January 9, 1935 ~ February 5, 2016
Joan died in Nanaimo on February 5, 2016 in the loving company of her children following a brief illness. Predeceased by her high school sweetheart and husband of 55 years, Dave Sheasgreen and her brother Bob Irwin, Joan is survived by her children, Wendy Carr, Kim Coulthard (Rich), Patrick (Biff), Lisa Hall (Conrad) and Chris (Sonam), her grandchildren Chris Carr (Katrina), Jordan and Logan Hall, Kendall Coulthard, Karma and Jorden Matho-Sheasgreen, her great granddaughter, Kinsley Carr and her brother, Brian Irwin (Maureen).
Joan grew up in Vancouver and attended Prince of Wales high school. After establishing their first home in New Westminster, Joan and Dave moved to Calgary but returned to Richmond where the children were raised. The family home was the social hub of the neighbourhood famous for its parties which usually ended with guests being served breakfast as the sun rose. After the kids had left home, Joan and Dave moved to the Irwin family home at Vesuvius Bay on Saltspring Island where Joan in her usual manner, established many long standing friendships. Later, they moved to Nanaimo where Joan continued to stay in touch with her high school classmates while making many new friends.
Joan relished her role as the matriarch of an ever expanding family, particularly enjoying the celebration of her 81st birthday with her family in January. A warm and loving person with a perpetually sunny disposition, she will be well remembered and long missed.
A gathering in memory of Joan will be held on February 21, 1:00- 4:00 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Kim in Nanaimo.