Joyce O'Rourke

Obituary of Joyce O'Rourke

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O'Rourke, Joyce Bernadette, Age 81. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Joyce on September 12, 2023, in the QEII Halifax Infirmary. Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of the late William and Alvina Perrier. What a free spirit, just like an eagle, she loved to soar on high. At one time Joyce became involved with the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party. In 1992 Joyce joined the PC Women’s Group and was honoured with the Macdonald-Cartier award in recognition for her volunteer services. In the early 90's she served on the Nova Scotia Film Board and became involved with the Nova Scotia Status of Women. Joyce was involved in a two-year study program for disabled women centering on the need to have them in the work force and was proud to chair a 12-request program for change in the Nova Scotia Government, that is still in place to this day. Joyce was a lover of crafts and Craft Shows and was a dedicated dollar store shopper. Joyce leaves behind her children, Karen, (Raymond) Ontario, Mark, Kelley (David), Shawn (Kim), Patrick (Jennifer) and Leslie (Angus) all of Halifax; 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews; brother, Michael (Linda); sisters, Shirley, and Sharon (Sonny); sister-in-law, Anne all of Halifax. Pre-deceased by, loving husband, Patrick; sisters, Helen, Doris, Jeanette, and Yvonne; brothers, Billy, Gordon, Brian, and Kenny. A celebration of Joyce's life will be held in T. J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, 71 McQuade Lake Crescent, Halifax, NS, B3S 1C4, on Friday September 15, 2023, starting with visitation from 11am-1pm with a service at 1pm in the chapel. Deacon Bernie Coffin, officiating. Internment at Gate of Heaven, Lower Sackville to follow. Donations in Joyce’s name may be made to Saint Benedict Parish, 45 Radcliffe Dr, Halifax, NS, B3M 0E1, or to a charity of your choice.