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 JoanDawsonCelebrationofLife@gmail.com 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.
Those who wish to make a donation in Joan’s honour may contact VOWR Radio at http://www.vowr.org/donations.html.