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Joycelyn "Joy" Helen Dundas


Joycelyn "Joy" Helen Dundas
Joycelyn "Joy" Helen Dundas

Joycelyn "Joy" Helen Dundas (nee Adamson), age 85, of Cambridge, passed away from lung cancer peacefully on February 12, 2021 surrounded by family in her home.

Joy will be lovingly remembered by her husband and best friend of 62 years, James "Jim" Albert Dundas and their children, Michele (H. Gordon), Trevor (Nancy), and Angela (Kevin) and her sister Margaret B. Beattie (Don) of Woodstock, New Brunswick. Joy will also be affectionately remembered and deeply missed by her grandchildren, Alex (Matilda), Amanda (Jesse), Sarah Joycelyn, Scott, Sean, Seth, Ryan (Natasha), Kristopher (Laura), and Brandon (Krystal). Joy was also blessed with great-grandchildren, Jordan, Max, Nigel, Oscar, Kallie, Kiera, and Isabelle. Joy had three very special extended families – her tightly-bonded eleven Ryerson ’54 classmates, her family of many wonderful bridge friends and her dear neighbours, Troy and Jackie Patrick.  She will be fondly remembered by all of them. She was predeceased by her loving parents J. Marshall Adamson and Eileen M. Adamson formerly of Streetsville and her beloved uncles and aunts, J. Edward and Violet Shortreed and Helen Marie and Al Everetts.

Joy was born at home during an incredible snowstorm on January 21, 1936 in Streetsville (Mississauga), Ontario. Joy’s father, Marshall, was the Reeve (mayor) of Streetsville from 1952 to 1957 and a lifetime member of the Lions Club and the Masons. He named two streets in Streetsville after Joy and Margaret: Joymar Drive and Joycelyn Drive. Growing up, Joy spent time with her sister, Margaret, riding bikes around Streetsville and bowling with their mother, Eileen. Joy and Margaret took piano lessons and they played piano duets and sang in the Peel Music Festival every year. They also sang in their school choir and acted in the school plays annually. Joy loved to play cards. She learned card games like canasta, whist and euchre at a very young age from her uncles when they came home from the war.

Joy was very bright and graduated high school at age 16. She attended Ryerson Institute of Technology (now Ryerson University) and graduated with a degree in Home Economics.  She went on to teacher’s college and then she began teaching Home Economics at the age of 19 at Lyndwood Junior High School where she met James "Jim" Albert Dundas, her husband of 62 years.

Joy and Jim were fabulous dancers. They spent their early married years dancing and curling. They went to NYC to dance in various dance halls and attended many curling bonspiels in Galt. They also took up square dancing and thoroughly enjoyed the many friends and dances both in Cambridge and later at Stoney Lake with their grandchildren.

Joy stopped teaching and spent her time raising Michele, Trevor, and Angela ensuring that each had plenty of love and opportunities.  In particular, they spent time volunteering and raising money for Children’s International Summer Villages which inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. Joy worked part-time at the Knotty Pine in Preston, Cambridge and really enjoyed helping people who came to dine and shop. Once Jim retired from teaching, Joy devoted herself fully to a new hobby, playing duplicate bridge. Her son, Trevor, had become a duplicate bridge Life Master in the 80’s and he introduced his mother to the game. Joy absolutely loved it and that would shape the next three decades of Joy and Jim’s lives. Recently, Trevor shared with Joy that he had become a Sapphire Life Master and she was thrilled.

In 1984, she got her start at a bridge club in Kitchener and she then played bridge twice daily for decades. Joy enjoyed directing at the club and tournament level. She met so many wonderful people that she decided to start a new bridge club in Cambridge. Joy taught bridge to new and intermediate players at the Cambridge Seniors Center. By 1992, Joy became a Life Master in duplicate bridge after accumulating the necessary 25 gold, 25 red, 50 silver, and 200 black points by winning at local and regional tournaments. Joy and Jim placed 3rd in the world in the Instant Matchpoint Game played all over the world simultaneously. Joy would often play at the Canadian Bridge Championships with her son, Trevor. In 1995, Joy and Trevor won the Top Flight A Swiss Team Championship. This was a major accomplishment. In 2018, Joy finally retired from directing bridge after more than 25 years. She had directed over 3,000 games, taught over 1,000 bridge lessons and directed bridge-themed cruises travelling to dozens of international destinations. She received a 25-year Cambridge Volunteer Award and was nominated for Cambridge Volunteer of the Year.

Joy was loving, generous, supportive and kind. She enjoyed having a good time. She loved to host her friends for card nights and she made it a priority to teach her family these various card games. Her children all have fond memories of Thanksgiving at Stoney Lake and weekend family game nights where the family played card games all night long, including the family favorite, "Ninety-nine". Joy will also be remembered by her grandchildren for teaching them "Ninety-nine", cribbage, euchre and beginner bridge. Joy loved watching game shows and her grandchildren would watch right alongside her. A highlight was their trip to experience one of the last tapings of Bob Barker on the Price is Right for Jim’s 80th birthday just prior to Bob’s retirement. Joy supported her children in everything they did, even when it meant making some kind of sacrifice. As much as Joy loved to see the world, she was even more excited to hear about the travels and adventures of her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Due to restrictions, a family service is being held at Corbett Funeral Home in Cambridge, Ontario on Wednesday February 17th. Interment will be held at the Streetsville Public Cemetery in Mississauga where Joy will be laid to rest with her mother and father. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joy’s memory may be made to the Cambridge & District Humane Society (  to honour her beloved Emily or to Children’s International Summer Villages ( To sign Joy’s guest book and leave your memories, please visit  or email [email protected]

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