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Born: Feb 16, 1952

Date of Passing: Nov 17, 2021

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February 16, 1952 - November 17, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ken Joss in the early morning hours of November 17, 2021, at Selkirk General Hospital after a year long battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Ken kept his mom and dad on their toes with his uncanny, fun-loving antics from an early age. In his youth he excelled in track and speed skating. In Grade six for sportsmanship, Ken was awarded the Buzz Horn Trophy. As a teenager Ken became the proud owner of a brand-new Dodge Dart Swinger. He was constantly modifying his Dodge for drag racing competitions. His efforts weren't in vain as he won several trophies. With his mechanical ability along with his dad's know how and experience it made them a great team when working on their cars, trucks or heavy equipment.
Ken's distinguished career as a Winnipeg Firefighter for 32 years allowed him to branch into a side business of clearing snow in the winter and street sweeping in the spring. Ken retired from the Winnipeg Fire Department as Captain in 2004.
Ken had five loves in his life. First and foremost was his son Zachary. In the summer whether riding their motorcycles or fishing the back country near Ingolf, Ontario, they were inseparable. In the winter they enjoyed ice fishing. This past Father's Day Ken posted "Drag racing and riding motorcycles with my Son." Do I have anything to complain about in life, not one G.D. thing. On Zach's 23rd birthday Ken posted "Zachary is my mark in life and makes me totally complete". Ken's second love was his first wife Georgina whose untimely passing left a huge void in his life. Ken's third love were his "Hogs". When on a ride nothing else mattered. His fourth love was his "other home" at Ingolf, Ontario. He was a master entertainer welcoming his army of friends and family to enjoy his culinary skills. Fifth but no less important to Ken was his love of family and friends. He had an art of captivating everyone with his endless humour even if it was at their expense.
Ken had many interests and hobbies. He was a perfectionist at whatever he did. He cherished his time salmon fishing in B.C. and his 25 annual trips to Sturgis.
Ken was meticulous in constructing the addition to his cabin with the help of his friends. If he didn't know how to do something, he researched it to the "nth" degree. He took great pride in whatever he did.
Ken was predeceased by his first wife Georgina and his parents, Mary and Daniel Joss. Left to mourn his passing are his son Zachary, siblings: brother Danny (Janice) Joss, sister Eleanor (Garry) Winch, brother Keith (Marion) Joss and sister Jacquie Joss, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and an army of friends including Wayne, Jackie, Dave, Kevin and Kirk to name a few. Ken is now together with his family and friends who have preceded him.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no formal service. A Celebration of Life will be held in the summer for family and friends. Ken's wish would be that each and every one live life to the fullest and be true to yourself.
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and health care workers for their compassionate care given to Ken.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Ken's name to CancerCare Manitoba.

Rest In Peace father, brother,
uncle and friend.


Publish Date: Nov 27, 2021


Peacefully on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Ken passed away at the Selkirk General Hospital.
Longer notice to follow in next Saturday's paper.


Publish Date: Nov 20, 2021

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021, Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • So sad to see another co-worker pass on. I worked with Ken at 1 station for a few years in the mid 90'S. He lit up the room every time he walked in. I considered him to be a very good friend and a terrific person. We were also stationed at 18 as Captains on different shifts at the end of our careers. I think everyone can see now just what cancer does to firefighters. Too many taken away far to soon. You will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Bruce Meyers (Coworker) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to all the JOSS FAMILY ON THE RECENT LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED KEN. I did meet many of your family through JACQUIE, AND USED TO OFTEN SEE YOUR PARENTS AT TIM HORTONS WHEN I LIVED IN WPG. BEFORE MOVING TO B.C. MAY KEN'S MEMORY BE FOR A BLESSING! SADLY, ESTHER WEINSTEIN. - Posted by: esther weinstein (friend) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Captain Joss's presence was fierce with a heart of gold. You could always count on him and his crew. So sad that he's no longer with us miss you my friend. Condolences to his Family. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Firefighter Friend) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Kenny will be greatly missed by Jackie & myself as he was like family to us for over the 55 years that we knew each other enjoying times together from terrorizing the North End of Winnipeg to living in rural Manitoba. Rest In Peace my brother & we will ride together once again & continue our journey. Love you! - Posted by: Wayne & Jackie Chambers (life-long friends) on: Nov 27, 2021

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