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Born: Oct 17, 1940

Date of Passing: Jul 22, 2022

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October 17, 1940 – July 22, 2022

Joyce Ellen Brook was born at Hotel Dieu Hospital and grew up on Elm Avenue. She attended the Ursiline Convent, Alicia L. Mason School, Patterson and Walkerville Collegiates, London Ontario Teachers' College.
Joyce was predeceased by her father, John Richard Brook in 1958 aged 49 and her mother, Dorothy Ellen Brook (nee Sears) 2004, aged 90.
Joyce is survived by her beloved sister, Janice Elaine Handysides; her nephews, Zane Richard Handysides (Jennifer), Caleigh, Brook Aaron Handysides (Sarah), Hailey, Jackson, honourable sister, Cheryl Ann Richman; cousins, Robert Charles Brook (Suzanne) and family, Cynthia Stevens, daughter Nicoletta Harabor and others cousins and family. Special mention to her friend Pamela Weight in the UK.
In 1961, Joyce started teaching for the Windsor School Board at Prince of Wales School and during the summers was Director of Arts and Crafts for the children's summer programs in the city's parks until 1965 when she married Jack Richman and moved to Winnipeg. Joyce taught for the Winnipeg School Division and Assiniboine North School Division. In 1972, Joyce divorced Jack Richman and continued teaching for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division until 1996, except for one year when she worked for a year for a division of NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 18, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Miss. Brooks ability to keep things on track. She offered inclusion. She was a genuine woman with a heart of gold. - Posted by: Lexi (Roberts ) on: Apr 13, 2023

  • My condolences to all of Joyce's family. I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce and singing with her in the Women of Note. Her love of music and commitment to the choir was remarkable. May your happy memories bring you comfort and peace. - Posted by: Helen Whetter (friend) on: Sep 14, 2022

  • Joyce was a rare person in many ways. An excellent teacher who I credit with inspiring both my daughter and my son to learn. They both say she was likely their best teacher - interesting, excellent classroom management, cared about student outcomes. One cute story: I ran into a student one summer day who struggled with academic success. He was on his way to summer school and told me Miss Brook arranged it because she didn't want him to " lose his smarts" over the summer. That sounds like her. Dedicated. I student taught (as a mature student) under her direction and became a friend. And every student knew she loved her nephew Zane 😊 - Posted by: Janet Wiebe (Friend , mentoree) on: Aug 19, 2022

  • Joyce was a special friend who I taught with in St. James. I visited her lovely home on Oak Street and also in Amherstburg. I'm miss her monthly emails. - Posted by: maureen lelond (friend) on: Aug 18, 2022

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