ForeverMissed
We are all so blessed to have had Joan in our family. She loved fiercely, was the kindest, most thoughtful, generous, and humble person, who always took the time to brighten someone's day. Jojo was incredibly strong, driven, talented, funny, patient, nurturing, prayerful, compassionate, and beautiful inside and out. She was also one of the most fun-loving people with a brilliant smile, always up for a great time, and brought plenty of joy, laughter and naughtiness into our lives. Just like her parents, Sunny and Matty, Jojo opened her home to loved ones near and far, making Casa Feliz a hustling bustling place, full of family and friends, delicious food, great conversation, beautiful music, warmth, and cherished memories.

Joan was the beloved wife of Keith Shenoy; mother of Sneha, Viren and Tarun; sister of June Coutinho, Jennifer Rodrigues, Joyce D'Souza, and Jean Pinto; sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, niece, and a friend to all. 

Joan was brave in the face of cancer the last two years, taking it all in stride, and still putting everyone's needs before her own, until the very end. 

We love you, our darling Joj. Always & forever.
Posted by Jackie De Almeida on December 9, 2019
What a beautiful testimonial, Karen! Jojo's great desire was that her family should know and follow the Lord.. It's great that you have learnt this from her!
I'm in a hospital room with my mum right now, and was sharing with her the many times that we experienced Jojo's love and generosity.
I'm pretty sure she's busy planning treats and surprises for her loved ones down here.
Posted by Bernadette Dsouza on December 8, 2019
Enjoy your heavenly birthday banquet dearest Jojo - we miss you dearly. Words cannot express our feelings since you left us.
You touched our lives in a million unforgettable ways. 
We are blessed to be a part of your family.
Intercede for us and help us in our lives as you always did when you were among us.
We love you & miss you.
Buddy & Hygi
Posted by Maria Gupta on December 8, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN SHENOY

Joan ‘Shenoy’ did you say?
I know Joan....
How often has this happened to one of us? Chances are - to everyone! Isn’t that right?
Joan touched so many many people in her beautiful life so tragically cut short.

Vivacious yet calm, kind yet ‘no nonsense’, enthusiastic yet practical, intelligent yet inclusive, a multi talented spirit with a ready wit, she lent her brains and brawn to every issue she took up, with passion!

Her command over the English language was legendary. Her crisp messages with the choicest vocabulary down to the point, are now sorely missed. She was truly ‘Our English Rose’.

Joan was a born leader! She effortlessly garnered support wherever she went. She gave of herself tirelessly in every thing she did - till the very end- with every ounce of strength she could muster - despite the weakness and pain. Her winning smile and gentle voice won our hearts - she taught by example - that was Joan!

There are many many chapters to Joan’s life - one of which brought her Into mine - our paths crossed and for that I am forever grateful. Joan’s pet project SHINE (Sacred Heart Integrated Neighbourhood Endeavour) - coined and designed by her - yet another of her many talents - was formed way back when, with some of our neighbourhood stalwarts. Joan ‘single handedly’ carried this project through, inspiring a whole new generation to join hands for a “cleaner and greener” Santacruz.
No task was too big - no detail too small. She taught us to plan, discuss, execute and strive to complete.
We shall miss her insatiable drive and charisma that somehow managed to do it all but, we are left with a legacy. The shoes are big to fill Joan but, try we will. After all, we had the best teacher!

I could go on and on. How can one do justice to a personality so accomplished? She used every talent she was bestowed with to the fullest and for the benefit of all. What a beautiful soul! For me, Elton John’s words sum it all…..
“The candle burned out long before your legend ever will…..”

We cannot help but miss you dearest Joan, but we take comfort in knowing that the heavenly skies now have our brightest Star from
SHINE Santa Cruz.

