Margaret Joyce Porter
January 11, 1933 – April 1, 2014
Joyce Porter (nee Fiddick) of Chemainus passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children and husband, on April 1, 2014 in Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan from injuries sustained in a fall.
Joyce is pre-deceased by her parents Hazel and Richard Fiddick (1992), her daughter Linda (1976). Joyce is survived by husband of 60 years Jim Porter, daughter Brenda of Toronto, son Rick of Duncan, brother Dave Fiddick (Lynn) of Nanoose Bay, sister Sheila Solmie (Al) of Lantzville, brother Jerry Fiddick (Denise) of Ashcroft.
Born in Nanaimo, Joyce married and moved to Chemainus in 1954 where she and Jim built a home and raised a family she was proud of and where she worked as a bank teller, bookkeeper, office manager. Joyce was well known, beloved and respected for her generosity, spirit, smile as well as her bookkeeping and organizational talents. She was a dedicated volunteer for 20 years which included serving as Treasurer for the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, introducing Lifeline to the Chemainus Crofton area, setting up and managing the Lifeline office and subscriber installations. In 2009, Joyce was awarded the Volunteer of the Year – Golden Brush Community Award for her contributions to the Chemainus community.
Despite health difficulties, Joyce’s sense of humour sharpened incredibly as she traveled the uneven road of dementia over the past 5 years. The family wishes to acknowledge with great appreciation her caregiver of 2 years Sue Hodding Griffith, as well as Milca Fernandez, the Chemainus Adult Day Program, Sunridge Place and many others.
Memorial service is to be scheduled for a later date. If desired, donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.
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