Joan Margaret Bernard (nee: Burbidge)

Joan was born January 1920 in Hampton Wick, near London, England, and died June 2015 in the Bradley Centre, Chilliwack, BC, in Canada which she had grown to love so much. Joan’s life journey was exciting, courageous, and was marked by many happy, rewarding times of family strengths, energetic sharing and creativity. During the challenging times, when life’s goals needed to be re-set, she showed tenacity, generosity and a sense of humour. As a young English war bride she journeyed across a turbulent, dangerous Atlantic and a “huge” Canada to Chilliwack, later moving only as far as Rosedale, where she and John gardened and took part in the community life of neighbourhood, school and church for many years. Latterly Joan lived her days in Chilliwack with family and friends nearby. She enjoyed travel and community involvement in AA, the Heritage Singers and other organizations. Joan was vivacious, spirited and generous, and she will be missed. Joan is survived by three grown children, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, and also special remaining friends. Special thank you to all the staff at the Bradley Centre for their loving, attentive care. Joan was happy there. Joan will be interred beside her beloved John, who died in 1978. There will be a private family graveside observance.

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