Known to everyone as “Joe", passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022 at 86 years of age.
Joe was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His parents and six brothers and sisters moved to St. Catharines in 1949. He attended Central School and St. Catharines Collegiate Institute and Vocational School (St. C.C.I.&V.S.). While a student at St. C.C.I.&V.S., Joe was a Royal Canadian Army Cadet and eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and command of the St. C.C.I.&V.S. Cadet Corps (No. 68). As a cadet, his summers were spent at Camp lpperwash and Camp Borden. Joe and one other cadet were chosen by the cadet instructor at St. C.C.I.&V.S. to attend the cadet camp at Banff, Alberta, a camp that was attended by a select number of army cadets from across Canada. Joe was presented with an award of honour by the St. Catharines Branch of the Canadian Legion in recognition of being the outstanding cadet at St. C.C.I.&V.S.
After graduating from Technical 13 at St. C.C.I.&V.S., Joe completed the Ford Motor Company Apprenticeship Program for tool and die making in Windsor. While he was working to complete his apprenticeship, Joe joined the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment. He eventually attained the rank of Second Lieutenant. For a short time after completing his apprenticeship, Joe worked at the Ford glass plant in Niagara Falls, before becoming the apprenticeship co-ordinator at The General Motors Corporation in St. Catharines. Joe left General Motors after 4 years in order to become a teacher in the Advanced Technical Courses for the St. Catharines Board of Education. Eventually, he became involved in the retraining programs at Niagara College, first as a director and subsequently as a mathematics teacher. Joe was a strong believer in professional development. Seminars, conferences and post-secondary education were a major part of his professional development efforts. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, Master of Science from Syracuse University and Doctor of Philosophy from the Union Institute and University. All of his degrees were obtained through independent study, which he recommended to anyone who was working and wished to pursue excellence in their field of work or prepare for other work opportunities. Joe retired from Niagara College after 30 years of professional service. Not yet finished with his professional career after retiring from Niagara College, Joe worked at Buffalo State College for 20 years, first as an adjunct
professor and then as a director of its New York State Impaired Driver Program.
Joe had many interests, among which were politics, wildlife and wilderness conservation, golf, floral gardening, various music genres, American and European classic cars, and making home repairs. Fine poetry, literature, music and art nurtured his soul.
Joe wishes to thank the many people who worked with him and guided him during his professional career, in particular Arnot McIntee, William (Harry) Cornett, Charles (Monty) Moncrieff, Dr. Ross Speck, Dr. Bruce Cassie and Dr. Margaret Shaw-Burnett
For several years, Joe was a ruling elder at West St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in St. Catharines. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Eilleen (nee LeBeau), daughter, Kristina, son, Stephen, two grandchildren, Felicia Terweeme and Chelsie Uronick, and one great-grandchild, Jade Moraal.
A private family graveside service followed by interment was held on Wednesday, September 07, 2022 at Victoria Lawn Cemetery Memorial donations in memory of Joe can be made to Prostate Cure Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at CCBSCares.ca