In Loving Memory of my Precious Sister, Joan Duff on what would have been her 59th Birthday

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 Most Memorialize the passing of a loved one on the day they pass.. I choose to celebrate the day she was born..

August 9th 1955

Not a day goes by that I do not think about you, and only wish we had more time … But I will cherish the last year we fought that fight together…
The trip down east, feeding those greedy ducks, the whale watching and them showing up right on schedule as a special Hello to you.
I am so happy you got to fulfill all your wishes, well most of them.. You’re not here and that was your biggest wish …to buy more time.
Love you ” Sweet Sista” and miss you so so much..
Say hello too everyone for me


(Jan 25, 2008) — DUFF, Carolyn Joan – Heaven has a new angel. After a brave battle with cancer on Monday, January 21, 2008 in her 53rd year. Loved daughter of  Bernice Duff Harris of Hamilton and Louis (Audrey) Duff of Cambridge. Cherished and loved sister of Debbie Vitez of Ayr, Gord Duff of Hamilton and Charlene (Daniel) Bellefeuille of Cornwall. Joan will be sadly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Predeceased by her loving and devoted grandparents, Sam and Edna Harris. A celebration of Joan?s life will be held at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel , 206 Norfolk St., Guelph on Saturday, January 26, 2008 from 1-3 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society, 4A-214 Speedvale Ave. W., Guelph N1H 1C4 would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Joan Duff in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph, Arboretum. Dedication service Sunday, September 21, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. (www.wallcustance.



19 Responses to In Loving Memory of my Precious Sister, Joan Duff on what would have been her 59th Birthday

  1. Debbie Duff Vitez August 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Thinking of you sweet sista, and can’t believe it’s been 3 years..
    Love you, and miss you daily

    Thomas Vann August 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Amen girl. She’s just sleeping waiting for you Deb. Been a tough year or two for you sis. The Tin Man.

  3. Fatima Pereira August 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Hi Debbie!

    I thought I would share some thoughts that come to mind when I think of my sisters…..

    There was nothing as comfortable as wearing your older sister’s jeans (even though they were a few sizes too big, but they were really cool).

    There was nothing as soothing as sharing your little sister’s pillow while reading her a really neat book (even though she could barely decipher the difference between the letters of the alphabet, and probably didn’t care for the story. She was just happy that she could stay up a little later.)

    There was no greater solidarity than the common feeling we had as sisters when we shot each other those glances at Church (because we had to wear those itchy Sunday outfits that made grandma so happy, but made us kids so miserable).

    As we grew older, things changed, but those moments linger even today!

    Fatima Pereira

  4. Debbie Vitez August 10, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Thank you Tommy and Fatima

    agm August 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Sorry for your loss Debbie. So far I’ve still got my siblings with me, a sister ten years older doing well in the Ottawa area and a twin brother, bed ridden after a stroke in Kitchener.

  6. Debbie Vitez August 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Thanx Al..
    Strokes.. It’s blowing me away how many people are having them.
    Something in the water? or is it all the processed food we consume daily? of that I’m as guilty as anyone.

    Margaret Barr August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Debbie, the people we love may be gone, but never forgotten; just as you have proven here. My heart goes out to you. I have now lost 2 brothers, but they will always be in my heart, just as your sister will always be in yours.

  8. Debbie Vitez August 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you Margaret.

  9. Debbie Duff Vitez August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Thinking of you today Sista

    agm August 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Another year has gone by already. The passage of time doesn’t really make anything easier. Best wishes.

  11. Debbie Duff Vitez August 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    thanx Al

  12. Debbie Duff Vitez August 9, 2013 at 1:45 am

    It’s 5 years.. remembering you with a heavy heart.. if I learned anything from you it was this….
    Live every day to the fullest.. don’t leave anything unsaid or undone..
    Love you and miss you Sweet Sista xo

    alan marshall August 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Life is harsh and sometimes impossibly cruel. Hang in there Deb; agm

  14. Debbie Duff Vitez August 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thinking of you today Sweet Sista.. 6 years have passed.. and yet it feels like just yesterday.. hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of you..
    Love you miss you.. Happy Birthday xo

    al marshall August 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Deb: I reread your sister’s obituary and a thought passed my mind. Did you have any relatives, aunts, uncles etc. that lived in Toronto decades ago???

    Tom Vann August 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Memories are powerful. All the best Deb.

  17. Debbie Duff Vitez August 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I did have family living in Toronto, but not the Duff side of the family..
    and thank you Tommy..

    Allan Dettweiler August 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Deb, I see your family has planted a tree in your sister’s memory. Wonderful!
    If you plant a new tree – or perhaps a beautiful perennial flowering plant each year in memory of Joan , and keep track in your diary, or journal – or somewhere, something you associate with your sister and that plant – soon you will have a “forest” of fond remembrances. I hope they will all make you smile. That is what Joan would wish for you. Honest!

    Margaret August 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Deb, keeping the memory alive will always help you get through.

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