COLE, Gwendolyn Joy –
At 7:45pm today, the world lost one of its truest ladies and a champion for those who needed a champion. Joy Cole passed away peacefully, at the age of 78. Joy has been battling POEMS SYNDROME for some time. POEMS syndrome is a rare, mulitisystem disorder. POEMS stands for the disorder's features, which may include Polyneuropathy, Organomegaly, Endocrinopathy, Monoclonal gammopathy, and Skin changes.
Gwendolyn Joy Cole (nee Ambler) was born in 1940, and was a pioneer of her time. Best known as a caretaker of children, she housed over 5000 kids at Lynbarry Farm.
Being one of the first women on the Toronto Metropolitan Police, she often told me “I never thought I had to prove something. I just saw something I wanted to do, and I did it”.
Her career with children did not end with the youth bureau. After the last child had flown the nest, Joy began fostering, having more than 130 children pass through her door. Joy was President of the FFA and Vice President of the FPSO.
Most importantly, she was a mother to 6 grateful children. She was our example and our greatest ally.
Joy did not serve us with plastic cups, because “why drink out of a cup when you can have a goblet!”
She made every occasion special. I know we will all cherish the memories, made special by her presence.
As we shed a tear at her passing, please remember that she wants us to celebrate. Celebrate her life and her future “walking those streets of gold”.
As per Joy’s request, there will not be a funeral service.
Someone asked her recently what sign she would be giving us to know she is in Heaven. She replied: “Look for the love in a child. When you see love, you will know where I am. Look at the wind in the tallest trees. I am in Heaven.”
|A tree will be planted in memory of G. Joy Cole in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm.|