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Saturday December 8, 2012


On December 3, peacefully at the Bradgate Arms, Toronto, Joan Margaret McKim, C.M. (née McMaster). Devoted wife for nearly fifty years of the late Anson C. McKim, OBE, much loved mother of Anson R. McKim (Fiona), Erin, Ont. and Anne Mackintosh (Douglas) Ivy Lea, Ont. Proud grandmother to Ross McKim (Melana), Nora Cotterill (Paul), Michael McKim, all of Toronto, David Mackintosh (Heather), Edmonton, James Mackintosh (Sue), Toronto and Graham Mackintosh (Kristen), Los Gatos, Calif. and loving great- grandmother to twelve devoted great-grandchildren. In November 2000, at the age of 88, Joan was awarded the Order of Canada for her life-long dedication to hands-on volunteer work. The citation on that occasion read in part, 'Following her school motto, 'Not for ourselves, but for our city and the world', she has selflessly helped those around her. Her hard work, leadership and vision have helped to shape her city's volunteer programs and revitalized such organizations as Montréal's Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Orchestra and Welfare Federation.' At that time she had been cataloguing at the McCord Museum of Canadian History since 1978, and even after she moved to Toronto in 2006, she continued to catalogue the museum's collection of political cartoons by e-mail. Constantly thinking of others, self- effacing, caring and generous, she had a great number of friends covering several generations. This was not surprising considering her gentle sense of humour, inquisitive nature and many interests which included nature, music, art, public affairs and generally, the world around her. Her way with words and her ability to recall and document past events has left her family with an amazing social history and a remarkable record of their background. The family is extremely grateful to the staff and the caregivers at the Bradgate Arms Retirement Residence. Their compassion and gentle concern eased Joan's last days. As a final act of unselfishness, Joan asked that her body be left to the School of Anatomy at the University of Toronto. According to Joan's wishes, only a private service for the immediate family will be held. Donations in her memory to the McCord Museum of Canadian History (690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal QC H3A 1E9) or the Little Metis Presbyterian Church (c/o T. C. Powell, 5080 Tenth Line, R.R.5, Georgetown ON L7G 4S8) will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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