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Born: Oct 24, 1934

Date of Passing: Jul 04, 2020

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October 24, 1934 - July 4, 2020

Suddenly and accidently, we lost our "Joe/Papa".
Left to grieve are his wife Beverley; his children, Karen (Mike), Joe, Frank, Dean (Cathy); and his grandchildren, Cory (Nikki), Kevin (Paige), Jason, Tim (Matt), Matthew; and great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn his loss is his sister Angie; brothers, Gabe, Frank (Helen); sister-in-law Joyce, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister Rose (Joe), and brother-in-law Dave.
Joe had always been a hard worker all his life working numerous jobs to support his family. He was employed at CN and after 37 years, he retired as a General Yardmaster at Symington Yard.
A private service to celebrate Joe's life was already held.
The family wishes that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Diabetes Association.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I just was notified today of Joe’s passing. Firstly, my sincere condolences to Beverly, Dean, Joe Jr. and the entire Torchia family. Joe was the godfather to many of us young supervisors who worked with him in Winnipeg. His help, guidance and personal friendship will never be forgotten. It was my honour to have known him. - Posted by: Ed Bruzzese (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2020

  • Sending our condolences to Beverly and family. You will always have your memories of the good times to help you through the tough times ahead. - Posted by: john and Elinor English (cousins husband) on: Jul 13, 2020

  • Bev and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love Doug and Joan - Posted by: Doug and. Joan Carter (Cousin) on: Jul 13, 2020

  • Remembering a lot of fun times together at the cottage and especially Christmas get togethers. Uncle Joe was always extremely generous, and never afraid to tell us how much he loved us. Family was everything to him. So sorry for your loss. Hugs from across the country. Love, Colleen, Greg, Mike and Kerrie xo+ - Posted by: Colleen Loewen (Niece) on: Jul 12, 2020

  • It was with much heartache that I found out of the passing of Joe. He was such a large part of my younger years, as was the whole family. So many fond memories of time spent in the basement shooting pool, drinking his Crown Royal and replacing it with Five Star! Late nights, early mornings. Please know your whole family has always been in my thoughts and prayers, now more than ever. My condolences to Bev, Karen & Mike, Joe and Frank, and my brother from another mother Dean and his better Cathy. Love you all, wish I could be with you, but know my heart aches along with yours. - Posted by: Steve Lipischak (Friends) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • Joe was my uncle. I will always remember how he always made us kids feel special. You always knew he loved you unconditionally! Many memories from my childhood with him at their house. I just wish we had seen him more as adults. ❤RIP uncle Joe xo - Posted by: Dena Torchia (niece ) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to all the family from everyone in Victoria, BC. - Posted by: Joe and Antonietta Ritrovato (Friends ) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • To Frank, Helen and family. I am sorry for your loss of Joseph, a very dear person to you. Condolences are being sent on behalf of Jill Palmer nee McWhinney. - Posted by: jill palmer nee mcwhinney (co-worker friend to Frank at Canandian Airlines/International) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • Dean and family, I am very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You all are in my prayers... God Bless, Donna (Steve Lipischak's sister) - Posted by: Donna Lipischak (Friend) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • Our Deepest Sympathy on the passing of Joe! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family! - Posted by: Bruce and Janet Anderson (Friends) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I worked with him in the early 80's as a young Trainmaster learning from the Legend. He was an exceptional teacher and friend and I'm sure he will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. - Posted by: Bruce and Janet Anderson (Friend) on: Jul 11, 2020

  • Joe was the Go-To- Guy at Symington (CN). Many, many times I personally asked Joe to handle situations and he was always willing to assist. He had the knowledge and respect of all to bring resolutions to issues. I certainly respected Joe very much. My condolences to the Torchia family. R.I.P. Joe. 🙏🙏 - Posted by: LeRoy Fox (Co-Worker) on: Jul 11, 2020

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