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Born: May 27, 1939

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2020

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With sorrow, we share the unexpected passing of Joseph Walter Novak on August 4, 2020, at the age of 81.
He will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 56 years, Adella. Also missed by son Dwane (Kimberly), Analeigh, Connor; son Sheldon (Jillian), Emma, Samantha, Malory, Mason, Brody, Max, Asher; daughter Marissa (Trevor), Brody, Colby, Kiera, Keely; daughter Janna (Scott), Hayley. He is survived by his brothers, Bernie and George Novak, his Litke in-laws and all their families.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Annie (Nemetchek) Novak, and his brother Jerry Novak.
Joe was born in Minitonas, MB on May 27, 1939 to Walter and Annie Novak. In 1955, at the age of 16, he moved to Winnipeg and went to Kelvin High School and did construction work for "Walter Novak & Sons."
In the summer of 1962 Joe met the love of his life, Adella Litke and they were married at Grant Memorial Baptist Church on June 27, 1964. Joe built their first home on Garwood Avenue and the home in Charleswood where they have resided for 51 years.
Joe had many different types of jobs until he became a Bus Driver for the City of Winnipeg in February 1969. Throughout his 35 years as a driver he made many lifelong friends and he received many accolades as a driver, most notable was being named as 2003 Bus Driver of The Year and retired in 2004.
Joe was a hard worker whether he was getting paid or volunteering. He shared his time as a Sunday School Bus Driver and Usher at Grant Memorial Baptist Church - where he was a member for more than 60 years. Joe loved his beautiful yard and garden and even in his last days, he was out picking weeds in his yard. Dad helped his children with home renovations and was remarkably involved in his grandchildren's lives.
Joe remained active in his retirement years with many different activities. Joe and Adella travelled extensively to many destinations and ended their travels together with a Mediterranean Cruise which included a visit to the Holy Land.
Joe Novak was a kind, humble, forgiving and jovial man. He was a faithful follower of Christ, husband, father and grandfather. He was friends with many people, whether it be for a moment or a lifetime. The simple things in life brought him abundant joy. Our lives will be forever changed by his life and death. Bible verse from Micah 6:8, "The Lord has made clear to you, Oh man, what is good; and what is desired from you by the Lord; only doing what is right, embrace faithful love and mercy and walk humbly before God." Well done thy good and faithful servant. We will love and remember you all the days of our lives.
We thank Pastor Sean Sagert, Dr. B. Rumboldt, the staff at Concordia Hospital, Deer Lodge Centre and his home care workers.
Flowers gratefully declined, donations can be made in honour of Joe to "Compassion Canada (Ecuador), Box 5591, London, Ontario N6A 5G8.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020, by invitation only. To view service via live stream please visit

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences to the entire family, to Adella on the loss of your husband and to Dwane and Kim and all the family on the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. We didn't know him but he sounds like he has left you all with many precious memories. Treasure them. Linda and Wayne Adams (Zielke) - Posted by: Linda and Wayne Adams (Friend and former co-worker of Dwane) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • God did not make a nicer person than Joe Novak. Rest In Peace Joe from the Fifer’s - Posted by: Anna and Allan Fifer (coworker ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Verna Guenther (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Our family got to know him when his father Walter along with Joe and his brothers built my brother Cliffords house on Vimy road. He was a soft spoken kind Christian man who only spoke kind words to those around him. My prayers go to Adele and all of his family at this time. I am sure that Joe will hear well done thou thou good and faithful servant. - Posted by: Ivy Debono (nee Hardy) (Part of Hardy family) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Adella - so sorry, my sincere condolences. Betty Turnock - Posted by: Betty Turnock (Mother's cousin) on: Aug 08, 2020

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