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There is ‘Sorrow in the Wind’ and in our hearts as we share news of the loss of our ‘Beloved‘ John Joseph Windle. Joe passed away on November 16, 2020 at Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 64.

Joe is survived by his wife and ‘Ever Lovin’ Woman‘ Valerie, his daughter ‘Jessica‘ (Trevor) Shulist, his two granddaughters Margo and Neko, his sisters Janie Rae (Sonny), Terri (Dave), and Gena Marie (Dave), and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. He was pre-deceased by his mother Gena Thompson and his father Jack Windle.

Much of Joe’s life was spent as a ‘Hurtin’ Albertan‘ living, working, and playing in Calgary prior to 2016 when he ‘Set Out Running‘ to Kelowna. He and Valerie were much loved members at Pinebrook Golf and Country Club. The many special friendships created are a reminder that ‘You’re Still Standing There’. Throughout Joe’s four decade career in oil and gas, he grew and applied his skills in creative thinking, leadership, commitment, and comedy. He was an ardent supporter of the oil and gas industry. Speaking of commitment, Joe kept ‘Truckin’‘ as a Maple Leafs fan until the very end, and at one point experienced the highlight of meeting his idol Johnny Bower. Following Joe and ‘Valerie’s move to ‘Fire Lake‘ in the Upper Mission area of Kelowna, Joe enjoyed many opportunities to hit it ‘Straight Down the Middle’ at Harvest Golf Club, and to finesse his wine tasting skills at local vineyards. Family and friends will forever mourn the loss of Joe’s thoughtful and introspective ways, his sense of humour, and his appreciation for music that permeated everything in his life.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be planned for the post-COVID days – in a nice chapel, with good wine and cheese (no triangle sandwiches), and his thoughtfully curated playlist. Until then, remember to ‘Save Some Time to Dream‘.

‘Forget the Flowers‘, please donate in Joe’s name to the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, www.dsrf.org. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

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  • Lyn M Decker says:

    Valerie, 💕🤗
    John and I are heartbroken for you and your families. Trust in time 🙏, you will find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories of Joe. We will miss our good friend, Joe and the drinks and so many LAUGHS, on the Harvest patio after golf.

  • Lyn Decker says:

    Hugs to you Valerie. Joe will be missed so much. What fun last year for us all to see Rick Mercer’s performance and then meet him backstage! We were all smiles! 😃

  • Bill & Terry Coates says:

    Dear Val and family,
    We are so very saddened by the news of Joe’s passing. We loved seeing him out on his walks and truly appreciated his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Please know that you are in our thoughts and minds during this difficult time.
    Bill & Terry

  • Guy and Charlene says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Let us know if you are out our way❤️

  • Valerie & Mike says:

    Valerie, Jess and Family
    We are incredibly sad about Joe’s sudden passing but eternally grateful having Joe as a friend. He was an incredible personality blessed with quick wit and intelligence. He crafted many emails that were legendary! We shared his love of music and admired his skills to strum a guitar and sing a tune. We also shared his appreciation of a good bottle wine and the love hate relationship with the game of golf. We are sure that “Bushwood Country Club” is conflicted about lowering the flag in Joe’s honour – we all know his view on that!
    Take comfort in knowing that Joe lived a great life and he touched so many people. Joe may not be here physically but we all have so many great memories of him that he will be with us forever.

    Valerie & Mike

  • Maria Tott says:

    Valerie, we are so sorry to hear of your loss, our hearts go out to you and the family. Even though we didn’t know Joe for a long time, we appreciated his sense of humour, and throughly loved to hear him talk about his book. He will be missed by all those who knew him for his kindness and appreciation for life. We will miss you Joe, Rest In Peace and we know you will be watching over your living wife and family.
    Can’t wait until we can hug you Valerie. Our thoughts are with you.
    Maria and Ian Tott

  • Bas Wheeler says:

    So saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Great memories of playing golf with him and enjoying his sense of humour. May he rest in peace.

