Joan Catherine Chiasson

6 August , 19307 April , 2019

We, the family of Joan Catherine Chiasson, age 88, are heartbroken to announce her passing on Sunday, April 7, 2019 with her family by her side. Joan was the only daughter of Bernard and Anna (MacKinnon) Currie, both of Glace Bay.

Joan was known as a warm, intelligent, and caring woman. She was proud of her family, devoted to her faith, and a leader in her community. In 2011 she was honoured as the recipient of the Bellelle Guerin Award, a rare honour given to those women who have dedicated themselves to the work of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.

Joan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1952. After completing her dietetic internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Glace Bay she worked as a professional dietician at various hospitals and nursing homes in Cape Breton. Later in life she discovered the travel bug and, along with her husband, worked for thirteen years as a tour guide with Anna McGoldrick Musical Tours.

Everyone who knew Joan appreciated her love of gardening and the great respect she had for the environment. She loved family travel, golfing, curling, senior choir, her bridge club, and dancing with her husband of 67 years. She will perhaps be remembered best for her remarkable cooking, the delicious meals she shared with family and friends, and for her unfailing kindness, politeness and generosity.

Joan is survived by her husband, Alfred “Teedie”, and her six children, Bernie (Debbie), Paul, Gerard, Jeanine (Nick) Clague, Gregory, and Robert, her sister-in-law (Joanie), and her grandchildren Ciana, Erin, Laura, Conor, and Julia. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her brothers Bernie, Carl, and Kevin.

Visitation is at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Friday, April 12, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa’s Church, Saturday, April 13, 12:00 (noon), with Fr. Dennis Lamey officiating.

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  • Alfred Chiasson, Husband
  • Bernie (Debbie) Chiasson, Son
  • Paul Chiasson, Son
  • Gerard Chiasson, Son
  • Jeanine (Nick) Clague, Daughter
  • Gregory Chiasson, Son
  • Robert Chiasson, Son
  • Joanie ., Sister-in-law
  • Ciana ., Granddaughter
  • Erin ., Granddaughter
  • Laura ., Granddaughter
  • Conor ., Grandson
  • Julia ., Granddaughter
  • Bernard Currie, Father
  • Anna Currie, Mother
  • Bernie ., Brother
  • Carl ., Brother
  • Kevin ., Brother

  • Bernie Chiasson
  • Gerard Chiasson
  • Nick Clague
  • Paul Chiasson
  • Gregory Chiasson
  • Robert Chiasson


  • Visitation Friday, 12 April , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 13 April , 2019

Joan Catherine Chiasson

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Karl Chiasson

13 April 2019

So sorry to hear about Joan’s passing. Our sincere condolences. My most vivid memory of Joan and Teedie, my God-parents, is sitting with them in St. Theresa’s church, while singing “Whatsoever You Do” during my first communion!

Karl, Shauna, Adele & Natalie Chiasson

Launa Beth (Hollohan) Rafuse

12 April 2019

To the Chiasson Family,
So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing.
I remember Joan and Teedie as they were part of my parents (Donnie & Inez) group of friends. Lots of great fun they had over the years going to parties, dances and KOC events. Cherished memories!

Gail Gouthro

11 April 2019

Chiasson Family,
Sending our heartfelt condolences at this sad time.
Keeping you in our hearts and prayers.
God Bless
Mickey and Gail Gouthro

Debra McRae

11 April 2019

Sincere condolences to the Chiasson family from the McRae family. I remember Joan as someone who always showed up with a positive attitude, ready to tell stories and entertain everyone. We always enjoyed a cocktail in PEI and she would confide her concerns and her hopes and wishes for her family. Joan was always happiest when she was surrounded by her children. Her grandchildren, Laura Rae and Conor, fondly remember her reading bedtime stories when we visited them on Columbia Street. Joan was always very animated and the kids truly relish this memory of their Nanny.

Bob& Barbara MacLean

11 April 2019

Dear Teedie& family, So sorry to read that Joan passed away.She will surely be missed in our C.W.L. Family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Love and prayers Bob & Barbara

Frank MacArthur

11 April 2019

Jeanine , Greg and Family... I am sorry to hear about your mom .. She was a wonderful lady who enjoyed life and great friend to my parents and family , lots of memories in Cape Breton with all of us . She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Frank and the MacArthur family.

Brenda MacDonnell

11 April 2019

So very sorry to hear of Joan's passing. Growing up and through the years she and Teedie were part of my parent's fun group going to dances, attending KOC functions, partying at bungalows... They set an example of the importance of friendship and supporting each other in good times and bad. I am away with sisters Glenda and Ginny now but wish to extend my condolences to the family. Joan will be missed.

Dan and Donna MacRury

11 April 2019

Dear Teedie and family
We are so sorry to learn that Joan passed away. She was such a lovely lady and very fun loving.
We have many wonderful memories of when you and friends were together. We were the young ones who couldn’t keep up..
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Dan and Donna

Colleen Sampson

10 April 2019

My sister, Pat Lawrence, and I were very saddened by the news of Joan's passing. We, along with our Mum Dolly Kelly, shared many trips to the Poconos with the musical tours in the late 1990's and into the early 2000's when she and Alf were the escorts. There are so many things we remember about Joan: her knowledge of places we travelled, love of good Celtic music, and wonderful sense of humour being just a few. But the one quality that we will never forget is that she was a lady in every sense of the word: kind, generous, and caring. Our sincere condolences to you, Alf, and all your family. Colleen Sampson

Francis X McGillivary

10 April 2019

To Alfred and the Chaisson-Currie families,
My sincere condolences on the passing of beautiful Joan. As a youngster growing up on Chapel Hill in the Bay, I knew the Curries well. My mother is Carmella Currie (1907-1984) from Port Morien and we are related going back to East Bay and PEI. Joan's uncle, Lauchlin Daniel Currie, was very helpful to me in 1964 in my initial search for our Currie "roots." Joan's three brothers were my friends, I am proud to say. Bernard Currie, Senior, served his country with distinction in both world wars and returned to Canada as a Canadian Army Major after World War II. God bless everyone.

Xavier McGillivary, (1936- ) Palm Harbor, Florida and Ottawa, ON