Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON


Joan Rita McAteer

June 1, 1933February 6, 2020

Joan Rita McAteer (nee Lorhan)

June 1, 1933 – February 6, 2020

Our angel, Joan, left us peacefully on February 6, 2020 to be re-united with her beloved and much missed husband and best friend, Jack (John Joseph). Joan was the world to her children Susan (the late Hugh Laird), Linda, David (Bonnie), John (Tara) and Richard (Amber); her grandchildren John, Angela, Jaclyn, Chris, Sean, Ryan, Kiera, Roan and Liam and her great grandchildren Brynley, Easton, Haisley and Brooke. She was a loved daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She made great cabbage rolls.

Joan was the middle child raised in Guelph, Ontario with her parents Cecelia and Joseph Lorhan and her brothers Jack and Allan. She graduated from Loretto Abbey, Guelph and was a cheerleader while at school.

Joan’s best accomplishments were her family. One of her grandchildren remarked ‘grandmom loved everyone’. And we all loved her. Joan guided Jack diplomatically along the right path. She encouraged her children to try harder – a challenge she picked up from her dad who was disabled. Our mother often referenced her dad as her role model as she struggled with her own debilitating illness later in life. No one remembers her ever complaining.

The family thanks Amica, Newmarket for their care of Joan over the last few years. All the nurses and staff were so kind to Joan and we appreciated everything they did to make her comfortable.

Visitation for Joan will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON L4G6W8.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, 97 King Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 1A7. Private Interment Aurora Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. Southlake’s doctors, nurses and other staff took good care of mom.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the McAteer family.

You are in the arms of an angel now mom


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Joan Rita McAteer

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Alex McKinnon

February 12, 2020

Susan -

I just want to express my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mom. I never knew her - but if she was anything like you, she was a great person.

Joe Maloney

February 10, 2020

Please accept our condolences on behalf of the Maloney family.
Joan was a great person who loved life and family. She always had a welcoming smile and was up for a good joke.
God Bless.

Dianne Dusterhoft/Shaw

February 8, 2020

Joan was one of the most kind, gentle and caring person I have had the privilege of knowing. I have a lot of fond memories of Joan. From spending time in Salt Spring Island to Joan coming with us skiing and having the best meal prepared for us after a full day on the hill. Joan never missed an adventure. She loved to spend time on the ball diamond and hockey rinks watching her grandchildren play sports. Not only did Joan make great cabbage rolls but her pies were unbelievable. We use to have pie baking contests when she visited Linda in Alberta and Chris was the judge. Her peach pies were always the winner. Joan was the best knitter I have met and her sweaters were not just sweaters they were master pieces. She one time knit a sweater for her grandson John and that sweater started out in Salt Spring Island and went to Europe with her and Jack so it would be complete by Christmas. I use to look forward to seeing the masterpieces at christmas that she would make for Linda and the boys. But one of my most touching moments was when Joan brought me back a blown glass snowman from Turkey that has meant more to me than anything as she knew I love snowmen and she thought of me in her travels. That is very special to me. This world has lost a true gem and I am so pleased I had the privilege of knowing her and spending time with her and her family. Rest in Peace