← View All Tributes

Joe Irving

Tribute Notifications

Click below if you would like to be notified when a new tribute is posted.

Sign Up

← View All Tributes

Joe Irving

October 10, 1911 - September 23, 2015



1911 – 2015


It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a long time Kootenay resident, Joseph Anthony Leslie Irving on September 23, 2015 at the age of 103.  Joe was born October 10, 1911 in Thrums, BC to parents Edward and Mary Irving. Joe met and married the love of his life, Sylvia Kollman, on May 27, 1968. Together Joe and Sylvia raised nine children.

During his life Joe had accomplished many things including publishing two books; Red Iron Over the Canyon and Life of an Iron Worker. So dedicated to his career as an Ironworker  Joe maintained an active role in the union and even went on to receive many Ironworker awards for his participation and longevity in the union.

One of Joe’s proudest moments came at the age of 94 years when he graduated high school with an academic diploma in 2005.

Left behind to mourn his passing is his devoted wife of 47 years, Sylvia Irving, four children Joseph Irving (son Joseph) of Surrey, BC, Shannon (husband Cherub) Sun children David, Prophecy, Chandra, Trinity, Monashee and Sabriam of Harrop-Procter, BC, Jack Irving children Brook and Sarah of Surrey, BC and Michael (Andreja) Irving children Sheldon, Marcy and Tiana. Step children Irene (Gordon) Walker, Donna (Dan) Ringheim, Gary (Kim) Desrosiers, Doug Desrosiers (Carol Noakes) and John Desrosiers as well as many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

The family wish to thank Dr. Janz and the wonderful staff at the Jubilee Manor and a special thank you to Dr. Kirsten for all of your care to Joe. 

Please join the family as we take time out to remember this true pioneer. A celebration of his life will be held at Thompson Funeral Home, 613 Ward Street on October 3, 2015 at 1:00pm with a luncheon to follow at the Christie Lee Hall,701 Radio Avenue (Kiwanis Building) Parking will be available on Radio Avenue.

A private family viewing will be held on October 3, 2015 from 11:00am-12:00pm and then opened up to a  public viewing from 12:00pm-1:00pm for all who wish to come give their final farewell. 


Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Arlene and Michael McMillin
Relation: valley "neighbours"

Sylvia and family…sincere sympathies at the passing of amazingly tenacious Joe! such a spirit!

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: Met him at Mountain Lakes.

I want to offer my condolences to Sylvia and her family on the passing of Joe. It was a privilege to have met Joe. What a remarkable man with a gift of wit, amazing life stories and a remarkable memory. Here is to a life well lived!!!

From: Rob & Irene Flett
Relation: Rose( Deceased)

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 3, 2015
Beginning at 1:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

A luncheon will follow at the Christie Lee Hall, 701 Radio Ave (Kiwanis Building). Parking will be available on Radio Avenue

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2


Date & Time:
October 3, 2015
Beginning at 11:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2


613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Canadian Red Cross
British Columbia/Yukon Office
PO Box 4664 STN Terminal
Vancouver, BC
V6B 9Z9

Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

default-floralFloral Tributes may be ordered directly through our supplier. Please have the name of the deceased, the funeral date, the address and phone number of the delivery location for handy reference:

621B Herridge Lane, Nelson, BC V1L 7B3
Phone: (250) 352-5592

2870 Georama Rd, Nelson, BC V1L 6Y7
Phone: (250) 352-3468 / Toll Free: 1(800) 712-6797

Flowers & Yoga Studio
513 A  Front Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4B4
(250) 505-5222


Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For Joe Irving

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published.

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes

Home | FAQs | Obituaries | Send Condolence | Services | Resources | What Do I Do | Preplan | Contact

© Thompson Funeral Services Ltd. | Site Map | Admin Login