WELTON Joan Frieda (nee Lackner)
Was born on September 18th, 1932, in Leaside, Toronto, and passed away after a long illness on July 16th, 2012. Survived by her older brother Doug and younger brother Ken, and her husband John. After high school Joan became a fashion model in Toronto and was so successful that her career moved to New York City. In 1957 while on a modeling assignment in Toronto, Joan met her husband John Welton, a former 7 year CFL veteran with the Toronto Argonauts and soon after were married. John then pursued a career in the residential building business while Joan was a devoted mother raising their three children, John, Dan and Caroline. When the children were older Joan took up a successful interior decorating career consulting in Toronto and later in Hilton Head, South Carolina where John and Joan lived for a number of years while doing projects there.Joan loved tennis, golf and skiing. As versatile as she was in sports, she shone in social situations and had a wide circle of friends. John and Joan travelled extensively with friends on heli-skiing deep powder ski trips to Bugaboo and Caribou Lodges west of Banff, on International housing tours with the Urban Development institute, and hosted many friends at their homes in South Carolina. Joan also loved bridge and had golf memberships at Mississauga Golf Club, Ontario Racquet Club and Osler Bluff Ski Club. Joan will always be remembered by her children and grand children for spoiling them with endless presents on birthdays and Christmas. Many friends and family members will also warmly remember Joan for her great abilities as a bargain shopper.Joan was a beautiful presence who added great joy to all her friends and family and was fiercely loved by her 7 grandchildren Jennifer, Robbie, Mike, Jack, Jamie, Fallon and Stephanie.Joan had to give up her sport activities due to advanced Parkinson's and 5 years ago moved into a retirement home to take advantage of 24 hr assistance. John visited Joan almost every day for years at the retirement home; the last two years were at Sheridan Villas, an advance care facility operated by Peel Region where outstanding care was available for her. Joan's last weeks were a difficult struggle, which she handled with the grace, dignity and courage, which she possessed all her life. Cremation has taken place.Our thanks to Dr. Peter Boland and her personal caregivers, Caroline, Ann and Daphnie and the regular staff particularly Margaret, Liza and others.A celebration of Joan's Life will be held on August 29th, at the Ontario Racquet Club from 5:30 P.M to 8:00 P.M. at 884 Southdown Road in Mississauga. All friends of Joan and her family are invited.For those who wish to make a donations we suggest the Parkinson Institute Society of Canada, a charitable receipt will be issued ( phone 1-800-565-7000).Joan was a wonderful companion to me and an inspiration to her three children and seven grandchildren. Her memory will be fondly revered.
Saturday July 21, 2012
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