Joseph (Joe) Sheriff
May 2, 1921 ~ May 26, 2010
Mr. Joseph (Joe) Sheriff of Creston, British Columbia, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at the age of 89.
Joe was friend and partner to his beloved Jenny in a marriage that spanned 64 years. A gentleman and a gentle man, caring and compassionate, he contributed generously of his time and talent to his family, his community and his church. He served his native country, Great Britain, with distinction as a wireless operator in the Royal Air Force from 1940 to1946 before immigrating with his family to Canada in 1954. From 1960 to the early eighties, as head of the Provincial Parks Sign Shop, and later as part of the Provincial Parks Planning group, he literally left his mark in every corner of Alberta.
Joe is survived by one son, John and daughter-in-law Darlene, of Calgary, Alberta; two daughters, Ann Farebrother, of Calgary, and Joan and son-in-law Alan Halvorsen, of Creston; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Joe will be remembered for his generosity, his humour, his practical ingenuity and creative artistry, and his loving care for his family and his community.
His life was a gift and his death is a great loss.
Memorial gatherings were held on May 30, 2010 in Creston, and on June 13, 2010 in Calgary.
The family of Joe and Jenny wish to convey their sincere gratitude for the extraordinary level of support, friendship, and compassion shown by the medical and care community in Creston. Special thanks to the wonderful people at Home Nursing and Home Support. And to Dr. MacKay: Thank you – you’re amazing.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Joe may do so with donations to Operation Eyesight (www.operationeyesight.ca 1-800-585-8265).