Mrs  Joan Edith De Poortere

Mrs Joan Edith De Poortere

03.02.1921 - 05.01.2019

Joan Edith Nash was born in Devonport (Devon) in 1921. Her parents, George Nash and Florence Chandler died at an early age in 1930 and 1931 respectively, and Joan and her brother George (born in 1925, died in 2009) became orphans. After a short stint in an orphanage, Joan was given a new home with her aunt Edith Hill, first in Petersfield (Hampshire) then in London.

She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service during WW2 where she worked in signals. She met Pierre De Poortere, then training as a bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force in Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) where they were both stationed. They became engaged in 1943 and married in Hanwell, West London, in 1944.

At the end of the war, in 1946, they moved to Tangier, Morocco where Pierre’s family lived. They had three children, Michel, Anne and Christine. Joan and Pierre lived in Tangier until his retirement in 1981 when they moved to Brussels.

Pierre died in 2012 and Joan came back to England to live near Anne in Bognor Regis (West Sussex) where she spent her last few years. She died just before her 98th birthday.

She will be missed by her three children Michel, Anne and Christine, her seven grand-children Marc, Stephen, Etienne, Catherine, David, Gabrielle and Christopher, and her fifteen great-grandchildren Milo, Hamish, Loki, Angus, Ali, Rémy, Dougal, Adam, Theo, Toby, Astrée, Aisha, Maya, Alazne, Aritz.

Schillings Luc


Sincere condolences.
Every time I was invited to lunch with Michel and my sister Anne,
and Joan was there, I could appreciate her kindness and
her participation in the conversation.
As soon as I can, I will write her name in the book of Mass intentions
at the St.Heart Church in Knokke



Rest in peace, Grand-Maman.

We love you and miss you!

regis de poortere


I will not able to join the funerals but I want to share your sadness. I only have good memories of Aunt Joan. When visiting her and Oncle Pierre in Brussels, I remember someone always attentive and very kind. She will stay in our hearts forever.

Anthony (Tony) Welsh


Aunt Joan, Godmother, I have many happy memories of growing up in Tangier-your house, the beach in summer, the hills in winter- and your visits later to us in Gibraltar. My late mother’s best and oldest friend.
The end of an era- my condolences to Michel, Anne and Christine and her extended family.

Monniot Michel


De tout coeur avec la famille
Je n'ai que de bons souvenirs avec tante Joan
Je vous embrasse tous les trois

(Wholeheartedly with the family
I only have good memories with Aunt Joan

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