Joe was born in Mission, BC, the youngest of six boys to parents Charles and Diana Thomas.
At 15 Joe’s mother taught him to play the piano, a passion he had for his whole life. He grew up to work in his uncle’s lumber mill – Pitt Timber Products – where he worked his way up to Sawyer.
In August 1968, he married his wife Brenda. A year later he went to Bible College for 3 years but returned to work in the mill after the birth of his first daughter. Joe’s three loves were his Lord, his family and his music.
Joe is predeceased by his parents Charles and Diana and older brother Bob.
He leaves to mourn his wife of 52 years, Brenda, his girls Dawn (Damon) Kessell, Tara (Shawn) Rhodes and Lori Thomas. His grandchildren Cole (Christina), Levi, Shannon (James) and Logan. His brothers Chuck (Flyn), Sid (Loretta), (Heather), Har (Mildred) and Paul (Sherry), his auntie Grace, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.
No flowers by request – please support Parkinson’s or a charity of your own choice.