MARY JOAN AVERY
( nee Candee)
Eighty-nine years of age, died in Toronto on December 7, 2018, ending a life well lived. Predeceased by her parents, Charles Newton and Mary Doris (Wigglesworth) Candee; as well as her adored cats, Nibs, Violet, and Oliver. Joan is survived and lovingly remembered by her children, Jim (Kerri), Anne (Jack) and Jane (John) Avery; grandchildren, Davis and Alice; as well as many friends.
Joan went to Branksome Hall and the University of Toronto and was a proud Alpha Phi Sorority member. After University, Joan spent time as an “Eyeball Girl” at the Hospital for Sick Children, later impressing her children with a glass eye in her jewelry box. In 1956, Joan married Donald Kyle Avery and they raised three children together for 20 years. She had a knack for real estate and decided to put it to use as a skilled agent and later Broker, spending thirty-five prosperous years in the industry working for Harry Bleasdale, Johnson and Daniel and Sadie Moranis.
Joan used her incredible style and love of colour as a talented decorator and needle-worker. Her garden on Snowdon Avenue, the ultimate urban oasis, was featured on several garden tours and gave her years of pleasure and pride. A member of the Garden Club of Toronto, she cherished her time on the Archives Committee. Joan was an accomplished bridge player and loved her Duplicate Games at the Cricket Club. Travelling provided an opportunity to indulge these passions and see the wonders of the world.
Joaner, to her children and their friends, was a smart, strong, supportive woman with a great sense of fun and decided opinions. She delighted in her two Famous Grouse scotches before dinner, and was happiest doing so in the company of her friends and family at the Nekabong Hunting and Fishing Club in Quebec, where she spent 75 years. There we shall celebrate Joan’s life next summer and raise a glass in her honour. We invite you to do the same.