Happy birthday my friend,
Maria

Posted by Sabrina Fernandes on December 8, 2019
Dearest Jo
Your birthday today . Miss you n think of you so much. Your at the Lord’s banquet with the angels celebrating with you.
Rest In Peace dear friend
Love
Sabrina n Antonio
Posted by Dora Lobo on November 3, 2019
YES Karen You have said it ALL
The likes of Jojo we will never Find
God Bless Her for The Beautiful Memories she has literally imprinted on the hearts of those she touched
That Empty Space can never be filled
Be Happy JoJo In the Arms of the Lord
Posted by Karen Widling on November 1, 2019
June, Jenny, Joyce, Jean, Joan.
June, Jenny, Joyce, Jean, Joan.
I think I learned this before I had even learned the names of the days of the week. My brother, Kim and I would try to see who could recite it faster.
June, Jenny, Joyce, Jean, Joan. The Crasto Sisters, The 5 Jays. They have always been a package deal, like 5 peas in a pod. A constant in my life. Like the vertebrae of the family, these 5 together supported this super tight knit family through their prayer, their uplifting messages, joyful songs and over the top corniness. 
Jojo being the youngest, one would expect her to be the spoilt little sister but she was so far from it. She loved to make her sisters happy and was an incredible source of strength to each of them at different stages in their lives. Even though she was the baby or perhaps it was because of it, she had the ability to rally her sisters (and their families) into doing anything. Almost always for the good of others and quite often to add a bit of masti and fun.

Jojo was not only my aunt, she was also my Godmother and I have always felt like I won the Jackpot with her and Keith as my Godparents. She has been my role model and my inspiration in different ways in every phase of life. She and Keith both played such huge roles in my life as a baby. They were the ones to bring mommy back from the hospital and to help her in all those early trying days of parenthood because Daddy had to stay in Lagos. As a young kid, I was thrilled to have the youngest, the coolest of the Jays as my Godma. She was the “heppest” as my mom would say, so fashionable and well put together. When people started telling me I looked like her, I was thrilled! I mean how could I not be? Her smile could light up any room and I decided I wanted to be a source of joy for people like she was.

As I got a bit older, I realized it wasn’t just her beauty that made people want to be around her. I started to take notice of how she interacted with people. She was so gentle in the way she spoke to every single person she met from the dhobi-walla to the priest and even us, her mischievous nieces and nephews. As the cool auntie, she would often take on lots of time with her nephews and nieces,who would get up to lots of mischief. She somehow managed to stay calm and collected even in the face of bratty kids. And now as a mother and a teacher who faces bratty kids daily, she is even more of a hero to me. In these situations, she had to let go of her pride in order to make us feel respected and loved even while punishing us for our own good. In these situations she was imitating Christ.

I saw her strive to be more like Christ in so many other ways. She was generous with her resources, especially the one that is often hardest to give and costs the most to so many: her time. I remember one time she took us to an orphanage to play with the children there and to drop off donations. She wanted to teach us empathy, how to put ourselves in the place of others so that we could learn to put others before ourselves.

It was this caring nature of hers that made her such a magnet for people. She was our biggest cheerleader, encouraging us to try new things and to commit ourselves to the interests we love. Anyone who knew her even for a minute felt like they had known her all their lives. She listened to their stories and would go to such great lengths to help them. This was most clearly evident to me in the past two years while she was battling cancer. Even though she was suffering and in pain, she still wanted to make others happy. She was still organizing fun activities, getting outfits and sari blouses made, entertaining countless visitors and smiling through her pain because she knew that her smile would bring comfort to us.

It is so hard to make sense of the world without Jojo but her faith in God and his plan for us was unwavering, and this is why I know that I have to follow my Godmother’s example and put my trust in Him. If we could all be just a little bit more like Jojo, live a life that is full, full of prayer, full of smiles, full of mischief, full of the things that make you happy, full of time with the people you love and full of concern and action for the less fortunate, then we would all get close to being more Christ-like and this world will be a better, happier and brighter place.
Posted by Dorina Mathews on October 10, 2019
My darling Joan
I love you and am always thinking of you.

Until we meet again

Those special memories of you
Will always make me smile
If only I could have you back
for just a little while

Then we could sit and talk again
Just like we used to do
You always meant so much to me
And always will do too.

The fact that you are no longer here
Will always cause me pain
But you’re forever in my heart
Until we meet again.

Miss you loads my friend I will never find another you
Posted by Dora Lobo on August 30, 2019
   Tribute To Jojo
   Lives of great men, all remind us,
   We can make our lives sublime,
   And, departing, leave behind us,
   Footprints on the sands of time. 
                       H W Longfellow

    A Great Woman has left her earthly abode,
    Precious memories imprinted in the hearts of young and old.  

   JOY filled the atmosphere, when she stepped into any place,
   Overwhelming was the charming Smile, always on her face.
   Abundant Love, she extended to family, friends and strangers too,
   Noble of Heart, like her, we find very few.
  
