It is with sadness that the family of Mary Joan Walsh announces her peaceful passing at home on June 1, 2021, in her 99th year. Born in Pictou, N.S. in 1921, Joan was the youngest child of Mary (O'Toole) and Edward McGrath. She spent her early years in Nova Scotia before meeting and marrying William (Bill) Walsh and subsequently moving to Saint John where the family lived in Fundy Heights and Quinton Heights before Joan and Bill's move to their retirement home on the Red Head Road. After raising her children, Joan held various jobs including working at Sears and Beltone Hearing. Joan was a long-time parishioner at Stella Maris Parish and was active in Probus Club, the Catholic Women's League and the Mt. St. Vincent Alumnae and was a volunteer at the Catholic bookstore. She loved art, music, decorating, swims in the ocean, gardening, bird watching and playing bridge. As a much-loved wife, mom, grandmother, sister and aunt, Joan's family stories, quick wit and earnest spirit will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. Joan was predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years, Bill, and her son James, and siblings Constance Baird, Edward, Gregory, Frank and Harold McGrath. She is survived by her son Paul, Saint John, and daughter Mary Jane (John Aubrecht), Halifax and her grandchildren Michelle (Herman), Christopher (Suzy), Chelsea, Paula, Nicole, John-Vianney (Hannah) and Olivia. "Aunt Joan" is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews with whom she maintained close contact. Arrangements are under the direction of Fundy Funeral Home (506-653-6820). Due to Covid-19, a Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life will take place at a later date this summer. The family would like to thank the many care givers that assisted Joan over the past few years. Special thanks to Sue, Faye, Fay C. and Lisa for all your kindness, love and patience. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick.
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