Joan Ainsworth

Joan Ainsworth

Saturday, March 20th, 1943 Sunday, September 1st, 2019

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Obituary for Joan Carmen Ainsworth

Joan Ainsworth

We are truly saddened with the passing of our beloved Mother, Nanny, Sister and Dearest Friend Joan Carmen (Callander) Ainsworth who passed away September 1, 2019 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with her family at her side.

Joan was the eldest of three, born on March 20th, 1943 in Pine Falls, Manitoba to the late Lewis and Mercedes Callander. Her family then relocated to Thunder bay three years later where Joan began her journey. In her early teens John spent many years as a lifeguard at Heath Park Pool and she also was the organist for St. Agnes Church. Joan was a very gentle, amiable and generous woman throughout her life.

Joan attended St. Martins Elementary School, St. Patrick’s High School and McKellar General Hospital School of Nursing Class of ’64 where she developed many lifelong friends. Joan was very energetic and full of life. She was always very kind and patient. She took pride in her nursing and teaching CPR skills and adored her colleagues and staff. She enjoyed many opportunities throughout her career which included working on cruise ships, the fire line and Emergency- Nursing Manager at McKellar Hospital.

Her greatest gift of all was the love of her grandchildren who she truly adored and they truly adored their Nanny. The bond was immensely strong. Joan loved her visits with friends. She enjoyed her lunch dates with long time coworkers and her weekly bridge dates with her old and new friends.

Joan is survived by her daughter Christine Ainsworth; by her grandchildren Abigail, Jack and Madeline Michaelis, her brother and sister John and Lois and many extended family and close friends. She was predeceased by her husband Murray Ainsworth and son-in-law Ralph Michaelis.

We would like to thank our many friends, family and coworkers for their love and support during this difficult time. We would also like to thank the staff of the ER and ICU department for their excellent care, compassion and professionalism. A special thanks to Darragh and Katherine from Paramed for always being there for Nanny.

Joan will be laid to rest at Mountainview Cemetery with a private service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at

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Nomad Wizard

Christine..Condolences on the passing of ur Mother.
Andrew (Andy) Mechis
Comment | Posted at 11:02am via Condolence

Wendy George

Christine and family, I’m sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was such a wonderful soul and I’m so glad I got to meet her and to be a part of her world in our little way. Big hugs and tons of love your way ~Wendy George
Comment | Posted at 02:00pm via Condolence


Christine and family,
So sorry for you loss, Joan was one of a kind, and will be greatly missed.
Donna Trevisan
Comment | Posted at 10:59am via Condolence

sandra josephson

To Christine and family
My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your Mother. She was such a caring and compassion person and nurse. Our paths first crossed when we were students at McKGH and then at the hospital and Confederation college. She always had a smile on her face and spoke so softly. She was a wonderful nurse and teacher. She will be greatly missed by you and the grandchildren. May she rest in peace! Sincerely Sandra Josephson
Comment | Posted at 05:42pm via Condolence

Nancy Fleming

Christine I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept my condolences. It was an honour to know her. I think of her and smile remembering her so many intriguing stories.
Nancy Fleming
Comment | Posted at 04:59pm via Condolence

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