In memory of

Joan "Joanie" Chapman

October 23, 1933 -  September 5, 2023

After a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, Joan “Joanie” passed away on September 5th with her adoring daughter Trudy by her side. Lovingly remembered by her children Trudy Crock (Roger), Brad Chapman and Sue Cartwright. Devoted grandmother to Peter Crock, Emma Rose Chapman, Graeme Cartwright, the late Melissa Cartwright and great grandchildren Abigail and Ainsley. Joan also leaves behind cherished nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister’s Audrey (McKinley), Lorraine (Patterson) and Norma (Hinz). Joanie will be deeply missed by her brother-in-laws Bruce Chapman (Marg), Don Chapman (Jane) and sister-in-law Judy Sturgess.

Joan was well known for her endless giving, sense of humour, huge open heart and her ever present smile. The Chapman’s beautiful home “The Seven Gables” in Pine Grove was lovingly coined “The Halfway House” because of the open door policy and non-stop entertaining. Joanie was the matriarch of the family providing guidance, comfort and nurturance to her loving family and friends. She was known for her hilarious expressions known as “Joanisms” and her lyrical laugh that was like liquid sunshine.

In years past Joan owned homes in Scottsdale, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida. Highly intelligent, she loved reading, card games, cribbage, shuffleboard, cooking and baking for others and endless cups of tea. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than to gather people together and furnish them with love, laughter and food.

Joan was a kind, compassionate woman who possessed a quiet faith. Strong, yet gentle, she was a dignified, independent woman of grace and high morals. Sassy and funny, pragmatic and philosophical, Joan’s easy going nature made spending time with her a joy.

A retired employee of the LCBO’s finance department, Joan softened up her co-workers with a constant flow of home baked cookies and humour.

It has been said that Alzheimer’s takes its largest toll on family members by forcing them to watch a loved one die twice: first in mind, then in body. From diagnosis to her death Joan’s faithful daughter Trudy walked lockstep beside her mother. She was there from the moment of her mother’s diagnosis eight years ago until the moment her beloved mother drew her last breath. Putting her own design career temporarily on hold she devoted her life to her mother’s care. Trudy was her mother's fiercest protector and advocate every step along the way. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada would be appreciated.


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Cecille Boyne (Friend)

Entered September 11, 2023 from Aurora

Joan (Mrs. Chapman) was a wonderful person and that “open door” policy applied to me as a teenager. I was having trouble at home with my Dad, he threw me out of the house, my Mom was in the hospital and unaware of the situation at home. I was graciously taken in with no questions asked. It was truly a gift to have such a wonderful person, a safe and caring home to take you in your time on need.
Thank you Joan. God Bless and rest in peace 🙏🏻

Alex Simonato 

Entered September 11, 2023 from Nobleton

Dearest Brad,

Steve and I are sending you our deepest condolences and heartfelt hugs.

The Simonato Family

Missy Welsch (Friend of Trudy’s)

Entered September 11, 2023 from Saint Augustine, Florida

What a beautiful and powerful life Joan lived! I can see why Trudy found her passion in creating gracious spaces for others as Joan set the example of mirth and hospitality. It is heartbreaking to see the devastation that Alzheimer’s leaves in its wake but a legacy of love is left behind. I’m so very grateful to have found a friend in Trudy. Go and continue to make your mother proud.

Dave Zacchigna (Friend)

Entered September 12, 2023 from Nobleton

Brad - Please accept our deepest condolences for your dear Mom. May she rest in peace. Sincerely Dave, Susan & Zacchigna Family

Gail Hill (Friend of Trudy)

Entered September 12, 2023 from Toronto

I know about you Joanie from the exquisite stories Trudy would share with me. I know about your big generous heart and your wonderful sense of humour. What stays with me most are the videos. Trudy shared your relationship with so much tenderness and love that I felt an intimate connection with you. And I remember your gentle stroking of Trudy's hand when you knew that she was suffering. It was in those moments that I saw the depth of your relationship to one another. Trudy's devotion to you Joanie was unlike anything I have witnessed and her big heart is filled with yours.


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