She took up painting in 1954 but seriously painted as of 1966, studying the techniques of water colour and pen and ink through the Ontario College of Art Masters. Both Joan and her husband, Fred, were actively involved in the Northern Ontario Art Association as well as Cobalt Artists Colony. Her painting as well as Fred’s are on display throughout Northern Ontario as well as with all family members.
Her family and friends are well aware of her love of reading. In fact, she has her own library in her condo plus her Kindle is full of books she has read over the years. She was an active member of the Harbourside Book Club and was still trying to finish the required book reading for the month of April.
Joan was predeceased by her spouse of 22 years, Fred Nabb; parents, Dennis and Edith Duffy; brothers Gordon, Ken, Raymond and sisters, Joyce Buswell and Thelma McNaughton as well as step children Roger Nabb, Trudi Nabb Bigras, Louise Nabb and niece Carol Liznick.
Left to mourn are her step children William (Charlene) Nabb, Valerie Nabb (Colin Chesterman), Pat McInnes, her grandchildren, Christine and Michael Chesterman, Emma and Riley Nabb, Sarah and Louis Bigras; Nieces and nephews Sandi (Bob) Durie, Eric Liznick, Rob (Barb) McNaughton, Jase McNaughton, Karen (Terry) Lloyd, Mike (Joy)Duffy, Ryan Duffy (Kevin Somers), David Buswell, Ken Kleinhesselink, Andrew Duffy, Richard Duffy, Robert Duffy and Allan Duffy.
Interment of her ashes will take place in Kirkland Lake at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to MARTYN FUNERAL HOME. If desired, donations to the North Bay Regional Health Centre would be gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy.