Joan Dawson (Davis, née McDonald)

January 23, 1932 to December 29, 2021



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It is with gratitude and joy that we celebrate the life of Joan Dawson (Davis, née McDonald), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who passed away peacefully at the age of 89, on 29 December 2021 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s, following a brief illness. She is survived by her children Bette (Chris), Bill (Donna), Robert (Sue), Rhonda (Gord) and Donna (Rob); grandchildren Stephanie (Rich), Katie (Jeff), Matthew (Victoria), Billy (Melanie), Sarah (Keith), Jennifer (Doug), Kayla (Will), Kristopher (Brooklyn), Adriana (Giorgi), Margaret and Katherine; and great-grandchildren Reeghan, Rose, Khloe, Harrison, Brayden, William and Hartlen. Joan is mourned by her brother Patrick McDonald and his family as well as the families of her siblings who have gone before her: Mary Webber, Helen Pittman, Bill McDonald and Marie Fuller.

Joan was active. She enjoyed 30 years as a volunteer for VOWR’s 50 Plus: The Radio Show, working especially closely with Madeline Thomson, Bill Dyke, John Shortall and Paul Ledrew. She formed lasting friendships at weekly gatherings of the Friday night dart league and over many games of 45s, but none rivalled in length her friendship with schoolmate Mary Collins, who will miss her as much as any of us. Joan was a woman of great faith. She hardly ever missed Mass and, in recent years, her good friends Kay and Bob Conway ensured she got there.

Due to pandemic restrictions, we will postpone her funeral Mass and interment until the summer months of 2022, when we hope to gather in greater numbers to celebrate her life. Anyone who would like to join us for that celebration should email Joan’s daughter, Donna, at to be advised of those plans. Many thanks to the family, friends, hospital staff and neighbours who blessed her life and cared for her to the end. May she rest at peace in her eternal home.

The family will be having visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road  from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday August 11th.

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 12th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. from the Basilica. Interment to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Those who wish to make a donation in Joan’s honour may contact VOWR Radio at



4-8 p.m. on August 11, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Friday August 12th


Interment to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery


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For almost 30 years your mom and I exchanged Christmas cards! I met your mom while I worked at MUN years ago! When I left Newfoundland she made me promise to stay in touch and we did! Through my marriage, the births of my kids, my divorce, I would let her know annually what was going on with me! She was an amazing woman of great strength, and gentle heart! I loved her dearly and after almost 30 years of exchanging our Christmas cards , my heart is heavy but I am forever grateful for her friendship.

We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, such a kind and loving person. We have many memories of growing up in Rabbittown (Avalon Street). She always had a smile on her face and was a pleasure to have a chat with. Please except our deepest sympathies. Heaven has gained another angle. She may be gone but she will live forever in our hearts and the memories that we all share. Thoughts and Prayers to all.

Very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I met Joan for the first time back in 2009 and again on a couple of trips home between then and 2015.

Joan was a joy to speak with … a wonderful soul. May she rest in peace with the angels in heaven.

God bless.
Gordon McDonald
Ottawa, Ontario

I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Davis’s passing.. As a childhood friend of her daughter, Donna, I have nice memories of Mrs. Davis smiling at us through the window of their home in the centre of St. John’s. My sincere condolences to Donna and all the family. May memories of her continue to bring you peace and joy.

Dear Betty and Family – I am sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing . I know what a great sadness it is to loose your mother . Will keep you in my prayers .

To the family of Joan Dawson,
My sincere condolences on Joan’s passing. I came to know Joan through my time volunteering at VOWR. We often crossed paths while choosing music for upcoming programs. Joan was a lovely lady and a pleasure to chat with.
Rest in peace and God Bless.
Eugene Evans

Joan was a dedicated, long time volunteer at VOWR, always with a smile on her face. It was a pleasure to be in her company. On behalf of all of us at VOWR, I offer our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-host of the 50+ show. Rest in peace thou good and faithful servant.
Doreen Whalen
VOWR Station Manager

Joan was a dedicated, long time volunteer at VOWR, always with a smile on her face. It was a pleasure to be in her company. On behalf of all of us at VOWR, I offer our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-host of the 50+ show. Rest in peace thou good and faithful servant.
Doreen Whalen
VOWR Station Manager

Bill, Bette, Robert, Rhonda ,Donna and extended family:
Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful Mother. Aunt Joan was always such a bright light. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of her smiling and enjoying the company of her brothers, sisters and extended family at family occasions and get togethers. She had a good long life and that’s something to celebrate and be truly grateful for. May she rest in eternal peace.

