Joan Ann Halfpenny (2 Sep 1945 - 7 Sep 2018)

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Location
Medway Crematorium Robin Hood Lane (Upper) Chatham, Kent. ME5 9QU
Date
8th Oct 2018
Time
3pm
Funeral Director
John Weir Funeral Directors Gillingham

In loving memory of Joan Ann Halfpenny who sadly passed away on 7th September 2018.

Sadly, Joan passed away after a short fight against Cancer. It was diagnosed after the discovery of a malignant Melanoma on her leg. Subsequent investigation discovered that it had already spread to her groin (which necessitated surgery to remove lymph nodes) and further to her liver and eventually her brain in the form of Metastasis. She put up the bravest of fights and passed away in the most painless and dignified of fashions. Of course, as she was such a care-free, healthy and happy lady, this came to everyone as a complete shock and the rate at which she was consumed by the illness was breathtakingly quick.

She passed away in Maidstone Hospital, where for the final three weeks of her life, she was looked after impeccably well. Our thanks go out to all of the front-line staff who helped to make the whole ordeal more bearable for everybody concerned. She will be missed terribly by Alan and all of her friends and family.

In lieu of sending flowers, we respectfully request that a donation in Joan's memory be made to the 'Melanoma UK' cancer charity (registered charity no. 1157635). Please send a cheque made out to 'Melanoma UK' to John Weir Funeral Directors, 127 Watling Street, Gillingham, Kent ME7 2YY. Or donate on-line via this page.

Floral tributes may be sent to John Weir Funeral Directors, 130-132 High Street, Rainham, Kent ME8 8AR
by 1:00 pm on the day. Tel: 01634 373111.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE A WAKE AFTER THE FUNERAL TAKING PLACE AT LORDSWOOD SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, NORTH DANE WAY, LORDSWOOD, CHATHAM, KENT ME5 8YE

David Gunns donated £10.50 in memory of Joan

With deepest sympathy. So sorry to not be able to make it to Joan’s funeral. David x

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Christopher Barnwell donated £20 in memory of Joan

In memory of our kind friend Joan. Chris and Jill

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Jane Greasley wrote

Thinking of you all today as you gather together to say goodbye to Joan.Especially my brother Alan , Mel and Daren. Joan was a beautiful caring and thoughtful lovely soul who l am sure touched and brightened many lives.She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Love to you all . Jane

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Tish & Dave Broad donated in memory of Joan
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Shelley Garriock donated £21 in memory of Joan

So greatly missed. Rest in peace Joan xxx

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fred enever donated £21 in memory of Joan
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John Baxter wrote

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Knowing and working with Joan for well over 25 years at Eurodata was a complete honour and a delight. She emanated an aura of pure goodness, never ever saying a bad or unkind word about anyone - without exception in all those years. Joan was a patient and very well organised lady who's pragmatic skills and attention to detail were essential in the business we shared. Her handwriting was a sight to behold - neat doesn't even begin to cover it! She once told me that her father would make her re-write passages if her handwriting was poor and so that was her excuse for it always being immaculate. She was immaculate too in the elegant way she always presented herself. Joan was a true Lady (with a capital 'L').
I watched Mel and Daren grow up under her caring blanket of love, when a single Mum and we were all so happy for her when she met her soul mate, Alan. She won't mind me saying that she did revert a little to behaving like a besotted teenager when they first met and having talked to Alan on the phone, would replace the handset with a contented sigh of adoration! Alan was equally in love with Joan and they truly made a perfect couple, working on their new home together with Alan's impressive practical skills that we mere mortals hold in awe - she always came to work with a smile on her face, proud to tell us what amazing achievements Alan had made.
We all greatly missed Joan's company when she retired and she was simply irreplaceable - the calmness and respect that she gave and received in equal measure were never even approached by others. My advice (having been through this personally) is to look back on all the healthy, happy times you spent together and be grateful for what you had with Joan, cherish all the wonderful memories and try not to be sad for who knows what might have been in the future.
Our thoughts are with all the family, who, like us, were blessed to have had this very special Lady as a Mum, Wife or friend.
John Baxter

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  • That's a wonderful tribute, John. She left an indelible mark on the lives of everyone who knew her. Thank you for your kind, kind words.

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  • Thank you for your tribute John. It's really lovely to read an insight of times when Joan met Alan as unfortunately I hadn't met Daren until later. She was just the best Mother-in-Law anyone could ever have wished for and I really thank my lucky stars she could not have welcomed me and my two girls into Daren's family. It was nice to meet you albeit brief, thank you for kind words.

