After a courageous battle with cancer Joe passed away peacefully on April 16th, 2012 at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his wife of fifty years- Rita. He also leaves four children Don, Susan (Jeremy), Josie (Kevin) and Karen; seven wonderful grandchildren Mackenzie (Sean), Caleigh, Emily, Joe, Alexandra, Katie and Michael; and two great grand children Deacon and Cushla. His legacy will be through the memories of those he loved.
Joe was born in Trail, BC and no matter where life took him, the Kootenays were always part of his spirit. He often talked about growing up in Warfield, and the times at J. Lloyd Crowe High School. Upon graduation he completed the Cominco Assayer’s Apprenticeship Program, beginning his career in Trail. His profession soon took the family north to the NWT, and the Yukon. These were times of great adventure and opportunity. Before retirement, Joe worked for many years in the Vancouver area, and in a consulting role for mines in far reaching areas. Joe valued the opportunity of meeting new friends throughout his life experiences.
Joe was predeceased by his parents Catherine and Reginald German and his sister Lois.
In keeping with Joe’s wishes there will be no service to mark his passing. He would want his friends and family to remember him for his strength and honesty. It was important to Joe that his ashes be returned to the place of his roots, this will be honored.
In lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s name may be made to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice www.canuckplace.org.