elevated h9ex4 February 7, 1930 – March 24, 2022

elevated h9ex4 Life Story

elevated h9ex4 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Cochrane. God called onto Joan on Thursday, March 24, 2022 and she passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She leaves behind her beloved sisters Colleen and Zena (Predeceased James Crescenzi) . Predeceased by her beloved brother Richmond (Dolly). Adored aunt of Clare (Brian), Peter, Barry (Elaine), Steve, Britney and Amanda. Cherished cousin of Malcolm. Joan will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all her extended family and friends. My she rest in peace.

Joan was my Institute of Chartered Accountants secretary for almost all of my 23 years as its President and CEO. Many readers will know that she and her sister Colleen were more than friends to me — both became the treasured sisters I never had.

Joan was as competent and loyal a secretary as one could ever hope for, and my oh my, did I ever appreciate her ability to size up people and give me sound advice. She also was a daily contact for ICAO’s tight-knit staff and volunteer leaders, members and students throughout Ontario and was an esteemed point of contact for leaders of CICA, other provincial Institutes and even in Ireland, Scotland as well as the US. Testimony to her dedication to her unique role, she stayed on for a number of years after her normal retirement date. Including her years with my predecessor she served ICAO for over 30 years.

And she was sweet, as is dear Colleen. They have fostered that sweetness in their wonderful niece, Clare Bailey. Close to them throughout her entire life, Clare was a tireless caregiver to Joan in her later years’ illnesses, caring for her 24/7 in her home in the last several years.

Joan and Colleen were generous hosts when I passed through Toronto on frequent Dublin-Windsor-Dublin trips after I retired. In the more than two years of self-isolation since February, 2001 I have taken great pleasure from my photo albums of ICAO events and retirement travels which include lots of pictures with Joan and Colleen. They will be all the more treasured now. The travel photos include good coverage of the post-retirement trips we took together, including an extensive land tour of the Island of Ireland, an extensive European land trip that pretty much provided a parallel to our magnificent Rhine-Danube river cruises and a Baltic Sea ocean cruise. What a lot of good times we had!

Joan enjoyed many other travels, too, The one that comes most quickly to mind was participating in a Middle East ‘dig’, archaeology being the subject of one of the many U Toronto night courses she took during her working years. Devout members of their church and generous supporters of charities, it is a comfort that Joan’s life was happy and contented, as is Colleen’s.

As so many of us mourn Joan’s passing, my thoughts will especially turn also to Colleen and Clare. I hope they will find comfort in their knowledge that Joan had a full and happy life and is now at peace. They have many memories to draw upon as they adjust to living without her daily presence.

David Wilson

elevated h9ex4 Visitation
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

elevated h9ex4 Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6

elevated h9ex4 Funeral Mass – Chapel of St. Joseph (within the Funeral Home)
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.  

elevated h9ex4 Private Interment