Peacefully, with his family by his side, at Hamilton General Hospital, on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the age of 80. Beloved husband and best friend of Martha for 50 years. Loving father of Lori Smerek (Robert), Barry (Jenny Crowe), Debbie Ardagh (Greg) and Brian (Edel Silke). Proud grandfather of Nicholas, Michael, Maya, Anna, Denis, Benjamin, Keaton, Allison and Eve. Dear brother of the late Allan, Merna (the late Jim), Clare, Dan (Sylvia), the late Holly, Bruce (Florence) and Merry (the late Dick). Visitation at STONEHOUSE-WHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, 11 Mountain Street, GRIMSBY (905-945-2755) on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Centennial Park Baptist Church, 11 Kennedy Road, Grimsby, on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to McNally House Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Joel was a Uniform Constable with the North Grimsby Police prior to the amalgamation with the Niagara Regional Police Force in 1971. He remained in Grimsby (14 Division) as an uniform patrol officer, then later as an administrative officer, until his retirement in the late 1990’s.