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NORTH, Joseph

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.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC or the Village at Smith Creek.


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The service for NORTH, Joseph is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Juane Priest says:

    Dear Marilyn, Denise and Sheldon and families
    I was saddened to hear about the loss of your wonderful husband and father.
    I remember Joe as a caring and friendly educator. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
    It has been such a long time since we had the opportunity to visit with one another. Marilyn, I remember the good times I had with you at CBE and also what a great student Sheldon was at Willow Park School.
    Take care and keep well.

    Juane Priest (Calgary)

  • John and Leonora Pauls says:

    “May tender memories soften your grief,
    May fond recollection bring you relief,
    And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
    Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
    For time and space can never divide
    Or keep your loved one from your side,
    When memory paints in colors true,
    the happy houses that belonged to you. “Helen Steiner Rice
    John and I are saddened by the news of Joe’s passing. We have many fond memories of our special times together, especially our visit when Joe was, as always, the winner of the game of checkers. May God’s presence be your comfort in the days to come. Sending our love and prayers for you!

  • Peter and Yoko Campbell says:

    Dear Marilyn,

    We never had the good fortune to know Joe, but he must have been very special to deserve you. It is comforting to know that you and he had such a full and happy life together before his disease took him away from you.

    We are very sorry to hear of his passing. We send you our most sincere condolences.

    Peter and Yoko

  • Rosemay and Gabriel says:

    Dear Marilyn, we are so far away but will be there with you in spirit.
    Although we barely got to know Joe, we feel that we do through our conversations with you. Sending you and the family much love from down under.

  • Roxey Coast says:

    Hello Marilyn and family,
    So sorry. Joe was so kind and supportive to me when we talked about my teaching career in special ed. He was a good man. May sweet memories bring comfort.
    Love, Roxey

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