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Joan Constance Gravelle


<p> It is with great sadness that the family of Joan Constance Gravelle (nee Shepard) announce her passing on Feb. 21 at the age of 94.&nbsp;</p> <p> Born on Sept. 4, 1919 in Margate, Kent, England, Joan moved to Hove, on the south coast of England, where she happily spent her formative years. During World War Two, she met Eddie Gravelle, the great love of her life, who was serving Canada as a soldier with the Lake Superior Regiment.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> On Oct. 12, 1946 Joan and Eddie were married in Port Arthur, raising seven children and sharing a wonderful life together until Eddie passed away in 1999.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Joan (or &#39;Joanie&#39;, as she was known by so many of her friends) was a truly remarkable person. Well known for her strong, independent spirit, as well as her utterly engaging and humourous personal style, she enjoyed life to the fullest, exploring the world with Eddie, while raising her children with love and devotion.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> A petite, youthful and very pretty woman, Joan&#39;s sense of &#39;style&#39; was legendary. But, it was her intellect (she read voluminously) and her sense of culture that truly defined her.&nbsp;&nbsp; All those qualities had a strong and positive impact on her children and grandchildren.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Sadly, the last seven years of Joan&#39;s life were more difficult.&nbsp;&nbsp; In 2006, she moved into Pioneer Ridge Long Term Care, as dementia began to take hold of her.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Still, she remained &#39;Joanie&#39; until the end, with a feisty yet sweetly charming nature that endeared her to both staff and residents.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In that regard, our family is enormously grateful to the kind and caring staff at Pioneer Ridge, who cared for Mum in a most loving and compassionate manner. Their love for our mother made the last part of Joan&#39;s journey one of great dignity. &nbsp;</p> <p> Joan was pre-deceased by her parents, Norman and Constance Shepard, her sister Betty Goodings and her adoring husband Eddie. She is survived by her seven children (Susan (Roy), Michael, Elizabeth (Paul), Sarah (Howard), Peter (Shelley), Charles (Brenda) and Mark), 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.&nbsp; She is also survived by sister-in-law Myrna Gravelle and numerous loving nieces and nephews.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Joan leaves a proud and loving legacy.&nbsp; She will be deeply missed by all of us.&nbsp;</p> <p> A memorial service will be held for Joan on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. in Sargent &amp; Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street, with visitation in the chapel on Friday evening, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p> In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Community Living Thunder Bay.&nbsp;</p> <p> Online condolences may be made at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>

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