Joan Elizabeth Gilmour (nee Cant), of Milton, Nova Scotia passed away on Thursday December 30th 2010 at Queens General hospital with her daughter by her side, following a valiant battle with cancer.
Born in Evesham, in the County of Worcester in the United Kingdom, she was the daughter of the late John and the late Kathleen (Thornton) Cant.
Joan emigrated to Canada in 1963, to pursue a job as a nanny. She married Bryan Gilmour in 1966 and was tragically widowed in 1977. Joan raised her two children on her own and enjoyed a successful career in sales and customer service with her last position being at Manheim Auto Auctions in Toronto. Joan was able to semi-retire in 2003 and fulfilled a dream of opening a bed and breakfast with her daughter. Joan was passionate about cooking, gardening and decorating and those pursuits combined with her warm hospitality ensured great success with many return visitors. Joan enjoyed spending time with friends and living life to the fullest with those she loved. She was able to enjoy a much anticipated final Christmas with family and friends in Ontario.
Joan is survived by and will be deeply missed by her two loving children Karen (Chris Currie) of Milton and Micheal (Kahney Long) of Toronto, her cherished grand daughter Grace Currie of Milton, sister Diana Sutcliffe, best friends Helen and Joe Devoy along with their children and families and many other friends in Ontario and family in Britain.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A memorial service and reception will take place at the Gilmour / Currie residence at 348 Highway 8 in Milton at 2pm on Sunday, January 16, 2011. Charitable donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Menanoma Research Foundation or to Queens General Hospital. Online condolences at may be made to the family at www.chandlersfuneral.com
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John, Shawn & Jack Sawyer
Karen, it sounds as if your mother led a beautiful life and was able to provide this world with so many wonderful things along the way. From her family to her friends she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today so that you may move forward with peace and strength in the times ahead.
John and Donna Murray
Karen and Chris:
Donna and were saddened to hear of your mother’s death. Please accept our sincere condolences.
John and Donna Murray
Bonnie & Bill Hazell
Dear Karen and Family;
It is with sad heart that I extend my condolences for the loss of your Mother. I am gratified that she was able to fulfill her last wishes and hope that you will find peace knowing that you were instrumental in making them a reality.
Bonnie & Bill Hazell
John & Peggy Whynot
Dear Chris, Karen & Grace:
We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad & difficult time.
Karen,Chris,Grace & family,so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing.I met Joan a few years ago & have always enjoyed her company.You are in my thoughts & prayers.Judi Maillett
Marie and Larry Lamrock
Dear Karen and Family:
We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. There will be an empty space in your household and hearts but the memories will be fulfilling. Grace will have wonderful memories especially those that took place just before Christmas. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.
Karen, Chris and Gracie,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You’re all in my heart. If you need anything, please let me know.
Thinking of you all..
Samantha, Mike, Carter and Hudson Ford
Faye Moffatt - Toronto
Karen, Oh my god, I was so shocked to read on Facebook about your mom. Please note my thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Jessica Van Dyne-Evans
Please know that we’re thinking of you and your family and holding you in our hearts.
Jessica and Jamie Evans
Paul and Shelley Connolly
Paul and I extend our condolences to you, Chris and Grace for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We had the pleasure to meet your mom on several occasions and really enjoyed her.
Dear Karen and Chris,
I was so saddened to hear of your loss. I was hoping to come out your way, on a visit, sometime in the future. I remember how happy and excited your mother was to embark on her new endeavour of opening up the Bed and Breakfast. I am so glad that she was able to fulfill her dream, thanks to you. Your mother was such a lovely person. Her sunny nature and smile affected so many here at the auction. As we shared a birthday together, I always think of her on August 7th. She will remain forever in our thoughts. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to you during this difficult time.
Karen, Chris and Grace – I was so saddened to read of your loss. What a wonderful tribute you have put together. She was such a great woman. My thoughts are with all of you.
Cheryl & Steve Biggs
Dear Karen and Michael,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your mother. We knew Joan for years. We recently got to see her again, we had a lovely visit.. Our hearts are broken upon the news…we will miss her.
Karen and Chris,
I am very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I only met her once or twice but she was a very nice lady. My thoughts are with all of you.
Donald and Diane White
Karen, Chris and family
So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, please know that our thoughts are with you at this very sad time,
Donald and Diane
Dave and Lynn Aelick
Our condolences on the passing of your mother. I was shocked when I was looking through Facebook and noticed this.Our prayers and thoughts are with you..
Peter & Edna
Dear Karen and Micheal
We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please know that you are in our Hearts and Prayers at this very difficult time.
Pete and Edna Devoy
I’m very saddened to here about your moms passing.Thinking of you and all you did for your mom in her last moments.I’ll be remembering her and the good times like the family get togethers especialy Christmas dinners.
Tina & Mike
Nancy Ashley (nee Gilmour) and Tracy Tooley
We are thinking of you .
Love your Aunt Nancy cousin Tracy
Bruce & Melanie Inglis
Karen, we know how much your mom meant to you. Take solace that her illness was short and hold on to alll your happy memories.
Karen & Family:
I would like to extend my sympathy on the death of your mother. Memories of her will keep her close through out the years.
Mervin Bernadette Hartlen
Karen and Family
We are so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. May all your memories give you time to heal,with shared smiles and tears. Thinking of you all .
Merv and Bernadette Hartlen