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Date of Passing: Jun 03, 2021

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On Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the Grand River Hospital in Kingston, ON, Joseph passed away at the age of 85.
Joseph was born in the small town of Ste-Genevieve, Manitoba, he was the son of Sauveur and Lucie (nee Legal) Desrosiers. He lived in many cities, across Canada, but Manitoba was always home.
He was the loving husband of Suzette Hafner and lived in a number of cities together, Ottawa, Montreal, and Cambridge.
He was Dad (Papa Jos) to his five kids, Arthur, Georges, Lucie (Jim), Claudette (Robin) and Ginette (Rodney). Dearly remembered by his surviving brothers, Rene and Gerard; and sisters, Agnes and Claire. He will also be remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and large extended family and friends.
His career included teaching, Principal, Federal Civil Servant in language training for National Defence. His extensive travels to numerous continents and love of sharing those experiences made for many enjoyable chats with him.
Funeral services for Joseph will be livestreamed on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CST from Waterloo. Cremation to follow. Celebration of Life will take place later in Manitoba. To join our livestream of the service please visit

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Arthur, Georges, Lucie, Claudette and Ginette. How I remember babysitting you on so many weekends many years ago. I have often thought of each of you since. Sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. Claudette Dornez - Posted by: Claudette Dornez (Second cousin) on: Jun 17, 2021

  • Lucie, Jimmy and family, our deepest condolences. Mike and Gayleen - Posted by: Michel Manaigre (Family friend) on: Jun 14, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to the family from Raymond and Hélène - Posted by: Raymond Lansard (Ex brother in law) on: Jun 10, 2021

  • I will always cherish our visits. Rest easy Pépère Jos. - Posted by: Rachelle (Grand Daughter ) on: Jun 08, 2021

  • Our sincere sympathy to you Suzette and Desrosiers family. I grew up in Ste. Genevieve and lived near Joseph and family. We are cousins and we visited often. I left Ste. Genevieve and moved away to. St. Catharines, Ontario. We met again years later. I have great memories of him and Suzette.. Rest In Peace dear cousin. - Posted by: Louise Guilbault (Cousine) on: Jun 08, 2021

  • Tellement triste d'apprendre du décès de mon cher oncle Jos. Un gentil homme qui m'a toujours donné de son temps quand on se trouvait à la même place à même temps :) Mon père Lucien, l'ainé de la famille de Sauveur et Lucie, était très fier de son frère benjamin! Repose toi bien oncle Jos, ton devoir ici est complété! - Posted by: Andre Desrosiers (Nephew) on: Jun 08, 2021

  • Our sincere sympathy to all of Joe's family. Nos condoléances à la famille de 'Jos' comme on l'appelait. Homme doux et aimable, son sourire était contagieux. - Posted by: Colette et Hubert Mangin (Ancienne collègue en enseignement) on: Jun 08, 2021

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