Giuseppe Peter Zanier

Giuseppe Peter Zanier

Giuseppe Peter Zanier – May 3, 1927 – July 16, 2011

Giuseppe (Joe) Peter Zanier passed away on July 16, 2011 at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with his loving wife Shirley by his side. His passing follows ten years of a hard and courageously-fought battle with a number of health issues.

Giuseppe leaves to mourn his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley, his sister Louise (Ferro) Pellegrin, brother-in-Law Don (Marcella) Tjader, sister-in-laws Annie Tjader, Eileen Tjader and Judy (Zanier) Scott, and many special nieces and nephews.

Giuseppe was predeceased by his mother Santa, his father Angelo, his brother Richard, sister Joanne and brother-in-laws Ron and Douglas Tjader.

Joe (or Bep as he was so fondly called) was born in San Martino al Tagliamento, Udine, Italy on the 3rd of May, 1927. He was the oldest son of Angelo and Santa Zanier. Joe came to Canada at a young age with his mother and sister Joanne to join his father in Trail. He graduated from Trail high school and then continued his studies at the University of California – Berkley and UBC before beginning his employment with Cominco. He spent 32 of his 40 years in the Analytical Services Department at Cominco.

In 1957 he married his one and only love, Shirley Tjader. They began their life in Warfield and there they spent the next 53 years together.

Many will remember Joe for the soft-spoken, kind man that he was. He loved spending time with Shirley and the two enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities together. He loved their place at Kootenay Lake (once all the work was done of course) and enjoyed traveling (including drives to anywhere), camping trips as well as spending time with his family and family dinners.

There wasn’t a sport that Joe didn’t like. In his younger days he volunteered many hours umpiring, refereeing and officiating at various sporting events. Later, if he wasn’t off golfing, skiing, fishing or hunting he could often be found enjoying many sporting activities on television. He was an avid skier who loved Red Mountain and often bragged about it to anyone that would listen. Joe was a true sportsman, whether in the role of spectator, official, or participant. He was actively involved with the San Martino club and a member of the Colombo Lodge and Knights of Columbus.

Shirley would like to thank Dr. Jill Peacock, Dr. Zhang and Dr. Bazley for their professional care of Joe and his health issues. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Dialysis Unit at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. As well, many thanks to the friends and family that have been there to help out during Joe’s long illness. Your kindnesses were greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.

In lieu of flowers family and friends may wish to donate to the Renal Department – Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation, 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC V1R 4M1 or online at

A funeral mass for Joe will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 25, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

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