Webp.net-resizeimage (1)
In Loving Memory of

Gwendoline Joan Dorothy Thornton

1923 - 2020

Obituary of Gwendoline Joan Dorothy Thornton

Thornton, Gwendoline Joan (nee McNamara)

Passed away peacefully on Monday, October 5, 2020 at River Road Retirement Residence at the age of 96. She is reunited with her husband, Frederick Thornton. Forever missed by her children Christel Tyson (David), Paul Thornton and Gwendoline Borg. Loving Granny to David Borg, Dean Borg, Kim Uguccionni, Clarisse Thornton, Craig Thornton and Neal Thornton. She was a great Granny to 9, and great-great Granny to 3, including Juno, her fur-grandbaby. Joan will be remembered by her lifelong friends Pat and Joe Craffigan.

Joan loved to travel, with her passion taking her to all corners of the world including: Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, Cuba, and Greece. When she could not travel far, she enjoyed walks around her neighbourhood. Joan took pride in getting ready in the morning by choosing matching clothing sets, accessorizing with jewellery, lipstick, and makeup to match. She loved playing euchre and bridge at the local community senior centres. Joan was a “community Mom” to all her children’s friends, always being involved and helping at their events. Joan was a strong and independent woman and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with her arrangements and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital for Breast Cancer, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Sunnybrook Hospital – Toronto, would be appreciated by the family. A private family burial will take place at Beechwood Cemetery on Wednesday, October 14th at 2:30 pm where Joan will be buried with her husband. Online condolences may be shared to Joan’s tribute page at EssentialsNiagara.com.

Service Information


Date: October 14, 2020
Start Time: 2:30 pm
End Time: 2:45 pm
Venue: Beechwood Cemetery - 7241 Jane St, Concord, ON L4K 1A7

Write a Condolence

You can post a condolence to the family below (up to 200 words). To add a photo, click on the camera icon. If you plan on making a donation, please notify the family by posting your intent in a condolence.

7 Condolences
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Tracy (Thornton) Geddes
3 years ago

Aunt Joyce was a beautiful lady. She always made you feel like you mattered no matter how long it was since last time you saw her.
Sorry for your loss

Brian Thornton and family
3 years ago

It is very sad to learn about the death of Aunt Joan.
I remember spending time with Crystal while visiting in Toronto . Paul and Gwendolyn were older. The last time we visited was at a family gathering west of Kingston. It was memorable.
My dearest condolences.

Kathy Younker
3 years ago

To Paul, Gwen, Christel and Dave, Clarisse, Neal and Craig and other extended family. How sad it is when we lose someone wonderful in our life, such as your Mum/Grandmum. When I first met her, she was warm, kind and made me feel most welcome. She loved her family and friends and had a spunk for life, even in her advanced years. I believe that as a Mum, she was quite a role model and a bit ahead of her time. Sadly, although she was widowed early, it appears she was able to travel the world – with the same sense of adventure that she had in her youth, when she left the UK to become a war bride. Each of you are lucky to have her in your life, well into her 90’s with relatively good health. I have heard that her friends and those who looked after her also loved her. May we all hope to leave such wonderful legacy as your Mum. My heart will be with you tomorrow as you say goodbye to a fabulous lady.

In loving memory ...
I/we pledge to make a memorial donation.
Charmaine Borg
3 years ago

I was very sad to learn about the passing of my great grandmother. She was a kind and loving woman and she will be greatly missed. Sending virtual hugs to the whole family xo

In loving memory ...
I/we pledge to make a memorial donation.
Jim Lane
3 years ago

My deepest condolences to all my cousins and family in Aunt Joan and Uncle Fred’s family. I guess most whom I have never met.
(Aunt Margaret’s oldest son)

The Zanella Family
3 years ago

We are deeply saddened to hear of Joan’s passing but we know that she is free of pain and is now reunited with her loving husband. We know she will be watching over her family on earth every day.
Eternal rest grant unto them Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

In loving memory ...
I/we pledge to make a memorial donation.
3 years ago

So very sorry for your loss.


The family of Gwendoline Joan Dorothy Thornton would like you to consider placing a donation to one of the following charities:

Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation *under fund allocation, please select "Breast Cancer Research Fund"*
Visit Site

Heart and Stroke Foundation
Visit Site

Sunnybrook Foundation
Visit Site

Note:  If you make a donation, please notify the family by posting a condolence.

Send Your Love

22 people have sent their love.

Click on the heart to send a gesture of love to the family. While clicking on the heart is done anonymously, if you write a message under the condolence tab, the family will be aware you have clicked the heart.