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Joan IRVING

Joan Mary Theresa Irving (nee Lorente) passed away on July 8, 2023, at the age of 92. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Joan was surrounded by her family as she entered Eternal Life. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Rodney Thomas Irving, with whom she shared 57 years of love and partnership. Joan was also preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Evelyn Lorente, and her three brothers, David, Gerald, and Arthur.

Joan is survived by her four children: Peter, Paul (Janice), Mary-Louise, and Mary-Ann (Karen), as well as her 13 grandchildren: Caitlin, Nicole, Kathleen, Brendan, Ben, Jamieson, Erin, Kelly, Shannon, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Avery, and Blake. She also leaves behind her great-granddaughter, Nevaeh. Joan was born in Hull, QC and spent her childhood and teenage years in the Ottawa area. She graduated from the Notre Dame Convent School in 1947 and later completed her education at Willis Business College in 1948.

Before Joan married Rodney and moved to Vancouver, B.C., she worked as Executive Secretary to General F. Worthington for several years. Joan was a person of deep faith and her strong belief sustained her throughout her life. She dedicated her life to her family, particularly her children and grandchildren. Joan never missed an opportunity to support her family members’ accomplishments, whether it be attending sporting events, recitals, or graduations. Her unwavering love and support will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A prayer vigil will be held on Tuesday, August 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Delta, B.C., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, August 16, at 11 a.m. Joan will be laid to rest alongside her beloved Rodney at St. Peter’s Cemetery in New Westminster, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joan’s name to Covenant House in Vancouver, B.C. Condolences for the family can be left at http://www.kearneyfs.com.

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