Mrs. Joy Mary Thomas

Passed away on November 14, 2012

Thomas (Vann), Joy Mary 1927 – 2012 It is with sadness that we announce that Joy passed away peacefully while reading the paper in bed at Hollyburn House in West Vancouver on November 14. Born in Northampton England, as an only child, Joy leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Derek Thomas also at Hollyburn, her children Andrew, Joanne and David, and their families Maura, Liisa, Brendan, Erin, Lianne, Michael, Tywen, Brynne, Noah, Wyatt. Joy was gifted in music, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and enjoyed the piano more than anything. She found ways to play as she moved around the world – first immigrating to Montreal as a new bride, and then raising her children in Connecticut, Geneva, the jungle of Guyana, the hills of Jamaica, and Brazil and in between living in Montreal multiple times. Joy and Derek’s final move was to West Vancouver, where they subsequently retired. Joy enjoyed the views, her dogs and her birds. A reception to celebrate her life will be held in the lounge at the West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Avenue at 2:30, Sunday November 18th. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Joy’s name to the Oppenheimer Park Program at the West Vancouver United Church.


Mrs. Joy Mary Thomas

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November 18, 2012

Dear Derek:
The news of Joy's passing was a surprise to me as I'd just seen her a couple of weeks ago when I picked up some bottles. You may remember my sister May MacDonald who lived at Hollyburn House a couple of years ago.
Anyway Derek even though I didn't know Joy for a long time, she impressed me so much and that's why I'm writing this note to you. She was so sweet and I did enjoy our little chats while loading the bottles!! This note may not reach you but I did want you to know how sorry I am at your loss. Take care of yourself Derek.....and I will really miss seeing Joy.
Bye for now,
Nan Hornaas