Joseph Martin POPOVE

The family of Joe Popove sadly announces his passing on Monday, August 27, 2007. Joe passed away in Chilliwack, BC at the age of 77 years. He was born March 3, 1930 in Calgary, Alberta.

Joe is survived by wife, Vi; children: Carol, Ken, Natasha (Raffa), and Tami (Wade); grandchildren: David, Chloe, Shana, and Diego; nephews, Ron (Bev) Popove and Gary (Marcella) Popove; and many grandnieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Irene and John Popove; and brothers, John and Peter.

Joe was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He volunteered extensively for the Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association and originated the “Heart to Heart” support group. He was involved in the beginning of the cardiac exercise program at the YMCA and canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Society for many years.

Before he was ill, he enjoyed traveling, camping, woodworking and helping his kids with their houses. Joe always had a joke to tell and spent hours memorizing them from his joke books. He enjoyed going for rides on his scooter and having lunch at his favorite place, Ed’s Bakery.

On occasion his scooter would break down and we would like to thank the people in our community who took the time to help him get going again. Also, a special thanks to the staff at Parkhome Place, who lovingly looked after our dad every Monday and Thursday for the last 12 years and to Dr. Campbell for the good care he gave Pop.

Joe lived a very simple life and was happiest being surrounded by his family.

“We love and miss you Joe, Pop and Deda. You will be forever in our hearts. You are now safe in the arms of Jesus and free from pain. The world became a better place because of you. You were an inspiration to all of us, and we want to say thank you. “

— Love, Your Family

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Eden Mennonite Church, 46551 Chilliwack Central Rd, Chilliwack, BC; Pastor Kerry Palmer officiating.

A burial will follow the service at Chilliwack Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Ken Popove, David Dayton-Popove, Gary Popove, Ron Popove, Rafael Ruiz Mares, and Wade Harten.

Memorial donations may be made to MCC Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and the BC Cancer Society.