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JOSEPH P. WEST

Born: Dec 07, 1920

Date of Passing: Aug 11, 2017

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JOSEPH P. WEST It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Joseph West on August 11, 2017, at the age of 96. Though our sadness is immeasurable with the reality of our loss, our hearts overflow with the memory of his life and the warmth of his spirit and love. Joseph was born in Winnipeg's North End December 7, 1920. He was raised in a large loving family where he was always surrounded by his parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. His ambitions started early when, as a young lad, he would sell vegetables throughout the neighborhood. His charm and quick wit earned him many a repeat customer. This early introduction to vegetables turned in to a lifelong love of gardening. ln the early 1940's, Joseph enlisted in the Canadian Air Force and served for a period of time during the Second World War. lt was during this time that he met the love of his life ... Cecile, on a trip that took him to Thunder Bay. lt was a match! They married in 1944 and started their life together in Winnipeg. They were married for nearly 60 years at the time of Cecile's passing in 2004. Joseph started his career with Canada Packers as a timekeeper and through the years, completing his education in the field of accounting, he rose to become the Employee Relations Manager, retiring in 1984. His expertise in negotiations saw him being sought out for various advisory committees and boards over the years. He was a consultant on the board at St. Boniface Hospital well as the Manitoba Labour Board. After Canada Packers closed it's doors in the late 1980's, Joseph was recruited to assist with the hundreds of displaced employees at that time. He was successful in finding a good number of jobs for these workers. Family was important to Joseph and Cecile, raising their girls Carol and Diane took priority. He inspired his family by his actions and encouraged them to utilize their talents and to be strong in character and their beliefs. He always instilled in a loving and supportive manner the concept of hard work, perseverance and diligence. Joseph had many interests and talents. He was an accomplished local artist whose works have won numerous awards. Many of his paintings have been commissioned and are hanging in a variety of venues across the city, province and country. Joseph enjoyed curling and gardening ... keeping active with these activities during his retirement. Golf was a special love of his and he truly excelled at the game. He saw two "holes-in-one" over the years and "shot his age" numerous times starting at age 73 and more recently at age 90... both tremendous accomplishments. The love of travel was probably one of his and Cecile's favorite pastimes. Over the years their journeys saw them visit many different locales. Some of their favorites were Germany, Majorca, Switzerland, England, Barbados, Sarasota, Palm Desert, Tempe, Cape Cod, Hawaii and a variety of spots across Canada. Dad was a natural storyteller, making folks laugh with his many jokes for every occasion, always sharing humour and wisdom. His ability to recall these stories at the drop of a hat was really uncanny. His quick wit was renowned. His eloquence in speaking made him a frequent contributor at various business and family functions. Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Valentine and Rose; brothers Frank, Andrew, Walter and John; sisters Kathleen, Mary, Agnes and Florence. Joseph is survived by his two daughters, Carol (Gary), grandchildren Mark and Kristen, and daughter Diane (Marcien); brother George (Juelle); numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. We celebrate his life, a husband, a father, a grandfather ... who touched so many with his talents, his humour, his friendship and his magnificent soul. He had a great life, a full life, a life blessed with joy, laughter and love. A life that he treasured. A golden heart has now stopped beating. A private Mass of Christian Burial has taken place at St Anthony's of Padua Church, Father Dominic Yuen officiating. lf so desired, donations in Joseph's memory can be made to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation. Online condolences can be found at www.cropo.com. Cropo Funeral Chapel, 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 19, 2017

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I am ever so grateful to have met and known Joseph. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to spend time with him.! He will always be in my heart! His smile is forever in my soul! Prayers are with you all! Donna - Posted by: Donna Fitzpatrick (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2017

  • So sorry to read about the passing of your father, Carol. A true gentleman. I remember visiting his home and viewing all his paintings. He made me feel so welcome and I could see how much he enjoyed sharing his artwork. Hope to hear from you. - Posted by: Chris Thullner (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2017

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