Joan Cameron Dyer

May 24, 1936August 7, 2018

Joan Cameron Dyer of Marblehead, MA died peacefully at her home, where she lived with her long-term partner and fellow adventurer, Wladaslaw Krasowski, on August 7th, 2018 at the age of 82.

Joan was born in Rockport, MA in 1936, the only child of Gloria Davis and Alexander (Sandy) Cameron. She was raised in Marblehead and graduated from Marblehead High School in 1954. Joan attended Vesper George School of Art in Boston before she and her former husband, William (Bill) W. Dyer Jr, lovingly raised seven children in Marblehead. “One for each day of the week,” she would tell people.

Her large family was her pride and joy, and she will be missed terribly by her children: Susan D. Mercer, William W. Dyer III and his wife Barbara, Elizabeth (Liz) Parker and her partner Nardi Suydam, Hanna Dyer and her husband Rob Warner, Daniel Dyer, Cary Dyer, DVM and her husband John Stevenson and Joan Cameron; her grandchildren: Alex and his partner Kylee, Nate and his partner Katherine, Sean and his wife Ashley, Brian and his partner Julia, Dan Jr., Liam, Calhoun, Cameron, Quinn, Izzi, Ella and Jamie; and her great grandchildren: Allee, Cameron, Xander, Axel, Colin and Claire.

Joan worked at Marblehead Handprints and The Yankee Doodler art store in Marblehead, and at Neiman Marcus in Boston. She had an art studio in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Art Colony and specialized in watercolor painting and photography. Her work was frequently exhibited at the annual Marblehead Festival of Arts, where she won several awards of merit. Joan wrote and enjoyed poetry, was an avid reader, loved movies and music, and continued to study art throughout her life. She sought meaning in life through Buddhism, and delighted in attending teachings by the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield. She was a free spirit with a youthful curiosity and endless creativity. Her sense of humor and beautiful smile will be missed by so many.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Provincetown Arts Association and Museum (PAAM), or The Marblehead Festival of Arts,

A celebration of Joan’s life and art will be held on Sunday, October 28th, at The Harbor Room, 8 Norwood Court, Gloucester, MA 01930 from 12-3PM. All who loved and admired her are welcome to join her family. Arrangements by Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, October 28, 2018

Joan Cameron Dyer

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mercedes laporta

October 27, 2018

bams was a vibrant soul that was eternally youthful..
we shared our love for chocolates...especially the dark ones..
i so appreciated her artistic tendancys and rebel spirit..with so many children to warm her soul..
a life well lived !!

Tim Howes

October 27, 2018

“ Sad news, sad news comes to where I sleep turn, turn again, Joan Cameron Dyer left our life in our sleep, oh how sad is the rain and the Wind”
“Her art and mind were beautiful and her great family too, God bless you all and turn, turn to the Wind and the rain”
“All the tired horses 🐎 in the sun, how am I going to get any riding done”
Bob Dylan ( with help from Tim Howes)

Nancy Howes Faul

October 18, 2018

To all of Joan’s children, grandchildren and family,. My deepest condolences for the loss of your Mother. We were neighbors on the old Manataug Trail. I did some babysitting for Joan and Bill when I wasn’t watching my own siblings. I always felt there was something magical about Joan. She stood apart from the other mothers in the neighborhood! She was a natural beauty , artistic and kind with that smile that just drew you in. As a teenager I felt I could ask her things without being dismissed or ridiculed. I remember admiring her wanting to be like her when I grew up. Her demeanor was calming, inviting and honest. She was a loyal friend to my Dad, Daniel Howes and that has always meant so much to me! She did leave her mark on my heart ! Natural joy! Thank you Joan for just being you. Nancy Howes