OBITUARY

Joan Mary Meade

1 July , 193110 May , 2019
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Joan Mary Meade (MacLeod) of Dartmouth, passed away on May 10th at the age of 87. Born on July 1st, 1931 to the late Lloyd and Jessica MacLeod, Joan grew up in Dartmouth and continued her education in Kentville where she trained to become a nurse. She was married in 1950 to the late Cyril Meade and they had five beautiful children together.

Joan is predeceased by her parents Lloyd and Jessica; her loving husband Cyril; her sister Alma; and her brothers Art and Allen. She will be dearly missed by her children Pat, Bud, Mary Ann, Danny and Kenny; brother Gord; her 8 granddaughters; 4 grandsons; 20 great grandchildren; and extended family.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 15th from 4-7pm at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. The service will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 2pm at Cruikshank’s followed by interment at Camphill Cemetery. There will be a reception back at the funeral home following the interment. In lieu of flowers donations in Joan’s name may be made to the Diabetes Canada Association. To leave an online condolence please visit www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, 15 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 16 May , 2019
  • Interment Thursday, 16 May , 2019
  • Reception Thursday, 16 May , 2019

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Susan and Fred Beardsmore

15 May 2019

Danny, Char and All the family
So very sorry for your loss. There is nothing like a mothers Love.
She lived a long life, you were very fortunate to have had her for so long.
Our prayers are with you.
Fred and Susan Beardsmore

James McKenzie

14 May 2019

I have known Joan since I was a toddler. Never did she ever had a disparaging word about anyone. She always welcomed me into her home and always had a kind word for me. This was a strong woman whom I admired deeply for her strength and courage. You will be missed, but you are at peace, and I know you will be as welcoming in heaven as you were on earth.

mary carter

14 May 2019

my deepest heartfelt sympathy for the meade family and extended family ...i will never forget joan she was a big part of my life when i was a teenager and her family always first ..rest in peace joan

Crystal Ross

14 May 2019

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Biography

Eulogy of Joan Mary Meade

By Jessica Murray

We have gathered here today to say our farewells to Joan Meade.
I stand here thinking to myself; how can I explain what an exceptional and inspirational woman Joan truly was. She was the strongest, most independent person we all knew and loved and she had a fiery personality to match. I could sing her praise all day, even though she would deny everything, saying she was nasty and mean with a smile. But we all know she was a softy under that suit of armour.

She married when she was just 19 years old and had four children, unfortunately while pregnant with her fifth child she lost the love of her life at only 34 years old. She made a promise to her husband that she would never split up the family. She worked very hard to keep that promise; working nights so she could be there in the morning to prepare breakfast for her children before they went off to school. Although things were tight, and she didn't have much, she always made sure her children had what they needed and that holidays were special. She would never see someone go without; she was always willing to help anyone, from the neighbours next door to her close personal friends. Joan was never really one for expressing her feelings, but you always knew she loved you. She never complained about the hard times and every once in awhile, if you were lucky, she would tell you a story with that little smile and twinkle in her eye so you would know it was special to her.

I'm sure we all have some amazing memory with her that takes us back to a happier time when she was still here and wish we could keep adding to those memories, whether it's ducking from her slippers or trying to choke down some of her famous "secret spice"!

Joan taught us the importance of family and how to stick together. She has shown us that no matter what you need to sacrifice, family always comes first. She has raised five children on her own, and taught each one to be strong, caring, loving adults who in turn have instilled those qualities in their own families. She was able to see multiple generations that she helped to create and mold into the loud boisterous brood we have become. And even though we may never get to hear her say these words again, I'm sure they will not die with her: "SHUT UP MARY-ANNE!"

I could go on forever about how special Joan was to us all and how honoured and blessed we are to have had her in our lives, but I think it's time to say goodbye for now, to a woman we are all proud to call Our Matriarch.

She is our Mother, our Nanny, our Grandmother, and our friend.
She will be loved forever and missed always.