Joan McDonald

Joan McDonald

Monday, June 20th, 1938 - Friday, April 19th, 2019
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JUNE 20, 1938 - APRIL 19, 2019

Joan will be lovingly remembered by her sister Margaret Sherwood, niece Anne Sherwood (Adam Paliougkas) and Great Niece Madeleine, Great Nephew Cullen; Nephew Michael Sherwood (Noel Brennan) Great Niece Olivia and Great Nephew Ethan Brennan Sherwood; daughter Teresa Jean Bakker (Tom) grand children Jennifer and Deborah Eng (Kyle) Great Granddaughter Eva and daughter Virginia Janes. Born Barbara Joan Harrington June 20, 1938, the first daughter of Mary and Henry Harrington in the Toronto Grace Hospital. Joan attended school at Holy Name and graduated Notre Dame Catholic High School. Joan spent three years as a legal secretary in England, before accepting a secretarial position in Toronto with Roger Cooney. Joan met Ross McDonald on a blind date and they were married a year later in Rosedale Ontario. Relocated to Bobcaygeon before settling in Fenelon Falls where she enjoyed a rewarding career at the Livery Stable. Since retiring, Joan has excelled as a volunteer with Community Care and the Red Cross. Her charitable nature made her an award winning canvasser for Heart and Stroke as well as the Cancer association. With an enviable flare for fashion and sharp decorating sense Joan surrounded herself and others with the warm comfort of home. She enjoyed traveling, thrived on hosting gourmet family gatherings with friends, and fostering displaced animals. She loved walking her beloved dog Dugal with her cherished neighbour Christel. Joan garnered lifelong treasured friendships among them, her cousin Elaine, friends Mary Ellen, Rosemary, Irene and Lillian. The family would like to thank the responding Fenelon Falls Ambulance, Ross Memorial Emergency, Critical Care and Palliative Care Units. In keeping with Joan’s wishes there will be no service. In leu of flowers, please make donations to Fenelon Falls Community Care on her behalf. On line condolences or donations can be made at
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  • Private family cremation

    Cremation by Jardine Funeral Home, Cremation & Tribute Centre
    8 Princes Street West
    Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0
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Donations are being accepted for: Community Care, Fenelon Falls.


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Marlyn Baskey

Posted at 04:03pm
My deepest sympathies to Joan's family.. I knew Joan through nursing her husband Ross for many years. Joan was a beautiful soul. I cherished our friendship outside of my nursing duties. I met Theresa and Virginia on many occasions while taking care of their dad. May Joan rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord for eternity. My prayers for Joan and family.
Marlyn Baskey

Lilllian and Heather Price

Posted at 03:15pm
Heather and I were very blessed to have your sister in our lives as my dear friend and Heather's godmother. We will forever treasure our memories of Joan's kindness, support and wonderful sense of humor. Our most sincere condolences and kind thoughts to you and your family.
Lillian and Heather Price

V Janes Posted at 07:56pm

Mom always shared fond memories of you and Heather when we talked on the phone. Thank you for your post. V

Posted at 11:49am
Dear Margaret, Terry & Virginia;
Our thoughts & Prayers are with you & your families during this tragic & difficult time.
Bill, Millie, Susan, Janet & Family

V Janes Posted at 07:57pm

Thank you for taking time to post and offer Prayers. Your friendship and caring is appreciated. V

Jennifer Ross (Sullivan)

Posted at 10:28pm
I worked with Joan at the Livery Stable as the “first” summer student for more than 5 years. Joan was an amazing woman, who was a pleasure to know. She was always beautiful dressed....a gorgeous lady. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. She has always been thought of by me over the years and wondered how she was.

V Janes Posted at 07:59pm

I agree with you, Mom had an uncanny fashion sense. I recall her telling me about you Jennifer. Thank you for thinking of her, she often thought of you too. V

Jackie Milford

Posted at 08:17pm
So very shocked and saddened to hear of Joan's passing.She will be dearly missed as an important part of a foursome sharing a 40 year friendship that included Cross Country Skiing,Bridge ,lunches,dinners,many movies and lots and lots of laughter!!We sent our heartfelt sympathy to her whole family.
Love from
Elizabeth Williamson
Fran Picken
Jackie Milford

V Janes Posted at 08:01pm

Mom had so much fun with you, Jackie, and the foursome made for some interesting conversations ;-D Yours is a valued friendship. Thank you, V

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