The following obituary was published in The Vancouver Sun newspaper (British Columbia, Canada) on 24 June 1994. This is a volunteer submission with no further information and no relationship to the deceased or to any of the persons mentioned in the obituary.
Every effort was made to record this info accurately but, if you have a connection to this family, please verify the info in the original source.
Condolences are extended to the family for their loss.
GREENWOOD -- Joan Greenwood on June 19, 1994 in Hope, B.C. Joan was born in 1906 the fourth child of Ralph Allen SAMPSON, the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and grew up in the observatory residence atop Blackford Hill in Edinburgh. She studied art in London and sailed to Canada in 1929 where she met and married Jack Greenwood in 1930. The war years were spent following Jack's Air Force postings across Canada with their son, Hugh. Following the war the family lived in North and West Vancouver where Joan was a City Councillor. They retired to Hope, B.C.
She transcribed books for the blind, prepared "talking books", taught English as a second language in the prison system, helped new Canadians learn English, wrote magazine articles for seniors' publications, helped slow learners in the schools, was a volunteer Wilderness Park Hostess until 1992 and looked after 2 ecological reserves. In 1990 she received the Golden Heart award for community service and in 1991 the B.C. Senior of the Year award, and the Brock House Society Gold Medal.
She will be sorely missed by her friends, and by her sister, Peggie; her son, Hugh and his wife, Sylvia, and their children, Bruce, Kelly and Lynn; and great-grandsons, Eric, Graham, Thomas and Derek.
A gathering of friends will take place atr her home in Hope, 520 Wardle St., between 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25.