Joan McColm was born April 13, 1930 in Oshawa, Ontario and passed quietly away on May 9, 2018 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital with her family at her bedside. She is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Cliff McColm, and by their two daughters, Gale (Michael) and Kathy, plus five grandchildren – Daniel, Jamie, Matthew, Joshua and Sam, as well as five great-grandchildren. She was a 1948 graduate of Ontario Ladies’ College (now Trafalgar Castle School) and in 1950 of Toronto St. Michael’s Hospital, as a medical technologist. She was a good friend to many and loved to cook and entertain. This was particularly evident at the Lac Deschênes Sailing Club where she loved to prepare meals for club events. She was a long-time volunteer at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and enjoyed curling at the Ottawa Granite Club. She became a mariner when she and Cliff obtained the ocean-going sailboat “Okalee” and she was the first mate who helped guide Okalee on a ten-month return trip from Kingston, Ontario to the Bahama Islands. Travel was very important after Cliff’s retirement and included sea voyages on small freighters, river and canal voyages in Europe, and many land tours. She will be missed. Private family grieving will be followed by scattering of her ashes at sea. Sweet dreams, Slim.
Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me – but let me go