Jay Gatsby

Joan Elizabeth Flynn

Saskatoon SK
- December 23, 2017

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1929 - 2017
After several years of uncertain health, Joan Flynn passed away Saturday December 23, 2017 peacefully in her own home.
She was very much loved by her husband Elwood, sons Barry (Suzanne), Jeffrey, and grandson Kael.
Joan was born in Saskatoon, raised and educated in Rosetown. She moved to Saskatoon in the 50’s to attend University. She worked for Dr. Genereux for a few years. She then moved on to more exciting vocation in Radio at CKOM, where she was head of continuity and radio advertising. Joan also had her own morning live show five days a week.
Joan met Elwood at a mutual family friend’s funeral. After a long term friendship, they were married January 19, 1956. Together Joan and Elwood built quite an interesting group of stores. At one time in the early 70’s they had 5 stores (four in Saskatoon) and one in Regina. Moving to Midtown Plaza in 1970 was a very successful time in their business career. Joan was a vital part of the growth with Town Cobbler and Joan Flynn Apparel. Joan treated all of her customers like royalty. She had a distinct passion for fashion and people. She was a very popular lady.
Joan was very supportive to many charitable programs. She was personally involved in the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. She was a board member of the Mendel Art Gallery for over 12 years. She was the founding member who organized “Magic of the Mendel” which raised thousands of dollars for the Foundation. Joan never turned down any one who had a genuine good need for support of door prizes and donation dollars.
Joan was a naturally athletic and played basketball on many teams, and she had a Pat Fletcher golf swing. She had a definite talent in cooking passed down from her mother Muriel. She was a very active member of a Gourmet Cooking Club for a number of years. She was a promising artist tutored by Mary Nelson.
Joan and Elwood liked to travel and travelled to some of the most interesting places in the world.
The Flynn family will be forever grateful for the excellent special care given by homecare and the special nurses Nora, Joan, Jan and Mary Ann.

Funeral Details

The Funeral will take place at the Saskatoon Funeral Home Friday December 29, 2017 at 2pm.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of our favorite charities, “Hope for Malawi Foundation” (38-St Lawrence Cres, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1G5) or any other charity of your choice.

Condolence Messages

Bob Korol

Written January 08, 2018 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Elwood, Barry and Jeff - so sorry to hear about Joan - she was a wonderful person - our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Dawn & Bob Korol and Family

Ron and Shannon Waldman

Written December 31, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sask.

Dear Elwood, Barry, Jeff and Family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Joan, Joan was a lovely personality and will be sadly missed by her family, friends and community.
Warmest regards,
Ron and Shannon Waldman

Susan Ormiston - Keith Harradence

Written December 30, 2017 from Toronto, ON

Elwood, Barry and Jeff; We were late to hear the news and now are reflecting on such a wonderful life. 'Mrs. Flynn' was a big part of our life - Mom and Dad's friend, and of course one of our grade's moms. She was 'elegance' in Saskatoon, and a businesswoman - a role model, trailblazer for so many.
She left an imprint, on all she encountered; we remember her so fondly, not the least for bringing some great shoes to Saskatoon - the way to any woman's heart.
May you, in time, remember all the good times; what she left for you in spirit. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Susan, Keith and the boys, Will and Aidan, and for Mom and Dad who perhaps are greeting Joan with a beverage, somewhere. Susan

Cindy Zoerb

Written December 30, 2017 from Calgary, AB

Elwood, Barry, Jeff & family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.... Joan was one of those people you never forget. I cherish all the wonderful times with her and will always remember her warmth, kindness to others, her beautiful smile and wonderful laugh. Thank you for the live stream of the service since I was unable to attend. My heart goes out to you all.

Cindy Zoerb & family

Shirley and Les Warden

Written December 30, 2017 from Regina, Sask

Our sincere condolences to Elwood and family. Joan was a caring and fun loving person who will be sadly missed. We have many fond memories of her both in business and socially. Shirley and Les warden

Maryse Boychuk

Written December 30, 2017 from Saskatoon , Saskatchewan

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.
My Mom, Olive Brownbridge At a time was your Mom’s best friend. She named me your mom’s name as my middle name....Maryse Joan......I remember as a tiny girl, how my mom would take me to the town cobbler, to the back room for sweets. She was so glamorous and kind. I will never forget thoughs moments. It’s been 44 years since my own passed, however, it never makes it easier. Be it a child, or an adult, it is pain. I’m so sorry to you all.

Mac & Fae Sheppard

Written December 29, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

Our Sincere Sympathy to Elwood and Family on the passing of Joan, who put up a long, strong and courageous battle with her health challenges. May she now rest in Peace.

dallas howe

Written December 29, 2017 from canmore, alberta

Dear Elwood and Family

Although we were unable to be with you today, thru the magic of technology we shared the special celebration of Joan's life with you. Our deepest condolences. The Howe Family

Sandi smalley

Written December 29, 2017 from Seattle , Washington

Elwood Barry and Jeff this was a beautiful celebration of Joan's life. I will cherish all the times I spent with her. Her advice on dressing and jewelry. I never left Saskatoon with out her giving me a gift. She will be missed by so many friend near and far. You are in my prayers and will spend time with you this spring when I make my trip to Saskatoon.

Karyn Stewart

Written December 29, 2017 from ,

Dear Elwood, Barry, Jeff, Suzanne & Kael,
Our deepest condolences. Joan was an extraordinary lady who touched many lives. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love dearly becomes part of us. Keeping you in our prayers.
Karyn (Stewart), Victoria & Tony (Andronyk)

Joan Fior

Written December 29, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

Dear Flynn Family
Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. We have many special memories of shopping at Town Cobbler with our mom's and spending time with Joan. Her love of style was always evident and her amazing gift of making everyone feel SO special was incredible. Her warm smile, energy and enthusiasm were appreciated by many. She will be dearly remembered and missed. Take care, Joan Fior (Child) and Carol Morgan (Howorko).

Joanne Jacques

Written December 29, 2017 from Saskatoon,

Dear Elwood & Family,
My condolences to you and your family, Joan was a very special lady when entering a room you could feel her energy & enthusiasm. Joan will be missed dearly by all that have crossed her path. Joan may be gone but her spirit is the brightest shinning star in the sky that will be watching over us.

Spencer Early

Written December 28, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sask

Elwood,Barry,and Jeff...as you mourn the loss of your wife and mother,the city mourns with you and remembers the great contributions Joan has made.

David Heron

Written December 28, 2017 from Victoria, BC

So saddened to hear about Joan. A wonderful person with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy to Elwood and family.

Janelle, Tony, Julian and Macauley Bremner

Written December 27, 2017 from Perth, Australia

Our hearts are broken Elwood, Barry and Jeff. We are so sorry for your loss. Joan was such an inspiration and an absolutely amazing woman. She will remain forever in our hearts.
Janelle, Tony, Julian and Macauley

Perth, Australia