12 November , 1919 – 26 June , 2019
Joan Collins (Nee McCarroll), 99, peacefully passed away June 26, 2019, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She was born November 12, 1919, in Toronto Ontario. Joan was the beloved wife to the late Edwin Hugh Collins of York, Ontario. Dear daughter of the late Mary McCarroll (Nee Hough) and William Joseph McCarroll. Loving Aunt of Carole Dunphy, (David) great Aunt of Trevor Dunphy (Heather) and Janice Barkham (Regan) and great, great Aunt of Ryan Dunphy. Joan was a music and sports enthusiast. She played the church organ for many years and continued her passion for music by singing in the choir and playing the piano while living in her retirement home. Joan will be remembered as a loving, strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. She will be greatly missed. Friends are invited to share their memories of Joan during visitation at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora Ontario on July 12 at 10:00 am followed by a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m.
- Memorial Service Friday, 12 July , 2019
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11 July 2019
A chance encounter over 55 years ago with Ed and Joan turned into a life-long gift of friendship for my family. A cold snap in July sent my mom and dad and their first two daughters to a motel for warmth. There they met a couple looking to buy a cottage. It just so happened, we had a cottage lot for sale.
In not long, good neighbours became family: Auntie Joan and Uncle Ed. Soon we were four girls excited by the adventures of cottage life, but always with the comfort of knowing Auntie Joan and Uncle Ed were just next door. We enjoyed many summer nights with them at their cottage for bingo, sing songs and date squares. And our friendship extended well beyond cottage life: it just wasn’t Christmas without a get together.
After more than twenty years we were sad to see Auntie Joan and Uncle Ed leave the lake, and then, only a few years later, Uncle Ed past away.
Auntie Joan never lost her strength and grace. She was always genuinely interested and concerned for others, and never one to share her own burdens. We will remember Auntie Joan for her warmth and kindness, her wise words and strength of character. She will always be an example of goodness to us, someone who enchanted us as young girls and who will continue to light our path as we make our way through life.
Thank you Auntie Joan for the many wonderful memories. You will be deeply missed.