Peacefully and surrounded by the love of her family, Joan passed away in Mississauga on July 29, 2022. Beloved wife of Raymond for more than 50 years. Proud and loving Mum of Ryan (Lisa) and Ashley, and Grandma of Owen and William. Survived by brother Billy Hewitt (Irene) of Ottawa and sister Irene McBride (Billy) of N. Ireland and predeceased by sisters Margaret Kowell (Stan) of Ottawa and Alice McGarry (Denis) of Isle of Man. Cherished Aunt Joan to nieces and nephews in Canada and abroad. Devoted daughter to Thomas James Hewitt and Alice Simpson of N. Ireland (predeceased).
Born in Belfast, Joan immigrated to Canada in 1959 at the age of 20. One of her favourite memories from those early days was skipping work to attend the parade when the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967. Unfortunately, it was an experience never to be repeated but she remained a loyal fan!
When not bemoaning her darling Leafs, Joan loved to have a good time and was quick to laugh. Fond of a bit of mischief, she was always up for a gag and often cracked herself up when telling a joke. An avid reader, prolific baker, and hunter of a good bargain, Joan’s biggest passion was her children, for whom the sun rose and set in her eyes. Her love, good humour, and spirit lives on in them.
Joan had a tireless work ethic sometimes holding multiple jobs but her work as a Teacher’s Assistant at Applewood Acres and Port Credit Secondary Schools was dearest. Her countless colleagues and friends will remember Joan as a beautiful lady with a big heart and a gentle soul. She always saw the best in others, was deeply compassionate, and kind beyond measure. She would willingly give you the shirt off her back and kept a room in the house full of gifts for occasions that hadn’t yet happened and people she hadn’t yet met. Her generous spirit left a lasting impression on all who knew her.
While it has been an achingly long goodbye, we are comforted that she will remember in heaven what she no longer did on earth. Until we meet again, we will continue to carry her in our hearts.
Memorial donations in Joan’s name to your local Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to gather on Monday, August 8, from 3pm to 5pm at The Simple Alternative, 1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga for a Celebration of Life in honour of Joan.
God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “come to me”. With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Celebration of Life
The Simple Alternative - Mississauga
1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga, ON, CANADA, L4W 5J1