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Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2019

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It is with broken hearts the family announces the passing of Joe, loving husband of Lillian, on September 23, 2019, at the age of 89 years.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Joe's memorial page at
A celebration of Joe's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, located at 603 Wellington Crescent.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 28, 2019

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • I got married in Churchill and Joe became my very first landlord. My new wife and I never had a better landlord or friend. Got to say it, Joe was a treasure . I was blessed to have known him........ - Posted by: Bruce Grant (Friend ) on: Nov 10, 2020

  • That is a really nice photo gallery. LaVerne Sovereign - Posted by: LaVerne Sovereign (friend) on: Oct 29, 2019

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many fond stories were told about Uncle Joe and Aunt Lillian and the Churchill years throughout my childhood and adult years. Joe was a blessing to all who met him. I will remember his smile and dancing eyes the last time we met. May you find comfort and peace in those special memories. - Posted by: Cheryl L. Brischuk (Mike) (cousin) on: Oct 18, 2019

  • Many fond memories from taxi driving days in Churchill, and being part of the friendship that went along with it. Joe was kind of a mentor to me, as he gave me the opportunity to be a part of that. The many long nights driving, and the hundreds of crib games played will always be remembered with fondness. Sincere condolences to you and your family Lil. R.I.P. my friend, Joe. - Posted by: Ken McGibbon (Long time friend....) on: Oct 11, 2019

  • Lil and family. So sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Sincere condolences. LaVerne Sovereign and Mabel Beck. - Posted by: LaVerne Sovereign (friend) on: Oct 11, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Lil, Lynda, Ron & families. Many fond memories of the friendships with the Kowal family. One particular memory stands out regarding a cab ride home in a snowstorm from "The Hill" that resulted with the men pushing the ladies home in Joe's taxi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may the wonderful memories help comfort you during this difficult time! - Posted by: Letendre Family (Friends) on: Oct 05, 2019

  • Joe and Lil lived next door to me in Churchill. They were the best neighbors I could have had! We kept in touch over the years. Many of the people who came to our house when we had the tundra buggy, knew Joe especially for his cribbage games, as they stayed at his motel. Lil was always gracious and known for her great hospitality. They both had a way of making you feel welcome! Joe will be remembered as a good man, a jovial man..who loved his family and people. Sincere condolences to all of the family...we have peace knowing Joe is in a better place. Hugs! - Posted by: Jane Jacobson (neighbour) on: Oct 02, 2019

  • Lilian and Ronnie my deepest condolences. My memories of the family in Churchill go on with the stories I tell. The entrepreneur trapper. The fun times and memories of the Kowal family. Robin Allen and family - Posted by: ROBIN ALLEN (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • My condolences to Joe's family from Debbi Larsen Onischuk, I grew up in Churchill & knew the names Joe & Walter Kowal. We were Ted Larsen's children & dad died in 87 @ 59 yrs old. I truly am sorry for your loss, my regards. - Posted by: Debbi Onischuk (friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • I am very sad to hear of Joe's passing. My sympathy and prayers go out to you and the boys. - Posted by: Julien (Al) Chartier (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • Dear Kowal family, My memories of my time in Churchill are happy ones of you and especially Joe. He was the greatest host, both at the hotel and in his home. He sure allowed us (Transair crews) to make the most of our time in Churchill. They were the best of times and Joe was a huge part of that! I miss those days. My sincere condolences to all of you. Pennie - Posted by: Pennie Styan (Goodridge) (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • Lillian and family. My sincere and deepest condolences for your loss. - Posted by: Diane Bellerive (Acquaintance ) on: Sep 28, 2019

  • Many years ago Larry drove cab for Joe in Churchill, Joe's taxi numbers were 26 and 27. We would like to send our condolences to the family. May he RIP. Shirley and Larry Wright - Posted by: Larry and Shirley Wright (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2019

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