It is with sadness that the Campbell family announces the peaceful passing of their Mum and Nana, Joan Campbell, at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary on Saturday, April 5, 2008.
Joan was born in Aldershot, England in 1921 to Alice Maude and Ernesto Cassano. Ernesto died tragically young and Joan grew up with her mother and half-sister Jo. During World War II Joan joined the RAF. It was discovered that she had a beautiful singing voice and she spent most of the war entertaining the Allied troops stationed in England. It was at one of these Concert Parties that she met a piano playing Canadian soldier, Mervyn Campbell. They married in 1943 and Joan came to Canada as one of many War Brides. Joan and Merv lived most of their lives in Calgary where their home was always open to friends and family. The “Concert Parties” continued until Merv passed in 1997.
Joan will be missed and mourned by her children, Paddy (Lyn) and Bryan, her grandchildren, Jennifer, Emma and Jasen, her daughter-in-law, Lynette and her dear friend, Jack Scott. She will also be lovingly remembered by the many friends who enjoyed her hospitality over the years.
This was one of Joan’s favourite poems by Victor Hugo “Let us be like a bird for a moment and take/ Sweet rest on a branch that is ready to break; She feels the branch tremble, yet gaily she sings, What is it to her” She has wings, She has wings.”
A private family gathering will be held in Vancouver in the Spring. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Anyone wishing to remember Joan might make a donation to the HHT Foundation International, in her name P.O. Box 329, Monkton, MD, Zip Code 21111, Phone: (410) 357-9932 (Int’l), Fax: 410-357-9931 www.hht.org. The family would like to thank their cousins, Ted and Linda Crabbe who have been so kind and helpful during this difficult time and the staff of the Southwood Hospice.
In living memory of Joan Campbell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences