Joan Robertson slipped away in her sleep at 96. Joan, born in England is predeceased by six siblings. Living through WWꓲꓲ left an indelible mark and forever shaped her life. At age 17 she left home to serve in the Woman’s Royal Naval Service. After returning to her small village, she dared to dream big with plans to immigrate to Canada.
She left England with two friends, arrived in Toronto, found work and lodgings, and forged a new life. It was here that she met, fell in love, and married her late husband Fraser. Together they raised three daughters.
Once the children had grown, Joan returned to the workforce as a bank stenographer and enjoyed long placements at both CIBC and RBC until she reached retirement age.
The devil had to look elsewhere, as Joan’s hands were seldom idle. She dabbled in embroidery, upholstery, ceramics, sewing and knitting. She was an avid bridge player into her 90’s; a fierce tennis player into her 80’s and she loved the challenge of a cryptic crossword – anagrams being her forte. She was a long-time fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and loudly “coached” her team while lying comfortably on the couch.
Joan will be missed by her children Gale (Greg), Denise (John), Susan (Gary) and her grandchildren Brian, Emma, Dylan, and Paul.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hopewell Children’s Home at www.hopewellchildrenshomes.org