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GORMAN, Joan

September 23, 1928 – Penmaenmawr, North Wales, U.K
May 4, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Joan Gorman beloved wife of Brian John Gorman (deceased), passed away on May 4 at the age of 90 years surrounded by family.

Joan was born in Penmaenmawr, North Wales on September 23, 1928. She was the oldest of three girls. Her sisters were very important to her throughout her life. After graduating from high school in Conway, North Wales she went to work for the government at the Inland Revenue in North Wales, London UK, Nottingham and Bristol from 1943 to 1955. The secretarial work she did included stenographer, shorthand and typing. Joan met Brian in 1952 and they were married in September of 1955. Joan’s firstborn son Peter arrived on June 17, 1956. They immigrated to Canada in 1961. They settled in Bashaw, Alberta where she became very active in the Catholic women’s league, chamber of commerce, and hospital auxiliary. She was instrumental in lobbying the government to get a kindergarden started in Bashaw. Not long after arriving in Bashaw, Joan and Brian were blessed with two more children Alice and David. In 1975 they moved to Calgary. After a number of years Joan started to work with Brian as his secretary and office manager. Joan enjoyed many trips overseas with Brian including trekking in Nepal and New Zealand. Wherever Joan went people loved her. She made a lasting impression with her outgoing, flamboyant and bubbly personality. One of Joan’s greatest joys in life was her relationship with her grandchildren. Joan had a strong personal relationship with her saviour Jesus Christ, through her fervent prayer life. She will be greatly missed.

Joan is survived by her children, Peter Gorman (Linda), Alice Jansen (Ed), David Gorman (Paula); six grandchildren, Sarah Schindel (Andrew), Theresa Jansen, Vanessa Malthouse (Steven), John Gorman (Felix), Catherine Gorman and David Gorman; and three great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Naamah and Judah Schindel. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her husband Brian Gorman, her sisters Valerie Marshall and Audrey Harris, her brother in laws Tom Harris and Jim Marshall, and her niece Susan Marshall.

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Bethany Harvest Hills, 19 Harvest Gold Manor NE, Calgary, AB T3K 4Y1, Phone: (403) 226-8200.

In living memory of Joan Gorman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot, 82, Crowfoot Circle N.W. Phone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Dave and Kathie Schiedel

    What a beautiful picture of your mom, Alice. Thankful for all the wonderful memories you have of her. Praying for all of you during this time. Sharing in your sadness as well as in your joy, knowing she is safely home with her Lord and Saviour.

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  2. Harry & Brenda Maekelburger

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss and celebration of Joan’s life. Those who knew her will ever forget her wonderful laugh and contagious smile.
    Warm hugs,
    Harry & Brenda

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  3. Beautiful wonderful so so nice words love Andy kim and family xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Such a lovely tribute to your Mom, Alice, and to the love you all share as a family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Edith Schroeder

    Dear Alice and family, your loss is Heaven’s gain. I know the sorrow of the loss of a precious mother so share in your sorrow and pain. In Christian love, Edith Schroeder

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  6. Our condolences on the passing of your mother. Thinking about your mother makes us smile. She had a wonderful outgoing personality and we know she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is home now and enjoying the presence of the Lord and can sing to her heart’s content.
    Thanks for your care for your mother, Alice, and keeping her memory alive.
    God bless you all. With love, Richard and Betty Oostra

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  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Alice, Peter and David, and all of your family. I will always remember your mom’s pure sense of joy and fun, her kindness, and her sincerity.
    May God bless you all,
    Doreen and Larry Child

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