Joan Clarke Wright 1927 - 2011


It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Joan Agnes Clarke Wright, dearest wife of 60 years of Stuart Chapman Wright, on September 17, 2011, at Hôpital de l'Enfant Jesus. Joan was the daughter of the late Helen Dunfield and Vincent Clarke, and lived in Quebec City. She was a loving and devoted mother to Bradley (Susan) and Sheryl (Malcolm Mercer). Her grandchildren were her delight – Brennan (Christine and baby-to-be), Heather (Nicholas) and Emily Wright of Ottawa, and Catherine and Caroline Mercer of Toronto. Joan will be sadly missed by her brother Mister Justice Roderick Clarke (Diane) of Thunder Bay, sisters-in-law Elizabeth"Mickie" Clarke of Montreal and Agnes Wright of Hampton, NB, and brother-in-law Arnold Wright (Mary) of Calgary. Joan was predeceased by brothers Donald and Aubrey Clarke, sister Rosamond "Petty" and brother-in-law Harold "Cork" Corbett, brothers-in-law Howard and Leslie Wright, sister-in-law Joyce Wright, and niece Kathy Corbett. Nieces Linda Wright Ropeleski and Sheila Wright Neufeld and families were a constant pleasure to Joan, as were nieces and nephews, Wrights Brian, David, Anne, and Carol, Catherine, Melanie and Peggy, Corbetts Roderick, Richard, Donald and Deborah, and Clarkes Keltie, Fraser, and Wilson. Joan was blessed with a close and loving circle of friends, whose warmth and support were a great comfort to her and meant a great deal to the family. The family has a special thank you and love for Jocelyne Roy who gave Joan to us for two additional years.

Joan's husband, children and grandchildren consider themselves truly blessed to have been part of her world. She was beautiful, intelligent, kind, considerate and thoughtful, and blessed with so many talents: a wonderful soprano voice, sports ability, taste, grace and common sense. Her gentle strength guided us through our lives, and enriched our lives incalculably.

After spending her formative years in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Joan moved to Quebec City at the age of thirteen. Stuart noticed this beautiful newcomer cheering on his football team at Quebec High School and so began a great and enduring love, which was celebrated with 60 years of marriage in August. Joan graduated second in her nursing class at the Jeffrey Hale Hospital and loved working in patient care. Joan was president of the IODE, co-wrote and performed as a lead in many fundraising stage productions, including Y's a Poppin and Gaieties, and acted as an organizer of Gaieties and many church fundraisers. Joan also sang in amateur theatre groups and choirs aroundQuebec, and was a soloist with the Chalmers-Wesley Church choir for many decades. Joan was on the Advisory Board of le Grand Théâtre. Joan loved to ski and graced the slopes until the age of 80.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the Soins de Jour and Cardiac units at Laval Hospital, and Colette Brisson for her devotion.

The visitation will take place on Sunday, September 25, at the Co-operative des Deux Rives, 950 avenue Des Erables, Quebec City, from 3 – 5 pm, and 7 – 9 pm.

The funeral will take place on Monday, September 26 at 2 pm at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 St.Ursule, Quebec City. Interment will be at Mount Hermon Cemetery on St. Louis Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Fondation de l'Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Quebec, or the Chalmers-Wesley Restoration Campaign, 78 rue St. Ursule, Quebec, QC G1R 4E8. Forms will be available on site.

We will always remember Joan's favourite words, "Give my love to everyone."