It is with great sadness that we relay the passing of our beloved ‘Ciocia’, Joann Marie Trypuc. She died unexpectedly, but peacefully on Thursday January 24th from complications due to an illness. She will be greatly missed by her brother Raymond and his wife Joanne, her niece Briana and boyfriend Michael, her nephew Greg and his wife Rebecca and her nephew Mark and his wife Lindsey, along with their children Penelope and Jackson, as well as all of the many people whose lives she touched. She is predeceased by her parents Helen and Bronislaw, and brother Valdemar.
Joann was a very generous woman, giving not only of her money and her time, but of her energy and spirit. Throughout her life she supported many charities, and created foundations of her own. She did this without any desire for recognition, and often gave anonymously. She was a great supporter of animal rights, the environment and our amazing healthcare system. She advocated strongly for women's issues and basic humanity.
What surprises us most about her passing is that we all believed she was invincible. She had a seemingly endless amount of energy for friends and family. She shone from the inside out, with a wide smile, warm embrace, and wry humour. She could easily go from drawing with crayons and dancing to silly songs, to discussing the latest politics and social issues from her favourite paper, the Toronto Star. She had a packed social calendar that kept her entertained, enjoyed theatre (large and small) and supported local arts and businesses. She would often have dinner with friends at her favourite restaurant, Queen’s Pasta, where she could find two of her beloved friends, James and Lou. Her bookshelves were filled with travel books, documentaries and fictions from Book City, and a plethora of nods to Old Hollywood, I Love Lucy and the Wizard of Oz. She often visited Bake Sale to bring cupcakes along for family dinners. She was always out and about on Bloor street, and was very proud to be a Bloor West gal.
Joann worked hard her whole life. She earned a PhD in Sociology, and worked as a self-employed healthcare consultant with focus on facilitation and physician leadership. Joann crafted countless research reports and strategic plans for numerous institutions to help improve our healthcare system. Most notably, her expertise focused on epidemiology, geriatrics and her lifelong dedication to the field of oncology. She was very well respected by her peers, some of the most important and influential people in healthcare in Ontario.
Her intelligence was matched by her empathy. She cared for her elderly mother for years, often exhausting herself but never complaining or asking for help herself. Her selflessness could make your own worries seem trivial, and she brought a positive energy with her everywhere she went. Her style was as bright and colourful as her spirit. She was the kind of friend that could instantly improve your mood just by walking in the room. She was an amazing example of the best a person could be, and she was literally a joy to be around.
There is a hole right now that time redefines, but will never fill. It is hard to describe the empty space left by her passing. Only in the celebration of the amazing person she was, could we possibly do justice to her memory. Joann would want it to be that way.
If Joann has touched your life, we would ask that you please join us on Thursday, January 31st any time between 4pm – 8pm at the Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane, Toronto) in the Distillery District for a beautiful evening of wine, cheese, art, and memories. We will be celebrating her contribution to all our lives, and sharing in the ways that she made us all brighter in her presence. Although her light has gone out, she will forever live in our hearts.
In her own words, "I’ve been very fortunate and have a good life, partly through hard work but also through good luck and the good fortune to be born with a good brain, body & drive. I think it’s important to give back, and leave the world a better place than when we found it. That’s what it’s all about."
In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make memorial donations in honour of Joann Trypuc, a Donor Advised Fund has been established at GiveClear Foundation Canada. All memorial and tribute contributions to this fund will be disbursed in line with her current giving preferences and among the charities and causes she cared for the most which include animal welfare, health, the arts and humanity.
We kindly request donations to the fund be made via the direct link below, or to a registered charity of your choice. That's what it's all about.
Please designate your donation as a restricted gift in honour or memory of:
Joann Trypuc Memorial Fund (#11601404)
Please use this site to share your memories, stories and photos of Joann here, as we remember an amazingly fun, kind and resilient woman.
Uniquely entrusted to eco Cremation & Burial Services Inc.
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