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HEWITT – Joan Mary (nee Pratt)

March 31, 1926 – April 14, 2010

Joan Mary Hewitt (nee Pratt) passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, in her 85th year.

Born in London, England on March 31, 1926 to William and Mary Pratt, she was the beloved wife of Douglas Maxwell Hewitt, who predeceased her on January 29, 1997.

Joan was the dearly loved mother of Martin Hewitt and wife Anne of Frisco, Texas and grandmother of Joseph and Kathleen of Calgary. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Ann Pratt of Dundas and Joan Pratt of Sechelt, BC. She was the loved aunt of Jeanette Boniface of Brantford, Brian Pratt of Saskatoon, SK, Judith Pratt of Bakersfield, CA, Susan Rodgers of North Bay, and David Pratt of Regina, SK; and beloved Great Aunt and adopted Auntie Joan of many children. Joan was a loving and loved friend of many in Calgary, Hamilton, Northampton, England and Clearwater Beach, FL. Joan was predeceased by her brothers and sister-in-law David, Charles, Alexander and Agnes.

Joan partnered with her husband Doug as “The Maxwells”, performing magic for over forty years in many countries, especially enjoying performing for children at McMaster Medical Centre, with the Shriners and at Dominion Stores’ annual Christmas parties.

Joan derived great satisfaction from her career as a medical secretary, working for many years with Drs. Sincerbox and Naganobu on Upper Ottawa Street in Hamilton. Joan was President of the Home & School Association at Fernwood Park and Hampton Heights Elementary schools, a life member of the U.C.W. and a long time member of St. John United Church in Hamilton.

Joan’s kindness and deeply caring nature brought comfort to many, from the time she was a 17 year old at Lewisham Hospital in London caring for air raid casualties, to later years with the Pastoral Care group at St John United Church, Hamilton. Her thoughtful acts and words brought special comfort and healing to those suffering loss.

Special thanks to the dedicated and caring staff of Mount Royal Care Centre in Calgary. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

A Memorial Service will be held in Hamilton at a later date. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Joan Hewitt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Kevin Mickleboro :

    I have many fond memories of both Mr & Mrs Hewitt, having grown up across the street from them in Hamilton. However, what I remember most was the kindness and compassion she showed my parents when my Mom became sick. I have always remembered how, if I was at work and Mom was having a bad day I could call Mrs Hewitt and she would sit with Mom until I was able to get there. She gave me such relief knowing she was there. I still tell my children about her compassion

    I am sorry for your loss.

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  2. Pam and Steve Irvine :

    Dear Marty, Ann and family

    Marty, I have so many fond memories of growing up together and the time we spent with your parents on numerous adventures from lunches on 45th back in public school to trips to Myrtle Beach, Dominion Christmas parties, the Brew Crew and Boxing Day open houses. Fabulous memories even after all these years. Your Mom always treated Pam and I like her own and we knew we were always welcome.

    Our warmest and most sincere thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow, yet joyous reflection. Your Mom was a truly special person to all of us.


    Steve and Pam

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  3. Sylvia Griffin :

    Dear Martin, Ann & family:
    I was saddened to read of your Mom’s recent passing. I have been a member of St. John Church for over 55 years and during this time came to be one of many people Joan touched during her years.
    Joan and Doug shared a special love but Joan’s entire world revolved around her son Martin. Her pride and love were expressed constantly throughout the years. Martin you gave your Mom purpose to her days, especially in her latter years.
    Joan was a member of our Vesper Group (UCW) until she left for Calgary. She brought laughter and friendship to each one in our group. We always enjoyed her stories. As my Mom is a war bride, and the fact the ladies shared very similar experiences in their early years, was always a binding factor for us.
    I am glad Joan is at peace and is in the hands of our Lord. We couldn’t ask for more at this time.
    God Bless Martin. We will cherish our memories of Joan.

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  4. Stewart Pratt :

    Dear Martin, Ann and family.

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Although I never knew your mother she sounds a wonderful person from the dedications posted and must be sadly missed.

    I came across this website while researching my Pratt family tree as Joan was my 2nd Cousin once removed (which would make us third cousins. I can trace the Pratt family back to the late 1500’s and have my tree on I reside in Somerset, England now having been born and brought up in London.
    Please feel free to contact me should you wish and I would be more than happy to show you my research for the family. My email address is
    Once again please accept my sincere condolences.

    Stewart Pratt.

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