SULLIVAN" (SOLOMON) SCOTT

Obituary
  • "Mom & Dad on their wedding day! September 13th, 1954"
    - Laura Alderson
  • "Memories of our Mother (with Baby John)."
    - Laura Alderson
  • " Melissa, I'm sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I only..."
    - Frederick (Fred) Vance
  • "Singing with the Angels in collaboration with my my Dad..."
    - Linda Cable
  • "I learned recently that Joyce had passed away, and I wish..."
    - Linda Cable

JOYCE ANNA "SULLIVAN" SCOTT (SOLOMON) Born July 4, 1929 Died May 14, 2017 Our beautiful yellow bird has slipped the surly bonds of earth... soar... sing, yellow bird! Born the year of the Great Depression to Gertrude "Gertie" and Joshua "Josh" Solomon, Mom was an early "conservationist", reluctant to throw anything out that could be glued, mended or repurposed. She had many gifts, not the least of which was her remarkable singing voice (mother "Gertie" was a "Jones" born in Wales, after all!). As early as nine, Joyce was singing at local weddings, bar mitzvahs and church services. She received a music scholarship from University of Toronto and went on to be the featured vocalist for the Leslie Bell Singers which led to a chance meeting with our father, actor/writer, John "Jack" Scott, embarking on a 43-year love affair even though she reportedly "couldn't stand him" when they first met. Spotted by the CBC to star with then unknown singer Robert Goulet on the variety show Showtime in the early 60s, she became a household name in Canada and beyond. Although born on the Fourth of July, Mom was a devout Canadian, preferring to raise her ever expanding brood of four - Laura (Gary/Paul), John (Milyda/Lisa), Kate (John) and Melissa (Thom) on their beloved Rouge Park farm in her "home and native land", where they took in many "strays" - animals and people, alike - and where she remained until her death, poignantly on Mother's Day. Having faced her health challenges in recent years with fierce determination and a "warrior spirit", "Grannie Annie", as she was affectionately referred to by nine grandchildren (Sarah (Karl), Josh, Jason, Madeleine (Luke), Hannah, Scott, Spencer (Anna) Eliza and Ava) and six great-grandchildren (Gabriel, Julian, Aubrey, Noah, Tristan and Aspen), maintained a stiff upper lip until the end - never, ever complaining and always supportive, loving and loyal. A Celebration of Joyce's Life will be held with family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please recognize her contribution to the performing arts in Canada by donating to PAL Toronto. http://paltoronto.org/product/donate/ or her love of animals by donating to the Toronto Humane Society. https://www.torontohumanesociety.com/support-us/tribute-giving Tood-li-doo, Mom!
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Published in the Toronto Star on May 19, 2017