Obituaries

Joseph (Joe) Gregory Walsh

14/05/1964 - 27/08/2020

Obituary for Joseph (Joe) Gregory Walsh

May 14, 1964 – August 27, 2020

It is with intense sadness, we must announce the unexpected passing of our most beloved Joseph Gregory Walsh on August 27, 2020 at the age of 56.

Joe leaves behind so many that loved him including (but certainly not limited to) the following immediate family; Wife, Audrey Walsh (nee Hulan), step daughters April and Tara MacMillan (spouse Kris Skodje) and our new love, dog Mindy; Mother and Father in-law, Lyla & Eric Hulan, brothers-in-law Vince and Vance Hulan, sisters-in law, Erin Lynch and Sheri Hulan, nephews Eric & Cole Hulan, and Jonathan Hulan, all of Grande Prairie.
So many great memories at the acreage and the cottage. Life was blessed.

Joe considered our great friend Falen Sanderson to be his 3rd daughter (& husband Corey Sanderson) along with whom he considered to be his 4th daughter Sydney Boomgaarden (fiance Abe Hiebert), from his many years working in the oil patch. Also, his extended family "The Simpsons" (all wonderful Aunt, Uncle and cousins of wife Audrey). We had many special memories of our annual family reunions in Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan. But make no mistake, there is no such thing as step or in-laws in Joe's family and we had the distinct honor and unbelievable luck to know and love him for 21 years.

Joe is also mourned by his most beloved brother Peter Walsh of Bolton Ontario whom they had the recent joy of reconnecting, but was sadly predeceased by his nephew "Petey" Walsh and was also predeceased by his adoptive parents. He leaves behind too many friends from his younger days to mention with whom he's stayed connected with and the Walsh family of Halifax area including his close cousins Robyn Walsh and Kelly Walsh Robinson (husband Lee Robinson) from Pocklington, England.

Wonderfully Joe had the greatest Joy of finding his biological family this past year and had the best year of his life which is saying a lot, since Joe was an incredibly happy person who brought joy and left a profound impact on all that knew him. He also tragically now leaves behind his "Four Roses". His mother Carol Rose (he was now a newfound self-proclaimed "Mama’s boy"), his three new sisters from "Mum", Sheri Rose Apa, Sheila Rose McLaughlin & Michelle Rose and their families of Ontario.
Also newfound half brother John Eivindson, sister in law Jennifer Eivindson, Nephews Erik, Daine and niece, Stephanie of Nanaimo BC. Joe had the chance to meet & bond with all before the Covid outbreak which has kept us apart since. While Joe did not get the chance to meet his newfound half sister Shawndee Brown of Florida, USA, they still managed to bond via many great heartfelt conversations. Also on his biological fathers side the many O'Briens of Newfoundland and Ontario regions, including his Uncle Clarence and Aunt Sharon O'Brien. Joe got his love of the Irish naturally then (especially Guinness), since he had those roots on both sides of his family. Thank you Ancestry DNA!

Last, but certainly NOT LEAST, Joe leaves behind his second family of "brothers" from his army days Andy Hulan, Ivan Finstad, Rod Dearing and newfound brother into his circle Jason "Jay" Fraser. There was almost nothing dearer to his heart than the week he spent on the annual hunting trip with his long term family of bros drinking, laughing and reminiscing (and sometimes shooting something).
Joe was born on May 14, 1964, and grew up in the Halifax area with his brother Peter when he then joined the army at the age of 17, "his calling" and first great love where he spent 14 years. Joe came to Grande Prairie 25 years ago to work in the oil patch. He met his next great love, wife and daughters four years later. He was the most awesome husband and father, and yes, his girls probably did turn his hair grey, but he loved every minute of it.
Joe loved family and friends the most. Fortunately, he had been retired for the last year and a half, and he had the time to spend connecting with all his new loved ones. He was very happy. His other loves included wood working, pets, especially our baby Casey whom we lost three years ago almost to the day, and he loved the beauty of nature and being in the woods. Though he didn’t spend his last moments with loved ones, it is fitting that he passed in one of his favorite places, the woods.

Joe Walsh was larger than life and the brightest light anyone could know. His loss is felt profoundly by so many, and he will be a void that is irreplaceable. Rest in peace with our Casey and Petey.
There will be a private viewing for close family and friends and a "Celebration of Life" when the world is a safer place.