  • Darryl and Leah East says:

    Sincerest condolences Val, and to all the family. Rest assured there have been many memorial glasses of wine or pints raised in Joe’s honour here in Calgary. Joe was a cool guy, and I valued our friendship. We had many laughs and I have those memories. I will miss him and his many attributes, but mostly his ability to analyze and articulate his opinion on any situation, all while sprinkling it with his special brand of humour. I certainly hope there is an adequate pace of play, beautiful weather and a well manicured golf course where he is now.

  • Lynne Godfrey says:

    My Dear Valerie,
    Doug and I are so sad to hear about Joe. We liked him so much and find his passing hard to believe. With your courage and care he seemed to be coming back. He and you fought so hard. I guess his poor body was just too tired and just had to rest. I have said a rosary for Joe and keep you in my prayers in the hope you will be able to live on. We are so sorry and love you Val.
    Lynne and Doug Godfrey

  • Bob and Carole Martin says:

    Val, Carole and I were greatly saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. We have great memories of Joe, particularly evenings on the Pinebrook deck with Joe and you and many other good friends. We will fondly remember Joe’s good humor and our hearts go out to you and your family.
    Bob and Carole Martin

  • Shirley Heidt ( Heidt) says:

    My heartfelt condolences Val. May time heal your heavy heart and leave you with wonderful memories. Rest In Peace Joe…. I’m sure the Pinebrook boys have a game waiting for you…

  • Shirley Heidt ( Yost) says:

    My heartfelt condolences Val. May time heal your heavy heart and leave you with wonderful memories. Rest In Peace Joe…. I’m sure the Pinebrook boys have a game waiting for you…

  • Vaughan Payne says:

    Dear Valerie and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Joes passing, and our heartfelt condolences. Joe and I worked at Dome and Petro Canada together and were great friends in the early days, and attended our wedding with the old Dome crew. I did not know he had taken ill, so this is a shock to us both. Again our thoughts are with you and Jessica. Take Care, Debbie & Vaughan

  • Terry Saunders says:

    Dear Val.
    I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your wonderful husband ,Joe. . My most sincere condolences to you and your families. May the memories of a life well lived sustain you in your time of sorrow. Blessings and hugs. Terry Saunders

  • Dean and Susan Milner says:

    Dear Val, we are so sorry to read about Joe’s passing. He was a truly unique man with his own style. Joe won’t have to worry any more about you out-driving him on those longer par 5’s. Take care and all our best wishes,

  • Susanne McRae says:

    Val, I’m very sorry to hear this sad news.. My thoughts are with you.

  • Ken Kalynchuk says:

    Valerie – I’m not sure you would remember me from the old “Dome” days but we were playing team mates with the softball group from way back when. I’m saddened to hear of Joe’s passing, I recall he was a “proper dude” and was certainly the right partner for you. Condolences and wishes of staying healthy for you, your daughter and other family members.

  • Maureen and Robert Robertson says:

    Our sincere sympathy goes out to the entire Windle family. I am a close personal friend of Janie and the family for over 63 years and watched Joey grow up as the only boy in the land of sisters and a mom and dad who loved him. He was so loved by his wife his children and all who knew him. Too soon too young. Prayers and sympathy to all. Love Maureen and Robert Robertson (nee Bastedo)

  • Cathie Coll says:

    Val, I am so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My heartfelt condolences.

  • Matt Dawidowski says:

    I got to know Joe back in the Dome days… he was a kind man and made me laugh… I had further dealings with him when he was purchasing for other companies… Joe always had time for me and a coffee.. my deepest sympathies…

  • Monica Rauch says:

    Bruce and I send our heartfelt condolences. We were so sad to hear of Joe’s passing. Sending cyber hugs during this difficult time. Your family is in our prayers. and thoughts.

  • Maureen Ellis says:

    Dear Valerie – I just heard about Joe’s passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Maureen Ellis & Gary Young

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