Joan Agatha MacDonald

February 10, 1955July 13, 2011

MacDonald, Joan A. - 56, Fall River/South West Mabou. It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Joan A. MacDonald on July 13, 2011, at the Halifax Infirmary QEII. Joan was a compassionate, generous, fun-loving woman who touched the lives of everyone she met. She would always leave you with a laugh. Her most fulfilling passion was raising and loving her family. Born in Inverness Hospital on February 10, 1955, Joan was the daughter of the late Allan Francis and Mary Ann (Beaton) MacDonald. Joan is survived by her two sons, Stephen Smith, living in Halifax, and Ian Smith, living at home. Her sons were her two most precious gifts and the light of her life. She is also survived by their caring father, Greg Smith. She leaves behind to remember her with great love her four sisters and five brothers----Alanna (John) MacInnis, Port Hawkesbury; Betty Crosby, Sydney; Anne MacDonell, Glencoe Station; Margaret MacDonald, Halifax; Alex (Marjorie) MacDonald, Port Hood; Angus (Brenda) MacDonald, South West Mabou; Bernie (Janice) MacDonald, Port Hawkesbury; Stanley (Catherine) MacDonald, Halifax; Kevin (Margie) MacDonald, New Glasgow. Also mourning the loss of a wonderful Aunt, are all of her nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Joan was predeceased by her friend and brother-in-law, Wayne MacDonell. Joan was employed with the Government of Canada as a Human Resources Consultant, working a number of years with various federal departments, most recently the Department of National Defence. Joan worked faithfully to the best of her remarkable ability, and was rewarded by the respect and friendship of her colleagues. Joan enjoyed gardening, making a home cooked meal, telling stories of her past, and making people feel happy. Her laugh was unique and her ability to entertain people was legendary. All of Joan’s lifetime friends, who met every September at the cottage, are a testament to her friendship, love, and laughter. Cremation has taken place. Her last act of love was to be a full organ donor through the Queen Elizabeth II Critical Care Organ Donation Program. Visitation for Joan will be held from 2 pm until 9 pm on Friday, July 15th, 2011 and on Saturday, July 16, from 11am to 1pm at the Port Hood Funeral Home, Port Hood, Nova Scotia. The funeral service will be held at St Peter’s Church, Port Hood, at 2 pm, with Father Vincent VanZutphen officiating. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of choice.

“ Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears,

but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there."


  • Visitation Friday, July 15, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 16, 2011

Joan Agatha MacDonald

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Carolyn Janega

August 7, 2011

Joan's smile, sense of humour and intelligence were the things I remember the most about her. I am so happy to have known her and shared a valuable friendship with such a humble person. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ian and Stephen all the MacDonald family and extended family. Thoughts and prayers.

Kate Mac Donald

August 1, 2011

"True friendship is like sound health; The value of it is seldom known until it is is lost". My deepest sympathy goes out to the MacDonald family, especially Ian and Stephen. Joan will be greatly missed in our circle of friends who meet every September. Her stories will be missed, as well as her smile.Rest in peace Joan

Celeste Gotell

July 21, 2011

Margie and Family
I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. My heart aches for all of you. To have such a vibrant and great woman taken from us so soon is hard to accept. Joan was a beautiful human being and we are all blessed to have known her. Find strength in the many fond memories.


Helen Ann Chisholm

July 19, 2011

To my dear friend Joan. You were a loyal and trusted friend and I will miss you greatly. My heartfelt sympathy to her brothers and sisters and her sons Stephen and Ian whose kind hearts are a tribute to Joan’s tender love for them. Joan will be remembered for her generous spirit, her keen intellect and blinding wit. There was much left undone and many “world problems” left unresolved. Goodbye my friend.

Helen Mac Phee

July 19, 2011

I am so sorry and saddened to hear about Joan. She was such a pleasant and witty lady. Condolences to all of the family, especially Stephen and Ian.

Brian Graham

July 18, 2011

I was very sad to hear that Joan had passed away. All of us in the Graham family enjoyed her company as she was not only a great cousin but also a wonderful friend. It was so good to see her again last fall at our aunt Kathleen's birthday celebrations. She will be missed.
Sincere condolences and kindest regards to all her family and friends.

Allan & Mary Ingraham

July 18, 2011

To all of the MacDonald family our deepest heart felt sympathies. We were long distance cousins that only met a few times but left lasting memories .God Bless you all in this time of loss.

Lorraine Mac Gillies Mac Donald

July 17, 2011

Well, Joan was truly an original - she was funny, actually hillariously funny - I never spent time with her that I didn't have many belly laughs. She had such a way with words. She was kind and generous, loving and friggin' stubborn. There was no changing her mind once she made it up. And she was funny, did I already mention how funny she was?? Stories - she had many stories that only she could tell so well. Of course, Margie and Joan made a darn good tag team at our girls weekend - did their best to keep us in stitiches. I miss you Joan and I love you my dear friend.
Love, Hugs and Kisses

Anne MacDonald

July 17, 2011

I am offering my deepest sytmpathy to all the family of Joan MaDonald in this difficult time Just know my thoughts & prayers are with you all. Your Cousin Anne MacDonald

Helen McFadyen

July 17, 2011

Stephen, Ian and family,
I offer heartfelt wishes to you all at this difficult time. I did not have an opportunity to meet Joan, but being with family at their most vulnerable time spoke volumes; Joan was loved, and she will be missed.
Helen (and Opal) Duty Chaplain, Spiritual Care Dept. Halifax Infirmary