PEEL, Jocelyn (Jocie) Marie - Peacefully at University Hospital on Monday, May 10, 2021, Jocelyn Marie Peel of London age 78. Beloved wife for 55 years of Bob Peel. Loving mother of Leslie, Bryan (Sarah), Gregory and cherished Nana to Elysa (Ahmed), Spencer, Nolan, and Tristan. Dear sister of Sylvia & Don Froome, and the late Fay and Nick Vandenburg. Daughter of the late Doris & Harold Howorth. She will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews in Canada, U.S. and Ireland.
Jocie was born on March 10, 1943. She grew up in St. Thomas and during her early adulthood, worked at the Land Registry Office.
She later met her soulmate Bob, and a year later, were married and have since spent the last 56 years together. They built their first home, then later relocated to their property in Lambeth. They shared a lifetime of love and joy raising three children. Jocie spent much time with her grandchildren who gave her a second chance to enjoy childhood and all of the fun adventures and laughter that come with.
Jocie was a fantastic cook and family holiday dinners were those to look forward to. She enjoyed music, and long walks through Conservation areas so that nature could be enjoyed to the fullest. She was our “Mother Nature” who was passionate about all living things. She enjoyed hours in her backyard tending to her gardens so that her pets, the birds, butterflies, and insects would live in harmony.
Jocie was adventurous and enjoyed early marriage vacationing in Sauble Beach. She was an avid beach goer during the Summer months and later spent a significant amount of time enjoying the sand and sun at the Pinery. Time spent were long hot days filled with picnic lunches at the lake, and testing out just how far out into the lake she could go with her air mattress all the while counting sandbars along the way. This always made her smile.
Jocie was our special Wife, Mom and Nana who was so caring, graceful, brave and optimistic always seeing the good side of life. She was the centre of our family and of our hearts. We will never forget her smile, her love and her strength to endure all things.
Rather than flowers, donations are appreciated and can be directed toward, The Alzheimer Society, McCormick Care Foundation, Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre Inc., or the Canadian Cancer Society.
The family would like to express our thanks to the medical team at University Hospital for their compassionate care.
“Sunshine on my shoulders, makes me happy. Sunshine on the water looks so lovely”
Jocie and Bob's daily parting phrase over the years...
Bob: “See you later alligator" Jocie: "After a while, crocodile”
May 13, 2021, 5:52 pm
Im so sorry Uncle Bob Leslie Brian and Greg for the sad news. Aunt Jocie was such a kind and gentle soul and I cant imagine the amount of grief you must be feeling. She had such a unique laugh that I wont forget and you would almost always hear it during the family gatherings we used to have. Family meant everything to her. I have childhood memories of the big holiday dinners she used to cook and of her taking part in all the games at the summer family picnics in Pinafore Park. You could tell she loved the outdoors even then. She was always interested in what I was up to as I grew up and in later times she would ask about my own family when I visited Canada and how life in Ireland was treating us. Its very sad to see such a caring and selfless spirit as Aunt Jocies move on a spirit with traits that seem rare in todays society. At least I can look back at the memories I have of her and appreciate how lucky we were to have such an amazing Aunt.
May 14, 2021, 1:10 pm
I’m very sorry to learn of the passing of your wife. I didn’t know her, but I know you loved her very much. I, too, lost my spouse (husband) a number of years ago, and I know it’s not easy to enter this new phase of life. But you have wonderful memories, as I read in the lovely obituary you wrote for her.
As we at FSA have loved your music with your harp, I’m sure you brought much joy to Jocie’s life. You obviously had a wonderful life together.
Please know my thoughts are with you. I wish you peace.
May 15, 2021, 12:00 pm
Bob and family - My sincerest condolences on your loss. Dwell on the good memories which can help to soothe the wound.
May 12, 2021, 5:29 pm
My condolences on the passing of Aunt Jocie.
A beautiful obituary and tribute to her life. Deepest sympathy.
May 11, 2021, 5:50 pm
It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to Jocie. We were great friends in High School and later as young working girls we had a couple of never to be forgotten holidays. Always in my heart Jocie , and to the family remember , She is only a thought away, With love and sympathy, Treana Fellows
Dean and Heather
May 11, 2021, 8:18 pm
Our heartfelt condolences to the Peel family. We have fond memories of Aunt Josie and will hold her in our hearts.
May 11, 2021, 8:43 pm
Dear Bob and family. I would like to express our sincere condolences at this difficult time. I went to school with Joce and would go to her house after school getting instructions from her great mother, on how to make dresses as a home economics project. That was one of many things we were involved in. We were not in touch for many years, only by a Christmas card. One of the things she would say was You Happy- me Happy to. I will always remember her. Prayers and Blessing to all. Jim and Doreen Coombs
Julie and Frank
May 12, 2021, 7:29 pm
Our heartfelt thoughts go out to you Uncle Bob,Leslie,Bryan Greg and families . Aunt Jocie was a kind and caring woman. She was always proud of her family and spoke of all of you from a place of pure love .
She had a true nurturing spirit for all living things. I will always remember how her and my Mom would share a cup of tea together and talk about birds and chipmunks for hours! It was truly amazing. It brings a smile to my face.
Hold on to one another and cherish your good memories.
Two sisters together, (I’m sure there are birds and chipmunks in heaven)
Wishing you strength, comfort and love.
With great big hugs
Julie and Frank
May 21, 2021, 8:59 pm
I am so sorry for your loss and Jocie will live on in the memory of the family.
May 18, 2021, 5:58 pm
Dear Bob and family:
Mark and I send our deepest sympathy at the loss of your beautiful Jocie. May you find comfort in knowing others share in the grief you are feeling. We believe her goodness will live on through each one of her blessed family.
Peace and love,
Nancy Johnson and Mark McCurdy
Don and Lorraine Clark
May 19, 2021, 9:44 am
We are so sorry to hear of your loss, and we send our deepest sympathy to the whole family.
Staff at Brock and Visser
May 13, 2021, 11:20 am
We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 13, 2021, 1:15 pm
Dear Uncle Bob and family. I was very saddened to learn of Aunt Jocie’s passing. My deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of Aunt Jocie going back to when I was very young. She was a kind and fun babysitter, treating my sister and I to hikes and picnics on our family’s farm, making breakfast on weekends or playing games with us. We loved her company!
May she have eternal peace and happiness.
May 13, 2021, 3:26 pm
We were so sorry to hear about Aunt Jocie. She always had such a kind, calm and quiet nature. During all the noise and commotion of our family gatherings, she always took time to just sit next to me to find out about me, my family and what was going on in our lives. I read a quote once that said you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat animals. Aunt Jocie should have owned an Animal Rescue. She always did all she could for any animal that crossed her path, just as she would for the people in her life. She will be missed.
John & Jytte McKittrick
May 15, 2021, 10:22 am
So sorry to hear the news, Bob. She will be missed by many friends.
May 15, 2021, 3:51 pm
I am sending losing thoughts to you and your family.
May you fieel God lose as you walk the dark road ahead.
Chris & Mary Townsend
May 28, 2021, 9:33 am
Our deepest condolences to Bob and his family during this sad and difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris and Mary.
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