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Swain, Joan (nee Meilleur)

It is with great sadness that the family of Joan Swain (nee Meilleur) announce her passing on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the age of 87 years. She was the youngest child of Ephram and Christina Meilleur of Sudbury. She showed great strength and dignity as she bravely fought through failing health. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 65 years, Donald Swain and her children Janice (Wade), Susan and Mark (Carol). She is predeceased by her son Bruce who was waiting to meet her to take her home. Her kindness and generosity will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Shawna, Tyler, Jennifer, Jamie, Sam, Maggie as well as Sarah, Nathan, Noah, Jake and their mother Denise. She will also be remembered by her great grandchildren. Joan always had time for her family and she made sure each one knew how special they were. Her passing leaves a void in our lives that cannot be filled but we are left instead with a lifetime of wonderful memories. Joan worked 25 years for District Social Services where she carried out her duties with empathy and grace. Joan enjoyed time with family and friends especially at their camp on Manitoulin Island. Many thanks to the 6th floor staff at Health Sciences North who cared for Joan with such kindness and care during her 6 months stay. We appreciate that Joan’s last days were spent in comfort and with dignity. A Celebration of Joan’s Life will take place at a later date.

8 Condolences

  1. Dear Sue, I just received a message from Deb about your Mom’s passing. I am currently on a long distance walk in northern England, but I wanted to send my heartfelt sympathy to you and the rest of your family. Your mom always seemed to be full of life and so friendly. I trust that you are holding up well. Please take care of yourself and look for brighter days ahead. Kindest regards, Dennis

    Posted by:Dennis Kuz
    September 17, 2017
  2. I have had the great honour and privilege to have worked with, and known Joan for many years.
    She was a quiet, compassionate lady with a soft, caring heart. We enjoyed some great companionship and some great laughs at Social Services.
    To Donald, and all of Joan’s family: my sincere condolences.

    Ray Vincent.

    Posted by:Ray Vincent
    September 16, 2017
  3. A sister is one of the nicest things that can happen to anyone. And I was clearly blessed with one of the nicest…Joan. It greatly saddens me to learn of her passing. Please know that I share in your grief and a piece of her will always be in my heart.

    Posted by:Irene and Family
    September 15, 2017
  4. Our sympathy to your family,
    Aunt Joan was a wonderful person with a ready smile and keen sense of humour. She always looked on the bright side of life. She was a great sister-in-law and terrific aunt. Our sincere condolences to Uncle Don and family.

    Posted by:Loraine Meilleur & family
    September 15, 2017
  5. Dear Jan:
    Nothing is more heartbreaking than losing one’s first love…our Mother. The first person we laid eyes on, the first person we touched, the first person we bonded with.
    May all your fond memories help sustain you through this time of mourning.
    Gerry and I send you and your family our deepest condolences.

    Posted by:Linda Mackwood
    September 14, 2017
  6. Aunt Joan always had a warm smile and showed a keen interest in others, despite the painful arthritis that she suffered. I had such a good conversation with her whenen I saw her 4 years ago at Lorraine’s 90th. My heartfelt condolences go out to uncle Don and all the family. May you cherish the memories of good times spent together! Donald and Gord also send their sympathy.

    Posted by:Shirley Meilleur Ellman
    September 14, 2017
  7. Jan and Family,

    My condolences on the loss of such a significant person in your life. I recall fondly many stories of your mom Jan, that you shared with us at work. I know from your stories that each of you held a special place in her heart. Hold on to those memories to help you deal with such a loss.

    Kevin Deforge and Family

    Posted by:Kevin Deforge
    September 12, 2017
  8. My sympathy to your family.
    Joan & I shared offices when I began with District Social Services in 1978. There were many fond memories back then with many times ending in laughter. She was a good lady and mentor. So sorry for your loss.

    Posted by:Chris Bamber
    September 12, 2017

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