November 4th 1954
– December 4th 2008
Joe ended his adventure enjoying a Black Russian on his boat, Life’s II Good in Costa Rica. During his short life, he lived more than anyone and will be greatly missed.
Always wanting to be #1 or, the King, depending on if he was referring to work or play, he pushed himself at everything he did. As a commercial diver, even when he wasn’t the best diver, he was always the most tenacious and would be the first one out and the last one in ensuring that he was always the top boat.
In his later years, he travelled the world seeking out remote areas away from tourists and often civilization. He spent months tracking the elusive Tiger in India and arrived in the Congo during the middle of a civil war just as UN peace keepers where moving out. In the Amazon, he hunted for Anacondas barefoot in the swamp after hopping on a boat with some local fisherman.
He always loved animals and when seeing a dying puppy in Cabo San Lucas, he rescued her from the streets and nursed her back to health after an emergency operation in Canada. Amiga became his partner and companion when he was at home and later earned first place in a local dog competition in Costa Rica.
Above all, Joe had a presence that couldn’t be ignored. Walking into a room, he was instantly the life of a party and when he was absent, he was still the topic of conversation. This occurred in every town, city and village he visited where friends and memories where left in his wake regardless of any language or cultural barriers. He will be missed by many and forgotten by none.
A visitation will be held in honour of Joe between the hours of 10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday the 27th of December in the chapel of Sutton’s Campbell River Funeral Home on 502 S. Dogwood, Campbell River V9W 6R4 250-287-4812.
In February, it was his wish to have his ashes spread near the arch in Cabo San Lucas.
We’ll miss you.