Joseph George MahieuxApril 17, 1956 ~ January 5, 2018 (age 61)
A man of determination and true grit passed away on January 5, 2018 at the Crowsnest Health Care Centre. Joe Mahieux was called to be with the Lord after 61 years of a full and meaningful life.
Joseph George Mahieux was born on April 17, 1956 in Blairmore, Alberta to proud parents, Carol and George Mahieux. He and his three siblings were raised in majestic mountain valley of the Crowsnest Pass and appreciated the unspoiled treasures of nature and the people of this community. Joe’s great stature was matched by his great appetite for food and living life to the fullest; he was an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for hunting, fishing, quading, berry and mushroom picking and showed great skill at butchering, canning and cooking. Joe’s softer side allowed him to enjoy dancing, socializing with friends and a good book. His charismatic and strong character attracted several lovely ladies but his heart belonged to his children whom he cherished above all else. Joe would have sacrificed all just keep them smiling and content. Their success was his greatest joy and their trials and challenges were his utmost sorrows.
Joe provided for his family with several jobs, specifically as a heavy equipment operator and journeyman welder in the coalmines and later in life as school bus driver. He was dedicated to the community and many organizations: He was Past Master of the Sentinnel Masonic Lodge, a founding member of the Quad Squad, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Three Rivers Chapter, the Hillcrest Fish & Game Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, and first responder and fire chief of the Crowsnest Pass Fire and Rescue department for over forty years. He sat on many bargaining committees where he exercised his negotiating skills and demonstrated integrity and respect with just a simple word and handshake. He used a heavy foot driving life’s highway and walked away from many tragic scenes in his life where most others could not. For Joe, courage was being scared to death but saddling up anyways. A modest man of great stature and morals, he had faith, friends and family that he treasured, and our community has lost someone very special. May he stand tall once again in the paradise of God’s promise.
He is survived by his loving children, George (Melanie Schefter) Mahieux of Hillcrest and Kristie Mahieux of Bellevue; his cherished grandchildren, Connor Joseph, Makyan Isaiah and Jorja Gabriella; his devoted mother, Carol Mahieux-Aebli (Née: Wenger) of Blairmore; his siblings, Annette Mahieux-Bone of Blairmore, Ray (Terry) Mahieux of Blairmore and Wade Aebli of Bellevue; his nieces, Stacy Mahieux and Megan Aebli; his nephew, Chad Mahieux; his extended family and the many friends he made throughout his lifetime. He was predeceased by his son, Joey Mahieux; his father, George Mahieux; and step-father, Robert Aebli.
A simple celebration will be held at the M.D. M. Community Centre in Bellevue with Fr. Ben Marino presiding on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed towards the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (601 – 90 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin's Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.