On October 30th, 2012, at the age of 64, in the presence of her loving son Bradley Cicchini and his family, Joyce Cicchini-Stevenson passed away at London’s University Hospital, after a brave fight to recover from a medical illness. She is survived by Brad, his wife Kim, and grandchildren Brittany and Matthew. She will be dearly missed by her father Graham Crocker and her stepmother Jill, as well as her siblings Gail (Stan) Wilkinson, Larry (Lori) Crocker, Steve (Chrissy) Crocker, and Jody (Kevin) Simpson. She will also be missed by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, stepfamilies, other relatives, and some very good friends. Joyce was predeceased by her mother Joyce “Betty” Arbon, her stepfather Joseph “Rusty” Arbon, her first husband Romeo Cicchini, and her second husband Cal Stevenson. Joyce was born on May 27th, 1948, in Hamilton, Ontario. At the young age of 18 she married Romeo Cicchini (brother to Gino (Joyce), Lou (Kim), and Roc (Sherry), who was her first true love. From that union, Joyce was blessed with her son Bradley, who was, and remained, her greatest joy in life. After Romeo’s passing, Joyce was fortunate enough to meet another wonderful man, Cal Stevenson (brother of Kathy Trella, Georgina Chute, and Pat Bowen (Richard), with whom she enjoyed more than 25 years of happiness, and she became stepmother to Paul Stevenson, Debbie Little, and Katie Burgess. Together they brought a great deal of joy to each other, and to those around them. Joyce was witty, loving, caring, and known for giving others a second chance. She was always willing to turn the other cheek, and look for the goodness inside a person, which is a trait to be admired, and a valuable lesson for us all. Her love for family ran deep, and she was lucky to have met and married two wonderful men, both of whom provided her with an extended family. Her pride in her son Brad, his wife Kim, and her grandchildren Brittany and Matthew was evident whenever the opportunity to speak of them arose. Brad’s sense of humor, compassionate nature, and his willingness to forgive easily are all a result of his mother’s influence in his life. Kim adored her mother-in-law, and both Brittany and Matthew will miss their “nana” very much. These last few years, Joyce could be found at home spending time with her faithful dog Barney and her sister in law Georgina, or out at her favourite restaurant ??” The Chipican – with Brad and his family. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she, in heaven, will be welcomed by her loved ones who have patiently been waiting to see her again. She will have a hand to hold, an ear to listen, smiles to share, and much laughter to enjoy. Brad’s family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at University hospital in London, for providing excellent care while ensuring that Joyce was treated with respect and dignity during her time there. Thank you to all who have shown their support during this last month, as your consideration, in their time of need, will always be remembered. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2012, at Smith Funeral Home, with visitation being held one hour prior to the service. Cremation will follow.
In Joyce’s memory, the family has requested donations be made to the Sarnia Humane Society or the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Memories and condolences may be sent online at http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca/