Joan departed this world with grace and courage at the Berwick Royal Oak in Victoria, B.C. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and considered it a point of pride to be a native of that city, as well as a seventh generation Canadian.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter, her sons Hugh and Jeffrey and all of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Kim and stepdaughters Barb and Nancy, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

During her life Joan was a voracious reader, lover of heated discussions, and was a woman who was always interested in the attitudes and thoughts of the people in her life regardless of their age or beliefs. She took real pleasure in the smell of a horse, the sight of a prairie sky, the feel of a Saskatoon bush and enjoyed the comradery of socializing.

Joan often commented on how fortunate she was to have lived the life she lived; she didn’t walk around obstacles, she walked through them. Our family would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all at the Berwick who befriended Joan and gave her such good care and comfort.

If friends so desire, they can make a contribution to Covenant House or World Vison In memory of Joan. Given the current restrictions on public gatherings, there will be a small service by invitation only.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens




  • Ann Cooper

    Am I right in believing that Joan was the daughter of Ellen and Neil McKechnie that lived on St. Ann Street in Oak Bay for many years? If so I offer my condolences as an old neighbour of theirs, Ann Cooper [nee Andersen]. May the Lord God grant her peace and joy in reuniting with her loved ones in Heaven and seeing my parents Knud and Inga Andersen again. Jesus bless

  • Stephen McKechnie

    I will always remember Joan as the lovely person she was.

  • Maria Patricia keim C.

    Cuando tuve la alegria de viajar a Canadá comparti con ella breves momentos pero ella me traspaso su calidez y armonia que emanaba de su persona.
    Sonriente y tierna es la imagen que tengo en el recuerdo.
    Un abrazo y mis mas sinceras condolencias para kim y su familia.

  • Laurie Kennedy

    Dear Kim and Carlos
    It was sad to hear about your mom. She was such a lovely lady that always welcomed me with open arms and made me feel special. I have so many fond memories of enjoying her company, but the one that stands out for me is when Jeff , Peter, your mom , and I stayed up till 2:00 in the morning playing cards and arguing about politics. That was at their Wildwood home.
    Joan was great company, kind, caring, genuine, and generous of her time and patience. Loved her and she has a special place in my heart. Jim and I send our hugs, love, and deepest condolences.

  • Carol Fraser

    So many happy memories of Joan and Peter. Joan was always so gracious even as she missed her Peter. My condolence to you Kim and Carlos. I remember the happy times we spent in your hot tub with Joan and Peter.
    Blessings, Carol Fraser

  • Jim and Christine Murphy

    Kim, Barb and Nancy and family,

    We always enjoyed seeing Joan on some of our trips to Victoria. She was very friendly and a delight to be around. Please accept our sincere condolences.

    Jim and Christine Murphy

  • Nadia Graham Ross

    It was my great pleasure to meet Joan on her visit’s to Calgary. I will never forget her smile and beautiful soul that shined through.
    Love you Kim, Carlos and my condolences to the rest of the family.

  • Heather Craig

    Heartfelt condolences Kim,Carlos and families. My vision of her always with a smile on her face is a precious memory. Hoping your memories of many happy times make you smile today and always. Lots of love always. Glenn & Heather

  • Ron Nina

    Sorry we missed your call. You’ve been in our thoughts. Please call when you can.

    Love Ron& Nina

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