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Joan Evelyn Leggett

December 6, 1941 — November 16, 2023

Walpole, MA, Canada & Freeport, Bahamas


Joan Evelyn Leggett, 81, passed away on November 16, 2023 after a brief illness. Joan was born on December 6, 1941, in Boston, to the late Arinbjorn E. Bjarnason and Frances Catherine Whitenect. She is predeceased by her twin brother, John Bjarnason, and her husband, Hubert T. Leggett, Jr. Joan was raised in Westwood, Massachusetts, and she enjoyed her summers in New Brunswick, Canada with extended family and friends.  After graduating from Westwood High School, Joan embarked on a career as a flight attendant for TWA, which spanned over four decades. It was during this time that she made lifelong friends and met her husband, Hugh. Together they traveled, both for work and pleasure, and eventually purchased their home in Freeport, Bahamas. They enjoyed the sunny, warm weather, the beach, and boating. Sadly, Joan’s husband Hugh passed away after only eight years of marriage, and she spent much of her adult life living independently. Joan was an avid golfer and an enthusiastic sports fan. She loved watching golf, figure skating, hockey and football. When she was not golfing and cheering on her favorite teams, Joan could be found reading. She was a voracious reader, especially of mysteries, and she could often be found browsing the aisles of local bookstores. Joan resided at her home in Walpole, Massachusetts during the spring and fall seasons. It was here that she spent time with old and dear friends, the Williamsons, who were like family to her. While Joan loved her time in Massachusetts, she always looked forward to spending her summers at her home on the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada. She had many fond memories of her childhood there with her loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Joan is also survived by her close friends in Canada, the Harrigans. They were caring and dependable friends to Joan for many years. Once the weather grew cold though, Joan could be found planning her travels to her winter home in Freeport, Bahamas. She loved the warm weather and beautiful ocean views. Joan was a strong and independent woman, and she maintained this active lifestyle until very recently. She had many close friends in Canada, the Bahamas and throughout New England, and she valued each and every one of them. Joan’s legacy is one of resilience, independence and a deep appreciation for life’s adventures.

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