We mourn the loss of Joan Rees-Evans, known affectionately as the English lady. She died last month in her native England after living many years in Brigantine as an active resident and citizen. She got involved in community activities and enjoyed contributing her time, knowledge and opinions to make things better.

Joan started the Seashore Purls knitting group in the Brigantine Library making sweaters, baby hats, etc., for wherever they were needed. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brigantine Taxpayers Association and expressed her concerns and ideas during public comment at City Council meetings.

Living on the bay, she realized the necessity for strengthening Brigantine’s system of bulkheads, becoming an advocate for doing so. She was a substitute teacher in the Brigantine schools, and a regular visitor and helper at the Brigantine Library. She was a Beach Clean- Up volunteer and appreciated the “exotic” (her word) colors of a beautiful garden.

And, not to be forgotten, she was a good bridge player, and pool player also, introducing us to the enjoyment and required skills of this challenging game. We’re playing still!

We miss her.

Sincerely, Her Friends




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