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JO-ANNE MARGARET FINDLAY (HORSFALL)
Born: Aug 16, 1959
Date of Passing: May 28, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
JO-ANNE MARGARET FINDLAY
August 16, 1959 May 28, 2021
She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard (Ben) Horsfall and Eileen Horsfall (nee McMillan). She is survived by her husband Keith; sons, Graeme (Samantha Frost) and Colin (Bronwyn Fenn); sister Judith Jackson (David Skinner); and brother Robert Horsfall, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws, and so many great friends whom she loved dearly. We would love to list each and every one of her close friends but that would require her family to reserve an entire page in the newspaper, and she'd want us to save the money.
Known to her family as "the Lovely Jo-Anne" (a name she picked up at the Shrine Circus in the mid-1990s when the elephant trainer was introduced by the same name), she was just that - lovely. Beyond that, she was kind, loving, genuine, trustworthy, funny, intelligent, and lived a life of integrity. She embodied generosity, strength, perseverance, courage, dignity and grace each and every day.
Jo-Anne was raised in Silver Heights, attending Strathmillan Elementary, Golden Gate Junior High and Silver Heights High School, graduating in 1976. Excelling as a student, she often reminded her family of how she skipped grade two and yet still graduated at the top of her class in nearly every subject. As a young woman, she worked many part-time retail jobs, including at The International Set and Eaton's Polo Park in the china department where she made many lifelong friends. She then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba in 1980 and achieved her Chartered Accountant designation in 1983. Jo-Anne articled at Clarkson Gordon where she, again, made many lifelong friends. She then worked in an internal audit position at the Hudson's Bay Company and quickly progressed to an executive position as the head of internal audit for Western Canada. Being the selfless person that she was, she then transitioned to private practice as a Chartered Accountant out of her home office to be available for her children. She could have advanced to any position she desired in the corporate world, and turned down many opportunities, but she sacrificed her individual success for the benefit of her family. In 2018, she was proud to receive her FCPA, FCA designation in recognition of her contributions to the profession and the community. After her retirement, she often assisted with favoured former clients "just for fun".
While in the Faculty of Commerce, she met the love of her life, Keith. They often went out dancing in the early years, but she was sorely disappointed to learn many years later - Keith doesn't dance. Lucky for Keith their love had already cemented itself and she was stuck with him for good. Together they had two boys, Graeme (1988) and Colin (1991). Jo-Anne often told her boys that she would have preferred to have two beautiful ballerinas, but she came to admit that they weren't a bad consolation. They challenged her patience early and often but, to this day, her boys claim they were just providing her opportunities to show how great of a mother she truly was. She was as close to perfect as a mother could ever be.
Diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 45, MS may have taken Jo-Anne's body, but it did not take her mind. She read voraciously, almost anything put in front of her. Even in the final year of her life, she educated herself on subjects she knew she would never put to real-world use but did so as she loved to have intelligent conversations with those who did. Subjects as diverse as family law, wills and estate law, Indigenous studies and cake decorating; yes, cake decorating. She even became a certified wedding planner in 2020 which was a not-so-subtle hint to her boys to move it along.
Jo-Anne was involved in many charitable initiatives and held many board positions, including, the MS Society of Manitoba and was the President of Canada Day celebrations for Manitoba in the late 1980s. Jo-Anne also took great joy from being the Treasurer of the Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg, a position which reinvigorated her as it gave her the opportunity to make a real, measurable impact on so many lives. Real things for real people. She dedicated herself to this position even participating in meetings in the days just prior to her death. We truly believe her passion for and dedication to this role prolonged her life.
To her countless friends, it broke her heart to leave without saying goodbye, but take solace in the fact that she spoke about you even in her final hours and shared with her family many of her favourite memories. She loved you all so very much and her relationships with her friends were one of the greatest joys of her life. Thank you for being her friend.
As well, we owe a debt of gratitude to the tremendous young women who provided her daily home care during the last few years of her life. We could not have done without your gracious and loving care.
In lieu of flowers and casseroles, donations to the Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg Inc. or Dying With Dignity Canada would be greatly appreciated. You can also honour Jo-Anne by being kind to others, engaging in genuine conversations and never taking the vagaries of life too seriously.
Jo-Anne and her family wish to thank Dr. Al Schroeder, Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie and the incredible and kind M.A.I.D. team.
A Celebration of Life of the Lovely Jo-Anne will be held when circumstances permit.
