Joe passed away at home on August 1, 2013. He is survived by his daughter-inlaw,
Donna; two grandsons, Daryll (Dahnis and Cameron) and Brian; as well as his
god daughter, Mary Harasymshyn. Joe was predeceased by his wife Stefanie in
2012; his son Joseph Jr. in 2012 and son Marshall in 1979.
Joe was born in Sznok, Ukraine in May 1921. In 1940 he went to Germany to
work on the farms. Here he met his wife Stefanie and they were married in 1945.
Joe Jr. was born shortly after. When the war finished, they immigrated to Belgium
and then onto Canada in 1951, coming to BC shortly after. Joe worked in logging,
sawmills, highway construction and orchards. He bought an orchard on Aberdeen
Road in Coldstream in 1960. Joe and Stefanie brought their fruit to farmers’
markets throughout the Okanagan.
Joe was very involved in the Ukrainian community. He was a key member of the
group that built the Ukrainian Village apartments in 1975 and its management
until 2012. Joe and Stefanie liked to travel in their motor home, going south for
many years. In his retirement years, Joe enjoyed fishing on local lakes as well as
regularly attending the A&W coffee club.
Services will be held at St Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2210-40th
Avenue, Vernon. Prayers will be recited Friday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. The
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. with interment
to follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. A lunch will be held after at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Condolences
may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com