Oshawa Funeral Home


Joan Violet Coe

August 30, 1918March 31, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Joan Violet Coe on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa at the exquisite age of 101. Beloved wife of the late Elvin Coe and loving Mum to Rosalind (Morley), Gerald (Debbie), Ellen and Bill (Darlene). Devoted Grandmum and Great-grandmum to whom she loved, supported and encouraged. Joan leaves behind a life filled with extraordinary experiences and memories that turned into stories for family and friends. Born in England, Joan worked with Scotland Yard during WWII, met and married Elvin and arrived in Canada as a War Bride. Joan was an artist and educator. Her quick wit and intelligence made for many lively conversations. Joan’s positive attitude, passion for life and unconditional love left her family with a beautiful gift and legacy. She will be dearly missed, but cherished in our hearts forever. A private family service will be held on Friday April 3, 2020 with interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Donations to Epilepsy Ontario would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at


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Bryan Butler

April 11, 2020

Joan worked as a supply teacher on numerous occasions at Central Park Sr. P.S. She was such a gracious lady, wonderful with the students and highly respected by all of us. We shared a common background as my Mum was also a War Bride. We had some wonderful conversations during those years at Central Park and I have often thought myself very fortunate to have known such a kind lady who brightened our days and touched so many lives.
Sincerely, Bryan Butler

Marie Gabriel

April 11, 2020

I remember Joan as the mother of Ellen. Joan was a dynamic person who was always willing to share a story. She was gracious in all that she accomplished.
I always enjoyed talking with her and listening to her versions of life.
Reading her obituary let me recall many memories of this amazing woman.
Treasure all the memories of your Mom. She is a special lady.

Marie Gabriel

Marilyn Moulton

April 11, 2020

Dear Ellen, now I know where your passion and strength came from. A previous friend called your Mom a firecracker, just like you. I didn't know your Mother but it was always fun and engaging working with and talking with you. I share with you the loss of a Mom who was also a centenarian and know that your Mother's long and well-lived life is an inspiration. My thoughts are with you.

Natalie Gunn

April 9, 2020

Dear Ellen and family. 101 WOW such experiences your mom would have had. Find strength in the stories she shared with you all. Hold strong with all the memories you hold in your heart. Dear friends are never forgotten.
Natalie and Peter Gunn

Anne Venning(Stovell)

April 3, 2020

Dear Ellen and family,
You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
I remember our first meeting at Corpus Christi School. Your mum said introduce yourself to Anne Stovell (making sure I was not anxious at a new school)we became friends for years. I have so many memories of your Mum. The boys hockey games at
Children’s Arena come to mind. Your mum was the best fan ever!!
I know you will all have many memories that will bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Anne (Venning)& Wayne Stovell

Theresa Meier (Malone)

April 3, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I’ll always remember the Thanksgiving Dinner that she didn’t have a chance to make. Your mother was such a firecracker. 🙏🙏

Terry Laurin

April 3, 2020

Our condolences to the entire family on the passing of your mom. She was always kind to us.
Terry and Kate

Sharon McCormick

April 2, 2020

You always had a smile to remember. You greeted everyone with a smile and that is how I will always remember you. You were a history book of memories that you just loved to share and brilliant in your mind for many years.
I will always remember you.
Love Sharon