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Born: Feb 02, 1954

Date of Passing: Aug 19, 2021

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After a brave battle with cancer, Kathleen Joan Lyons passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at St. Boniface Hospital.
Joan was born on February 2, 1954 and grew up on Whytewold Rd. in St. James. She graduated from Silver Heights Collegiate in 1972 and after high school she worked for two years for Red Cross Blood Transfusion Services. She then moved to Toronto and worked for C.N. Express. In 1975, Joan enrolled into the Red River Community College pre-employment carpentry course, eventually becoming the first female in Manitoba to receive Red Seal Journeyman status in Carpentry in 1980.
In October of 1983 she began working at the Health Sciences Centre in the Maintenance Department. This is where she would enjoy a 26-year career and met the love of her life, Chris Simcoe. She was particularly proud of the work she did for the Queen Elizabeth's visit to the Health Sciences Centre in 1984, where she built the rostrum the Queen used for her address to officially open the new Children's Hospital.
Joan loved spending her summer days at the family cottage at Silver Bay on Lake Manitoba. She enjoyed playing badminton with her friends at Glenwood Community Club and many rounds of golf with her friends at John Bloomberg and Assiniboine Golf Club. She was an animal lover and loved her many pets over the years; Fiona was her favourite. She had a love for the arts and enjoyed many visits to the WSO, WAG and MTC. In retirement, she enrolled in classes looking to explore and improve her own artistic talents. Joan especially cherished James Bond movies and Perry Mason television shows.
She loved to travel, and her love of golf led her to many parts of the world. Joan and Chris attended The Ryder Cup in Chicago, the President's Cup in San Franciso, and the Solheim Cup in Germany.
Joan is predeceased by her parents, Dorothy and Robert Lyons, and cousin Jean Thorkelson. Joan is survived by her husband, Chris Simcoe; dearest cousins, Shirley Strand (Ken), Lynne Thorkelsson (Ron), Ione Thorkelsson (Dave), Anne Thorkelsson (Jim); godson Craig Strand; her sister-in-law Dawn Bryon (Wayne), and mother-in-law Bernice Mullins (Fab). She is also survived by her best friend, Cheryl Lindblad, close friends Pat and Eunice Hill, and many other family and friends that were dear to her heart.
Joan was such a thoughtful and caring person. She will always be remembered by those fortunate to have her in their lives.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and contact tracing, an RSVP is kindly requested. Should you wish to attend Joan's Celebration of Life or obtain the livestreaming information, please contact Chapel Lawn Funeral Home between 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by calling 204-885-9715.
Special thanks to St. Boniface Hospital Palliative Care Unit and CancerCare Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I am so sorry to hear of K Joan. I met her in a program that we were both in and she helped me a few times. I remember her smile and friendliness towards others. She will be missed. - Posted by: Lori (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • I was so saddened to hear about Joan. We were golf buddies at Blumberg for many years. Joan was the Sports Captain for our Ladies League and was very involved in promoting golf for Junior Girls. We also had some good games at Assiniboine before Joan was diagnosed. She was a wonderful person and she will be missed by many friends and family. - Posted by: Nina Logan (friend) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • Chris so sorry to hear about Joan, we had a some good times when working at HSC, planning the Christmas party dances at the legion, golf days and her Christmas gatherings at her home. Rest in peace friend. - Posted by: David Robertson (co worker and friend) on: Aug 28, 2021

  • So sorry and saddened to learn of Joan’s passing. We had great fun growing up and as is the case with so many we lose track of each other over the years. My condolences and sympathy. - Posted by: Virginia Beckwith (High School friend) on: Aug 26, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of Joan's illness & passing as we did not know of her health issues after her retirement. Our condolences to Chris & their extended families for her loss. She was a wonderful person to be around & always enjoyed a good laugh, and we had many, while reliving the humorous daily events of the many annual workplace fishing derbies, she helped organize. Cherish the memories. - Posted by: Don Palidwor (Friend & Fellow worker) on: Aug 25, 2021

  • I am shocked to hear of Joan’s passing and I miss her. I emailed her many times at the beginning of her illness and often saw her on zoom. I really feel for you Chris and all of Joan’s loved ones. Blessings to you. - Posted by: Jacqueline Hildebrandt (Acquaintance ) on: Aug 25, 2021

  • Dear Chris and family, Sending you prayers and comforting hugs on the early passing of Joan. I always enjoyed tax time and hearing another golf cup travel experience that Joan and Chris have experienced, I know you have a lot of wonderful memories to cherish. Comforting hugs, Jan Rochelle and Melissa Rioux - Posted by: JAN ROCHELLE (FRIEND/TAXLADY) on: Aug 25, 2021

  • Joan was a good friend on mine while working at HSC. She was one of the very few women who worked for Maintenance and was to be admired conquering all that her tough tasks had required for her to do. She could hold her head proudly completing any task given to her. I am honoured to have her in my life. Edna Edwards (payroll) - Posted by: Edna Edwards (fellow eomployee at HSC) on: Aug 24, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. Joan, Jean and I spent many fun filled days at Silver Bay. Our paths crossed again at HSC. Cherish the memories and fun times you shared with Joan. RIP my dear friend. - Posted by: Gloria Dutchuk (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2021

  • I will miss Joan. She was a kind, caring, supportive person, and we often shared a laugh or two over cups of tea. My deepest sympathy to you, Chris, and to family members and friends. - Posted by: Louella Lester (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2021

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