1953 – 2016
It is with great sadness and relief that we announce the passing of our beloved “Joy” after a lengthy and courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Joy passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of Monday August 29th. Joy was raised in the Comox Valley and was blessed to come from a special family! Joy was predeceased by her Father Les (1986), Mother Doreen (2006), Sister Patty (1992), Brother Ross (2002), Father-in-law Marcel (1995) and her special Auntie Phyllis (2016). Joy is survived and will be lovingly remember by her husband Paul, Sons, Brian (Jacqueline, Grand-Daughter, Brooke) and Steven Beaulieu. She also leaves behind her siblings; Ron Webber (Lorraine), Ken Webber, Sister-in-law Julie Webber, Brenda (Glen) Lange, Vern (April) Greenhill, Glen (Cindy) Greenhill, and her Mother-in-law, Therese Beaulieu, Sister-in-laws Celine (Jean Claude), Sylvie (Martin), and Brother-in-law Serge (Therese) As a descendent of the Cottingham family, Joy will also be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins of the Cottingham, Webber, Grieve, and Greenhill families, and her last remaining Aunt, Patricia Cottingham.
Joy was a remarkable lady who loved family and life! She was a wonderful Mother, Grand-Mother, Sister, Aunt, and friend. In 1975 Joy met the love of her life Paul, and were married April 19, 1976. Two days later, they started their life adventure together as a military family moving from Comox to Germany and various locations in Canada. After a career change for Paul, the Beaulieu family settled in Victoria for 19 years. With her unfortunate illness, Joy knew she wanted to spend the rest of her time back in the Comox Valley, so Joy and Paul had a beautiful home built and moved to Courtenay.
Joy was always active, involved, and had a zest for life. Joy had many interests including dancing, camping, dogs, choir, and watching the food network. Joy also had a passion for flowers and was a master florist. Joy also enjoyed volunteering and was a long standing member of the Beta-Sigma-Phi Sorority, past President of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Fire Chiefs Association of Canada, and a proud member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary both at the Langford and Comox Branches. The Comox Legion’s Friday meat draw and Wednesday’s Beer & Burger night were great outings for Joy. Giving back was very important to her.
What brought Joy the most enjoyment was family and friends! The twinkle in her eye was her grand-daughter Brooke and she was so looking forward to Brooke’s little brother being born in October. Throughout Joy’s journey, she had a wonderful support team with her family and friends. We would like to thank Dr’s. Briemberg and Cashman and all of the professionals at the G.F. Strong ALS Clinic, the ALS Society of BC, as well as a special thanks to Dr.Eva Hemmerich for her care and compassion and all of the home visits, and the fabulous Island Health Home Support ladies for ensuring Joy maintained her dignity as the disease progressed.
At Joy’s request, there will be no formal service. Donations can be made in memory of Joy to the ALS Society of BC (www.ALSBC.ca).