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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a remarkable woman, Joy Doyle, at the age of 93. Joy was predeceased by her husband James, her sister Fay Christin and her brother Ken Dunn. Left to mourn her are her children James (Mary), Nancy Young (Don), Patrick, Cathy Robbings (late Nicholas), Brian (Diane), Jill Latreille (Berny), Jeffrey, Jack (Judy), Candace Edwards (Leroy), and Kelley (Rosie), and her brothers Gerry Dunn and Gary Dunn (Marika). She will be missed by 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to visit at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home at 1411 Hunt Club Road (corner of Albion) on Friday April 12th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. or from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 13th at St. Maurice Parish, 4 Perry St. (corner of Meadowlands) at 11:00 a.m., with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Heart & Stroke or to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.


  • Visitation Friday, 12 April , 2019
  • Visitation Friday, 12 April , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 13 April , 2019
  • Burial Monday, 15 April , 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, 15 April , 2019


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Brenda MacGillivray

13 April 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I will always remember your Mom’s giggles and her energy...she was always ready for fun!

She was a tiny powerhouse and I enjoyed every opportunity I had to spend with her!

I will never forget her kindness when my husband Joe and I visited Ottawa while Mary (my sweet sister) and her husband Jim ( first person to shorten my name to “B” and it has stuck! Lol) were up from the east we drove from London, On to see everyone.

Joy arrived with a beautiful, glass, rose bowl for us :)

She was always so very thoughtful.

Thank you for helping to create so many happy memories and for showing my sister Mary and all of our family; your genuine love and friendship.

You were an original Joy and your spark for life lives on through your beautiful you...are always ready for a giggle!😉

With love;
Brenda MacGillivray, Joe Christiaans and daughters Ella Rose and Charlotte Mae

Genee Latreille

13 April 2019

How do you mourn the loss of the Sun around which an entire family orbits? Whose warm, joyful presence shines on all you do so consistently and unquestionably that you somehow take it for granted?

I’m so grateful for the many years we’ve had. I’m grateful she got to know my children, and they her. I’m grateful for memories like this, when her light still shone bright and I was able to welcome her into my home. It felt like she’d always be here. She will always be in all of us, that fiery survivor spirit, that joy-filled laughing voice always ready to share a story and her unrelenting love for her family. Goodbye Granny, you will be missed. ❤️

Tully Doyle

13 April 2019

This is my granny in boxing gloves with a slight shiner on her right eye from a bus accident that happened a while back. I wanted to post this picture because she’s the reason I fight. In the ring but more so in my life. From her, to all my uncles, aunts, and all my cousins, we are a family full of fighters. We’ve come a long way to be where we are at right now, and I couldn’t put an amount on the respect and love that I have for her and my grandpa.

The morning I heard the news of her passing I had a sparring session out of town I was supposed to go to- I called my dad and asked if he still thought I should go or if he wanted me to see him later that day at home. He told me that I should go, because my granny loves a fighter, she would want me to pursue my passion. It ended up being a great session, got hit with a shot and a lil shiner on my eye the next morning. Now the reason I wrote that, is because as soon as I saw that iconic pic of my granny with her shiner & boxing gloves on her hands, I remembered that I have her blood running through my veins. I’ll never be ashamed of that. If a black eye means I get to be like my granny, ill take a shot square to the face everyday of my life, so that I make sure it stays.

She’s accomplished so many great things in her life that I’d develop carpal tunnel in my hands just trying to type out the list.

10 kids, 22 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Enough love to last 20 lifetimes.

I hope to be as tough as my granny one day..

From the kingdom you made,

Long live the Queen

Geoff Brown

12 April 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the Doyle family. We had the privilege to grow up next door to the Doyle family and Joy was one our mothers closest friends. She had an infectious laugh and a wonderful spirit. An incredibly kind and giving person, Joy exemplified the giving spirit. Heaven has been blessed today!

Isobel Doyle

12 April 2019

My brother John and partner Veronica are here visiting Doug and I in Victoria, BC. We are sorry we are unable to be with you, our cousins and family. We are so fortunate to have had Aunt Joy in our lives growing up. True to her name, she brought such happiness to our family gatherings. We will forever carry her laughter forward with us. In sadness and with such loving memories,
Isobel Doyle and John Doyle

Evelyn MacGillivray-Chow

12 April 2019

With deepest sympathy to the Doyle family on behalf of my myself, and my husband Frank Chow.
It was a real pleasure and privilege to have met someone like Joy Doyle! She had the most beautiful smile and disposition.

I met Joy on numerous occasions whenever visiting my twin sister Mary, Jim and the children!

Granny Doyle was back in town because there was lots of excitement and laughter in the Doyle household.

Joy was a warm and compassionate person, and treated me like I was her daughter! Joy had a big heart and very inclusive attitude when I first met her. I've never forgotten her invitation to Ottawa. Thank you dearest Joy. I had a wonderful time celebrating with my twin sister Mary! That meant a lot to me.

