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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Sara Pattinson donated £10 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

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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  • 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.

    Posted by Daren on 8/10/2018 Report abuse
  • 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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Gina Carpenter donated £10.50 in memory of Joan

With love Gina, Hollie & Rhea

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Eunice Tomlin is attending the funeral and the reception
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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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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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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Louise Parlongo wrote

We were so sad to hear the passing of the lovely Joan. What a woman!! Such a kind lady who was full of fun and sunshine!! I loved that she was able to attend my wedding in Australia and I loved my time with her and Alan when I travelled through Europe!! May the beautiful lady live on in everyone's memories. Sending lots of love to you all. Love, Lou, Pete, Dan, Gemma and Evie xx

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Pat Cox donated £31.50 in memory of Joan
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Patox Cox wrote

Sincere condolences from Pat, Diane and Colleen

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Peter Shaughnessy donated £10 in memory of Joan

Sending condolences to Joan’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Agnes Shaughnessy donated £10 in memory of Joan

So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Unfortunately I am unable to attend The funeral but my thoughts and prayers are with all her family at this sad time.

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Gina Carpenter wrote

So sorry to hear about Joan, sending love to all the family. RIP x

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