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Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2019

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On July 29, 2019, Joseph Steven Kowal passed away peacefully at the age of 70 years after a long illness.
Joe was predeceased by his father Stephan, his mother Mary, and his beloved wife of 39 years, Daphne.
Joe also dedicated 39 years to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, from which he only recently retired in 2016.
Gratitude is extended to the caring and compassionate staff of 5-Unit 7 of Seven Oaks Hospital.
Cremation has taken place, and following Joe's wishes, there will be no service.
Please make a donation to an animal shelter of your choice in commemoration of Joe.

You will be missed.

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 31, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I am saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was a bright light. He had a smile and a hug for me every time I saw him. Godspeed, Joe. - Posted by: Nancy Norris (Recent friend) on: Aug 02, 2019

  • A close friend of my from Wpg Ems just informed me of his passing . Very sad , he was a great mentor , instructor , and role model on how to be a professional at all times in the emergency services field . I’ve never known anyone else that could tell you the colour of a house or whether it had a fence in front of it when going or dispatching a call . Photographic memory at the finest , he will be missed by many , Godspeed - Posted by: Gerry Desjardins (Immediate supervisor when I worked at Wpg Ems ) on: Aug 01, 2019

  • Joe always met me with a smile and shared sage union advice as well as fond memories of ‘the good old days’ with the ambulance department. Rest In Peace Joe. - Posted by: Jim McKendry (WAD co-worker ) on: Aug 01, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Worked several years alongside Joe but in Winnipeg Police communication centre. Always a kind word to say...a smile and all round great guy! Thanks for the friendship! Rest peacefully now Joe. Barb Muzik - Posted by: Barb Muzik (Colleague with WPS) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was always such a friendly person with a big smile. - Posted by: Florence Allard (Work with WPS ) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Joe was my first partner when I joined the WAS in 1978. He knew stuff and was incredibly talented at his work. Joe was an excellent role model and mentor. Saddened to learn of his passing. - Posted by: John Malyna (Past Co-worker) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of Joe`s passing. He contributed so much through all those formative years in the department. So many things to say and memories to cherish. Rest well friend. Chris - Posted by: Chris Spalding (friend and colleague) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Working with Joe was really great. He was always a gentleman and always greeted me with smile. - Posted by: Mona Anderson (Work colleague) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Joe and I worked together as partners in ambulance dispatch for several years in the '80s. I admired his logical thinking, extensive vocabulary and ability to command respect. Rest in peace Joe. - Posted by: Rod Giese (Past co-worker with WFPS) on: Jul 31, 2019

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