Joy Danylchuk, born July 11, 1965, died peacefully at home in Thunder Bay with family by her side on Aug. 24, 2019.
Joy was predeceased by her father, Bohdan (Dr. Bud) Danylchuk.
She is survived by her mother, Flora Danylchuk; her sister, BJ; and brothers, Kim (Micheline), Andrew (Dawn Marie) and Brent (Melissa); her nieces and nephews; extended family and her extended network of heart family and friends.
Joy was the youngest and most gifted of the Danylchuk siblings. A very social person, Joy grew up preparing herself for a life of productive work and her own family.
As a young person, Joy was strong academically and was both active and accomplished in many pursuits, including music, theatre, skating and swimming.
A medical treatment in her late teen years changed the course of Joy's life, creating limitations that appeared over time.
Joy never got to realize her dreams for her life. Further episodes of medical treatments and misadventures at later stages in her life resulted in ever increasing limitations.
Joy's response to these limitations was to live her name every day. She responded to the ever-increasing limitations by remaining focused on what was possible and to live each day to its fullest.
Her warm and personable demeanor and her caring heart showed in all she did.
The positive impact of her life on others is visible in those she has touched over the years, like ripples spreading out across a very large pool.
Joy's end-of-life journey was gentle and loving, supporting by a broad circle of care and caregivers that made her path to transition one of companionship and comfort. Music, stories, laughter, and tears were shared.
Joy's transition was gentle, peaceful, loving and Joy-full for everyone—for Joy, for the immediate family, and for all those involved in her care and support.
It has been and continues to be a remarkable gift for everyone involved.
For Joy, “home” was in two places—Thunder Bay and Fort Frances. Therefore, gatherings to celebrate and honour her will be held in both communities.
In Thunder Bay, a Celebration of Joy's Life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at the Oliver Road Community Centre, 563 Oliver Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2H2.
In Fort Frances, a Celebration of Joy's Life will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, with a service at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church, 340 Church St, Fort Frances, ON P9A 1E1, followed by a reception/celebration in the church auditorium.
Everyone is invited to attend the gatherings.
In addition, everyone is invited to contribute their favourite memories of Joy online at http://memories-of-joy.com , a website specifically created to share favourite memories of Joy.
Later this fall, the same link will provide everyone the opportunity to download a compilation of all the shared memories, as well as a copy of the slide show of Joy's life that will be shared at the Thunder Bay and Fort Frances gatherings.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation to BISNO (Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario), 426 Balmoral St, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5G8), the organization that has provided Joy with support and care for many many years.