Joan Mabel Burgess

11 April , 192425 May , 2018

After exhibiting tremendous courage fighting recent illnesses, Joan succumbed to pneumonia at Hamilton General Hospital on May 25. Her funeral has taken place.

What a life - 94 years! Joan was one of the last “Children of the Raj.” Born and raised in India with family ties back to the East India Company of the British Empire, she was lucky not to have suffered the arduous journeys and long family separations of so many. She attended a Convent Hill School in Panchgani (near Bombay) during her formative years and returned Home to England after World War II with her sister Audrey and parents, Marion and Roy, joining her brother Charles. There she met her husband, Ron, and they emigrated to Hamilton, Canada, with their good friends John and Beryl Merrick in 1958. Following in her mother’s footsteps as an Executive Secretary, Joan joined the staff of Norman Slater Pole Line Hardware (later Slater Steel) and was well respected until her retirement in 1989. After the death of her husband in 1968 Joan moved to Dundas where she was treated as a daughter by Max and Marie Wellnhofer. She made friends easily including the the McKerrells, who loved her as family and will cherish her memory. Joan always enjoyed returning to England to be with family for Christmas and often visited family in Seattle. Kind, generous and quick-witted with quirky sayings, she incredibly solved any crossword puzzle easily, including the Daily Telegraph in ink! She was preceded in death by her husband and sister and is survived by her brother, a cousin and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Joan had a full life, well-lived and will be greatly missed, but she certainly leaves “an afterglow of smiles”. May she rest in peace and the hope of resurrection. Online condolences may be made at


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Frances Henry

17 June 2018

I will miss our birthday lunch. You were always a joy to be with. You were always happy, positive & fun. Your stories & tales were educational, entertaining & terrific.
"We'll meet again some sunny day."

Frances Henry - friend & former employee of Slater Steel

Charles P-B

17 June 2018

Dearest Joan, I miss our daily phone chats. As children, Auds, you and I shared a special bond that has never severed. I recall fondly your writing lyrics of the songs we loved in my little book, so I’d remember. Your kind spirit lives on. I am happy you are again with Mum, Dad, Auds and your dear Ron. He had fun reporting back to you after meeting Wren and our growing family! We had our long separations after all - happily later in life and we were able to keep in touch. Rest In Peace love. “We’ll meet again”.
God bless you always.
Your loving brother, Charles xo

Nicola Wright

15 June 2018

Rest in peace, Aunty Joan- you are an inspiration of strength and courage after navigating life’s ups and downs. I will miss hearing your kind voice, especially on holidays where we never missed a chat.
Nicola xo

Mark PB

14 June 2018

We had such wonderful times together over the years. I will very much miss our chats. You are sorely missed by many some of whom only knew you by phone and reputation. I am glad to know you are at peace now. Love you.

Pippa Macnair

13 June 2018

Aunty Joan, I will miss you so much. I loved your free spirit and your positive outlook on life. The universe received a new beautiful star, God rest your soul in peace. Love Pippa xo