   Sneha, Viren, Tarun and Keith were the greatest part of her world,
   Her sisters she cherished very dearly, through their unity,
        sibling love was unfurled
   Endowed with multiple talents, she helped others in distress,
   Nothing deterred her thinking mind, not even her illness.
   Obedient to the Will of God, she silently accepted The Big C,  
   Yes, we prayed for the miracle, which was not to be.

   
   Darling Jojo, You fought the good fight, now You are in the Lord’s embrace,

   Pray for us all, and ask Jesus to fill us with His Grace
                                          
                                   A Dora
                                   
                                            Love and Prayers
                                                A Dora
Posted by Debbie Alvares on August 25, 2019
Our Dearest Joan,
You touched our lives in a very special way but more so you enriched it with your love, affection, generosity and of-course the MASTI. Our ringleader now and always! 
You leave us with such beautiful memories… not just us, but the children too, memories we will individually cherish for the years to come.
A Godma to Kiara, correction, a fairy Godma forever waving that magic wand of indulgence. Your recent prayer on her Confirmation Day, meaningfully written and framed is a keepsake she will cherish for a lifetime. To Nics and Adu you were no less, an aunt who brought excitement to every milestone they passed.
Thank you for the memories, thank you for the blessings and thank you for being the inspiration in our lives. You truly showed us the value of life and more importantly of love.
There is a saying….”when you live in the hearts of those who love you.. you never die.”
Your spirit will always remain in our hearts. You lived a wonderful life and now you are our angel in heaven.
As Father Lawrie aptly described you in his homily .....you will forever be our JOAN OF ❤️
May you always rest in heavenly bliss
Posted by Elizabeth Pires on August 22, 2019
Dear Keith, Sneha, Tarun and Viren:

I have not had the pleasure of meeting you but I worked closely with Joan for the past few years as we co-edited Femnet and got to know her well.

I cannot tell you how shocked and devastated I felt on hearing from Renuka that she had passed away. I still cannot believe it is true. In the few years that I knew her I saw first hand what a brilliant, dynamic and talented person she was. Blessed with a formidable intellect, mountains of energy, strong convictions and a passion for things she believed in, she combined it all with great kindness, and compassion and a wonderfully fun, warm, generous and caring personality. She bravely fought the “Big C” as she called it till the end and yet managed to pack so much into her life. She had a terrific attitude which was a lesson in gratitude for me. In our last conversation in May this year, when I asked her how things were going, here answer was "one day at a time, there are so many so much worse than me".  I liked and respected her very much. 

My mind keeps going back to the times that we shared. Our frequent conversations and exchange of emails as we put each issue of Femnet out, a couple of lunches that we enjoyed when I was in Goa, where we talked long into the afternoon. Her joy and passion for life was contagious. I will miss her very much and feel so glad that our paths crossed even though it was not for very long.

Knowing how sad my own feelings are, I cannot even start to imagine what a difficult time this must be for you. And words can be of little comfort. I know you must be hurting now. You will be for some time. A long time. But time heals and I hope that pain will give way to happy memories of your wonderful wife and mother. The times you had together, the laughter that you shared, her pride in you, her many kindnesses and the care and devotion you gave to each other—all of these and so much more will be with you forever. So as you grieve, know that those tears will give way to smiles and memories as you remember the times you had with her. And I hope that these memories will be of comfort to you in the days ahead as you come to terms with her loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant dear Joan’s soul eternal rest and may He give you the strength to bear what I know will be a profound loss for all of you.

I send you my condolences and sincere sympathies on this very sad loss. 

Betty Pires (London)

Posted by Desi Bool on August 19, 2019
Dear Keith, Sneha, Viren and Tarun
We want to send our love and thoughts to you. We are so saddened to hear that your gentle and beautiful wife and mother has passed away. This has been devastating journey for you all and nothing can take away your sadness and the overwhelming loss you feel. Joan was a truly beautiful soul and we know that her faith and the love and support you gave her, helped her through this terrible ordeal with such courage. 
You are a beautiful family with such combined strength and love for eachother: your strong memories will be with you forever and, in time, help to soften your pain and lighten your days.
May Jojo's beauty and love always surround you, willing you to be strong.
We send you all much love and healing and you will be in our thoughts constantly.

