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DUNCANSON, Margaret “Joan”

September 5, 1926 – September 18, 2018

Joan Duncanson, 92, of Calgary, AB passed peacefully on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 with her best friend and devoted husband of 63 years, Frank, at her side.

Joan McBeth was born in Moosejaw, SK on September 5, 1926 and grew up in Regina. Joan went on to live in Calgary, Vancouver and finally Edmonton where she met Frank Duncanson, a banker with the Canadian Bank of Commerce. They married in Victoria in 1955 and relocated to Toronto as newlyweds. Their family grew as Deb (1957), Marshall (1958) and Ken (1968) joined the clan.

Frank’s career took the family to Ottawa and back and forth between Toronto and Calgary several times which meant they were able to make great friends on both sides of the country. Time passed and the clan continued to expand with the births of Marsh’s beautiful daughters, Caitlin and Heather.

Frank and Joan retired in 1990 and had a marvelous time golfing in Arizona, California and Florida, and travelled to France, Scotland, England and all throughout Canada and the USA. Best of all they were able to spend 27 glorious summers at their beloved cottage on Stoney Lake, Ontario living the good life with dear friends and family.

Joan enjoyed a good laugh and had a wicked sense of humour. She loved to dance, play bridge and scrabble, read books and newspapers (especially Rosamunde Pilcher novels) and was a cross word puzzle whiz. She was a fabulous cook and loved to entertain friends, family, and Frank’s business colleagues and clients. Their annual Christmas season sing song dinner party became legendary.

Joan was an amazing mom, a loving granny, an incredibly thoughtful and caring friend, and a true partner and steadfast support to her husband “Dunc”. Her generosity of spirit, zest for life, and true grit in the face of adversity will live on in those of us she has left behind. She will be missed and remembered with love and admiration.

Please join us for a celebration of Joan’s life at The Calgary Golf & Country Club (1 block west of the intersection of Elbow Drive & 50th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. Please note there is a dress code at the club. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222.

In living memory of Joan Duncanson, 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. Deb and family:

    Your Mom had a wonderful life filled with family and friends. I hope those wonderful memories lift you through the difficult days ahead.

    Annette and Steve Benson, Ajax, ON

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  2. Dear Deb and Family: What an amazing woman your Mom was – and such a wonderfully full rich life she lived. Blessed with so many gifts, and loving family and friends. Her spirit lives on within you, and your many cherished memories will help to sustain you. Sending love and hugs, Nancy

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  3. Dear Frank and Family, I was sadden to learn of Joan’s passing and I did want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. While I don’t recall ever having met Joan over the years that you and I worked at CIBC, but after reading her obituary, I can see that was definitely my loss.
    May you gain comfort from your family and friends as well as the many wonderful memories you must have. May she rest in peace. David

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  4. Dear Deb and Family, Our sincere condolences to you all with the passing of this spirited and gifted woman. May the memory of her bring you peace in the years to come.
    Judy Thain and Bob Brett

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  5. Dear Deb and family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories provide some comfort to you in the days ahead.

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  6. I was unable to attend Joan’s celebration of life but wish to convey my sincere condolences to Frank and all of Joan’s family. The Duncansons were my neighbours at Gladstone Gardens for many years. I will always remember Joan’s friendliness and wonderful smile.

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