Joan “Jzen” Winchester passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 30, 2017 in her home at the age of 66, with her loving sons Gordon and Ken, daughter-in-law Ayako, and her cherished grandson Ren visiting for the holidays. She was kind-hearted, very spiritual, a profound lover of nature, and loving mother and grandmother. A consistent expression of love for all creation and an independent spirt encapsulated her perspective on life. As she slowly lost her mobility over the last year due the progression of ALS, she could not have been more appreciative of the support she received from family, friends, neighbours, and the compassionate support workers who helped her continue a high quality of life. Born August 28, 1951 to Ruth and John Winchester and older brother Scott. She remembered fondly her childhood in Barrie, a band trip through Europe playing clarinet for Barrie Central’s band to a summer family transcontinental road trip across Canada and the US packed into a station wagon. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Her career as an ESL teacher for the Durham District School board brought many rewarding experiences with students and life-long friendships with colleagues. Retiring from teaching at 63, she settled into the house she had built in Thunder Beach nestled in the woods close to Georgian Bay. After years of warm gatherings of friends and family, her home became her final resting place. Donations in her memory may be made to the ALS Society of Canada.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Joan Winchester 2018.source