Joan at the age of 81, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Joan was born the third of three daughters on November 24, 1936 in Brampton, Ontario. Her parents, Melina née Manseau (of Lake Linden, Michigan) and Neil Moore (of Grey County, Ontario) met and married in Detroit, Michigan.

Growing up in Southern Ontario, Joan enjoyed drawing, riding horses, visiting her uncle’s bakery after school, and going for weekend drives. She had a close relationship with her parents and older sisters, Shirley and Hazel, and very fond memories of visits from and to family in Michigan.

Joan graduated from the Chatham Collegiate Institute and then attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario where she met her husband, Bernard Tierney (of Ayr, Scotland). Bernard became a foreign correspondent, and they travelled extensively with postings in Ottawa, Paris, and Washington, D.C. during their marriage. Joan was endlessly creative and she produced varied pieces of art through her life, including woven wall hangings, watercolors, and pottery. Joan enjoyed gardening and her affinity with nature often inspired her artwork. She illustrated a plant guide for Brookside Gardens in Maryland, USA. Toward the end of her life, Joan was a prolific knitter and she produced hundreds of colorful scarves for cold winter weather.

Joan is survived by her sister Hazel, her daughters Danalyn and Robin (David), her grandchildren John-James, James Michael (Glenda), Ian (Irene), James Benedict, Jackson (Riddy), and Lara, and by her great-grandchildren Daisy and Quinn.

A Memorial is being planned for late spring/early summer in Ontario.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • David Mortin
    February 11, 2018

    Remembering our lovely aunt, whose visits filled our home with laughter and warmth. Our deepest condolences to her sister Hazel, daughters Danalyn and Robin, and families.
    – David, Patricia, Liana and Francesca

  • Shelly Abuhamada and family...née Capraru.
    February 8, 2018

    Fond memories of sweet “Joanie”! I hope she’s up there walking in fields of wildflowers and painting. Maybe my parents and Ben were there to greet her and they’re smiling down on us! Always only a thought away forever…Love to the family and friends!

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