Joan Susan Barfoot died peacefully on March 8, 2018, at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 63 after a courageous battle with cancer in Victoria, BC. She was born on August 27, 1954, in Victoria, BC.

Joan was predeceased by her mother Pansy Jewel Small (nee Pettingell), Harry (Henry) Small, brother Cory Small, and son Jason Poole. She is survived by her beloved son Joshua Poole (Naomi), her faithful dog and best friend Harley, and her partner of two years Barry Parsons. She also leaves behind her sister Joy (Clem), her niece Monique (Darryl), her nephew Andre (Barb) and their children Ryan, Abby, Pamela, Katie, and Rachel. She will be greatly missed by many other relatives and friends.

Joan was a Nurse’s Aide and Health Care Worker in various health facilities across the island. She spent her life helping to make her patients’ lives better, giving of herself generously and using her great sense of humour to brighten their days. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family. She also loved to play golf, go camping, rearrange her furniture, attend antique car shows and take walks along the beach at Esquimalt Lagoon.

An informal gathering to Celebrate Joan’s Life will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. Interment will follow immediately afterward at the Royal Oak Burial Park. Anyone who was touched by Joan’s life is welcome to share stories and bid her a fond farewell.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Neurosciences team of the Victoria General Hospital and the Jubilee Hospital’s cancer clinic for their dedication to Joan’s care and that of their other patients.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s name to a Cancer charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens





  • Lorian and David Lawes
    March 15, 2018

    Our thoughts are with all the family. We knew Joan and her mother for many years. We did not see Joan often however she was often in our thoughts. Joan will be missed.

  • Peter and Dora Jarratt
    March 15, 2018

    Joan’s Family

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for the passing of you Joan. She was such a nice lady and we’re sure she will be greatly missed.
    We will remember her with fondness for her quiet and caring ways along with the laughter and joy she brought out of everyone who met her.
    She is at peace now and forever will be known as a very good person.
    Know that we will share your grief and sorrow.
    Please accept our offer of any help or support we can give you.

    Peter and Dora

  • Bonnie Balam
    March 13, 2018

    worked with Joan at the Gorge and at the Jubilee, she was always full of life. Last spring saw and talked to her at garden works, you will be missed

  • Lizzie (Boyd) Martins
    March 13, 2018

    So many people are going to miss our fun filled Joanna.
    We had so much fun over the years… playing harmless practical jokes at work, and the belly laughs that followed that.
    You were hard working, reliable, quick at problem solving, compassionate and always had that spark of motivation for others.
    It was an absolute joy having you for a friend…. you will be missed.

  • Karen
    March 12, 2018

    Josh and Naomi…I lived next door to Joan for 2 years before she left to move in with you guys. She and Barry got me back out on the golf course and for that I am grateful. My dog, Spree, loved Harley and “he never paid her no mind” but Joan and I would meet daily out front in the street and shoot the bull while the dogs did their business. Was a little ritual Spree and I both looked forward too.
    I will be out of town for the memorial which breaks my heart because I would love to have met the people that meant the most to her. Hope you find peace in her passing as I know she would would hope for that too. She loved you very much. My condolences to the family. She will be missed.

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