Shepherdson, Joan


1933 - 2022

It is with heartfelt sadness that the family announces the passing of Joan Mildred Ashmore (Arnold) Shepherdson on September 16, 2022 at the Temiskaming Lodge, where she has been cared for since May 17, 2017. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. Joan was 89 years old on July 3rd, 2022.  She and her husband, Clair Shepherdson, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on July 18th, 2022. 

Joan’s life revolved around her music.  She was an accomplished pianist and accompanist and had received many accolades from teachers, adjudicators, other musicians and individuals. She started taking piano lessons when she was six years old from Ruby Dunn Wathen, and over the years played for literally hundreds of children for solos, duets or in choirs, particularly for the Temiskaming Music Festival every year. She was also the accompanist for several of the local adult choirs in the area.  Prior to 2017, Joan played the piano or organ at the Community of Christ church in New Liskeard for over 60 years.

 She was predeceased by her parents, George and Christina Arnold and her two sisters; Jacqueline (Mrs. Jack Kincaid) in January 2005 and Jeanne Arnold in August 2018.  Joan is survived by her husband, Clair Shepherdson, of 69 years and their three children; Debra (Gary Whitworth), Daniel (Monika) and Jane Cameron. Their family grew over the years to 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. We will all miss her very much.  Her extended family of many in-laws, nieces and nephews and cousins will remember her and her musical contribution to society.

We are so grateful for the tender and competent care provided to her during her stay at the Temiskaming Lodge.  We all give a huge thank you to Dr. Don Davies, the nursing staff, and all the other care givers at the Lodge for their kindness, compassion and loving care.

Memorial donations may be made to World Accord, Cancer Care at Home, or any medical or charitable organization of your choice. 

Her cremation has taken place.  There will be visitation at the Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative - Perrin Chapel (128 Whitewood Ave, New Liskeard) on Saturday October 1st from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

There will be a Celebration of Life memorial held at the Community of Christ church on Niven Street, New Liskeard on October 2, 2022 at 1:30.p.m.

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Dear Clair and family

Iam sorry to hear the passing Joan she such a nice lady
I love when played music
My thoughts and prays are with you all

Ida Hilson, September 17, 2022

Clair & Family

My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time. I have many fond memories of Joan from our many ministerial and community gatherings during my years in New Liskeard. Well done good and faithful servant. Many she now rest in peace. God Bless.

Fr. John Lemire, September 17, 2022

Clair and Family

Joan was a great neighbour and a lovely lady. My condolences to you all.

Chris Gallagher, September 18, 2022

Uncle Clair, Deb, Dan and Jane

We are thinking of you and your families at this sad and difficult time. May your happy memories sustain you and bring you comfort in the days ahead. Sending our love and most sincere condolences.

Keri and Cindy, September 18, 2022

Clair and Family

Sending our since condolences on the passing of Joan. We recall many visits with you with Edith and Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Maureen and Ted Waugh, September 20, 2022

Clair Shepherdson

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Clair and the Shepherdson Family.

Lorne and Dianne Soehner, September 22, 2022

Uncle Claire, Deb, Dan & Jane

So sorry for your loss.
So many memories. May the joyous memories fill you and warm you in the days ahead. Sending our love and keeping you all in our thoughts.

Brenda, Trenton & Shelby Camick, September 24, 2022

Clair Shepherdson

Clair, I am so sorry to hear (belatedly) of your loss. Joan was simply lovely, and I am grateful for the times our paths crossed. May your faith and the good company of family and friends sustain you….

Judith Visser, September 25, 2022

Uncle Clair, Deb, Dan and Jane

May the sadness, loss and heartache be eased by the knowledge that she is free to run and laugh with the grace she exuded, play the piano with abandonment with all the love she possessed and know she left an indemetel mark on those she left behind. Our thoughts are with you all.

Cherrilyn and family, September 25, 2022

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