McDonald (née Craig) , Joan Martha

McDonald (née Craig) , Joan Martha

November 10th, 2019

Died peacefully in her 91st year on November 10, 2019, in London. Beloved wife of the late Alan Robert McDonald for 60 years. Loving mother of Randall (Mary), Terry (Linda), Rob (Susan) and Scott (Antoinette). Dear Grandma of Michael, Rob (Jillian), Mark (Karna) and Andrew, Christopher and Jason, Sarah, Emily and Scott, Alycia and Matthew. Great-grandmother ‘Granny’ to Lauren, Carson and Paige McDonald and Claire and Owen McDonald. Joan will be sadly missed by her sister Olive Frame and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Kathleen Sloan, brother John Hamilton ‘Jack’ Craig, and Henrietta ‘Etta’ Frame. Joan was born in Winnipeg on December 19, 1928. She graduated from Norwood Collegiate Institute in 1945 as the Valedictorian and was in the Glee Club and on the Basketball Team. In 1946, she enrolled in the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Home Economics. She was also a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. In 1950, Joan moved to Montreal to work at the Montreal Western (General) Hospital as a Dietician. Joan and Alan were married on June 27, 1953, at St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church in Winnipeg. In 1956, they moved to Ottawa and welcomed their four sons. This was followed by Oakville for three years and then finally, London, where they settled permanently. Joan and Alan were avid golfers and they travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Joan was a member of The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire and taught Sunday School at Colborne Street United Church. A memorial service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joan are asked to consider London Health Sciences Foundation or the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex. 

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Richard Chmara & Team at RBC To Rob and Family: On behalf of my team we extend our condolences to you. I have known and worked with both of your parents for well over 20 years. Your parents came from that generation of elegant people who were naturally cordial and who clearly had a very loving and respectful relationship. They shared their life stories with me and were always proud of you. I will always remember those conversations and the pleasure it was to come see them for their annual update. Know that their elegance and traditional values resides in each of you. Richard Chmara and Tean
Dorothy and Ron PikeThank you so much for advising of Joan’s death. We were such good friends as young girls. It is difficult to realize how old we have become. Ron and I are priveliged to have been together for 67 years. I wish Joan and I had been in touch more often over the years. We had a visit from Rob some years ago a d we were pleased to see him. Please convey our sympathy to the family with love. Sincerely Dorothy
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