It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of an amazing man, Joey Joseph of Coleman, Alberta, who succumbed to cancer after a long and valiant battle. With peace and dignity, he was called to be with the Lord while surrounded in prayer with his loving family on March 10, 2018 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre in Blairmore at the age of 78 years.
Joseph Henry Joseph was born on March 26, 1939 in Coleman, Alberta to parents Joseph Sr. and Maria Joseph. His father died before Joey was born but received his name as a legacy. Although life started with many challenges for Joey, he learned self-reliance, determination and courage at an early age. He treasured his family and adopted a positive and outspoken attitude. He was blessed with a loving wife and devoted children and grandchildren who he adored. He provided for his family by pipelining and his hard-work ethic and talents proved to be an inspiration to his family and colleagues.
Joey was a lifetime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, past President of the Royal Canadian Legion in Blairmore, a member of the Building Committee at the Coleman Legion, and someone you could talk to who would tell you how it really is. He enjoyed playing several sports including baseball, golf of course his passion Hockey. He was given the nickname “Leaky” and his talent as a goalie was truly impressive. A man of quiet faith and immense humour, he was an amazing and loyal friend, family man and member of the community. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life include his wife, Rae Marilyn Joseph; his children, Randie Joseph and Dahrlyne (Adrian) Knaus; his grandchildren, Joseph (Kaitlin), Joel (Carly), Josiah, Jessie and Garrett; his brothers, Gordon (Pat) Joseph of Calgary and Freddy Joseph of Fernie; his nephews, Gerald (Sonya) Cocciolone, Brad (Debbie) Joseph and Glen Joseph; his nieces, Diane (Derek) Hartz, Yvonne Aschacher, Gloria (Dale) Poch, Vivian Farn, Margaret Rice, Laurie (Margaret) Joseph and Laurie Williams; his extended family and many friends; His great nephew, whom he thought of more as of a son, Norm Farn. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Joseph in 1938; his mother, Maria Joseph in 1981; his brothers, Laurie Joseph in 1978 and Donald Joseph in 1984; his sisters, Margaret Koran in 1942, Minnie LaCroix in 1981, Louise Williams in 1982 and Elsie Cocciolone in 1991.
The Memorial Service celebrating Joey’s life and memory will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Fantin's Funeral Chapel, (13461-20th Ave) in Blairmore, AB with Pastor Al Robinson officiating. Donations in memory of the late Joseph H. Joseph may be directed towards CNP Kidsport (P. O. Box 415, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin's Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.