Joan Paula Gilbert Domer

Born December 3, 1937 Appleton, Wisconsin. Died January 1, 2018 Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
Survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Jerry Domer, and her son Edward Domer of Jackson, Wyoming. Predeceased by her sisters Margaret and Judy.
Joan was a diamond of many facets, a perpetual learner and scholar and a voracious reader. She was strongly influenced by her parents, both of whom were scientists and professors, who instilled in her a love of knowledge.
She received her first degree, a BM in Cello Performance from Oberlin College, did post-graduate work in Musicology at Boston University, and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She continued her pursuit of knowledge by achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Montana. Her final academic achievement was a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of British Columbia. Her study at Oberlin included a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Her equally eclectic career included teaching private cello lessons, the Multnomah Public Library in Portland, Oregon, designing and teaching the Music History curriculum for the Vancouver Community College Music Department, and concluding as a reference Librarian at the McGill branch of the Burnaby Public Library, retiring in 2001 and moving to Pitt Meadows.
Joan was an active amateur musician in her adult life, playing chamber music, participating in a wide variety of orchestras, including the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra for 16 years, Theater Under the Stars, and assorted ensembles over many years.
After retiring, Joan immediately immersed herself in environmental activities, joining the Alouette Field Naturalists, spent volunteer time on the Dorado Strata Council, and for a time delivered the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows News to her neighbours. She immediately became interested in local politics and was a frequent attendee at Pitt Meadows council meetings.
Although modest about her own achievements in life, she loved a good laugh and a good argument. She was a loyal friend to so many. She enjoyed gardening, birding, hiking, cross-country skiing, rock hounding, travel and seeing new places, and most of all, reading and learning.
Joan was a devoted and loving wife and mother. We will miss her greatly.
Joan passed into sleep peacefully, with grace and dignity, as she lived her life.
Our heartfelt thanks to her many caregivers in her final year, as she was suffering from Alzheimer’s and Lymphoma. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Maple Ridge Seniors Village for their gentle and loving care during her final two months.
No Service by request, a memorial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society in her name would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. roberta summersgill

    Many condolences to Gerry and Eddy . I had the pleasure of working with Joan at McGill and have many happy memories of our working days together. We had lots of great discussions about the state of the world always leavened with her wit and humour. She had a huge knowledge about classical music that BPL staff and patrons relied upon , even after retirement ! I also appreciated her kindness , support , and invaluable advice during that time as I was raising 2 spirited children. She always persuaded me to take the long view and I found myself passing on her advice to others. She was a wonderful colleague and is still remembered by BPL staff .

  2. Sarah Colclough Jajic

    Sending sincere condolences Eddy and Gerry. I remember her fondly from your time on Birch Street.

  3. Dear Jerry – Nico and I were shocked to see the announcement of Joan’s passing, and we both want to express our sympathy to you – and Eddy, though we never met him. It brought home to us that we have been remiss in keeping up the contact for longer than we realized, as we had no idea she was even ill. We always enjoyed our visits with the two of you. It was always fun to hear her talking about her outdoor activities and her decided opinions about what the Alouette naturalists were doing and should be doing. And Nico has always liked to talk to a fellow birder, and enjoyed hearing about her experiences. I’ll get in touch directly in a little while, but I think you’ll have too much on your mind right now. We’ll be thinking of you a lot. Nico and Linda

  4. I was so sorry to read of Joan’s passing in the Province. I truly enjoyed working with her several years ago when AFN supported our conservation work on the upper Pitt River. I really appreciated her
    thoughtfulness and the intelligence she brought to local issues. She will be much missed. Her final journey was not an easy one. My most sincere condolences to all her family.

    Burke Mountain Naturalists

  5. Celia & Geoff Hampson

    We were so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing but happy to learn she died peacefully in her sleep. Joan was a good friend and neighbour. We enjoyed talking gardening and politics with her. She talked recently about her parents and was so proud of what they had accomplished. She never mentioned all she had achieved through her studies.

    We will miss her greatly!

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