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Johnson: Joan Annie (Nee Bishop)

Johnson: Joan Annie (Nee Bishop)

Joan Annie Johnson passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at the age of 94 at Henley House, St. Catharines. Loving wife of the Late George (John) Wm. Hill Johnson (2010) for 65 years.

Joan is survived by her children Lorne (Lois), Deena (Jeff Sheffield) and Shane (Wendy Cunningham).  She is also survived by her grandchildren Hilary McCarthy (John); Todd Boozan (Lisa Mignelli); Amanda, Leanne, Michael (Erica Secord), Kristen (Peter Hartley), Kevin, Kyle (Andrew Blake), Tyler, Kelly (Graham) King. Cherished great grandma to Matthew, Aven, Noah, Alyssa, Caelan, Emma, Rebekah, Ryan and Ella.  She will be sadly missed by her family in the UK. Predeceased by her brother Ken (Betty) Bishop, Deal, Kent, England in 2012. Joan was born and raised in a small English village in Crowborough, Sussex,  England.  For the duration of the Second World War, she volunteered and served in the Royal Air Force – WAAF CE.  In October of 1945, she met and married the love of her life, George (John) Johnson while he was stationed in England.  In 1946, she was to follow him to Canada, along with many other British/Canadian War Brides on the ship The Aquatania, docking at Halifax.  Joan continued friendships with three other war brides and their families throughout their lives. These could be difficult times in Canada for many War Brides, but like most,  John and Joan were able to successfully adapt, raise a family of 3 children and Joan became a proud Canadian citizen. Throughout the many years, she enjoyed participating in Canadian Legion functions, War Bride Reunions, Home and School Associations and Church organizations. She spent many hours as a volunteer for one of her favourite programs: Out of the Cold.  From her work with various charities, Joan was recognized with many awards for her volunteer services.  This enjoyment of participation in organizations continued, when at age 89 Joan became a resident of Henley House and sat on many of their committies.

Anyone who knew Joan, knew she loved socializing, being with friends and most importantly, being around her family.  She took particular joy in her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She could really bend an ear talking about her family.  Joan was a person who would reach out to anyone who needed her help, advise (if asked) and supported her family and friends unconditionally. She really did try to see the good in everyone.  We will miss the twinkle in her eye, her spunkiness and the mischievous little smile that everyone loved. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at a later date.Memorial donations made to Out of the Cold Program,  c/o Start Me Up Niagara, 17 Gale Cres. , St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3K8 would be appreciated by the family.

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  • Andrea MacPhail Posted April 8, 2020 10:55 pm

    Dear Hilary and Todd, I remember your Grandma vividly, always sitting in the audience of our school concert. Having shared many car rides and, school concerts and seeing her at your house, I soon realized how incredibly cool she really was. She had pizazz, she had class and just the right amount of sass. She loved both of you so much that strangers could see it. I imagine she looked at all of her other grandchildren the same way as she did at you two. She stared at you like you were the most wonderful thing she had ever seen, with complete and total focus on what you said or did in front of her. She always seemed, calm, content and completely happy just to be in your presence. I hope she knew that was how many people felt about being around her, myself included. “Matriarch” is the perfect word to describe her. I always wanted to place a crown on her head, and treat her like the Queen she was!

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