It is with great sadness that we have recently learned of the passing of a long-time CAMMAC member. We’d like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Joscelyn Ann Hurst.

Joscelyn Ann Hurst 1


February 16, 1933December 9, 2020


Joscelyn shared her love and knowledge of music and languages with family at home and touched so many others throughout her teaching career, musical theatre productions and travels. Joy and her husband Don were also the “second parents” for many people, opening their hearts and home to those needing love or support.


A tribute from CAMMAC member Anastasia Llewellyn:

Grandma Joy was not actually my grandmother, but she was one of my favourite people. My first memory of Joy Hurst was when we were both in Vincent Beaulne’s beginner blues guitar class during Broadway Week at Lake MacDonald, when I was 14 and she was 71. On the first morning, as we were learning our very first chords, a bird came crashing right into the window of the studio. Joy calmly and matter-of-factly set about getting the bird back on its way.

Despite our age difference, Joy and I became fast friends. I gained so much confidence as a chorister singing next to Joy over several summers—we did not always sing the right notes, but we managed to stay in tune! I remember hugging Joy as she shed a tear over Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”, only to find myself tearing up as well. To this day, I think of her whenever I hear that song.

I am going to miss Joy (and her hugs) terribly. My thoughts are with her Deborah, Joscelyn, EJ, and the family. CAMMAC just won’t be the same without her.


Please note that the family is planning a virtual get-together on Saturday December 19 2020 for people to get together to remember Joscelyn. Please contact for information and to register.

A Celebration of Life, as per Mrs. Hurst’s wishes, will take place at a later date.