Jo-Anne Lynne Squires

Jo-Anne Lynne Squires, 76, of Victoria, BC, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on March 11, 2024 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Jo-Anne was born on April 18, 1947 to John and Ella Molyard (both deceased).  She was a bright, energetic, and dynamic force that cared deeply about others.  Jo-Anne was passionate about many things, including tennis, a good meal, walking, travel and the ocean.  She never tired of watching the seaplanes, COHO, and passersby in Victoria’s busy inner harbour, and adored living steps from the Pacific.  

Jo-Anne wishes to be remembered as a loving wife to her husband of 54 years; a doting long-distance mother and grandmother (who travelled east as often as possible to visit her daughters and grandchildren), and a long-time Sendial volunteer.  

While taken from us far too soon, Jo-Anne was grateful for being able to choose the timing of her death, and wanted to sincerely thank the medical professionals who provided exceptional care throughout her cancer journey and final days at home.  She also wanted to thank her long-time friends for all their love and support.   

Jo-Anne is survived by her incredible husband Donald, her daughters Kristi and Kelly (Buckley), and her grandchildren Jamison and Raine.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to BC Cancer Foundation Victoria, in memory of Jo-Anne Squires

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  1. Don and family

    I am so sorry to learn that Jo-Anne passed away so soon but I know from my own experience how unforgiving this disease is. I really was hoping to see her again in the next week or so to share my experiences connecting with Gloria’s past in Jamaica. Don please stay in touch when I return next weekend.

  2. Pamela and Gordon Adams

    Don, Kelly , Buckley, Christi and family’s
    Our hearts and thoughts are with you. Since high school we have
    been friends . We will all miss her dearly.
    We send our love
    ❤️❤️ From Gord and Pam Adams

  3. Don and family
    Bruce and I send our love to you all.
    We both appreciated having Jo in our lives.
    She was an amazing woman, friend, and employee.
    I especially remember with fondness the hours we spent at Shawnigan Lake water, skiing, swimming and playing bridge. Also at Jo’s house in the basement learning to jive and playing cards.
    So many good memories.

  4. Dear Donald, Kelly, Kristi and Families,
    As I am a newcomer to Victoria, I was so blessed to have Jo-Anne as my Dear new friend and neighbor. I will truly miss our lovely walks together, her bright smile and wave from her window, and Jo-Anne’s special kindness and compassion to me.
    Missing you with Love Cathy❤️

  5. Maurine, Kevin, Patty, John & Ian

    Dear Don, Kristi, Kelly, Buckley, Jamison and Raine
    We share our tears with you. May the steps you take remind you of Jo-Anne’s joy of walking and our memories of her will always be with us. We love you very much.

  6. Kristi, Don, Raine, Kelly and family,
    My heart breaks for your loss. This happened much too soon for a woman who loved life. I have fond memories of sharing a laugh with her on her visits to Ottawa. Sincere condolences. ❤️

  7. Donald, Kelly, Kristi and family

    The world is a better place because of Jo-Anne. Her kindness and warmth were never unnoticed. There is a big hole that will now be filled with so many memories.
    My love and support go out to all of you. I will miss her terribly.

    Kirsty xoxo

  8. Dear Don,Kristi,Kelly and families. I will always have Jo in my heart. She was kind, thoughtful, and caring. Love to you all

  9. Sorry DONALD about your loss . JO-ANNE will be missed by a lot of people

  10. Sharon and Doug Thompson

    Don and family: We are so sorry for your loss.
    Jo-Anne was a wonderful person.
    We send our love and support.
    Doug and Sharon Thompson

  11. Sheila Kilpatrick

    Donald and family, I feel certain Jo has been busy arranging the lives of all who have gone ahead of us. The floors of heaven will be sparkling clean and she will be pain free and resting comfortably!
    She was the sister I never had; we discussed very special issues (like should my dad hang my first bra out on the clothesline) or what did my mother mean when she said to me or Jo “do you have your special visitor today”? Translated one of us was cranky so that must of meant , who had their monthly visitor? OMG how life has changed! We learned to dance with our door knobs and we’re always in love with Fabien or Frankie Avalon! Memories will help me remember the love we shared!
    Rest in peace my dear almost sister, you will never be forgotten!
    Finally today I can tell you Coco Gost won and Sabalenka lost!!
    Hugs forever…..

  12. Peter and Maxine Alm

    Don and girls and their family, Maxine and I were sure upset to read about Jo-Anne this morning in the paper.Our hearts go out to you.

