Joseph Alan Stefanich
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Joseph Alan Stefanich

December 4, 1947 – August 24, 2018

 

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Joe Stefanich, beloved husband of Colleen, father, grandfather and brother.  Joe passed away quietly on August 24th at the age of 70.  He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted children, Michael and Joelle (Carl) and his adored grandchildren, Conlan, Kyle and Ava.  Sadly, he was predeceased by our cherished son, Alan.

 

Joe was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the youngest of 12 children.  He was predeceased by his eldest sister and 4 brothers and he will be greatly missed by his other siblings, and many members of his extended family.  He will also be dearly missed by Colleen’s extended family and his many friends, neighbours and colleagues.

 

Joe and Colleen married in Calgary in 1968 and they were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this September.  Growing up, his children will always remember their dad as their best playmate.  Camping, fishing, motor biking, building inventive toys and forts: making their childhood fun.

 

Joe began his 47-year career in the construction business as a teenager in Calgary.  He helped to build the Stefanich family business into one of the largest reinforcing steel companies in Western Canada.  In 1983 we moved to Vancouver to expand the business in BC.  His bright enthusiasm ensured that he made many friends along the way.

 

Joe loved life and his generous and friendly nature touched everyone he encountered.  He was a caring husband and father and a loyal friend.  Despite a highly successful and demanding career he put his family first.  Joe was strong and supported us through good times and heartbreaks.  He always looked to take care of others before himself.  His most cherished role in later life was grandfather, and he simply was the “best”.

 

His retirement years were filled with loving his family, especially his grandchildren, supporting their interest in sport and dance.  They could always count on Grandpa.  His hands were always busy, expressing his wonderful creativity in woodworking, building, gardening and volunteering.  He finally had the time to enjoy travel, live theatre and concerts.  He lived a full and big-hearted life and he will be profoundly missed.

 

We are very grateful to the doctors, nurses and other professionals at the BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver General Hospital for their exceptional care of Joe.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.

 

In Vancouver, a Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at PACIFIC SPIRIT UNITED CHURCH (Dunbar-Ryerson), 2195 W45th Avenue, Vancouver, with the Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe, officiant.

 

In Calgary, a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Mountain View Funeral Home, 1605 100 St SE, Calgary.

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