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GOURLAY, Joan Elizabeth

November 19, 1931 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
February 5, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Joan Gourlay, beloved wife of Robin C.B. Gourlay, of Calgary passed away on February 5, 2015, surrounded by the comfort of her family.

Our community loses a spot of color without Joan. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a loyal and inspiring friend to many. Her infectious enthusiasm lit up every encounter, and she found humor at every turn.

Joan leaves behind her husband Robin; daughters, Moragh Gourlay LeGallais (Chris) and Shona Gourlay; and grandchildren, Charlotte and Richard LeGallais.

A private family service was held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, following cremation.

Please join family and friends at a Celebration of Life for Joan on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Southern Alberta Pioneer’s Club (3625 – 4 Street S.W. Calgary, AB). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Joan was deeply committed to helping Calgarians in need. If friends so desire, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to a cause of your choice.

In living memory of Joan Gourlay, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Robin and Family,
    Thinking about you all today. I will miss her dearly. Joan was a very special person and her fun loving spirit will be remembered and cherished among all who knew her well.

    See you on the other side Joanie!

    Love
    Mary

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  2. Joan (Mrs. Gourlay) was a major highlight of my childhood. Family Christmases, skating parties and the 1971 Grey Cup are indelibly inked on my memory. Moragh, Shona, Robin and Chris – my deepest condolences.

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  3. Geraldine Nicholson :

    Dear Robin, Shona, Moragh, Chris, and all family,

    We will miss her caring heart most of all, but there was so much more! Joan was wise, cosmopolitan, and mischievous; nothing escaped her interest; musician and wit, she revelled and believed in laughter, and the physical. Joan was refreshing company because she didnt have that Victorian uptightness that so many of us did.

    Joan could be fearless, determined, and a visionary. She could make good things happen. I loved her, respected her, and was often exasperated by her. Then she started dancing!

    Her unquenchable spirit will stay with us.

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  4. Don & Linda Snow :

    Joan you were a special friend, full of vitality, ideas, music and long-term association. We never knew what you were going to suggest, to inspire us to new direction and thoughts.
    Thank you for being you and our sincere condolences to all the remaining family members!!
    Don & Linda Snow

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  5. Dear Moragh, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Sounds like you have her sense of humour, do you have her laugh as well? Take care at this sad time. Joan from Dr McCowan’s office.

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  6. Sally Jennings :

    The Gourlays – on an impulse I typed your name into Google and found that Joan has left us struggling on our own. Even though I left Calgary over 10 years ago, I often think of you and thank Joan for being a brick through turbulent times, making the most of my graduation, and helping me through Tom’s death. She probably saved my life. She was funny and annoying and very kind. I met her when walking to the playground in East Elbow Park with my kids. She was standing in the garden surrounded by wonderful perennials, the like of which I hadn’t seen in Calgary. I said, “What a lovely garden…” and that’s how it started.

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