“Some people come into our lives & quickly go.
Some stay for a while,
Leave footprints on our hearts &
We are never, ever the same”
Posted by Marishka Pinto on August 17, 2019
Dearest Aunty Jojo

Thank you for bringing joy, fun and creativity to every family occasion and constantly showing your love and genuine care for us. From sending small trinkets, earrings, kurtas, you name it, to getting personalized photo books or calendars made, to printing a life sized poster and hauling it across oceans so we can get that perfect family shot. Your thoughtfulness knew no bounds, and you were the special masala that made our family sooo fun and delicious.

You brought compassion and life into everything you did and every interaction you had. While we can't replicate the twinkle in your eyes, the flare with which you wrote, or your effortless style and grace, we can try to emulate how you lived your life to the fullest, so that we feel you in our lives. May we all laugh a little easier, do masti more often, follow our passions, write with fervour, and use our talents in service of others. May we make time to connect with people and make them feel special, plan heartfelt gestures for our loved ones, call each other darling and sweetie more often, and just plain call each other more often.

You will be missed terribly, remembered often, and loved forever. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Janice Pais on August 14, 2019
Rest in peace, dearest Jojo. The Lobo family was blessed to have you in our lives. You were the perfect match for Keith – warm, caring with a great sense of humour and your 3 lovely children – Sneha, Viren and Tarun have inherited all these traits.

I have learned so much from you especially in the last 2 years of your illness. The calm acceptance of your situation, never thinking ‘why me?’ which is something most of us would be prone to do. In our last few message exchanges you had so cheerfully said ’In a better place than so many’ which has made a huge impact on me and in your memory I am determined to remain focused on the many blessings in my life. We will miss the warmth and joy that your brought to each gathering, your twinkling eyes and 1000 watt smile. 

May God grant you the well-earned eternal rest in his kingdom and bring comfort to Keith (your rock, as you referred to him), Sneha, Viren, Tarun, your sisters and their families and all who loved you and face a void in their lives with your departure. You will live in our hearts forever.
Posted by Nathan Almeida on August 14, 2019
Legends never die!
If each of us had to write about aunty Joan we'd probably break the Internet. Words can't sum up the memories and love shared. You're gone but never forgotten and you'll live forever in our hearts. All I can say to you aunty Joan is legends never die.
Posted by Sabrina Fernandes on August 13, 2019
Dearest Jo,

Cannot believe you're gone. Keeping looking at my Whatsap and the tears just well up. Breaks my heart to know I will never hear your voice again. Your laughter, your kindness, your great sense of humour, your caring words, your thoughtfulness, your naughty masti. We came as strangers to Casa Feliz and left as family. Just look back over the years and the happy memories all come to mind, our decorating the foyer at christmas, the birthdays. Thank you sweetie for the wonderful person you were. You never once missed checking up on nana on the 2nd floor each day. You were a gift to us and we will cherish your memory always.

And to you brother, Sneha, Viru and Taru - all our love to you. Know that she is watching over you from heaven. We too are only a phone call away.

Love
Sabrina and Antonio

Posted by Al Quadros on August 12, 2019
Dear Keith, Sneha, Viren and Tarun,

Please accept our deepest sympathies. Jojo was a beautiful person inside and out who is missed dearly.

You are in our prayers.

Love
Helene & Avie
Posted by Francesca Krishnan on August 12, 2019

         When I must leave you

When I must leave you for a little while
Please do not grieve or shed wild tears
But start out bravely with a gallant smile
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all things the same
Feed not your loneliness on empty days
But fill each waking hour in useful ways
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And in my turn I will comfort you and hold you near
And never, never be afraid to die
For I am waiting for you in the sky
Posted by Francesca Krishnan on August 12, 2019
Farewell dearest Joj

How do we say farewell to a gem like Jojo? I guess we don’t. It’s heart breaking to know we will never again see her beautiful smile nor feel the warmth of her hug or experience her extended love and caring but Jojo will live on in our hearts, minds and souls forever.

Despite the miles and silence that separated us, Jojo was and is everywhere. From her Silver Jubilee missive which I chanced upon recently to my giant 60th birthday Cosmopolitan Cover that she so craftily created, to the gorgeous chain (which I will treasure forever) that she slipped into my hand when we said our goodbyes after visiting for HER birthday last year. She was always thinking of the other person, even in the midst of all her pain, anguish, anxiety and sadness. For all our special celebrations, Jojo was the Organiser in Chief and Ring Leader. She went the extra mile to add colour, beauty, drama and oh so much fun – be is Roces, Christmas, Vacations, New Year’s Eve, Weddings, Anniversaries or Birthdays with food on the table, specially customised outfits for everyone for each occasion and games galore – she was a perfectionist with her own level of energy and brand of joy.

