TAYLOR, Patricia Joan Anne  

TAYLOR, Patricia Joan Anne  
November 10, 1935 – November 3, 2022
Just shy of her 87th birthday, Joan Taylor (née Collins) peacefully passed away on November 3rd in Aurora, Ontario. Predeceased by her parents Gwyneth Scott (d. 1939) and Arthur Collins (d. 1963). Wife and best friend of Earle Taylor (d. 2019) for more than 60 years. Joan’s memory will forever be cherished by a widespread community of family and friends.  Born in Victoria, BC, Joan was raised there by her adoring father. After graduating from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing, Joan moved east for adventure with friends to work at the Kingston General Hospital. There she met Earle, who was completing his surgical training. They married in Oxford, UK in 1959, then worked in Liverpool before returning to Canada in 1960, establishing their lives in Prince Edward County. Joan brought a large and loving brood into this world, including Ian, Ross, Jim (Tanja), Jane (Steve), Cam (Suzanne) and Susie (Dave). She is adored by – and has always been an adoring fan of – grandkids Lily (Stephen) and Sally, Nina, Will and Elizabeth, and Fin. Cherished by Fin’s mom, Wendy. Loved and missed by Earle’s sister, Lesley Taylor of Montreal, who’s glad that Joan looked beyond Earle’s first date choice of the bus station restaurant in Kingston! For many, the fondest memories of Joan are richly rooted in 101 Bridge Street, Picton, her home and haven for over 50 years. Here, Joan’s radiant warmth, hospitality and thoughtful, curious nature offered comfort and care to anyone who popped in and plunked themselves down at the kitchen table. Truly, this was the beating heart of the household where delicious meals were doled out and conversation flourished among a family that sat elbow-to-elbow. Joan never lacked for love or community, nor the capacity to manage the household’s daily mayhem with grace and good humour. Throughout this, music from an array of instruments flowed and filled the house at various decibels throughout the day. Her escape was just steps away, whether in the surrounding gardens that thrived in her care, immersing herself in community theatre, or ensconced in a comfortable chair at the corner of the verandah. This was her self-declared happy place, be it with the newspaper or a biography, coffee or a G&T in hand – though preferably with good company and conversation. Her legacy of quiet strength and maternal spirit will live on through all of us and in that, we’re consoled by the notion that she’ll always be present in our hearts and memories.  The Taylor family is profoundly grateful to the compassionate and loving staff at the Chartwell Park Place Retirement Residence in Aurora for their tender and expert care as she lived out her days.  A private family remembrance has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be planned for May 2023 in the County (when the lilacs are in bloom), where the family looks forward to remembering Joan with the community. In lieu of flowers as an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation Back the Build Campaign for the new hospital would be appreciated by the family. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so by visiting the Foundation’s website at www.pecmhf.ca or by calling 613-476-1008 ext. 4502. Cheques (payable to PECMH Foundation) may be mailed to 403 Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0. Condolences may be forwarded to the family through www.peacefultransition.ca