It is with heavy hearts that the family of Joseph Dorie announces his passing, at the age of 84, at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances Ont.
Eight months have passed since the passing of his beloved wife, Patsy Ann. Joe spent much of his time in remembrance and longing for their reunion.
Joe was born and raised in the Hotel Dorée in Stratton, Ont. on Aug. 31, 1933 to Joseph and Marcelline Dorée.
He met the love of his life, Patsy Ann Hamilton, and were married on Jan. 29, 1954. They made their home in Stratton and together raised their four children.
Joe worked for the Ministry of Transportation and Communications starting at an early age and was fortunate to retire at the ripe age of 55 in 1988.
In his “retirement” years, Joe never really slowed down and he continued to work at things he loved. They moved to Fort Frances in 1990 and built their retirement home.
Joe logged many hours in the bush over the years with family and friends, finally finishing his logging career on their homestead with wife, Patsy Ann. He helped his lifelong friend, Norbert Bragg, on Norb's farm. Joe's family sure loved this as they benefited with half-a-beef for Christmas every year.
Norb called Joe every day, sometimes twice, and when Joe moved to Rainycrest, Norb never strayed from the routine of calling his friend. Joe counted on those calls every day.
Other jobs Joe had were helping good friends John Smits and Bob Badiuk on various carpentry projects around the district, including helping his children build their homes.
One of Joe's passions was restoring old cars with his son, Dan, and friend, Ed Halverson. Many a long night were had eating Patsy's homemade tarts, drinking coffee, and working on the old cars.
He had many memories of the Old Car Club, car shows, parades, and hanging out with close friends, Ed and Laurel Halverson.
Joe also loved making family heirloom cradles, wagons, hope chests, and rocking horses for his children and grandchildren that will be passed down for many years to come.
Joe and Pat belonged to the Moose Club, and they spent many fun weekends cooking and dancing with friends. It was fun to listen to all their stories and the bus rides home!
Joe also enjoyed visits from Bill and Rita next door; they always were ready to lend a hand.
Joe was happiest when “working” at whatever he could find. Joe always could be seen in his garage or outside cutting grass or shovelling snow.
Family was very important to Joe. He loved family birthdays, Easter egg hunts, and Greg's fish frys at the lake, but he especially loved Christmas when all the family was together. He loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Joe was admired by his family for his hard-working ethic. He was a very caring, compassionate, and giving person, especially when it came to helping family and friends. He enjoyed people dropping in for coffee and telling stories. There are too many friends to mention, but you know who you are and just know he treasured each and every one of you.
Joe will be forever missed by his children, Creston (Janice) Dorie, Daniel (Vicki) Dorie, Jannene (Greg) Madill, and Myles Dorie; grandchildren, Sheila, Steven (Sheila), Michelle (James), Crystal (Rob), Jocelyne, Nicole (Graeme), Joelle (Chad), Maxx, and Melissa; and great-grandchildren, Carter, Logan, Autumn, Katrina, Gunnar, Jaiden, Jayce, and Sophia.
Dad is reunited once again—and “Happy.”
A time of fellowship will be held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances Ontario at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainycrest Activation Fund c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com