Our sincere condolences to Joan’s family. We have lost a wonderful person and she will be forever missed.

Sincere condolences to Joan’s family..A beautiful smile and a person who was always fun with lots and lots of hugs.Could not have it better during our long association at VOWR….R.I.P sweet lady

Condolences to Joan’s family. Joan was a beautiful person. May she Rest In Peace.

Bob, Sue& family;
My deepest condolences on the passing of your dear Mom.
May the wonderful memories you shared be a comfort at this difficult time.
God Bless,

Rest in Peace Mrs. Dawson

We were so very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. We will always remember her for the kind, gentle and lovely lady she was,
Our condolences to her entire family.

Donna, Rob, Meg and Katharine,

Our deep condolences and sending much love your way and to your whole family. Your mom and Grandmother had a wonderful life and a loving family. Her spirit lives on in you all. Bless you all at this tough time.

Rhonda and family:

So sorry to here of your mother’s passing . My condolences to you and your entire extended family. I really enjoyed chatting with your Mom at your family and work gatherings . She was such a kind , fun and positive presence. Hold tight to all your memories of her, as they will help ease your grief . I will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers as you and especially your Mom, did for me when I was ill. Rest In Peace Joan.

A beautiful picture of a beautiful lady, she was always so much fun at darts. Will miss her fun and laughter. Sincere condolences to all of her family

Billy, Donna, Katie and Sarah
We want to express our condolences to you and your family. We hope it helps to know others are thinking of your loss.

Betty and Harvey

We are so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. We enjoyed many pleasant chats with Joan at the Basilica. She always had such a lovely smile. Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

To Bette, Billy, Robert ,Rhonda and Donna. So sorry for your loss. Joan was a beautiful lady and she loved a good time and a bit of fun. God bless you all.

Joan’s family Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time Amen Joan

Sincere condolences to all the family. We knew Joan through the English family & always enjoyed our chats with her, such a lovely person RIP

My deepest. Condolences of Aunt Joan’s passing . She will be sadly missed, she always had a smile for you and she had an infectious one. Rest In Peace. Hugs to all the Davis family

We are all grief stricken with the sad news of Aunt Joan’s sudden passing. She was so full of life, love and fun times by all who knew her. Her famous words, “Yes, my darling” xo She always had such kind words and big laughter to share. She will be sadly missed by sooooo many people from her family to friends, co-workers and in general anyone who knew her. Heaven gained another angel and we just lost another on earth. We have great memories to cherish Auntie xo. You have left us all with soooo many of them. Rest Easy. Heaven is now alive with the conversations between you, Mother,(Ellen/Helen) Aunt Mary, Aunt Marie & Uncle Bill.xoxo

Condolences to Joan’s extensive circle of family and friends. May she Rest In Peace.

Maureen Dugal & Family

Davis family: our sincere condolences at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ruby and Jerry

Although we have not visited a great deal we will miss Aunt Joan for her love of life, kindness and positive attitude.
Sending out heart felt condolences to her family. God Bless you all.
Love Ellen and the whole McDonald clan in Ontario

So sorry to hear of Aunt Joan’s passing. She will now join the rest of her family in the land above.
We will always cherish our very good memories over the last many many years.
Robert & Muriel Webber

So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Mike and I played darts with her, Mary and Helen. May your memories of the good times help you through this time.

Mike Kennedy and Sandra Anstey

Sending peace and prayers to the family during this difficult time. Love Janice and Gérard

Bob,Sue and family and the entire Davis family
Sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Keep her memories close to your heart and find joy in them.

Our sincere sympathy to the entire family, especially the Davis family of Bill, Donna, Katie, Jeff, Sarah & Keith.