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Joseph Bourgeois

May 18, 1928 - November 4, 2011


Born in Crescent Valley May 18, 1928 to pioneers Henri and Hortense Bourgeois who moved from Quebec to Nelson in 1905.

They homesteaded in Crescent Valley in 1908, which at that time was called Bourgeois Siding on the CPR railroad. Over the next 25 years Henri built up his farm and dairy business. The barn is still standing today.

Joe’s 7 older brothers and sisters took their turns hand milking 30 cows before and after school. At age 16 Joe delivered milk to homes in the South Slocan area. Milk cans were sent to CM&S (Cominco) in Trail by train. Many of Joe’s friends learned to drive the milk truck.

In 1950 Joe began work for West Kootenay Power patrolling power lines, in 1954 he joined the line crew as truck driver/maintenance and construction crew. Upon retirement in 1988 he had a safety record of 38 years.

In 1955 he married Josephine Stonoski. They had 2 children Ron and Christine, living in South Slocan for 47 years. He was resourceful and liked to work with his hands repairing household items and cars. In 2002 they moved to Taghum where he continued to be always on call to help friends, neighbours’ and community.

He is survived by his wife Josephine of 56 years, son Ron (Pam) grand daughters Nicole and Shay of Madison, Wisconsin, daughter Christine LePage (Doug) of Nelson, grandson Stuart (Nadine) of Kamloops and grand daughter Renee of Vancouver, brother in law John Stonoski (Hilda) of Abbotsford, brother in law Ed Stonoski (Bev) of Langley. Sister Mariette of Windsor Ontario. Predeceased by parents and siblings Cecile, Gaston, Yvette, Helen, Louis, and Maurice.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Deb Fuhr
Relation: Through Christine

Chris, Doug, Stuart and Rene;
I remember your Dad and Grandpa only through all the kind words Chris has ever said about her Dad. Chris your words were always full of love. Please know that I am thinking of you all while you are remembering all the great things he accomplished in his life. I pray for your peace of heart.

love Deb

From: Lawrence Kosiancic
Relation: Joe an I grew up together

To Josephine and family Violet and I are very sorry to hear of Joes passing he was a wonderful honest person and will be missed by many Joe and I grew up together in the valley and was always a good friend

From: Fred Popoff
Relation: Children's friend

I was very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. For the many visits to your house, Joe always was a gracious host. His stories and insights were always interesting and entertaining. |Our condolences to all the extended family.

From: Michael McClenaghan
Relation: Joe worked with my dad, Neil.

Sorry to hear about Joe….Fond memories growing up in the South Slocan area….Joe and family were very supportive when our dad passed away back in 1974.. Played hockey with Ron and think Joe helped out as well with coaching.

Be grateful you had all this time to be together and I’m sure Joe will be missed.

Mike McClenaghan & Family

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: friend of children

Chris, Doug and family

Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He sounded like a nice man who has left you with many nice memories.
Linda Zeznik

From: Bob and Elaine Henderson
Relation: Through the Family

Josephine, Chris, Doug, Stuart & Renee — so sorry to hear of your loss. May your many good memories of your husband, dad and grandpa help you through the difficult days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From: Kris Landy
Relation: childhood friend and neighbor

Praying for some healing of your hearts. My fondest memories are of going over to your home in South Slocan. Your dad was such a sweetheart! Alot like my dad, Francis McDougall. Remember that awesome hamster cage he built Chris! So many wonderful memories you must have! Thinking of you Chris, your mom Josephine, and brother Ron! xxoo

Service Schedule

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Date & Time:
November 10, 2011
Beginning at 10:30am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T4

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T4

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