Joyce Hermeston

Obituary of Joyce Hermeston

Joyce Hermeston (née Thornton) of Teeswater, passed away peacefully at Braemar Retirement Centre, Wingham, Ontario in her 89th year.


Beloved wife of the late Thomas (Tom) Hermeston (March 2016)


Cherished aunt of David Thornton of Teeswater (formally Squamish BC, and the late Shelley Hales), Karen (Casey) James of Teeswater (formerly Sarnia), Jacqueline (Glenn Cassell of Regina, SK). Predeceased by her niece (and sister to Dave, Karen, and Jackie), Nancy Thornton (Dec. 2022) of Hanover. Proud aunt of Pam Cerson (Guy) of Manitowaning, and godmother of Karen Dehaan (Seaforth).


Grandmother to Nathan Hermeston and daughter-in-law, Karen Hermeston (both of Calgary). Proud great aunt of Courtney Barnes (Andrew Barnes), Andy Jaworski (Melissa), Rachel Galloway (Ryan), Kevin Hales (Sarah), Christina Clark, Cory Clark (Jill Swartz); Jimmie Cassell (Ashley Cassell); Justin Thornton (Kelly), Jessi Jones and great-aunt of at least a baker’s dozen. Fondly remembered by cousins, and second cousins, and the extended family she gained when she married Tom.


Predeceased by her parents Bert (1972) and Louise (née Donaldson, 1970) Thornton, and brother Lloyd Thornton (Nov. 1976), sisters-in-law Donna Thornton (Eaton, née Chittick, 2022), brothers-in-law; Wallace (June Ann), Robert, France, William and James Hermeston, sisters-in-law: Lily and Alice Hermeston.


Joyce was a retired employee of over 30 years with Mutual Life (Guelph). In her younger years, a member of Junior Farmers and a cast member in many plays! Joyce enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, gardening, and travelling when they were still able to. She was an avid reader, a terrific bowler (Guelph ONT) and volunteered with different charities.


A special thanks to her niece, Karen James (née Thornton) when she became her full-time caregiver in Sept 2020 after a stroke diagnosis, and frontal lobe dementia, allowing her the option of being able to stay in her own home rather than into an assisted care home. Special thank you to the staff and nursing care at Braemar Retirement Centre (LTC) (Dec 2022 to March 2024) for their care and compassion throughout this time as she navigated many major health issues which left her unable to continue living at home. They treated her with dignity and grace, and she brought many a smile to their faces. She will be missed.


Friends and relatives are invited to visitation on Friday, April 5th, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater.


Private family graveside service will be held later this spring at the Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.


Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.



1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, April 5, 2024
Tiffin Funeral Home
4 Clinton Street South
Teeswater, Ontario, Canada