DOVER, Joan Margaret…
At home surrounded by her family in London, Ontario on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012, Joan Margaret (Macdonald) Dover in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her cherished husband Dean (2000) and many departed loved ones. She leaves behind her grieving clan – Lexi (Bridget, Mark, Maya and Noa), Pegi (Philip, Beth, Chris and Alex) and Mac (Cailey and James), as well as her “second son” Conrad So and family and Tony Belton. Also mourned by nieces, nephews and those whose lives she touched.
A proud descendant of the Scottish Highlands, whose ancestors were fisher folk, coal miners and bakers, Mom’s grace, generosity, wit and intelligence both guided and enriched the lives of all who knew her. How lucky, how very lucky, we were to have loved and to have been loved by her.
Mom broke ground in many ways; serving a stint in New York City with British Intelligence during WWII; becoming a full partner with Dean in building a welding supply business in London; and carrying her new born son Mac from the delivery room, a first for a London hospital. But in all she did, family was at the fore. She was our constant champion – encouraging, nudging, and worrying – but always believing in her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She tackled the world with kindness, curiosity, ‘pluck’, and a strong sense of tradition —- providing a model of how to live and in the end of how to die.
We are grateful for the wonderful care provided in past weeks by the staff of Medical Priorities, We Care, the CCAC, and Dr. John Jordan and his colleagues at the Byron Family Medical Centre. The tough medical and personal care challenges she experienced were cushioned enormously by reading, songs and much laughter. Visits by Len and Elsie, Mary, Donna, Michael, Neda and Joe and other friends brought joy to Mom and to the household. Thank you all.
Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, Ontario. The celebration of Joan’s life will be led by Reverend Canon Janet M. Lynall on Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 2 p.m. at St. Anne’s Anglican Church – Byron, 1344 Commissioners Road West, London. Interment in St. Anne’s Anglican Church Cemetery.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to St. Anne’s Anglican Church – Byron (Memorial Fund), Project Canoe (www.canoe.org); World Wildlife Fund (www.wwf.ca) or the charity of your choice. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com
We leave you with our family toast. We hope it inspires and continues to resonate with generations to come….
“Here’s to those that we love
Here’s to those that love us
Here’s to those that love those that we love
Here’s to those that love those that love us”