Joan Alexandra Bishop

December 27, 1925 to September 9, 2016


Bishop, Joan Alexandra (nee Benson) – It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing on Friday, September 9th, 2016 of Joan Alexandra Bishop, a beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, surrounded by her devoted family. Predeceased by her husband, Charl, parents, William and Rose Benson, granddaughter, Amanda Bishop and other members of the Bishop and Benson families. Left with precious memories, daughters: Bonnie, Diane, Barb (Billy Coughlan), Toni (Terry Legge); sons: Gary (Sharon) and Rick (Ken); brother, Bill (Buck) Benson (Mary); sisters: June Bartlett and Alice McCann. Also leaving 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren who she truly adored and also very special friend who was like a daughter to her, Angie Farrell. Joan worked at Trapnell’s Jewellery Store on Water Street for 65 years, only retiring at the age of 80 when the store closed and where she made many long lasting friends. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for the excellent care and compassion shown to her by Dr. Mabel Greene and the medical and volunteer staff at the Palliative Care Unit of the L. A. Miller Centre. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Tuesday, September 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with funeral service to be held on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Logy Bay Road. Inurnment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road. Flowers gratefully declined but donations in her memory can be made to the Amanda Bishop Memorial Fund, MUN, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7. To send a message of condolence or sign the memorial guest book, please visit




10-9 p.m. on September 13, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Wednesday September 14th

St. Mark's Anglican Church
203 Logy Bay Rd, St. John's

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To Barb, Billy and family. I just found out today about the passing of your mother and I wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you and your family. Your mother was a beautiful woman with so much class and I will never forget her kindness.

Take care, Ryna

To all of Joan Bishop’s Family:

Mrs. Bishop was truly an angel.

We became friends after meeting her at Trapnell’s Jewellery Store in 1962 and always went to her when we needed service there over the years. She took a special interest in everyone.

Rest in peace dear one.

Sophie & Harvey Diamond


So sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Kim and Eric Bungay

My sincere condolences to all of the family.
I knew Joan for many years & it was always a pleasure to meet her & have a little chat.
Joan was such a beautiful lady & I am glad to have known her.
God bless you all in your time of loss.
Noreen Holden

My sincere condolences to all of the family.
I knew Joan for many years & it was always a pleasure to meet her & have a little chat.
Joan was such a beautiful lady & I am glad to have known her.
God bless you all in your time of loss.
Noreen Holden

My sincere condolences to all of the family.
I knew Joan for many years & it was always a pleasure to meet her & have a little chat.
Joan was such a beautiful lady & I am glad to have known her.
God bless you all in your time of loss.
Noreen Holden

My sincere condolences to all of the family.
I knew Joan for many years & it was always a pleasure to meet her & have a little chat.
Joan was such a beautiful lady & I am glad to have known her.
God bless you all in your time of loss.
Noreen Holden

To Bonnie and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wish I was closer to be there with you. Your mom was a beautiful woman inside and out. I will miss her dearly.

Love ,
Sandra and Family

Mike Coombs & Family,
Words cannot describe how sorry I am for the loss of your grandmother. I have such fond memories of Joan, she always had a warm hug for me and jam jam cookies to follow dinner. Such a beautiful soul, full of love.
I’m thinking of you Diane, Pam & your family at this time of loss.

I knew Joanie the many days and years at trapnells jewelry store. I was always greeted with her warmth and good humour . A true lady one always to remember with love and respect
Please accept my heartfelt condolences .
God bless

Sandra Mosher

Gary, Sharon and the Bishop Family,
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Sorry we can’t be with you at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wayne & Winnie Tibbo

Wes, Toni, Barb, & your families please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May you be comforted by the love surrounding you, & the memories you hold dear in your hearts.

Having shopped at Trapnell’s over the years it was always heart warming to open that shop door and be greeted by your Mom, Jeff and Carla. Very sorry to hear of her passing, she was indeed a beautiful person!

Sorry to hear of Joans passing…she truly was a special lady. hold your memories of her close to your heart and thats where they shall remain.
Winnie and Reg Smith

To the Bishop and Benson family,
God took an angel when he called your Mother, (Grandmother, Sister and Aunt) home. We were blessed to have had her touch our lives. Aunt Joan always treated us as one of her own when we came to visit, and always welcomed us with a big spread on. We would never leave hungry. There are a lot of memories I will treasure, and hopefully one day soon we will have a good chat about them. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Diane, Toni, Barb, Rick and family. Yvonne and I are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I can only remember her for the kind and happy person that she always seemed to be. She was a wonderful and generous person who gladly allowed me to spend a small part of my youth with your family many years ago. I am grateful for things she did for me and I have many happy memories of that time. You have our deepest condolences.

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Joan; she was my mom’s first cousin and looked a lot like mom. I spoke to Joan at all of the Long’s events. It was always a pleasure to speak to her, she was truly a lovely lady and had a very kindred spirit. I will miss Joan.

To the Bishop Family……

Very sorry to hear about Joni.

Joani had a big presence in the lives of my family. After all, she knew and saw enough of us.

Working on Water Street at Trapnell’s for 65 years and retiring at 80 was indeed exceptional. She affected a great many people over those 65 years on Water Street, providing guidance or assurance to whomever approached her and asked questions. She was terribly good at it.

I know that Joani loved, and loved to see, all her family. She was always so pleased when any of you showed up on Water Street to visit her. They were good times.

Joani had a great influence on my life, and was part of my life while I worked through some difficult issues. She listened, and always had wonderful insight and guidance to offer. If my father were alive, I believe he would say that his experience was the same as mine.

Thinking of you all…..David Hiscock

Diane , My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at the passing of your beautiful Mom. I was happy to see her when I came home for a visit. She was beautiful inside and out. She never aged. Hugs to you all.
Marilyn Larivee (Nagle)

Toni, Terry and family,
How blessed you have been to have your Mom in your lives for so many years. Cherish the memories to help ease you through this difficult time. Our condolences.
Wish we could be with you, but know that you are in our thoughts.

To Barb, Billy, & family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. From all the great stories that you told about her, I know that she will be greatly missed and that she will always being watching over you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Diane ,Pam, Mike,
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We will always remember her beautiful smile and she seem to love life and lived it to the fullest. She will surely be a rose in garden of heaven, cherish her memories.

Barb,Billy and family,
We were so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She will always be with you in all the wonderful memories you have of her. She was a very sweet lady.
Mary and Joe Penney

Barb, Billy and family,
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. . . our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
With love and hugs, Rick and Lynda

Rick and Family. You’re mom was a beautiful Lady both inside and out. Please accept our deepest sympathies. May she rest peacefully and surround you with her love always.
Sandra and Mark and Jonathan.

Buck & family;
Please accept my condolences on Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful Lady. May the memories you have help you through this difficult time,

Rest In Peace Joan

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.My condolences to all the family.

To the family
I met your Mom several years ago when she would come to viisit her ownMom@St Patrcks Mercy home.
She was a wonderful daughter to her Mom &was such a beautiful person, may she RIP

Bill & Mary:

I haven’t seen you since my early childhood. I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the passing of Bill’s sister.

To the whole Bishop and Benson families:
My deepest sympathies to you all. Joanie was a very dear friend, and I will always treasure my visits with her in her final days. I will also treasure our visits and breakfasts out whenever I would make it home. I first met her when I worked part time at Trapnell’s Jewellery some 32 years ago. I always loved her upbeat enthusiasm, and positive attitude on everything. She always made me look at things in a positive light. I will miss her dearly, as I know you will, too.
Rest in peace, my dear friend. Love you to pieces! Xo