DRISCOLL, Joseph Dean
April 10, 1979 — November 12, 2022
Joe Driscoll tragically passed away November 12, 2022, at the young age of 43. Although gone far too soon, he left behind a blazing trail of laughter and light to keep his memories around for the rest of time.
Joe was born April 10, 1979, in Yellowknife, NT to Patrick Driscoll- and to this day is still dubbed as Pat’s favourite kid. Joe and Pat were a package deal, and they always have been. Joe grew up in Yellowknife, where he made lifelong friends, most of whom lived on or near Dagenais Drive. His group of friends seemed to inevitably get in some sort of trouble, often resulting in at least one parent answering the phone with “they did what?”. Like the one New Year’s Eve, Joe and his friends decided to steal all the Vodka and switch it with water, and all the parents are sitting around trying to figure out why nobody was getting tipsy. Joe was smart and could outwit almost anyone, just ask any teacher at St. Pats high school who tried to push him to finish school. He was the king of excuses and once told his high school teacher his dad took him on “too many damn vacations” to possibly finish grade 12. To the relief of all Joe’s teachers, he went on to finish school and became a talented red sealed electrician. He worked at many mining sites around Canada – most of which he worked side by side with his dad, where the duo was referred to as the “Driscoll Boys”.
Joe loved hockey (Go Oilers!), snowboarding, golfing, and boating, and so naturally he chose to make the Okanagan his forever home. He would ultimately become Lombardy’s loudest neighbour, with the biggest truck on the block, but made sure to lose some games with his poker buddies on poker nights.
Joe had one fur baby, a Border Collie/ Blue Heeler cross named Donkey, whom he shares with his good friend Jaycee. Proving that co-parenting really can be civil. Donkey was Joe’s confidant and best friend – knocking his dad into spot number two.
Joe would tell you that he was far from perfect, but he never wanted to be. He was an example of hard work and appreciated the hard times in his life because it built his character, his grit, and his determination.
Joe had a deep love for his family and friends, and he cherished simple moments of gathering in his home or at his own little paradise he built at Shuswap Falls. Those that had the privilege to meet Joe, to know Joe, and to love Joe will forever be impacted by his infectious laugh, his generosity, and zest for life. Joe was someone that instantly made you feel important or heard, from his quirky sense of humour to his ability to drop anything and help. Joe lived, he lived life at 100 miles per hour and had the red hair to prove it (or we’ll say “had”).
Joe is survived by Shari; Pat, his father (or “Pops” as he would say); his sisters Emma (Dani), Billi-Rai (Andrew); his nephew Leo, and niece Remi; his dog Donkey; and many other friends who he considered family.
A Celebration of Life will take place on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.
Joe will forever be in our hearts. He was cherished and loved by so many across the world. Please continue to share stories, photos, and memories of Joe.
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