Joan Marie Kearley

May 28, 1934 to January 28, 2020

Obituary

Joan Marie Kearley passed peacefully away at home on January 28, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.  Predeceased by her first husband, The Rev Rex Kearley; her parents: Louisa (Laing) and Frank Drover; her sister, Muriel French and her brother, Clifford Drover.  Left with wonderful memories, her husband, Harvey Pitman; her daughter, Louise (Campbell Stapleton); and sons: Alan (Jennifer) and Shawn (Susan); her three pride and joy grandchildren: Connor Stapleton, Evan Kearley, and Megan Kearley. Also left to mourn are her niece, Sandra French and nephew, Craig Drover.

Also leaving to mourn is Joan’s step-family.  Her step-children: Len (Valerie), David (Audrey) and Elizabeth Pitman; their much loved six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Joan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.  She had an adventurous spirit, a zest for life and loved travelling, playing bridge and being active.  Joan had a large circle of close friends who will miss her very much.

Heartfelt thanks to the Palliative Paramedicine Program, the Palliative End of Life Program, the Pain and Symptom Management Team at the Cancer Clinic and the Community Health Nurse with the Community Support Program, for their home intervention, visits and care during the past two weeks.

Cremation has taken place.  Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2nd from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm and 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.  A funeral service will be held at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, St. John’s, on Monday, February 3rd at 11:00 am.  A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Joan’s life will follow the service in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Center.

Schedule

Visitations

2-4 p.m. on February 1, 2020

7-9 p.m. on February 1, 2020

2-4 p.m. on February 2, 2020

7-9 p.m. on February 2, 2020

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

11:00am, Monday February 3rd

St. Thomas Anglican Church


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To Louise and family. So sorry to hear of your Mom”s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.Your Mom was a friendly and amazing lady.May she RIP.God bless you.,

Please accept my condolences at Joan’s passing.. I remember her as a good neighbour on Belfast Street, a friendly face at St. Thomas and school friend Allan’s proud mother.

Dear Sandra, Louise and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s death. Such a shock as she seemed so well when I saw her in September. I will remember those days we embroidered together. She did such lovely needlework. I will remember her pleasant disposition ,and her sense of fun, but most of all I will remember her smile. When I think of Joan, I see her smiling. I am so sorry for your loss.

Louise , Alan, Shawn and families
My memories of your Mom go back to St. George’s, Gambo.
Lately we met at St. Thomas’ as well.
My parents, who are also gone before us, were go friends with your parents.
Your Mother was always so kind and gracious to me.
In these moments we mourn and celebrate your Mother.
With prayers and love Paul ~ son of Paul & Elsie Thoms

Sorry to hear of Joans’ death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Unfortunately we will not get to visit or attend the funeral as we are in Florida.

Louise , Alan, Shawn and families,
We are truly sorry to hear of your Moms passing!
May all your wonderful memories of your Mom help you through this sad time!
We have great memories of your Mom & Dad & the Kearley Family from our days in Gambo!
Unfortunately we will not get to the funeral service as we are currently in Toronto! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Randy & Jean (nee Coates) Cross

Dear Alan,
Although we did not know your mother, well, we always enjoyed hearing from you and Jennifer about her adventures and travels — what a zest for life and ‘new experiences’ she seemed to have! And how wonderful that she and Harvey were able to enjoy those times together until so recently! Our condolences to you, and to Shawn and Louise, on the loss of your mother – such a powerful force in your lives.. Anne & Ralph

To the Kearley family: Our sincerest condolences. We were so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was such a lovely person and friend to so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandra, Ruth and Charlie Martin, Marystown

To the Family of The Late Joan Kearley.
Please accept My sincere condolences on Joans passing.
We always travelled together to our Trefoil Guild
meeting each month. And it was always nice to have a chat with Joan she was so engaging and vibrant.She will be missed..
Sincerely
Melba Pike.

Louise: Sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I hope fond memories of good times you shared will help ease the sadness in the days ahead. God Bless.
– Rosie Frey

Fond memories of working with Joan in the Girl Guide Movement many years ago. Sincere sympathy to her family.

To Harvey and the Kearley Family;
It is with deep sorrow we learned of Joan’s passing.
We have many very pleasant memories of our fellowship over the years– especially in our Church involvement and otherwise.
Please accept our condolence, and be assured of our prayers in this your time of bereavement.
Bill & Rowena RICE

Louise, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Cam and family at this time.

Louise, so sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

To the Kearley family: So sorry to learn of Joan’s passing. My family was very good friends while Joan and Rex served the Parish of Gambo. We will always remember her family because they played such an important part in our family life.

Sincere condolences ,,my thoughts and prayers are with all the family
Marilyn Pike ( Eugene deceased)

Louise, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jane Sears

Louise, Cam and family, Sincere condolences on the passing of a precious family member. We hope that pleasant memories and a life well lived will sustain you at this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Claude and Marilyn

So sorry to hear of Joans passing, I enjoyed her company and friendship when we bowled together at St.Pat’s. .My thoughts and prayers are with you all…

Love to you all! Will miss Joan and her tea biscuits! Wish I could be there for you, but I am in spirit. Love,
Wendy

Our condolences to the family of Joan Kearley
Annie Sainsbury Kelly & Dr Robert Kelly

I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. I’ve loss a wonderful friend.

Louise and family,
Sincere sympathy. Through many years in the Guild I always found Joan to be a lovely person. I know you will all miss her greatly..

I was shocked to hear of Joans passing. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. I will keep you all in my prayers as we navigate the next few days.

Very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. We didn’t bet to see her often, but when we did, we always enjoyed her company. She was a very special person and will be greatly missed.

Dear Louise and family.I was so sad to hear of the loss of you dear Mom Joan.Ron and I spent many happy hours with her and Harvey.she will be missed by all those who new her.She was a special lady.Love to you all.

Dear Louise and family.I was so sad to hear of the loss of you dear Mom Joan.Ron and I spent many happy hours with her and Harvey.she will be missed by all those who new her.She was a special lady.Love to you all.

I’m so sorry Louise and Cam. This was a most distressing time for you. God bless.

Louise,
We are so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Sending heartfelt condolences to you, Cam, Connor and family.

Michelle Short and Clyde Snow

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Louise. I know you two enjoyed each other’s company and had many adventures together.

I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I am so glad I got a chance to visit with her on New Years Day and share laughter with her. She will be missed. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time. Hugs

Louise, My condolences to you and your family. She was always friendly with guild members and interested in our projects. I know Joan was always active and enjoyed her travels over the years., with family and friends. Take comfort in all your fond memories of your Mom.
Maureen

Louise sorry to hear of your moms passing .
Harry Hunt

Louise ,Shawn, Allan and families

I am heartbroken over Joan’s death
For more than 15 years I lived in her house and we shared many chats especially in the garden during the summer.
Love Jewel Cousens.

Joan was a part of our lives for 20 years and she will be missed dearly. We have fond memories of her visits to B.C. with Dad. We had some great family dinners, family road trips, girls shopping trips, boat rides and picnics. She spoke highly of her family and grandchildren in St.Johns and was so proud of them. She was so nice to our children and enjoyed our young grandchildren ( Harvey’s great grandchildren)
We send our love and condolences to everyone at this sad time.
Lots of Love Audrey and Dave Pitman and family

Sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She will be remembered as a good friend.

We are so saddened by Joan’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all the family.
Karen and Ernie Stapleton

Louise and family

I’m heartbroken to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a kind and gentle soul and I will miss her greatly. I’m glad I had the chance to see you and her last month. I just can’t believe she’s gone from us so quickly. Love to you all.