Taylor, Joan Lorraine
Mrs. Joan Taylor, age 74 years, of Thunder Bay passed away peacefully in St. Joseph's Hospice, on Sunday, June 4, 2006. Joan was born on September 9, 1931 in Port Arthur, ON. She married Beverley Lorne Taylor (Buff) in 1954 and they have lived in Thunder Bay all of their lives. Joan was employed at T. Eaton & Co. in Thunder Bay until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of Topaz Rebekah Lodge #316 where she cultivated many friendships. She was frequently seen doing volunteer work in St. Joseph's Hospital. Joan loved to curl and even attended the Brier in Scotland, one of the highlights of her last years. She and Buff enjoyed travelling after their retirement until health matters prevented it. Joan was a very adventurous lady having enjoyed such activities as parasailing, taking a helicopter tour over an active volcano in Hawaii, and small airplane flights over Ayer's Rock in Australia and the high Arctic, all within the last few decades of her life. Her last few years were spent, with the help of family, friends and Community Services, caring for herself and Buff at home. Her dogs were a big part of her life, especially her last faithful friend, "B.J. " Joan will be sadly missed by her husband Beverley (Buff); many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Frances Burns of Thunder Bay, sister and brother-in-law Gene and Jim Price of Markham, ON; brother-in-law Chad Taylor, of Winnipeg, MB; Godchild Lisa; and special friend Sybil. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Wilfred and Mary Burns; and by her brother, Alfred Burns. A fine and generous lady, Joan will be remembered and sadly missed by her husband Buff; family; and many friends. Our love is with you, Joan, and we'll meet you someday over the "Rainbow Bridge". According to Joan's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 o'clock Noon, on Saturday, June 10th, 2006 in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, officiated by Rev. Susan Ivany of Westminster United Church. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the time of Service. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Joan's memory to a charity of their choice. The family would like to thank the many community services, the staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Care Group and Hospice, and Joan's many friends and neighbours for their help over the past months.