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Joan Broughton
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Broughton (Millward)
1926 - 2020
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Obituary for Joan Broughton (Millward)

Joan  Broughton (Millward)

Peacefully in hospital, surrounded with love, Joan passed away on September 12, 2020, two days before her 94th birthday. Joan was pre-deceased by her husband Peter Broughton, children Michael Broughton and Gail Notman (nee Broughton), and her brother Gerald Millward. She will be lovingly remembered by her granddaughters Melissa Hunt (Matt) and Sarah Borrel (Andreas) , her son-in-law Laird Notman (Melanie Overduin), and her great-grandchildren Peyton, Samuel, Cassidy, Annalise and Aria. She will also be deeply missed by her extended family in England and her many friends across the globe, particularly in Toronto Ontario and Tsawwassen British Columbia.

Joan had an upbringing like few others, born in Oldham, England she spent her formative years living in China before returning to England months before the Second World War. She spoke fondly and often of her time in China and the unique nature of her upbringing there.

Joan and Peter immigrated to Canada in the 1950s, creating a life for their family in Toronto Ontario. She worked as a Dental Assistant for many years and was very proud of her profession. She also had a huge love of animals and credited some of her longevity to the fact she walked every day with her dogs over the years.

She moved through many tragedies in her life, the worst being the loss of her two children and husband. Her strength of spirit was unmatched, and she continued to find joy as she lived out her years in British Columbia.

In 2019 she gave her family a great gift by moving to Ottawa to be with them. While a difficult choice to leave her beloved Tsawwassen, she gave her grandchildren and great-grandchildren the gift of many hours with her in the last months of her life. She was active, aware, and enjoying the little things in life to the very end.

A small memorial in British Columbia will be planned at a later date.

As per her wishes, memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Aphasia Institute in Toronto (, where she used to volunteer.
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