Passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2017 in West Kelowna at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn and their two children: Denise (fiancé Brodie) and Brodie’s son, Cambie and Sheldon (Angela) and grandchildren: Orion, Ophelia and Opalina, all of Vancouver; two sisters: Wanda Peden of Red Deer, AB and Jean Tryhurn (Clark) of Kelowna as well as nieces and nephews. Born in Speers, SK, Joe grew up with a strong work ethic. He loved learning and mentoring others. In between teaching and working as a School Superintendent, he earned a PhD in educational Psychology and instructed at Washington State University. Joe was an Educational Consultant with Alberta Education for 25 years. He loved to skate, ski, curl, bike, play table tennis and travel with Marilyn. Joe was a talented handyman, enjoyed inventing devices and was a self-taught carpenter, plumber and electrician. His unwavering support, inquisitive mind, good nature and sense of humour will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Village at Smith Creek for attentive care during the last eight years. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC or the Village at Smith Creek. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.