Joan Brevard of East Orange, a former longtime Montclair resident, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on May 14, 2021. She was 90.

Beloved mother to five children, Mrs. Brevard was born in Bloomfield and attended Barringer High School in Newark. When she was a child, her parents relocated to High Street in Montclair, where she lived many of her growing years and later raised her family. 

A true trailblazer, she was Montclair’s first female mail carrier, at a time when women’s jobs were limited. Her energy seemed to know no bounds, as she eventually left the post office to enroll in and graduate with honors from Seton Hall University, all while raising her five children. After graduation Mrs. Brevard became a schoolteacher and worked for the Irvington Board of Education. She retired in 1998 as a fifth-grade teacher. 




She was well-traveled and took several trips to exotic places each summer. One vacation always included a week in Cape Cod with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. 

She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends, who cherished her giving, kind and warm spirit. Those who came in contact with her immediately recognized her gracious and generous nature. 

Mrs. Brevard is survived by her daughter, Karen Gagnon; sons Eric and Marc Brevard; granddaughter Alyse Gagnon; a host of nieces, nephews and friends, and her treasured Shih Tzu, Sidney. 

She was predeceased by two brothers, Christopher and Frederick Willis; a sister, Harriet Embrey, and two sons, Gary and Robert Brevard. 

Visitation is at 10 a.m. Friday, May 21, at Martin’s Home for Service, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions capacity is limited.