March 11, 1928 – October 30, 2015

Joe passed away with Rose, his wife of 57 years, at his side. He is survived by his family: wife Rose, son Eric of Cranbrook, BC, daughter Cathy of Gunn, AB, son-in-law David and beloved grandchildren Christie and James. He also leaves to mourn his sister Maria, several sisters-in-law, and numerous other relatives in Germany.

Joe was born in BudaÖrs, Hungary, the oldest of three children. In 1954 he immigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Ocean Falls, BC. Rose joined him in 1958 in Ocean Falls where they were married. Eric was born in 1961 and in 1964 the family moved to Nanaimo. After Cathy was born in 1965, they moved to their home in the Diamond in Ladysmith, where Joe and Rose lived until his passing.

Joe worked for many years as a welder at Harmac until his retirement in 1991. He was a cowboy at heart, enjoyed reading, puttering around his hobby farm, and was an avid Habs fan during their heyday. He was very generous and hardworking. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

A mass will be held Tuesday, November 10th at 1pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ladysmith followed by a reception in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Children’s Hospital (938 West 28th Ave, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4H4) a cause that was dear to Joe.

Special thanks to Rose’s friends, especially Janet, for their loving support over the past few weeks.

Happy trails Pardner! Love you Opa!

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