  13. Donald, Kristi, Kelly and family,

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Jo-Anne.
    Jo-Anne was kind, generous and full of energy.
    She will be deeply missed, thinking of you all.
    With love, the Nagra family

  14. Jefferson Massie

    Don and family
    So sorry to hear of Jo-Anne’s passing. Please accept sincerest condolences on behalf of Jean Purvis and Jefferson Massie for your loss.

  15. Ray and Barbara Elford

    Don and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Jo-Anne.
    Please know we are thinking of you during this most difficult time.
    Ray and Barbara Elford

  16. Dear Don and all of your family. I am so sad for your loss. Jo-Anne was such a vital and energetic woman and it is hard to imagine she is gone. I don’t think I’ve ever met a better conversationalist than Jo-Anne. She was always interested in other people, always full of lively ideas, and always so kind. It was an honour to know her. The photo you have posted is wonderful, as it captures her energy and warmth.

  17. Dear Don, Kristie and Kelly
    We send our love and comforting thoughts.

  18. Julia Bongiovanni

    Dear Donald, Kristi and Raine, Kelly and Buckley and Jamison,
    Our family is heartbroken over the loss of Jo-Anne. She was a bright light- so full of energy, love and enthusiasm for everyone and everything. We count our blessings that we got the chance to spend time with her and to truly know her over the years. We had some great times-laughs, great meals and experiences-especially over the holidays. And for me-some truly fabulous and enlightening walks during which we talked about everyone, everything and solved many of the worlds problems. She will be forever in our hearts and we lift you all up in prayer as you mourn her loss. May her memory be a blessing.

  19. Donna and Larry Steeves

    Don(ald), as Jo-Anne called you. What a lady. I didn’t know Jo-Anne long but I do know that there are no words to describe the loss you, yourself, are experiencing right this moment. As everyone has described her, Jo-Anne was a bright light in our community and a good friend. I’d also describe her as brave, determined and protector of her man. One of my first reactions with Jo-Anne was when she knocked on my door to ask me not to overwater my flowers because they were dripping down on your patio window. And, apparently, you took pride in your clean windows. I removed my flower pots immediately! You will miss her, there is no doubt but remember what she’d be telling you. And, remember too we are here to help you through this.

  20. Camilla Pascucci

    We are heartbroken at the news that Jo-Anne has passed away. It is unbelievable that we will not see her again. Hoping your grief journey will not be too much to bear. Sending all the Love Camilla and Angelica xx

  21. Jo-Anne inspired me to be a gardner. I live across the street from Kristi in Ottawa and would see her beautiful face and hear her when she came to visit. I shall always remember her and her love for life.

  22. DEAR brother
    its taking me a few days to process this dreaded turn of events I know this will get better in time but we have the memorys of a life lived to the fullest by a fiesty, loving,curious,dynamo called JO !her laugh and sparkling eyes will remain with us to you and your family

  23. There truly really are no words at times like this. It’s cruel that the world seems to go on as normal and Joanne is no longer here to share it with us!!!
    I shall miss her with all my heart,

    I cannot imagine how you are all feeling, and I hope and pray that this time of loss and change is not too overwhelming.
    Joanne’s Spirit will never go, her strength, determination, intelligence, compassion, loyalty, support, and fierce love of her family and friends will remain with us always.
    My heart is with you all…….

    Fly on Joanne !!!!
    thank you for being who you were, and for being such an inspiration to us all ❤️

  24. Hard to believe one of our Oak Bay Chicklets has left us, and much too soon,
    Reflecting back on these long lasting forever friendships formed in the 50,s, either at Willows School, or Oak Bay Jr, High, but more so in sharing
    Fun times hanging at Willows Beach,
    Fast forward many decades and annual trips to Victoria, always looked forward to, and seeing these
    Oak Bay Chicklet gal pals, Jo, Sheila & Penny, and their
    Partners, Treasured times and Jo will be greatly missed,
    Sending love and caring thoughts to Don and the family,❤️Joanne Fosti (Dickson). Cochrane, Alberta

  25. Sandra (Comrie) Cameron

    Don, Jo-Anne and my sister Phyllis and I (Sandy Comrie) grew up across the street from the Molyards. I can remember mom sending Jo-Anne home and Phyllis and I to our rooms. When you put three girls together everyone wants to be the one who decides what we are going to play.
    I also remember her dad driving us around in his funny little green car.
    It is sad to think that part I have no one to share that whole part of my life with.
    Jo-Anne was taken far too soon, you are too young to be a widower. I do hope that you two had lots of friends to support you.
    Best wishes, Sandra (Comrie) Cameron

  26. Marek & Shay David

    Thinking of you, Don. We are holding you in our hearts and sending love.

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