Obituary for Joan Brunt
Brunt, Joan Isabel (Moignard) (Boudreau)
Joan Isabel Brunt - 86, (1932-2019) left Oakwood Terrace, Dartmouth, NS on February 11, 2019, to go ballroom dancing in heaven. Survived by her husband, Norman Clifford Brunt, she was the daughter of the late Albert George and Evelyn Maud (Drake) Moignard.
Joan grew up in Halifax spending many summers in Camp Aldershot, Kentville where her father was stationed. Her early years were spent at Chebucto Road School, QEHS, St. Phillips Church, and CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training).
Her first job was with Maritime Tel and Tel – in the office for The Telephone Company. Joan and her late husband Paul, married in October 1950 and built their home on her Grandmother Maud Faulkner's cottage property on the Bay Road in Five Island Lake. They used wood from Paul's father's woodlot in Grosses Coques, Digby County for the construction. Joan spent 11 years at home raising her two daughters and was very active in Five Island Lake, especially with the Home and School Association. She was also an active member of the IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire).
After raising her children Joan began a new career. For over 20 years she was employed at Robert Simpson Eastern Limited (later The Bay) in bookkeeping and other stock control positions.
Through her years Joan loved walking and being outdoors, especially the beach! She spent many hours in the summer sun gracing the sands of Hubbards Beach. She also spent many years as a Girl Guide Captain in Timberlea, NS, using her camping license to take her Guides camping at Camp Kanada, West Petpeswick.
Joan also loved to dance and did so all her life from her time in school plays, to the MT&T musicals and twirling around the Metro Center in The Royal Halifax Tattoo. Joan also spent many years with the ballroom dancing community in Halifax and achieved her Gold Level in Amateur Ballroom dancing. A highlight of her dancing time was a trip to Blackpool, England to watch the World Ballroom Championships in 1988. Joan danced until 2014 when, as she was declining, she one day expressed: “My feet forgot how to dance.”
Joan and Norman were married in 1991 and lived in Eastern Passage. They spent many years enjoying and participating in antique car club activities (Norm's favourite hobby!) and for almost 20 years camped every summer at The Plantation Campground in Berwick, NS. There she was very involved in many activities, especially the children's programs. Always a wonderful cook, even at The Campground, she was famous for her pies and tea biscuits. Her retirement winters were filled with her favourite pastimes of darts and dancing with Norm, especially at the CPO's Mess and cards with "The Sweet Things,” her longtime retirement girlfriends.
Joan is survived by her daughters Debra Bowers and Dawn (Calvin) Murray, her granddaughters Keli Ray (Ryan Graves) and Erika Murray, her sisters Elaine Chaisson and Charlene (Edward) Greenfield, and her brother, Richard (Ainslie) Moignard. She is also survived by Norman's children Jeff (Diane) Brunt, Lisa (Rob Bennett) Langlois and Jill (Tony Tracey) Totten, Norman's grandchildren, Alex (Caroline Zareba) and Ben (Laicey Doiron)Totten, Shannon Brunt, Adam, Amanda and Ryan Langlois, and his two great-grandchildren Zoey Totten and Dominic Totten as well as many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul Boudreau, son-in-law, Wayne Bowers, and nephews Albert Chaisson and Michael Greenfield.
A celebration of Joan's life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, April 27th at The Church of St Andrew on the corner of Circassion Drive and Forest Hills Parkway. Her niece, Archdeacon Katherine Bourbonniere will officiate. A reception will follow at the church. No Scents, please.
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