We are truly blessed to have had Jojo in our lives to show us what pure giving, caring and selfless love is all about. Krish constantly reminisces about the million visits he made through Mumbai enroute to Chennai in the 90s during trying times and how Jojo and Keith helped him keep his sanity with their hospitality, words of comfort, reassurance and stability. 

Why our Lord gave such an angel so much suffering and then took her away, I cannot understand. Through her last few weeks, we didn’t know what to pray for. But I know He has greater plans for her in Heaven and will give her the peace she so deserves.

We were spared seeing Jojo’s suffering in her last few months but for her nearest and dearest who journeyed with her and shared her struggles and pain, may I offer

• PLAY THE MOMENTS
• PAUSE THE MEMORIES
• STOP THE PAIN
• REWIND THE HAPPINESS

God be with everyone through the difficult times ahead. May God grant you eternal rest our dearest Joj.
Posted by Desi Bool on August 11, 2019
Joan, we feel so privileged that our paths crossed. Although we didn’t spend much time together, you made such an impression on us with your generous, gentle and beautiful spirit, your magnificent smile and the way you made everyone feel special. Each time I was in Mumbai, you and your wonderful family invited me to your home, helped me find my way around and source things I wanted to buy and then helped me when I had difficulties in sending my goods back to Australia. 
You faced this terrible challenge without complaint and with quiet courage and strength and still considering others first of all. Joan, our lives are enriched because you were here. You will be missed beyond measure and forever loved.
Posted by Jackie De Almeida on August 9, 2019
Jojo... How can one try to describe a loved one? And in particular, such a special person like you?

Yes, I believe I can address this to you because I know that you are with the Lord.. You surrendered your life to Christ, even from the first few days when the blow struck.. And you persevered in this trust in spite of all the trauma, pain and challenges you went through. You are surely alive and well with the One you trusted and served so well.

Every time we encountered you, we came away loved and edified.. hoping to learn from you how to open our hearts to people in the way you did to us. We experienced your overwhelming generosity.. always left your home with well filled tummies, snacks for the road, not to mention beautiful and thoughtful gifts for each one. Even the grandkids remember you well.. Playing in your beautiful garden and kneeling down in front of Mama Mary's statue.

Keith, Sneha, Viren and Tarun; June, Jenny Joyce and Jean; all the rest of the family... We pray that the Comforter will wrap you in His arms and care for you all. I believe that Jojo is able to help you much more now (many of the saints claimed this!) You will see this happen, despite the grief and empty space in your lives.

We love you all. Sorry to have missed being with you at the funeral. Hope to meet you.. At least at the Month's Mind.

Basil, Jackie and gang.



Posted by Germaine Andrade on August 9, 2019
This would be the fifth time I have tried to write about the memories of dear Jojo, for the tears won’t stop, therefore I asked my daughter Ashley to help me to do so.

I was 12 years old when I met Jojo. We used to go to Keith and Sharon Lasrado Shenoy house every Sunday evening to watch Bollywood movies. Sharon and Keith knew me since the day I was born, so it was sad to see them move from Hill grange to the Super Star building. We used to have girls parties at superstar and Jojo was the one who always came up with the most interesting and fun games. As the years went by we had a few parties at Merriville our house and I vividly remember Jojo teaching us a dance in her distinct white Jumpsuit.

Jojo’s sister, Joyce, became my sister-in-law soon after, and Jojo was the one who designed our bridesmaids outfits.
When Chris and I got married, I was going to sit on the chair for Chris to take off my Garter when Jojo came running to me and said “let’s have some fun with Chris and put your nephew on the chair.” Chris was feeling my nephew’s leg and surely he must have been very confused. Jojo was not feeling well the day of my wedding and left early, little did I know she was pregnant with little Tarun.

The next time I meet Jojo was at Keith and Joyce Silver wedding in Toronto. She had gotten a beautiful cake done for them with lots of marzipan leaves around it. Each one had a word written on the leaves such as love, peace, joy, and happiness.
Three years later we met Jojo again for our niece, Karen’s, wedding, where Jojo tied all the turbans for all the guys at the Roce. She had matching sarees and cholis made for all the bridesmaids and Ashley and Kiara’s flower girl dresses.

