Joan Alice Roberts passed away peacefully at West Coast General Hospital in the arms of her loving family on Monday December 22. Joan, was predeceased by her parents Stella and Charles Gingell, and her bother Billie and sister Kathy. She is survived by her loving husband Brad, children: Mike, Laura and Jason (Tanya) as well as her grandchildren Crystal, Ryan, Natasha, Albert, Skyla, Noah, McKenna, Cody, and great grandchildren Jackie-Lynn and Jordyn. Her siblings, also survive Joan: Bobby, Mary, David, Joyce, Donald, Fred, Gordon, Betty and Phillip. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan was born in Calgary Alberta, on February 22nd 1946 to Stella and Charles Gingell. She was one of 13 children. She went to school in Summerland; B.C. Joan was a waitress and then came to the Island in 1968. First living half way between Ucluelet and Tofino and then to the Valley in 1970. She met Brad in 1975 and they were married on Oct. 9, 1976 at St. Andrews United Church on Johnston Road. Together they raised three children, Mike, Laura and Jason.
Joan worked for Dr. Burnett’s wife Edna and then went to work for Port Fish in 2009 for a few months, and did this while Brad was fighting cancer. Joan was a member of the Mid Island Kidney Association.
Joan opened Ecuador and More four years ago and loved having her own business, treating customers as friends. The business originally started in her home then moved to Argyle Street and then next to the Blue Door Café where it is now.
Joan was a generous and caring lady who helped out anyone who needed it. She was a stay at home mom while the children were little and was a great cook and also loved to bake. Joan crocheted afghans and doilies and she loved to read and go camping. Gardening was also one of her great loves.
Joan will be remembered as a woman with a huge heart who put her family first.
A celebration of Joan’s life will be held on Saturday January 10th from 1 to 4 p.m. at her home on 7059 Beaver Creek Road.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Mid-Island Kidney
Association would be appreciated.