Joseph Hawrys

Joseph “Joe” Hawrys was born in Winnipeg, MB on October 1st, 1917 and passed away peacefully, age 94, in Enderby, BC on February 6th, 2012. Joe arrived in Grindrod, BC with his parents Michael and Anne Hawrys and 3 of his siblings. He married Ksenia “Kay” Smaha in 1951, they moved to Enderby where he continued to reside in their original home until 1 1/2 years ago when he moved into Parkview Place in Enderby, BC. Joe had a variety of careers including running a stationary baler and crew for a number of years; in 1959 he started hauling milk (the old milk can days) and later introduced the bulk system to many North Okanagan farmers in 1963; he had a brief stint in the Army during WWII until being recalled home; and he worked at various sawmills, until his retirement, as a lumber grader. Travelling with Kay was a big part of their time together – it even started on their honeymoon when they motored across to Eastern Canada and New York State. They eventually visited all 10 provides and 2 of the territories, including driving the Dempster Hwy to Inuvik; taking an Alaskan cruise, and seeing much of the USA, Great Britain, and New Zealand. Joe was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge since 1945 and associated groups (Royal Arch, Preceptory), became a lifetime member of the Shriners organization (joining in 1948); and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star for 26 years. He always enjoyed being around the family, watching baseball, camping, fishing or playing a round of golf, and he was always ready for a game of crib. Joe is lovingly remembered by his son Lorne (Dawn) Hawrys of Grindrod; his daughter Leanne Frederick of Armstrong; his 6 grandchildren Lynne Hawrys (Kelley Wiker) of Salmon Arm, Erin Hawrys (Kelly Koskimaki) of Enderby, Trevor (Kaili) Hawrys of Salmon Arm, Dale Frederick of Gimli, MB, Evan Frederick and Taryn Frederick, both of Armstrong; his 5 great-grandchildren and his brothers Tony, Alex, George, and Michael. He was predeceased by his wife Kay in 1998, one sister Mary, one brother Bert, and his son-in-law Dennis Frederick. Cremation. Memorial Service to be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church (Hwy 97A, Enderby, BC) on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

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Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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