"Gracious in awareness, courage in thought and generous in love." Per Mary James
Publish Date: Jun 5, 2021
JO-ANNE MARGARET FINDLAY
Jo-Anne Margaret Findlay, FCPA, FCA (nee Horsfall) peacefully said her final goodbyes on Friday, May 28, 2021 surrounded by her husband and two sons while listening to her favourite music.
She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard (Ben) Horsfall and Eileen Horsfall (nee McMillan). She is survived by her husband Keith; sons, Graeme (Samantha Frost) and Colin (Bronwyn Fenn); sister Judith Jackson (David Skinner), and brother Robert Horsfall, as well as many cousins, nephews and in-laws, and so many great friends whom she loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers and food, donations to the Legal Help Centre or Dying With Dignity Canada would be greatly appreciated.
Jo-Anne and her family wish to thank Dr. Al Schroeder, Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie and the incredible M.A.I.D. team.
A longer obituary will follow shortly.
Publish Date: Jun 3, 2021
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 03, 2021, Jun 04, 2021, Jun 05, 2021
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
Oh Keith, my heart goes out to you, Graeme and Colin and family. All our great memories came flooding back to me when I heard the news of Jo-Anne's passing. Always laughter, great conversations, Jo-Anne's beautiful smile and incredible personality filling the room. The Lovely Jo-Anne...will always be with us. - Posted by: Polly Craik (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021
To Jo-Anne's family, Jo-Anne as you know was a VERY special person. Ever time I came to work with her we always laughed and sometimes even cried. I told her little secrets and she shared some things with me. Since her and I were not in a circle of friends and family she was comfortable tell me some of her fears and worries. And man did she love the men/sons in her life. I always felt like a better human being after being with her. She had the ability to make the world a better place. God got a great one and I'm sure she will always be with you and us all. My sincere condolences. Namaste - Posted by: Nancy Cherewayko (Friend and yoga instructor) on: Jun 09, 2021
Keith, Colin and family. We were deeply saddened to hear of Jo-Anne's passing. It's truly heartbreaking to have someone with someone with so many remarkable and endearing qualities to leave us so soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during during this difficult time. Paul, Tamara and boys. - Posted by: Paul and Tamara Kochan (Friends and colleague) on: Jun 07, 2021
I am more sorry than I can say to hear this news. Jo-Anne was very good to me over the years and always helped me whenever I needed some advice or assistance. She truly was sweet and kind and full of love...Rest in Peace - Om Amideva Hrih - You are in my heart. - Posted by: Marina James nee Brownscombe (Friend) on: Jun 07, 2021
I remember Jo-Anne as a most beautiful and kind person at SHC. She was always smiling and very positive to be around. Sending condolences to her family. - Posted by: Liz Sewart (High School friend) on: Jun 05, 2021
Keith & Family: My sincerest condolence in the passing of Jo-Anne. As difficult as this seems, her memory will be your guide through life's journey without her. You are in my thoughts. - Posted by: Irene Falconer (friend ) on: Jun 05, 2021
Jo-Anne was truly a talented, inspirational and sweet person. She will truly be missed by her family and all that knew her. Our family’s thoughts are with you Keith, Colin and Graeme. Condolences from John & Jane Pearson - Posted by: John & Jane Pearson (Friends) on: Jun 05, 2021
Hi Judy, I was very saddened to learn of your younger sister’s passing. Please accept my condolences. Maggie - Posted by: Maggie aka Marg Carr (Leslie) (Old friend & former classmate of sister Judy) on: Jun 05, 2021
Hi Judy, please accept my condolences in the loss of your little sister, Jo-Anne. I lost my sister Pat a year and a half ago, and it’s hard. I’m sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Wendy Winslow (Old friend of Jo-Anne’s sister Judy.) on: Jun 04, 2021
I understand the courage it took for her to make the decision she made. And for the family to support her in doing so and choosing to be with her as she transitioned into the next part of her journey. July 31, 2020 I was there as the ex passed on and I'm grateful that the Manitoba Government provides this service. - Posted by: Lila Larson (Read the notice) on: Jun 04, 2021
Judith, I learned today of your sister’s passing. I remember Jo-Anne only as a baby and toddler. Can certainly see the resemblance to your dear mother in the photo. Please accept my condolences. - Posted by: Kathryn Foster Bagg (Old friend of Judith) on: Jun 03, 2021
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