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Joan N. Estrada

October 12, 1935 ~ May 24, 2022 (age 86)


Life Story

Joan Estrada was born in La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago on October 12, 1935. She was the only child to the late Eugene and Gladys Estrada and a relative to the O’Garrow, Lampkin, and Rennie families. Growing up she attended La Brea Anglican School, Claxton Bay EC, and St. Thomas Aquinas College where she furthered her education. Joan married Gladstone Haynes in 1955 and became the daughter- in- law to the late Edward and Daisy Haynes and sister- in-law- to the late Christine Haynes- Carter. Together, Gladstone and Joan raised a total of six children. Wendy, Wayne, Kirt, Kirwin, Kerlene, and Wanda. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother- in- law to her children’s spouses, Errol, Beth, and Michael and stepmother to Clunis (Tom).

After migrating to the United States in 1977, Joan aspired to become a nurse. She achieved many accomplishments while receiving her CME certificate to continue her medical studies. She worked hard as a caregiver and worked with numerous geriatric patients. Her work took place at St. Agnes Hospital, Ivy Hill Nursing Home, and the York House facility. As she lived a strong and impactful life, she retired and began to take care of many of her grandchildren. She recently became ill and began her battle with multiple malignancies. Although her battle was short-lived, her strength was unmatched. She received her wings on Tuesday night, March 24th, 2022.

“Joanie/ Granny” known to many, was a warm-hearted individual and a stickler for respect. She believed in responsibility, love, quality, and order. Although she had a tough outer shell, she was a very caring and loving individual with a heart of gold. Her home had a revolving door as she enjoyed company and entertaining. Her favourite room in her home was her kitchen. Everyone knows she “loved” and knew how to cook very well. She also enjoyed spending time with her children whom she held near and dear to her heart.

Some of Joan’s favourite hobbies were spending quality time with friends and family, playing cards, hosting trips to the beach, and shopping. She participated in many card tournaments and traveled to multiple cities such as Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore, New York, etc. with the “EL Toro All Fours Club”.

Joan also loved to dance, and this love stemmed from her love of music. Her Caribbean upbringing introduced her to the many different sounds of the islands. She enjoyed Carnival season to listen to the sweet sounds of the steel pan and Christmas time to hear parang. You could always catch her listening to her favourite radio station from many miles away, Wack Radio 90.1 FM. She was a huge fan.

Joan was a mother figure to all her grandchildren as she took them for several summers to give the parents a break. She took on the challenge of hosting all her grandchildren with no complaints or questions asked.

Joan loved sports. She called her sons and grandsons to speak competitively about football, basketball, and baseball. She knew more sports stats than the ESPN talk show hosts. Her favourite teams were the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and of course, The New England Patriots.

Joan talked for hours on the phone with many friends such as Santa, Sylvan, Irvin, Elita, Ingrid, Ruby, Pat Smith and most of all her favorite aunt the late (Jean) Tanty. Their joyous memories and many laughs would live on forever.

Joan was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren Joshua, Mario, and Danielle.

She leaves to mourn her six children Wendy, Wayne, Kirt, Kirwin, Kerlene, and Wanda. Her 15 grandchildren, Karena, Akhnaton, Kevin, Darcel, Marisa, Bakari (Stefan), Keon, Ian, Kirshel, Iiesha, Kairi, Brittnni, Miguel, Kervyn and Chyna as well as 29 great-grandchildren Karlan, Katira, Kailee, Kaysia, Kaeden, Niko, Ryleigh, Tru, Xen, Armante, Tyasia, Caden, Dylan, Jaellyn, Kairo, Kamari, Bakari Jr. Kayla, Jada, Adrianna, Angelina, Kaia, Kaiden, Kori, Noah, Levi, Essa, Bakari, and Mazari.

Joan’s spirit and life lessons will live on forever through her family as she taught them all to always be respectful and make peace with one another. Above all, Joan confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour and she will be missed in so many ways.

Lovingly submitted, The Family.

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Memorial Service
June 11, 2022

11:00 AM
Bruce R. Hawkins Funeral Home
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19126-2844

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