Joan Rita Gomes

September 21, 2021



GOMES, JOAN RITA - On September 21, 2021 our dear mother died suddenly but peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.  She lived to be 87 years old and had a long and eventful life.



Devoted wife to husband Selwyn-deceased whom she married in June 1958 and had over 60 loving years together.  Loving mother to son Curtis (Anna), daughter Charmaine-deceased (Robert), daughter Camille (Doug) and daughter Christine.  Proud grandmother to 9 grandchildren Joseph, Austin, Stephen, Victoria, Sara, Deborah (Austin), David, Samantha and Mary. Joan's siblings Maria Landeau aka Qulin-deceased, Regina Williams aka Mona and Aloysius Martinez aka as Horace-deceased and many nieces and nephews.


Joan was a very strong and determined lady who came to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago by way of New York to make a better life for herself in the late 1950's.  She married the love of her life and raised a family that loved and cherished her very much. She was very proud to earn her BA degree from York University and Teachers Education Certificate in addition to a Masters degree at University of Toronto.  She had a long career as a primary school teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  Later after retirement she was able to travel with her husband to see the world.  After her husband passed she loved and looked forward to playing cards and doing recreational activities with her loving friends in Markham and Stouffville Senior Clubs.


As per Joan's wishes a private cremation will be held.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held in her honour for family and close friends at a later date.


For those who wish, a donation in Joan's memory may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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