Joanne Foster

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Joanne Bernice (TRIBE) Foster

April 8, 1957 – May 1, 2021

“The Queen of Everything” was a Warrior Woman who overcame multiple health challenges from childhood until the end of her many adventures.  Raised in Ridgetown, Ontario, Jo graduated from St. Clair College and worked at the Southwestern Regional Centre until the closure.  She worked in many OPSEU positions after that and retired from work she thoroughly enjoyed with her colleagues at ODSP in Chatham.

Jo loved owning her little home in Blenheim.  Those who’ve known her over the decades will remember her treehouse, hammocks, orange shutters (now pink!), multiple home renovations and her many gardening plans.  Jo was a ‘maker’ at heart and created bagels, cheesecakes, liqueurs, and canning gifts throughout the years that alternated with amazing hand-crafted gifts.   She obtained her motorcycle license when she was 41 and loved riding the roads with her buddies and fun camping vacations with Tony.  She even introduced her mom and dad to Friday the 13th events in Port Dover.  When she endured a below knee amputation, Jo bought a motorcycle with a side-car so that she could keep on riding. She was one-of-a-kind.

Joanne was pre-deceased by parents, Fred (2018) and Hazel (2019).  She is survived by her brother, Kevin Tribe and sister-in-law, Kathy (Quigley).  She treasured her relationship with their children:  Laura (Josh), Eric (Zoë) and Alex (Sara).  She will be dearly missed by her sister, Terry Tribe.  Jo is also survived by extended family members.  She referred to her special friend, Tony Vercouteren, as “my MacGyver Man”.  Joanne had many friends-who-are-family:  You know who you are – there are no words to thank you for the support and assistance you shared over the years that helped her stay at home.  You have joyful memories and countless moments of laughter that will brighten your years; remember her with joy — she would like that.

The pandemic means “no funeral service”, but you’re invited to celebrate Joanne where you live.  She loved humour and always shared her sense of “ha-ha”, especially when facing a new health concern.  Feel free to crank up Tim McGraw’s song: “Live Like You Were Dying”, a mantra by which Joanne lived.

And then there’s this, which Jo lived fully: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO, what a ride!”

If you wish, donations can be made to either the Chatham-Kent Hospice or to CKHA in Jo’s memory.

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Jo, “Queen of Everything” will surely be missed as she was one of a kind. We have fond memories of many motorcycle adventures including two trips to Vermont over the past eighteen years. Our condolences go out to Tony and all of Jo’s family and will keep you in our prayers during this time of mourning.

So sorry to hear of Jo's passing. Although, I haven't kept in touch ad much as I would have liked to I would get annual updates and send my love through Tony when I saw him yearly. Had some great times with Jo in the past and I will always remember her fondly and cherish her friendship. ❤

Your Majesty,- I will forever miss our banter, your humour and your whimsy. Kathy and I most sincerely regret that you will never again set out on your long journey to the NOCC. May you carve twisties in endless sunshine and never need a 12v hair dryer again! Until we meet again, I remain your faithful servant. Most humbly, The XJ Valve Shim Fairy.

A loss to all who had the privilege to know her. Especially to those of us in the motorcycle community who knew her as as a spirit who just kept on fighting. Truly an inspiration to those of us who thought we had problems.

I remember Jo from SRC. She was a great, friendly person who always would put others first before herself. It has been awhile since I had seen her but I loved her posts and her forever smile. She will be missed by so many for sure. Rest in peace hon and ride always.

Jo and I went through the breast cancer trip together, supporting each other along the way. Miss you Jo..

I never got to meet Jo in real life but I remember her from her posts on the XJ owners motorcycle forums some years back. I was shocked and sad at hearing she had passed. She was a well liked person, a real Lady and Queen of everything. My condolences to all those she left behind. I am sure she touched the hearts of many. RIP Jo.

I never met Joe but we talked many times on Facebook about fairy gardening. She was a woman that was easy to love even though she was never met by me.

My deepest sympathy...Jo was an amazing lady and friend...I will miss her cooking, gardening, sewing and laughter and huge heart!!

I’ll forever remember our conversations about Motorcycles, local politics and people. I will deeply treasure the impact she had on my life.

Sincerest condolences to Terry, Tony, and the rest of Jo’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of knowing Joanne when we worked together at ODSP in Chatham. Her obituary is one of the best I’ve ever read. It tells the story of an outstanding woman who loved life and made the best of everything that was thrown at her. Rest In Peace, Jo! I am blessed to have known you!

I was very saddened to hear of Joanne's passing, to her family & close friends, please accept my sincere condolences. It has been many years since our paths have crossed. I remember her smiling face, and soft tone in high school. She was always willing to lend a hand or an ear to anyone. Hugs to all.

We had the brief pleasure of being Jo’s neighbour. The impact this beautiful woman left on our family will last a lifetime. The big smile, big heart and oh that laugh. She treated everyone like family. The world has lost a treasure. Rest In Peace.