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John Baxter wrote

Tribute to Joan
Knowing and working with Joan for well over 25 years at Eurodata was a complete honour and a delight. She emanated an aura of pure goodness, never ever saying a bad or unkind word about anyone - without exception in all those years. Joan was a patient and very well organised lady who's pragmatic skills and attention to detail were essential in the business we shared. Her handwriting was a sight to behold - neat doesn't even begin to cover it! She once told me that her father would make her re-write passages if her handwriting was poor and so that was her excuse for it always being immaculate. She was immaculate too in the elegant way she always presented herself. Joan was a true Lady (with a capital 'L').
I watched Mel and Daren grow up under her caring blanket of love, when a single Mum and we were all so happy for her when she met her soul mate, Alan. She won't mind me saying that she did revert a little to behaving like a besotted teenager when they first met and having talked to Alan on the phone, would replace the handset with a contented sigh of adoration! Alan was equally in love with Joan and they truly made a perfect couple, working on their new home together with Alan's impressive practical skills that we mere mortals hold in awe - she always came to work with a smile on her face, proud to tell us what amazing achievements Alan had made.
We all greatly missed Joan's company when she retired and she was simply irreplaceable - the calmness and respect that she gave and received in equal measure were never even approached by others. My advice (having been through this personally) is to look back on all the healthy, happy times you spent together and be grateful for what you had with Joan, cherish all the wonderful memories and try not to be sad for who knows what might have been in the future.
Our thoughts are with all the family, who, like us, were blessed to have had this very special Lady as a Mum, Wife or friend.
John Baxter

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Gina Carpenter donated £10.50 in memory of Joan

With love Gina, Hollie & Rhea

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Eunice Tomlin wrote

So lucky to have met a lovely caring ,helpful person such as Joan always happy & smiling, now she has gone to be an Angel she will be deeply missed by all.RIP Joan

Eunice xx

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Eunice Tomlin donated £52.50 in memory of Joan

So lucky to have met a lovely ,caring,helpful person such as Joan always happy and smiling,now she has gone to be an Angel she will be deeply missed by all.

Eunice xx

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Eunice Tomlin wrote

So lucky to have met such a lovely,Caring,Helpful lady always happy & smiling,now you have gone to be an Angel you will surely be deeply missed by all.RIP Joan

Eunice xx

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Eunice Tomlin wrote

So lucky to have met such a lovely,Caring,Helpful lady always happy & smiling,now you have gone to be an Angel you will surely be deeply missed by all.RIP Joan

Eunice xx

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fred enever wrote

the nicest most generous lady we have ever known sorely missed

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Karen Chin donated £31.50 in memory of Joan

I’d like to offer my most sincere condolences at this sad time. She was a wonderful lady. We’re thinking of you all xxx

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Karen Chin wrote

I’d like to offer my most sincere condolences at this sad time. She was a wonderful lady. We’re thinking of you all xxx

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Dilly and Neil Roberts donated £21 in memory of Joan

A wonderful caring woman who will be greatly missed by all. Words are so hard to find. Rest in peace Joan. lots of love xxx

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Alison and Brian Walton donated in memory of Joan

Donated in memory of a lovely lady with a beautiful smile!

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Lisa Dytch donated in memory of Joan

A beautiful lady inside and out. Taken away far too soon. My sincere condolences to all her family. xxx

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Daren Halfpenny posted a picture

As Mum would have liked to be remembered and as we would all like to remember her - happy and smiling, surrounded by her family and the good friends she made, healthy and a vision of beauty. We'll miss you, Mum - forever and ever!!

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John Baxter wrote

Working with Joan for well over 25 years whilst at Eurodata was a delight. She emanated an aura of pure goodness, never ever saying a derogatory comment of anyone - that is without exception in all those years. Joan was a patient and very well organised lady who's pragmatic skills and attention to detail were essential in the business we all shared. Her hand-writing was legendary and a sight to behold - neat doesn't even begin to cover it! She once told me that her father would make her re-write passages if her hand-writing fell off standard and so that was her reason for always being immaculate. She was immaculate too in the feminine and ladylike way she was groomed and presented herself as a true Lady with a capital 'L'. I watched Mel and Daren grow up from children into adults and as the great reflections of her in their upbringing . They grew up under the blanket of her devotion and love that only a great mother can give and it was a struggle as a single Mum for a while. We were all so happy for her when she met her soul-mate Alan. She won't mind me saying (although she might shoot me down with a lightening bolt) to say that she did revert back to behaving like a besotted teenager and having talked with Alan on the telephone, would replace the receiver with a contented sigh of adoration (even if she'd only just told him it was beans on toast for tea!!) Alan was and is equally in love with Joan and they made a perfect couple, living for each other and their families and working on their new home together with Alan's enviable practical talents that we mere failures at DIY can only hold in awe. She was always coming into work and telling us what amazing achievements Alan had made and making us chaps feel more and more inadequate!
We all greatly missed Joan's company when she decided to retire and she was, as a really nice person, simply irreplaceable - the calmness and respect that she gave and received in equal measure could never be replicated by those who followed on.

Having been through the loss of my own wife, I can empathise with the intense pain and disbelief of losing someone so tragically and unexpectedly who is still so dear to all of your hearts. My advice is to look back only on the healthy, happy times and be grateful, like us, that we had the privilege of knowing such a perfect, unselfish human being that was Joan. She wouldn't want you to be sad for what you haven't had but to be happy for what you did have.

From me, my daughter Lauren (who remembers her so well) and all the many friends and colleagues she was respected by of our 'girls' and customers, our thoughts are with all the family. We were all blessed to know her as a Mum, Wife, Friend and Colleague and know she is now not in pain. Hopefully Pam is showing her the ropes up there!

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