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Joan & Joe McVeigh

April 7, 2020 - April 16, 2020

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Joan McVeigh, born May 20th 1940 in Banbridge Northern Ireland, beloved wife of Joseph, and Mother to Greg and Rod, passed away on April 7th in Toronto. Joan was a Program Director at the Peel Lunch and After School Program for over 30 years, where she never missed a single day of work. She loved working with children, and having an impact on their lives.
Joan was the architect of bringing her family to Canada, to escape the troubles in Northern Ireland. She was fearless, selfless and determined to make a better life for her family. “Wee Joanie” at 5 foot nothin’ struck fear in her sons and husband; as a result they would never disappoint her.
Joan was a great singer and loved to dance. She enjoyed her retirement and kept herself busy with travel and dancing to live music on a Saturday night. She is survived by her husband Joseph, her two sons Greg and Rod, her daughters- in -law Pamela and Nicola and her five Grandchildren Hannah, Samuel, Nolan, Tyler and Cameron.
A small ‘physical distancing funeral’ was held for Joan on April 8th where her family all over the world were able to observe.
Thank you to the invaluable staff at Seven Oaks Long Term Care who became Joan’s 2nd family.
In lieu of flowers a donation on Joan’s behalf can be made to “hope for dementia”.

Joseph Samuel McVeigh (Retired Metro Toronto Police Detective) Unexpectedly passed away at Seven Oaks, Scarborough on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Joe McVeigh in his 77th year beloved husband of the late Joan McVeigh. Proud father of Greg (Pamela) McVeigh and Rod (Nicola) McVeigh. Proud grandfather of Hannah, Samuel, Nolan, Tyler and Cameron. “Big Joe” will be fondly remembered by his sister in Northern Ireland Dolores and her family. Big Joe at the age of 14 began working in the Belfast Ship Yard as a Machinist Apprentice, several years later he joined the Ulster Defense Regiment where he became a Lieutenant. The family immigrated to Canada, where he was offered a position and worked at the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre. Soon after Joseph was offered a position with the Metropolitan Police Toronto Police Service where he rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant working in the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 23 Division. Funeral arrangements entrusted to ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 445 St. Vincent St. Barrie. A private family service was held on April 18th.
Thank you to the invaluable staff at Seven Oaks Long Term Care for the kind care provided to Joseph.
Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca