HUTCHISON Joan. Long-time resident of Richmond, Joan Hutchison, died August 23, 2012 at the age of 84. Joan moved to Richmond in 1987, remaining until 1995. She then moved to Invermere, returning to Richmond in 2003 to live at Minoru Residence where she stayed until her passing. Joan graduated from Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary’s Training School for Nurses in 1951 and was a nurse for her working career. She worked at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver from 1980 until she retired in 1994 much of that time Joan worked on that institution’s pioneering HIV/AIDS ward. Providing compassionate care to patients afflicted with an often stigmatized disease was a very difficult, yet rewarding time for her. Joan is survived by: her daughters Frances (Dennis) and Alison (Stan) her sons John and Tom (Wendy) and her grandsons Cullen and Cameron. Anyone who knew Joan knew that she loved her cat – Amiga. Joan sometimes expressed a desire to have her ashes added to the cat’s litter box, sorry Joan, that’s not going to happen! However, the family does plan to scatter Amiga’s ashes along with Joan’s ashes somewhere in the Windermere Valley. Irascible, intractable, eccentric, cantankerous, determined, tough, indefatigable, giving, caring, capable, all these words (and more) describe Joan. She was an interesting woman who could be a lot of fun anecdotes about her will abound for some time. Rest in peace Joan, you will be missed.

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