June 8, 1928 – September 4, 2020
Sadly Joanne Cunnington died on September 4 at the age of 92 following complications of a hip fracture.
Predeceased by her husband Ray, she will be much missed by her children, John (Yvonne) and Francina (Steve Malleson), her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and by her many friends. Joanne was known for her stylish appearance and her artistic flair.
Joanne (Joan) was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, in 1928. She trained as a nurse during the Second World War in Bingley, Yorkshire, and in London, where she met and married Ray. After having children and emigrating to Canada, she worked in a bank and took up acting, performing in a number of amateur theatre productions, and receiving an award at the Eastern Ontario Drama Festival.
Later, after training with a potter in Montreal, she set up her own studio and shop in Prince Edward County. She exhibited widely and one of her works was presented to the Governor General; another was selected for display in the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal.
In her forties she studied education at the University of Toronto and worked as a special needs teacher in Kingston for 15 years. After retiring to Dundas, she created fabric art, and at age 90 had a retrospective show of her pottery at the Carnegie Gallery.
Cremation has taken place. Due to the current situation, no memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice in Joanne’s memory is preferred.
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September 8, 2020
Dear Francine, John and families,
I am Gord and Pat Cameron’s daughter. I heard from Dad about your Mum’s sudden but peaceful passing. I was so saddened to hear this and know it must be a shock to you and your families.
Your parents were such wonderful neighbours and friends to my parents for 15 wonderful years. Our mothers were kindred spirits and became best friends from the minute they met! I remember my Mom mentioning so often how much she loved spending time with Joanne. It is not often you make a new best friend at the age of 75 but they did!!
I last spoke to your Mum in April when I was finishing clearing out my parents condo prior to closing the sale. We waved through the window and I expressed how much I would miss seeing her sitting at her window.
Please know that we are all sending love to you and yours. I will forever treasure the wallhanging I have that was a gift from my Mom. Your Mum made it from a piece of Japanese paper that had wrapped a gift received from my Mom. And it is turquoise ... a favourite colour!!
In my thoughts, Sarah Cameron
September 8, 2020
Dear John, Francine and families,
We are so saddened to hear of Joanne's passing. She and Ray were often on the Carnegie Gallery bus tours and they both attended many gallery openings and events. Joanne's warm manner, creative flair and stylish fashion sense made her stand out despite her diminutive size.
They both lived such active involved lives and I know you will miss them both dearly.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Pam and Geoff Norman
September 8, 2020
Dear Francine and family,
On behalf of the Carnegie Gallery, please accept our deepest condolences at the passing of your mother. It was not long ago that we worked together curating an exhibition celebrating her accomplishments as a potter. She was genuinely thrilled to participate and it was such a pleasure working with her. Her buoyant personality and affectionate nature are remembered by us all.
Your friends at the Carnegie