In memory of
Joan Borowitz of Cambridge passed away peacefully at a Needham hospice on April 26, 2018, at the age of 63. Born in Boston on February 28, 1955, she was a graduate of Olney Friends School, a Quaker boarding school in Barnesville, Ohio and Simmons College, Boston. After college, she worked as a hospital administrator in Boston and performed stand-up comedy at open mic nights. Long after her careers ended, she was still much appreciated for her humor in the face of adversity and for her extraordinary gift of friendship. In later years, as a resident in assisted living facilities, she contributed articles to their newsletters and entertained with her piano playing. She was a devoted fan of certain popular entertainers, including Paul McCartney and especially Barbara Streisand. Joan made friends everywhere she went with her wit, her piano playing and her caring generous nature. Her life and the lives of many others were enriched by a vast network of her multiple friendship communities, and especially the love and friendship of her Quaker community. She is survived by her father, Albert; her brothers Peter and Andy, four nieces and a nephew. Interment will be Tuesday, May 1 st at 11 am in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Information on an upcoming Memorial Service will be announced on Legacy.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138.
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