We Remember

WINTERS, Margaret Joan (nee Patterson)

May 20, 1922 — April 24, 2018

“A constant source of effervescent enthusiasm” McGill Graduates Society Distinguished Service Award.

Born and raised in Hampstead, Quebec, Joan attended Trafalgar School and McGill University. Joan joined in on the war effort as a driver, and also embarked on a modeling career during this time. As the Woodberry Soap Girl, Joan’s life and courtship by the dashing Flight Lieutenant George Winters was chronicled in an ongoing series of Woodberry ads.

Joan and George married in 1943 and during the war were stationed in South Carolina. Back in Montreal in 1947 the first of three children arrived. Settling in the Town of Mount Royal, Joan and George led very active lives with “the old gang” at the center, and an ever expanding number of new friends. In the winter months every day possible was spent on their passion for skiing. Summers were spent at the family cottage at Lac des Iles in the Laurentians. When in the city, Joan spent her days on the operator headset installed by Bell lifer George, organizing numerous committees and events for many causes, among them McGill, Montreal General Hospital and the Redpath Museum. Later in life moves were made to Ottawa, a return to Montreal, on to Toronto and last, at age 90, a move to Kelowna.

On top of volunteer work and socializing Joan was an avid sportswoman, highly active at the golf club, playing tennis, sailing, badminton, water skiing – the classic move being to place her foot in the handle and pass the dock waving both hands, executed into her 80’s. And of course skiing. An admirer, of which there were many, wrote this poem:

A Winters Tale P.R.W March ’62 Mt. Gabriel

“Ski swiftly, sweet lady, down fearsome Scott’s slip, The moguls, which throw me, you ride like a ship, your skis tight together, your springy knees too, your form is so graceful and balance so true. You leap down the hollow, you speed down the slope, I wish I could follow – but oh what a hope! For forty-nine winters I’ve watched skiers flight, But never a Winters that gave such delight”

Joan leaves her three children, Patricia (Soren), Hugh (Rebecca), and Barbara (David); Grandchildren Kegan (Nicki), Holt (Jenn), Chase (Fran), Peter, Kelly (Fraser), Jason and Blythe; Great grandchildren Poppy, Tate, Emmy and Parker.

George predeceased Joan in 1993, days after celebrating their 50th anniversary. Joan happily remarried, first to James Doyle and then to Roderick Ross, both of whom predeceased her. Also predeceased by twin brother Trevor.

Of the Old Gang, George was the first to go, we then lost Joe, Duncan, Patty, Mary, Hugh, and Nat, leaving Jane and Harry to keep on swinging.

The family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Orchard Manor for their care and compassion. There will be a celebration of Joan’s life, to be held at the family house at Lac des Iles on a date to be announced.

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