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DOROTHY JOAN WOOD (published on June 12, 2010)



DOROTHY JOAN WOOD December 4, 1920 June 4, 2010 With her husband and daughters at her bedside and close family nearby, Joan slipped peacefully away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Left to cherish Joan's memory are her husband of 66 years, Roy Wood of Winnipeg; daughters, Kay Cronkhite (Jack), Pamela Blackburn (Maurice); granddaughters, Christel and Charlene Cronkhite, Karen Windatt (Curtis) and Terri Doerksen (Fabian). Joan was predeceased by her father, mother and an infant daughter, Jocelyn. Born in Manchester, England, the only child of John Richard Kay and Martha Francis Kay (Keating), Joan was an accomplished young dancer. In the midst of the Second World War, she met a young Canadian soldier, Roy Wood of Calgary when she and a group of girl friends had gone out for an evening of roller skating. She and Roy married February 5, 1944. Miraculously, Joan survived a devastating V1 rocket attack in London on August 20, 1944. She dug herself out of the rubble that had been 10 homes, which left her claustrophobic for life. For several years, she served under dramatically difficult circumstances as an ambulance driver, leading her father to remark in what a sorry state of affairs Britain had found herself to have to rely on her young girls. Joan later joined the British Red Cross Volunteer Aid Division St. John Prisoner of War Branch, where she tirelessly tried to meet prisoner requests for special items to be part of their Red Cross package. Joan later became the private secretary to the Camp Commandant of the Canadian Military HQ in London. After cessation of hostilities in Europe, Roy returned to Canada aboard the troop ship Ile-de-France. Along with 245 other war brides, Joan left England on May 15, 1946 to cross the Atlantic as one of Captain Leblanc's precious cargo on board the Lady Rodney. They lay at anchor in Halifax harbour for the 24th of May holiday and disembarked at Pier 21 the following day. Travelling by train, she came to understand the breadth of her new Canadian home as she crossed to Calgary to be re-united with Roy. They later moved to Edmonton, returned to Calgary and finally settled at Deer Lodge Place in Winnipeg in 1970. Joan continued serving her community as an active volunteer with the Canadian Arthritis Society. The family thanks the staff at Deer Lodge Centre, West Park Manor Personal Care Home and the Commanding Officer, men and women of 17 Wing Winnipeg for comforts supplied. A Private Family Funeral and Graveside Service was held on Thursday, June 10, 2010 in The Chapel of Memories in Wojcik's All Beliefs and Faiths Funeral Chapel, 2157 Portage Avenue at Sharp Boulevard, with Interment in St. James Cemetery. Post script: Joan's kitchen fridge is covered in photos of family, poetry, newspaper clippings and one ever present fading old postcard covered with flowers and the words she lived by - Bloom where you are planted. Today, a magnificent, fiery, red-headed blossom burst open in heaven's garden.


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