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Posted By Obits On April 15, 2017 @ 10:31 AM In Obituary | 3 Comments

1942 – 2017

Born at the time of the bloodiest conflict in history, Joan Carole McMahon spent parts of her childhood in some of the most rugged regions of this great country. Her chores included protecting the homestead from wolverines and bears, as well as walking uphill (both ways) in blizzards to fetch food and firewood. The family eventually settled in Calgary (because it’s CALGARY!).

Joan was educated by the Calgary Catholic School District and graduated from the much historied St. Mary’s Girls School, granting her Divine Approval to enlist in the Canadian Navy. She served at a time when words such as ‘Détente’, ‘Brinkmanship’, and ‘Missile Crisis’ entered the common vernacular. Joan had many duties, one of which was being a submarine hunter on board marine reconnaissance aircraft, protecting our waters from Soviet incursions. It was by sheer luck that no Soviets crossed paths with Joan, for surely the filthy interlopers would have been sent to a watery grave.

Joan’s next assignment came abruptly, but with great national importance: The procurement and training of three new recruits. All of her life experiences to this point gave Joan the necessary skill sets to shape these recruits into exemplary citizens. Joan had an intensity that allowed her to tackle many activities and overcome obstacles.

Her interests included crafts, reading, giving proper advice and ensuring her recruits never strayed from the True Path. Joan enjoyed travel and in her later years she twice visited Cuba as a “vacation”, but many close to her believe she went to ensure ALL the missiles were removed. Joan was involved in volunteerism, most recently being the Poppy Fund and the KMITT program at the Sunrise Community Link Resource Center.

With unwavering resolve, yet a body wracked by pain and illness, Joan Carole McMahon was forced to stand down on April 8, 2017. Pioneer…Cold War Era Warrior…Mother…

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, hug your parents or children (if you can). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joan McMahon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403- 248-8585.

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Condolence from Ted Arnold on April 17th, 2017 2:04 PM

Some Great Laughs and Memories and as Life take us,some not so…may your journey take you where your Dreams have !!!.Love from your Buds Brent,Donna and Ted …Our Deepest Sympathy to all that new you .

Condolence from Rosetta Arena Decnodder on April 17th, 2017 6:53 PM

To Ricky, Karen and Tara,
The photograph you have posted of your mom is exactly how I remember her. As a kid when your parents would come and visit.. The old neighbourhood of Renfrew and the sharing of pasta, bread and wine. Your Canadian family (your grandma and grandpa McMahon, then your mom and dad joined in) who had adopted my Italian immigrant parents and taught them about Canada, especially Calgary. There was never a dull moment. Watching Hockey Night in Canada on the TV in black and white, Pilsner Beer and a lot of yelling and cheering. It was an incredible time growing up knowing the McMahon family. Reading about the passing of your mom, and looking at her picture brought tears, smiles and old memories back to a life that seems like only yesterday, and yet so many years have passed. I am happy to have those memories and yes I will hug my kids and mother. Life really is about love, kindness and hugs. On behalf of the Arena and Montanini and families I extend to you and your families our condolences.

Condolence from Sharon L. Brawn on April 18th, 2017 11:02 AM

Tara & family, Grandma June & my mother, Helen Silver were childhood friends & remained friends through the years. Your Mom was my childhood friend. We reconnected after many years through my husband Michael’s cousin Brenda. Tara, death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time in expressing our feelings towards those closest to us. Michael & I want you to know that we are thinking about you during this sad time.

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