I will always remember her insatiable love and peace she exuded. Mostly, Joy's laughter was memorable! God bless you dear Joy, you're indeed one special soul!
I felt your kindred spirit...

Rest in Peace sweet lady.

God bless.

Evelyn MacGillivray-Chow and Frank Chow.

Janet Caroleo (nee Eyamie)

11 April 2019

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with your family on this very sad occasion.

You know humans have been given a very special gift. The gift of memory. Long after a loved one is no longer with us, we only have to look into our memories to see that person is still close. We may not be able to hold them physically but they will always be only a memory away. I know the many happy memories each of you have shared with your mom will comfort you now and bring a smile in your hearts in years to come.

Janet Caroleo (nee Eyamie)

Mary Doyle

11 April 2019

When I heard your name " Joy " before I met you, my heart knew you had to be very special. The wonderful stories Jim told about you made me wish to meet you all the more. I am so blessed to have you share with Jim and I the love and joy that you bestowed on all our children and us. The many trips you made to our home when each of the children were infants because you wanted to hold them and embrace it all right away. The shortbread cookies you baked will always be a sweet memory. Nobody can make them like you. You seem to have that sweet touch in everything you did because of your great love. The Laura Secord suckers were just as much a treat as you. The giggles and stories you shared over many cups of tea and toast will forever be etched on my heart. Your plum pudding every Christmas and sauce was so welcomed and scrumptious. Most of all the joy you brought all of us will remain with us. Your beautiful smile is in the faces of your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. God bless you! Thank you for being the most loving and wonderful Mother in law! You were one of a kind and the best kind. ❤ xo

Blandine Lavergne

11 April 2019

Deepest condolences to a very beautiful lady
Sincerely. Blandine Lavergne

Ruby Boucher

11 April 2019



Legacy of Love ♣

Mom – Granny – Joy…passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Joy Marguerite Dunn was born to Albert and Marguerite Dunn on Chapel Street in Ottawa, Ontario, August 3, 1925, little sister to Ken and eventually a big sister to Fay, Gerry and Gary.

After graduating college to become a Registered Nurse, Joy married James John Doyle II, April 25, 1949 and together they had ten children. Dad passed away suddenly on December 20, 1965 leaving Mom to care for us ten children, ages 6 months to 15 years.

Relying on her deep faith, and drawing on limitless reserves of courage, Mom worked tirelessly to maintain a home for her children grounded in love, kindness and respect, and with just the right dose of loving discipline. Whether it was during our nightly prayers beside her bed, or gentle reminders around the dinner table, Mom expressed often her gratitude for the many blessings in her life, and taught us to do the same. Mom said many times, “If you ever think you’re poor, just count your children.”

Mom was a model of love, kindness, respect and discipline. She was over-flowing with it! So much so that throughout our childhood, many of our friends and other kids in the neighborhood benefitted from her love, and sometimes discipline, and certainly her nursing skills as Mom was frequently called upon by neighbors to perform all sorts of “repairs” on the neighborhood kids.

Mom spoke only with love and affection for her parents, siblings and all the cousins, both Doyles and Dunns. Mom also taught us to hold in the highest respect those who have gone before us, and to forgive.

Mom dearly loved her children, but she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and jealously guarded her privilege to hold the newest baby at family functions. Remarkably, even in her later years Mom could recite almost every grandchild’s birthday.

Joy Doyle was a loving mother to Jimmy (Mary), Nancy (Donnie), Patrick, Cathy (late Nicholas), Brian (Diane), Jill (Berny), Jeffrey, Jack (Judy), Candy (Leroy), and Kelley (Rosie). A loving grandmother to Heather (Dennis), Jared (Kathleen), Holly (Isaac), Hilary (Nigel), Adam (Rebekha), Andrea (Jeremy), Brandon (Danika), Kyle (Dayna), Cody, James, Joey, Caleb, Genee (Noah), Amber, Tully, Bailey, Shane (Danielle), Rachel (Patrick), Eve, Ilish (Dave), Dawson, and Kaylin. And a loving great-grandmother to Esme, Vera, Parker, Jack, Liam, Cooper, Chloe, Maisie, Kyle, Austin, Grayson, Emery and Edie.

On behalf of the family, many thanks to the good people at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, and Granite Ridge for all your tenderness, caring and support for Mom. We cannot thank you enough.

Mom travelled around the sun 93 times. The years could not wear down her dignity and poise, her stubborn pride, nor could they contain her unforgettable laugh, or slow her quickness to smile. Her fierce spirit, and her radiant Irish charm and warmth did not fade one lumen in those green eyes. We will miss her shortbread cookies and plum pudding. We will miss her laugh and her ‘Granny Hugs.’ We will miss her long stories about people we do not know.

Thankfully, we will not miss her love of family and togetherness, and the special peace that arrives at Christmastime, because she left that with us.

It must be said that while Mom dearly loved all of her children, she definitely held a special place in her heart for her youngest son Kelley, and he returned the love a hundredfold, especially in the later years when it mattered most. A greater gift there could not have been.

Mom - Granny – Joy… you are forever in our hearts.

Authored by Jack Doyle