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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father, brother, grandfather, uncle, nephew, and husband Joe at the age of 59.
He is survived by his wife Darlene of over 30 years, his daughter Josie (Jon); sons, Joseph, Joshua (Marlene), Jade (Raina), Jordin (Chanel); his sisters, Beverly, Betty and Diane; brothers, Adelard (Joan), Eugene (Celia) and Joshua; 11 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his mom and dad, Lucy and Allan; his brother Allen, his brother-in-law Ferdinand Fontaine, nephew Jessie, his great-niece Tabetha and great-nephew Vasilli.
He was a great hockey player not only in his youth, but as he got older and played in many tournaments. Always quick with a joke asking did you hear this one? That is just the way he was. Joe thought family is family. It did not bother him that he had to travel hundreds of miles for a funeral, he was there. WEDDING! You could not keep him away! He would always make sure another part of the family was there. Always looking on the bright side, even though we were grouchy and felt we had enough. Some travels were hard, but Joe would not despair. Off track, Joe was born and raised in Winnipeg, but he never lost his roots to OCN. There is so much to say about Joe, this obituary cannot even come close to the person he was.
Private service being held at Eternal Grace Funerals following all Covid-19 restrictions.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Growing up, my late uncle Alan & aunt Lucy would always say, these are your brothers! Never hesitate to hug them, I can say this family was crazy funny I enjoyed the company when my late mother took me to visit her brother... Y'all be in my heart forever, my deepest condolences to the family I love you although I have not met you - Posted by: Annette (First cousin ) on: Feb 16, 2021

  • A few weeks has gone by now. Although I know he's no longer here, not actually seeing him again will be very difficult. Our family, meaning our parents and grandparents, stressed family values. They always made sure we paid our respects to family whenever we could. Joe did that. He always put his family first, wife, children,brothers, sisters, mom, dad, nieces and nephews. If there was a family trip, he would stuff as many family members in the vehicle as he could. Everyone was always happy to see each other. Those of us on OCN would still like to plan family getogethers. Here or there. It don't matter, let's continue on this tradition in tribute to Joe and all our other family members. - Posted by: Shirley (Nephew) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • R.I.P. Joe - Posted by: Wayne Bearshield (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2021

  • I was very sad when I read Joe's obituary. Joe and I worked together for a few years and I have great memories of our time working together. One year just before christmas we were building an addition on a cottage and the ice had broken away from the dock and left a large enough opening to swim. After convincing us that we should try it, Joe was the first in! (I think he came out of the water faster than he jumped in!) I still think fondly of all the laughter we shared. I hope fond memories of Joe will carry Darlene and family through this difficult time. Mark Ranson Friend of Joe's - Posted by: Mark Ranson (friend) on: Jan 21, 2021

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