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Obituary of Joseph Michael Vince
It is with sadness in our hearts that we let you know of the passing of Joseph Michael Vince on Sunday June 13, 2021 late in the evening.
Joe meant so much to many of us and although this is very sad news, it is some comfort to know he is no longer struggling under the effects of CBS (Corticobasal Syndrome). Joe was assigned to the care of the palliative team of the Dorothy Ley Hospice in September 2020 in his home under the watchful and caring eyes of Barbara, as his condition deteriorated towards this day.
No doubt we will remember Joe’s 64 years in so many different roles, first as a friend, and loving husband to Barbara. He is the son of Michael and Corinne, proud father of two daughters – (previous marriage) Cassandra (Jimmy) and Brittany (Kris), and loving grandfather to Jayden, Noah and Taylor; brother of Tim, George, and Pat (Ann), brother-in-law to Klaus (Lynne), Christina (Grant), and Anita; Uncle Joe to Amelia, Matthew, Sophia, Sebastian, Christian, Matthias, Alex, Robin V, Timothy, Kristen, Ashley, Alicia, Holly, Victoria, Joel, Craig, and Robin T.
Joe was one of a small group of highly skilled technicians who provided field tech support first at Bell Canada and then at Apotex Canada. He loved golf, fishing and baseball (Jays, Cubbies, Cards), lacrosse, football, hockey, F1 racing, and spent many years as a ‘calming' member of the Race Control team/Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships. Joe valued time spent with friends enjoying the simple pleasures of life. We will miss his quick witted ways, colourful vocabulary, and his opinions shared with so much kindness in his heart.
During these difficult years and especially the last few months, no one could be more heroic and compassionate than Barbara at Joe’s side. We all know how much Barbara meant to Joe and how important she was in his life.
Joe and Barbara will be forever grateful to Maria Almeida whose care and dedication provided the support and dignity that enabled Joe to live his life to the end at home.
In his normal and unselfish way, Joe has donated his brain to research at the University Health Network in Toronto, so others may not suffer in the future. Given this donation and the times we are in, there will be no formal service or funeral event arrangement.
Barbara has asked that those who would like to honour Joe raise a 'cold one' to celebrate his life and memory in the way you knew Joe best - on the golf course, fishing on a lake, at a baseball or lacrosse game, at a regatta, cottage, backyard - surrounded by friends and family.
Those wishing to make a donation in Joe’s memory can do so as follows -
The Dorothy Ley Hospice
Sent on behalf of Barbara Schneider
Susan Kitchen and Anne Hodkin