Joan Eileen (Bald­win) Ni­chols

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR -

It is with pro­found sad­ness the fam­ily of Joan Eileen (Bald­win) Ni­chols an­nounce her death, at home, in Sackville, New Brunswick on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, 2018.

Joan was born in Saska­toon, Saskatchewan in 1927 as an only child of An­drew Bald­win and Phyl­lis (Lee). She grad­u­ated in Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy from the Univer­sity of Toronto in 1947 with a keen in­ter­est in pa­tients suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness. She be­gan her ca­reer in Kingston, On­tario be­fore head­ing a de­part­ment in Dart­mouth, Nova Sco­tia where she met Ed­ward Ge­orge Ni­chols, whom she mar­ried in 1951. She also prac­ticed in Char­lot­te­town and Lon­don, Eng­land prior to rais­ing her four chil­dren: Diana (Ran­dall Nel­son), Ed­ward (Mona Kafoury), Jonathan (Ruth Cormier) and Mari­enna (Gre­gory Mac­don­ald). She re­sumed her ca­reer in Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy, work­ing in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, fol­lowed by com­plet­ing a Clas­sics De­gree from Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, grad­u­at­ing in 1977. She re­turned to Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy prac­tice at the Drew Nurs­ing Home in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Joan cre­ated vi­brant, invit­ing homes in both Sackville, New Brunswick and the Pin’cle in Musquodoboit Har­bour. All were wel­come, well fed, and wa­tered!

Joan had many in­ter­ests and she re­mained re­mark­ably ac­tive to the end: play­ing bridge; peg­ging out in crib­bage - much to the cha­grin of any­one who dared ac­cept her chal­lenge; cel­e­brat­ing life with the Birth­day Girls; shar­ing knowl­edge in the Once in a While Club. She dis­cov­ered curl­ing late in life and her bowl­ing prow­ess was epic, re­peat­edly trounc­ing friends and fam­ily at an­nual Christ­mas bowl­ing par­ties! Joan was also a ta­lented artist and an ac­tive mem­ber of the Sackville Art As­so­ci­a­tion. Other pas­sions in­cluded sup­port­ing the Food Bank (Amherst); the Sackville V.O.N; and Pal­lia­tive Care at the Sackville Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal. She re­ceived Pro­vin­cial recog­ni­tion as a builder of the Mi­nor Bas­ket­ball pro­gram in 1977.

Joan was so very proud of her four chil­dren; eleven grand­chil­dren; and seven great-grand­chil­dren. As the ma­tri­arch, Joan was forth­right in her ad­vice, lov­ing in her sup­port, and gen­er­ous with her time. Joan’s love and pride of fam­ily and friends was dis­played in a col­lage of pho­tos that cov­ered her fridge from top to bot­tom and re­minded her daily of those she loved.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend spe­cial thanks for the care and kind­ness pro­vided by the Ex­tra-mu­ral nurses; Dr. Ross Thomas, and good friend, Louise Estabrooks.

A Shar­ing of Mem­o­ries was held at St. Paul’s Angli­can Church, 125

East Main St, Sackville, New Brunswick, on Satur­day, Oct. 27, at 11:00 am, A re­cep­tion fol­lowed in the Par­ish Hall.

Do­na­tions can be made to the Tree of Hope at the Ge­orge Du­mont Hos­pi­tal (http://www.ar­bre­de­le­spoir. ca/en/), or the Ge­orge Ni­chols Prize in Psy­chol­ogy at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity.

As a fi­nal note, any er­rors or omis­sions in this obit are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Joan’s chil­dren alone as we have lost our beloved Ed­i­tor-in-chief!

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