Joseph (Joe) Dorval passed away peacefully on January 21, 2016 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital with family and friends at his side. Joe was predeceased by his father Len. He is survived by his mother Berta, his siblings Jim (Kathy), Bett, Mike (Kathy), Elaine (Brad), Lea-Ann, Barry (Ann), and Pat (Allithia) and his many nieces and nephews. Joe also leaves behind his dear friend Des (Moose Jaw) and many other wonderful friends, new and old, from Ft. Nelson to Mexico!
Joe was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, but he spent his childhood on the Sunshine Coast and his teen years in Fort St. John. Joe worked in construction with BC Hydro and then in the oil patch until he returned to school to become a substance abuse counselor. When health issues forced Joe into an early retirement, he moved to Vernon, the place where Joe really found his rhythm.
Soon after his arrival, Joe immersed himself in the community, connecting with old friends and making new ones. He was a tireless volunteer at the street clinic run by NOYFSS. His passion to help those on the margins of society eventually blossomed into Together for Christmas, Vernon’s annual Christmas meal for those who have nowhere else to go on December 25, an event he co-founded and organized with his good friend Ron Birch.
While in Vernon, Joe also rekindled his connec-tion to his faith. He was an active member of the St James parish, regularly helping out with events — especially if it involved cooking, another of his passions. He joined the Knights of Columbus and took an active role in the local council.
A prayer service will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM at St. James Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held there on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM, with Father Dale Normandeau as Celebrant. A reception to celebrate Joe’s life will be held in the Parish Centre immediately following the mass.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joe’s memory to Together for Christmas or to NOYFSS.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com