Joan Jessup

Obituary of Joan Jessup

JESSUP: Margaret Joan “Joan”


Passed away suddenly on March 25, 2024 at the home she shared in Wilberforce with her loving partner Mike Bryan.

Joan wore many hats but Mom and ‘Nanny’ made her the most proud.  She is missed dearly by her daughters; Brooke Barnes (Chris) of Wolfville, N.S., Melissa Legge (Ron) of Digby, N.S., and Jenn Sayers (Rick) of Apsley.  Predeceased by her son-in-law James Bidgood (2015).  Nanny could always be counted on for a hug, a joke or a treat for her grandchildren; Maggie (Matt), Jesse, Griffin, Hazel, Nathan, Ray (Molly), Landon, Connor, Emma and Molly.  

Born to Jessie and Harold (late) Griffith in Whitney Ontario on February 25, 1953. Joan was a loving and devoted daughter, though a touch rebellious in her younger years. She is survived by 3 siblings and missed by her entire family, brothers Don (Cheryl) and John and sister Colleen (Brian; late) Paplinskie. 

Growing up in Madawaska Ontario, Joan developed a great love for all things outdoors; hunting, fishing and camping brought her much joy.  When not outdoors, working extremely hard or spending time with family, Joan could be found near the tv keeping up with her sports.  Passionate about the Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays, Joan kept up with all their stats and players and was forever ready to tease fans of any teams other than her favourites!

Friends are invited to join with the family at a funeral service to be held at the Apsley Community Chapel, Mc Fadden Road, Apsley on Friday April 5, 2024 at 1:00 pm. A celebration of life to follow at the North Kawartha Community Centre.  As a way to honour Joan, the family invites you to wear your Blue and White to the reception.  If desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice and may be made by contacting THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL, 66 Queen Street, Lakefield at or by calling 705-652-3355.


Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday, April 5, 2024
Apsley Community Chapel
299 McFadden Rd.
Apsley, Ontario, Canada
Funeral Service


A reception will follow the service at the Apsley Community Centre. Please wear your Blue and White!!