MARY JOAN AVERY

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

( 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.

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