When I came down to India for my niece wedding in 2011, Jojo kindly came to my daughter Ashley, cupped her hands over Ashley's chin and said “how are you doing my girl, God bless you.” That was the time when I had flashbacks of Sneha and Viren when they were as young as ten.

The last time I saw Jojo was in April of 2015, in Mumbai for my nephew’s wedding. Later that summer I went to Toronto in August 2015 for a friend`s silver wedding. I told Joyce that I was doing a Bollywood dance in Calgary and I need a choli to be stitched. Instantly Joyce said “I will send the choli to India with Tarun, and Jojo will get it done for you.” The choli fitted me perfectly and Jojo said “this is my gift for you.” I will treasure that choli.

Jojo and I kept in touch by e-mail, and two years ago, when I heard the big C had visited her I stormed heaven and was expecting a miracle because Prayer changes things and I have witnessed lots of miracles in my life. Jesus had other plans for Jojo and now she is in her eternal home with her loved ones.

Dearest Keith, as u put your beloved wife and best friend to rest, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sneha, Viren, and Tarun, your mum was your hero on earth now she is your Angel in heaven interceding for you.

June, Jenny, Joyce, and Jean, I know your hearts are sad as you put your baby sister to rest. Her beautiful and kind memories will give you the strength to bear her loss. Our condolences to all the brother-in-laws Dolphie, Keith, Rockson, Mario, nieces, nephews and their families, and all the other relatives and friends.

R.I.P. Jojo. We will miss you until we meet again.
Warm hugs of consolation and comfort to all of you
 
Sincerely,
Chris, Gemma & Ashley.
Posted by Chandrika Cerejo on August 8, 2019
A rose among all of us, Joj. Your beautiful smile and kind nature towards everyone especially my Dad and Mom were breathtaking and heart warming. Despite your busy schedule, you always had time to visit them, cheer them up and many others in need. We are deeply saddened God had other plans to take you back to him but we equally must be grateful that he gave you to mankind. Thank you darling for all you did, a job very well done, rest in peace, darling cuz ❤. We will continue to pray for your darlings, Keith, Sneha, Viren, Tarun, June/Dolphie, Jenny/Rockson, Joyce/Keith, Jean/Mario and your adorable nieces and nephews with their families, that they have strength and courage to bear your loss in the days / weeks to come. We love you, Joj, be our angel and intercede for all of us ❤
Posted by Yvonne Shenoy on August 8, 2019
Rest in Peace dearest Joan. I met you only once but you did leave a lasting impression. Your pain and suffering is now over and I am personally committed to hoping that there will be a cure to this disease.

Keith my condolences once again and stay strong

Yvonne (Hill Grange)

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Posted by Jackie De Almeida on December 9, 2019
What a beautiful testimonial, Karen! Jojo's great desire was that her family should know and follow the Lord.. It's great that you have learnt this from her!
I'm in a hospital room with my mum right now, and was sharing with her the many times that we experienced Jojo's love and generosity.
I'm pretty sure she's busy planning treats and surprises for her loved ones down here.
Posted by Bernadette Dsouza on December 8, 2019
Enjoy your heavenly birthday banquet dearest Jojo - we miss you dearly. Words cannot express our feelings since you left us.
You touched our lives in a million unforgettable ways. 
We are blessed to be a part of your family.
Intercede for us and help us in our lives as you always did when you were among us.
We love you & miss you.
Buddy & Hygi
Posted by Maria Gupta on December 8, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN SHENOY

Joan ‘Shenoy’ did you say?
I know Joan....
How often has this happened to one of us? Chances are - to everyone! Isn’t that right?
Joan touched so many many people in her beautiful life so tragically cut short.

Vivacious yet calm, kind yet ‘no nonsense’, enthusiastic yet practical, intelligent yet inclusive, a multi talented spirit with a ready wit, she lent her brains and brawn to every issue she took up, with passion!

Her command over the English language was legendary. Her crisp messages with the choicest vocabulary down to the point, are now sorely missed. She was truly ‘Our English Rose’.

