Monaldi, Joe – of Trail, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2011 at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Joe was born on January 25, 1923 in Trail, B.C.
Jumpin Joe will always be remembered for his skills on the pitching mound, with that high straight kick, screaming fast ball, and sharp breaking change-up. He will be remembered for his love of all sports, particularly baseball, fishing, and hockey…….and probably in that order. Cribbage has been a wonderful leisure and social past-time for him and he did manage to accomplish the elusive “perfect 29” hand with one of his faithful crib buddies. But, most fondly he will be held dearly in the hearts and memory of family, friends, and just about everyone who had the good fortune of making his acquaintance [ask the Trail Transit System] for his ever-present and expressive love of people and life. Joe’s zest for life continued on to his final hour, with none of his time or energy ever spent complaining about anything. That is his legacy.
He began work at Cominco at the age of 19 in 1941, left to join the army a year later, and returned to Cominco in 1946 working as a carpenter until 1965 and as a time keeper until 1988 at which time he retired and dedicated his full time to those he loved.
He is survived by his daughters Laurel (Russ) Babcock and Donna (Jim) Stewart, grandsons Chris (Kyla) Babcock, Court (girlfriend Cristina) Babcock, Jamie (Rhonda) Stewart, granddaughter Vicki (Bruce) Stewart, great grandchildren Alan, Izzy, and Joey Babcock, Michael, Sara, Timothy, Courtenay, Emma and Caitlyn Stewart, sisters Eda Anselmo and Jean (Ralph) Redding, and brothers-in-law Bob Colistro, Mike Gorick, Len (Donna) Guglielmin, and Dan (Donna) Guglielmin, and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years Laura, his parents Alfonso and Fernanda Monaldi, brother Baba Tavaroli, sisters Rena Tavaroli, Adelina Battistoni and Norma Colistro, father- and mother-in-law Antonio and Angelina Guglielmin, brothers-in-law Ben and Alfie Guglielmin, sister-in-law Lily Gorick, and grandson Tony Stewart.
Joe has left his indelible mark on the many caring and competent health care givers at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, as did they on Joe’s family. A special thanks to Dr.Aiken, Carlina White, Dr. Hussey, the nurses in ICU and on the third floor for their truly special care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Colombo Lodge on Saturday November 5th, at 11:00 am. Bill Clark of Alternative Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, V1R4M1 or online at: www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca