May 23, 2019
Joseph (Joe) Gortan passed away in Port Alberni on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the age of 77.
Joe is predeceased by his parents Emilia and Mario and his sister Mirella.
Joe is Survived by loving wife Judy; children Kerry (Sheny), Joseph (Alexandria) and Janine; grandchildren Kendall, Teagan, Tristen, Evangelina and Olivia; sister Lida (Denis); cousin Mary (Lawrence), nieces and nephews Daren (Celine), Tyler, Corinne (Brian), Denise (Adam), Darryl (Emily), Lisa (Brent), and numerous extended family members in Italy and Brazil. He leaves behind many cherished friends.
Although born in Italy, Joe moved to Canada with his parents at an early age. He graduated high school and went in to trade school for Carpentry. Joe worked for 18 years at the Somass Mill, eventually becoming a supervisor before leaving in 1981 to become a self-employed carpenter until his retirement in his early 70’s. Joe loved socializing with friends and family as well as working around the house & yard on his many projects. Judy and family have fond memories of Sunday drives to visit family, traveling and going out to dinners, celebrating family holidays, and filling his garage with his ‘collectibles’.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10am on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at Holy Family/Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 4731 Burke Road with Father Harrison Ayre officiating. Stories and condolences may be offered to the family at www.chapelofmemories.ca.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada, 1385 W 8th Ave #360, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V9 or Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC & Yukon Suite #200-885 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC V6C 1N5
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