Jojo was one of our riding buddies.Our deepest condolences

Dear Terry and Family, I offer my sincere condolences on the death of your dear sister, Joanne. Her life story is admirable. May she rest in peace. In sympathy, Mary Cahalan

so sorry for your loss

Joanne always had a smile and always a pleasure to talk with. With Our Sincere Sympathy, from the Family of Gordon & Eileen Moody...Cathy & John Mallory, Linda Johnston, Judy Campbell & Jim Vidler, Trish & Dan Dauphin

To Terry and Kevan...I'm so sorry for all your losses. I didn't know your mom had passed. We'd had lunch and I wanted to connect with her was not to be. I tried calling. She was a good friend and neighbour. I rememberJoanne with fondness and a zest for life. She was a real spirit! Please know that you are all remembered with fondness and great memories...even our dads' trips to Florida and your dog Sandy are part of my wonderful memories of my time in Ridgetown . Please accept my sincere condolences for all the losses in your wonderful family. You are all remembered with fondness. Hugs to all. Rhonda

To all the family and friends of Joanne, I was very saddened to hear of Joanne's passing. Although I had not seen her for many years, I have GREAT memories of our times together. She truly was "one of a kind". With love, Audrey

So sorry for your loss, there are no words to say to ease your pain... just know that She is watching down over all of you ... keeping your entire family in our Thoughts & Prayers during this very difficult time. Just remember to hold all of your precious memories near in your heart. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way. Todd, Lesa ( Rumble) Natasha & Jon and Kyle

To Joanne’s Family and Friends, How very saddened we were to learn of Joanne’s passing. We had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Joanne at St. Clair College and at the Regional Centre. She was such a caring soul and could bring a smile to everyone’s face and heart. She will surely be missed but always remembered! In sympathy, Dick and Norma

Tony and Jo's family... I am so sorry for your loss.... she was a great neighbour and always a pleasure to talk with.... always smiling and upbeat no matter what was going on with her..... she was one of the strongest women I know...We will miss her.... she truly was the "Queen of Everything ".... John and Linda

Her incredible perseverance was inspirational. Condolences to Jo's Tony, her family and many friends. "Ride on Queen of Everything ~ Ride on!"

Terry, Kevin & family Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Joanne, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days to come.

Kevin, and Terry, and families, so sorry to hear about Jojo,as you know we have been friends since Kindergarten, through high school, and many other activities such as brownies and girl guides and had a blast at girl guide camp. Loved to have known the family and spending time with her and Terry. May she "Ride the skies and the stars" till we meet again.

We will miss your sense of humour, fiestiness, and huge heart. We were blessed to have you in our lives since college days. We shared many, many situations like skiing in the mountains, getting stopped at the border for bringing back too much Folgers coffee in your Vega, a snowy ditch car accident on the way to Cedar Springs, etc. Etc. Plus many hours of coffee discussions. We will really miss you but my heart knows that you will no longer physically suffer. ❤️ Condolences to Terry and Kevin and family.

So sad to hear of Jo's passing worked with her when she came from the centre to ODSP office in Chatham and she sat at desk beside me and always treated her clients with kindness and respect. Would chat once and a while on facebook once she retired hadn't heard from her in a while though so very sad to hear this. May you rest in peace Jo! My sympathies to the family.

Rip 🙏

There is a poem called "The Dash". Our birthdate and death date is separated by this dash. It reminds us to live life to it's fullest. Joanne, your "dash" certainly has been filled. You have been an inspiration to many and we thank you.

Met Joanne through friends as they had worked together at SRC. She always had a smile and a laugh. She was always there to help anyone. Remember her time when she was there with a friend of mine during his cancer. My condolences to the family at this time.

Queen of Everything, Master of handling all that life threw at her with strength ,persistence , humour and a smile apon her face. She was a wonderful friend and an amazing person. It has been a wild and wonderful ride with Joanne since high school. Rest now. Kevin, Kathy(and family), Terry, Tony ......may you find peace in your wonderful love and memories of Joanne Dave and Judy Erskine

I remember always laughing when we worked together at SRC and when running into her at CKHA after retirement. Rest in peace, Jo❤

Terry, Kevin & Kathy. We were so sorry and shocked to her of Jo's passing. She was truly a fighter her whole life and seemed to survive whatever was thrown at her. She was "The Queen of Everything" and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well as Laura, Eric and Alex who have lost a strong lady with a wonderful sense of humour. Rest in Peace cus! Ed, Janice, Jeff, Justin and Brittany Campbell.

Very sorry for your loss !!

A beautiful obituary for a beautiful soul.. Our heartfelt condolences to Tony, to your family and to all who loved you.. May you rest peacefully Queen of Everything ❤️ Bob, Linda, Derek and Brett

Enjoy the rest of your ride Jo.. you will be missed.a truly unique soul!!

Condolences to Joanne's family. I have known her my whole life, her being one of my moms best friends,she was one of a kind. Dont think there was ever a time I didnt come out of the house an see her with mom or dad visiting on the porch or back yard. When my dad had cancer she was always around helping or just there to talk.She will be missed . See you when I see you Joanne and have a beer with dad for me.

it is hard to imagine my world without Joanne. She had so many qualities that I admired. She was not afraid to do anything. She was bold, strong, courageous and tenacious. I loved her spirit and in the face of daunting odds she never gave up. It was an honour to be friends with her all my life.

So special!! Always a pleasure to talk to and always something to laugh about!! You will be missed !! Rest in Peace Jo-

Condolences to Joannes family. She was a pleasure .

Jo the queen of everything. I has the pleasure having you in my life, meeting you at work. Your smile work ethics were inpectible. I am truly blessed to have had you in my life. I will try miss out long chats. May you rest easy. Enjoy the ride and we will see you on the other side.

I am so sorry to hear this news. My sympathies to Terry and Kevin and their families.

I was so sad to hear that Jo had passed she was one of kind. When we worked together in London at ODSP we had the best car pool she made me laugh everyday the commute was so much easier having her by my side. She was the Queen of everything ❤️❤️❤️ She will be missed she was such an inspiration rest well my friend.