Joanne, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away in her 98th year, with family and companions by her side. Joanne was born to Ivan and Dorothy Morris and was older sister to brother John. She grew up in Toronto and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force two days after her 18th birthday. Upon her discharge, she was a valuable employee at Imperial Oil.
Joanne married Samuel Walker in 1949 and raised four children in their home in North York where they lived for 45 years. Joanne lived a long, wonderful life and will be missed dearly by those who knew her well. She will be remembered for the way she deeply loved and cared for her family, friends and neighbours. With an exquisite combination of nurturing, determination, thoughtfulness, and feistiness, she was the anchor in her family who made sure everyone had what they needed. She had an exceptional ability to connect with others through sharing stories, experiences and laughter. Joanne enjoyed family visits and parties, being with friends, playing golf and bridge, going to the theatre, participating in aquafit and travelling.
Joanne was predeceased by her loving husband, Samuel Walker, with whom she was married for 72 years. She is survived by her children David (Lynne), Dianne (Phil), Cathy (David), Peter (Lilly). Grandchildren Lisa, Scott (Meaghan), Eric (Lindsay), Andrea, Lindsey (Brent), Chris, Reed, Matthew and great grandchildren Alex, Gavin and Ethan, Leah and Charlie.
Family are sincerely grateful to the three companions who provided support for Joanne with love and compassion. Family would also like to thank Dr. Deering and the wonderful nursing, social work, recreation staff at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital for the care and support provided over the past 3 ½ years.
A celebration of life for Sam and Joanne will be held on Friday Jan 13th starting at 1pm at Pine Hills Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Rd, reception to follow. The service will be live-streamed from www.etouch.ca under Samuel and Joanne Walker. Should you wish to make a donation in honour of Joanne, please consider a donation to www.legion.ca/donations.