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to any of the following;

Military and Veterans Charities through CanadaHelps.org
Bandaged Paws Animal Rescue Association bandagedpaws.org
Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada heartandstroke.ca

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Where do I begin to say that Joesph was an amazing person who will be so missed by all that knew him. Joey was my nephew and loved by us all. Our condolences go to Audrey and Joes family. God Bless You Joey and you are in Gods hands now. John and Sheila Philips Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
- Sheila Philips
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to all of Joe's family. I had the privilege of serving with and getting to know Joe as a former Patricia and member of 2CDO. A serious and tell it like it is guy, yet quick to switch to total gentleman when other members wives/girlfriends were present. Fair winds Brother and Ill see ya in that big PB in the sky again some day. Ernie Parolin
- Ernie Parolin
Mrs Audrey Walsh and All of the Family - I write to express to you and your family the sincere condolences of the Patricias on the passing of Joseph Walsh. Canada and the Regiment remember Joe's service, both in 2 PPCLI and the Airborne, and you and your family can be proud of that service. His name will be read in this year's list of the lost when we read that list out this November in the Scared Space in Beechwood, the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa. Joe's name will also be listed in the 2020 edition of the Patrician's Last Post section. Thank you for obviously supporting Joe throughout his service and later. We are glad that he had a vibrant family and, we hope, a good life after the army. His obituary certainly says so. Should any of Joe's family want to maintain a connection with the Regiment, a gratis three year Memorial Membership in the PPCLI Association is available. Contact Mr Herb Kenny, the Membership Chairman, at hkenny@shaw.ca, for details. We know that you and your family will remember Joe fondly as a soldier as well as a husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and beyond. Thank you all. Brigadier-General Vince Kennedy (Retired) Colonel of the Regiment Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
- Vince Kennedy
We are so sad to hear of Joe's passing. Sending love and hugs Audrey and family.
- Ken Halbert
Joe never got meet his great nephew and niece, Kieran and Amelia but when he found out that our Kieran liked fossils he picked up some pretty special ones and sent them his way along with the most heart warming letter that made Kieran's Mama and I tear up. I heard first hand about his meeting with his birth family when he stopped in Bolton on his way home to visit his brother Pete. Those two literally sated up all night acting the fool and Peter didn't want to go to sleep for fear Joe would leave without saying goodbye. I heard lots of stories of their hours long conversations. Peter was beyond thrilled to have reconnected with him. He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him.0
- Cindy Statahm
Greg & I we're fortunate to have known Joe as a great neighbor. Also feel blessed to have seen the love Joe gave to Casey his resurrection dog. Our thoughts are with you Audrey, Tara & April Zelda & Greg Behuniak
- Zelda Behuniak
I always looked up to Joe and he was my favourite cousin. He was my G.I. Joe. It was on my wish list to go to Cyprus as I know Joe had been stationed there when he was in the Army. I managed to visit there and visit the base he would have been stationed at. Several years later I was lucky enough to have Joe and Audrey visit me in the UK. There was a instant connection with Joe as if all the years had been washed away . I Kept in touch with Joe over the years and was luckily enough for Joe And Audrey to visit us again just last year. I treasured the time with both of them. I think of Joe when ever I see Guinness and even coffee as he liked his coffee as well. God bless all of the family and friends who loved a Joe as there were many. Joe will be missed greatly by Lee and I. Til we meet again cousin. Love to Audrey, Tara and April.
- Kelly
joey was my cousin we talked last week on facebook it was a shocked when i found out that he passed away hes up in heaven with his father greg walsh we are going to miss you joey you will always be in our hearts and our thoughts your at piece some day we will see you in heaven and we will parrtyok
- ;pattyannewalsh
I am a close family friend of the "Rose's" and had the pleasure of meeting Joe when he was in Ontario for a visit. Instantly knew he was a fun loving and kind hearted person. Carol was over the moon Joe found her and I am so happy they had the opportunity to reunite. His presence will be greatly misssd. My heartfelt condolences to all who loved him.
- Carrie Cann
I will treasure the short time we had together. Always in my heart. RIP my son. Love you so very much
- Carol Rose
My sincere condolences Audrey, Tara and April and all the family. A wonderful man gone far too soon. Love yo
- Carol Rose
I got to meet Joe earlier this year, we had a great party with lots of laughs and drinks as our family got to meet its newest member. We all shared stories and drank lots (he fit in there), he played us some guitar right into the late hours of the night. I saw how happy he made my Grandma everyday who finally got to meet her son. My love goes out to all the family and friends of Joe. He was amazing guy and left such a mark. From here on out every time I drink a Guinness I'll think of you Joe, Love Marra
- Marra
When I think of Joe, I think of Guinness and a funny memory of ours is when Joe & Audrey came to visit us in Surrey, BC a few years ago. Of course, Joe being Irish, we had to go to one of our local Irish pubs. Several Guinness later, it was time to leave but not before Joe discreetly put one of the pub's special beer glasses into his pocket to add to his beer glass memorabilia. All good, we left with it safely tucked in his pocket until we took a cab home and it fell out on the street getting out of the cab. Next morning, there's poor Joe sheepishly cleaning the glass off the road....so much for that memorabilia! So many laughs & always a good time with Joe in your presence. . Audrey my dearest friend, we are so very heart broken for you & the girls as well yours & Joe's families and friends. May you find comfort in holding all the dear memories close to your heart. Our love, Don & Shirley
- Shirley & Don

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