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1945 - 2021
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Marilyn; beloved daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Andre, much loved grandsons, Kingsley and Sammy; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Norm LaPointe.
Predeceased by his parents, Fritz and Betty; brothers, Robbie and Geoff; and Mom and Dad in-laws, Bill and Mary Irvine (he was the son they never had).
His grandsons were the light of his life (always ended our conversations with Love You Lots). Took the boys to Disney numerous times. Had wonderful time, don't know who enjoyed more, us or the grandkids.
Joe loved curling, in fact he was the Quebec Junior Boys Curling Champion. Still enjoyed curling, but in later years enjoyed it on TV. Joe enjoyed playing games on the computer and when he couldn't get around as well, spent many hours playing video games, especially June's Journey. He was well known as the Cabana Boy at our pool parties.
Joe was an Electrical Technician. Started his career at Smith Carter Partners and then with Public Works Canada, retiring in 2010 after 35 years. After retirement did some contract work for 17 Wing. Joe loved everywhere he worked. While working for the government he was fortunate to travel to places that most of us will never get to go, even had the experience of being in a small plane crash, but all ended well, and an interesting experience to tell folks.
Joe was an active member in the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan for 40 years and served as the President of the Kiwanis Homes of East Kildonan and Transcona for the past 20 years. Joe loved his time spent with Kiwanis and Kiwanis Homes and he met and became friends with many new people.
Thanks to the many friends and family who have helped and looked out for Joe and me over the past few years. You all know who I mean.
Thank you to Dr. Kathy Knezic for her care and compassion to both Joe and myself. Thanks to everyone at 3E at Riverview, you made Joe's last days easier. Thanks to everyone at Palliative Care, you helped me make it easier for Joe.
If you wish, please make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in Joe's name; www.cancercare.mb.ca.
Because of Covid, no service now, but hopefully later.
What will I do when you are far away
and I am blue, what will I do,
What will I do with just your photograph,
to tell my troubles to.
When I'm alone with only dreams of you,
that won't come true, what will I do
KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Hi Marilyn. I was so shocked and sad to read about Joe's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and Jennifer. I remember the many chats my husband Tim and I had with you and Joe when we were out cutting our grass or out for walks with our son Ryan and our pooch. You and Joe were wonderful neighbors. May the many happy memories you and Joe shared together bring you some comfort during this very difficult time. Rest in peace Joe. - Posted by: Gisele Bork (Neighbor at 119) on: Feb 13, 2021
Very nice writeup Marilyn-he was a great gentleman with a big heart and community man right from the start---gave his all to the homes and was proud of his commitment---KIWANIS will not be the same without him---we share your loss and think of him--you an your family often ELAINE & SCOTTY MCLAREN - Posted by: ELAINE & SCOTTY MCLAREN (FRIENDS) on: Feb 06, 2021
Greetings Marilyn, Just a few words. As a long-time property manager, I want to acknowledge that you and Joe have generously and voluntarily provided many years to serving the needs of hundreds of seniors in the EK Kiwanis Homes. This quality of service provided for more than 25 years is not easily seen. It is seldom rewarded, except by the warm smiles of those who were lucky enough to meet with you and with Joe and benefit from the kindness that goes beyond basic landlord service. Sincerely, Pete Sanderson friend / colleague Board Member Manitoba Not For Profit Housing Association - Posted by: pete Sanderson (Friend) on: Jan 24, 2021
Joe - you were a great friend and so enjoyed working with you. Rest In Peace Joe. You will not be forgotten Connie Michael - Posted by: Connie Michael (Co-worker and friend) on: Jan 23, 2021
My wife & I, wish to pass on our deepest condolences to you, Marilyn, Jennifer & Family. Alot of fond memories visiting with you, doing dinners & laughing so much. I immediately think of your pet/dog....who attacked balloons in your living room, and hide his treat cookies.....where everyone could see & easy to retrieve. Same cookie & yet re-hid so many times. Best memory/story.....was when Joe went on one of his Electrical inspection trips up North & that Marilyn decided to mow the lawn while he was gone. Joe, upon coming home to catch heck? about how terrible the lawn still looked & that the lawn mower needed fixing etc. Problem was,......that Joe had previously removed the cutting blade to be sharpened & wasn't re-installed. I still share that story today. (sorry Marilyn) Fred (a.k.a. Joe) helped me immensely, designing & doing the Electrical for our cottage at the lake & basement reno. He was that kind of guy (& friend). Rest in Peace Joe. Larry & Randy Adams - Posted by: Larry Adams (Old friend, work compadre ) on: Jan 23, 2021
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