Joan was a born leader! She effortlessly garnered support wherever she went. She gave of herself tirelessly in every thing she did - till the very end- with every ounce of strength she could muster - despite the weakness and pain. Her winning smile and gentle voice won our hearts - she taught by example - that was Joan!

There are many many chapters to Joan’s life - one of which brought her Into mine - our paths crossed and for that I am forever grateful. Joan’s pet project SHINE (Sacred Heart Integrated Neighbourhood Endeavour) - coined and designed by her - yet another of her many talents - was formed way back when, with some of our neighbourhood stalwarts. Joan ‘single handedly’ carried this project through, inspiring a whole new generation to join hands for a “cleaner and greener” Santacruz.
No task was too big - no detail too small. She taught us to plan, discuss, execute and strive to complete.
We shall miss her insatiable drive and charisma that somehow managed to do it all but, we are left with a legacy. The shoes are big to fill Joan but, try we will. After all, we had the best teacher!

I could go on and on. How can one do justice to a personality so accomplished? She used every talent she was bestowed with to the fullest and for the benefit of all. What a beautiful soul! For me, Elton John’s words sum it all…..
“The candle burned out long before your legend ever will…..”

We cannot help but miss you dearest Joan, but we take comfort in knowing that the heavenly skies now have our brightest Star from
SHINE Santa Cruz.

Happy birthday my friend,
Maria

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Shared by Savio Lobo on August 13, 2019
If I had to say one thing about Jojo, I would say that she was a role model for living a beautiful and full life. She used her talents in every way to enrich everyone that she connected with. Her presence immediately elevated the energy of everyone around her.  Jojo not only cared about people, she gave them her time and treasure. Joan was action.. whether it be serious business or fun.. we could all count on it happening!

My earliest memories of Jojo were watching her graft roses and take care of the garden in Colaba... even in Malad she grew those beautiful ferns inside glass containers. By then she was pretty much the only J at home and made time to play scrabble and card games and took care of planning fun and constructive things for me in the evenings.

Through my teenage years and beyond she always went out of her way to advise me.. Even though I was ungrateful and argued with her at the time, she never turned her back on me and patiently coached me. To this date I remember exactly when she told me that I should read some more about world affairs, after which I actually developed a real interest in it.

It was lovely to spend time with Sneha and Viru and get some lunch from her kitchen. She allowed Sneha to go on motorcycle rides with me which was a pleasure for both of us ! Over the years, she always tried to include me on outings even though I was sometimes young for the group and I will be ever grateful for that. I’ve enjoyed every trip or outing she planned, the sumptuous food she dished out, the hours of discussions, her thoughtful and tasteful gifts…I wear the two Kurta tops from Khadi emporium she bought me last, all the time.

Even when I brought my gora co-workers to India, they were immediately impressed by her. They enjoyed their evening with Keith and Joan so much. For the rest of that trip, whenever I asked them to try something they asked me “would Joan approve ?”.

Jojo  did so much for us, physically and emotionally and has been a rock for my mother and sisters and I am so so grateful to her. 

Cheers to Jojo… and to the exemplary life she lived!

Words cannot describe the amazing person you were

Shared by Samantha Correa on August 16, 2019
Dearest Aunty Joan,
All these years I’ve known you to be the kind, helpful, wonderful lady next door... I’ll never forget all the help and support you gave me when I planned to move to Canada to peruse my studies. You were my guiding light steering me towards my goal.
Even though you were in pain, you suffered in silence, always with a smile on your face. The last time I spoke with you, a month ago, you were still smiling with not a complaint about your pain and suffering.
You have touched so many lives and reached out to as many people as you could. You will always be fondly remembered for the amazing person you were aunty Joan. I miss you, but know that you are in a better place, watching over us each and everyday making sure we don’t mourn but instead live the life of service that you taught us to live.
Love you always 

Always the Thoughtful Aunt

Shared by Jason Rodrigues on August 12, 2019
It was a couple of years ago, I was probably 35. I made a surprise visit to Mumbai and landed on Christmas eve. As usual Casa Feliz was buzzing with activity and kids etc. I cant remember if it was after midnight or lunch the next day, kisses hugs and presents were handed out. Having arrived with no notice i did not have anything under the tree, so i sat around watching while the gifts were opened and thankyous were flowing. After all that activity was pretty much done and minutes later Joj emerged from inside with a gift wrapped for me. I was 35 with no expectations, but it was Christmas and i was still her nephew...