SACO — On Saturday June 17, 2017, the world became a sadder place. Joan D. Platt (Jojo), 63, of Saco, Maine, passed on peacefully from this world, surrounded by her closest friends and family.

Born in Biddeford, Maine, to Noella and Armand Gilbert, she was a proud Biddeford Tiger, graduating in 1972. She was accomplished in a variety of professions, owning a small business, serving as a customer service manager, driving tractor trailers cross country, becoming a certified master gardener and becoming the first, female-licensed tow-truck driver in Delaware.

Joan was a creative and passionate force, famous for her holiday packages, and baked goods. Her gingerbread houses and portrayal of Mrs Claus brought joy to everyone around her. A die-hard Red Sox fan, Joan loved gardening and spending time with her family, and more recently adored watching her grand-puppy, Luna. Until the very end of a difficult battle with cancer, she continued to focus on and worry most about the well-being of those around her, and will be dearly missed.

Joan is preceded in death by: her second-born son, Nicholas Platt; as well as her mother-in-law, Helen Platt.

She is survived by: her husband of 35 years, Richard Platt; her son, Stewart Platt; her parents, Noella and Armand Gilbert; her sisters, Janice Gilbert and June Acin; as well as a number of beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2017, at Cote Funeral Home Chapel, 87 James St., Saco.

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