Nov. 22, 1928 – Jan. 9, 2008
The family of Josef Niederkircher announces the peaceful passing of Joe, with his family at his side, on January 9, 2008 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Joe or Papa-Joe as his grandchildren called him had a zest for life. In his youth he was an avid outdoorsman, competing in ski jumping and motorcycle racing. Joe trained in Switzerland as a Master Butcher. In 1956 he immigrated to Montreal and later made his way to British Columbia, where he met his sweetheart Jean at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel. In 1958 Joe and Jean were married and were soon joined by their three children, Cheri (Brian), Joe (Mary) and Lisa (Greg). Joe was immensely proud of his children and their spouses. His eight grandchildren (Jeremy, Brett, Evan, Michelle, Jaclyn, Danielle, Elly and Julia) were a source of joy and happiness to Papa-Joe. Joe spent 30 years as a faller in the logging industry and lived and worked throughout British Columbia and overseas. He was well respected by everyone he worked with. In addition to his family in Canada, Joe is survived by his sisters Greti, Edith and brother Hugo as well as several nieces and nephews and other extended family members in Austria.
The family wishes to send a very special thank-you to Dr. Remmington, Dr. DeBeer, the staff members at Alexander Wing, Heron Grove Cottage Six and VJH 3 West. A Memorial Service to celebrate Joe’s life was held Saturday, January 12th at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1506-35th Street, Vernon.