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GALE, Joseph (Joe) Anthony

January 10, 1947 – Montreal, QC
July 5, 2014 – Calgary, AB

After a brief but courageous battle with cancer, Joseph Anthony Gale passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 67, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Montreal, Joe grew up right down the street from the Montreal Forum. It was there that he developed his love and passion for the game of hockey and, especially, his beloved Montreal Canadiens.

In 1977, Joe moved his family to Calgary, eventually establishing a long and happy career as a Calgary Transit bus driver. As a driver, Joe took immense pride in safely getting his many passengers to work on time. In later years, Joe and Beth spent much of their weekends and holidays in the Crowsnest Pass. When Joe retired in 2007, he and Beth moved to The Pass fulltime, where he spent his time renovating houses. It was there that he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of building a new house from the ground up, with his own hands.

In the fall of 2013, Joe and Beth moved from The Pass to High River, Alberta so that they were able to be closer to their much loved granddaughters, Malaya and Amara.

Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife and companion of twenty years Elizabeth (known as Beth to friends and family); son Jay (Genevieve); daughter Lori (Brenda); stepson Sean Stordy (Nicole); and his granddaughters Malaya and Amara. He is also survived by his sisters, Eileen Watts, Peggy Prince, Maureen Gale; and his brother Kevin (deceased July 6, 2014). He was predeceased by his first wife Denise Gale (née Phillips); his parents Thomas and Anne; brother Thomas Jr.; and sisters, Ann Mawhinney, Teresa Slater and Diane Murphy.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Joe Gale, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Patti Slater :

    Sincere condolences to our family in Calgary. Even though we are far away, please know we are thinking of you in this most difficult time. Eddy, Kerry, Cathy, Patti and families

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  2. Darren Watts :

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Joe was a true original. I have fond memories of Joe’s stories and sense of humour.

    Darren

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  3. Marion Krzywda :

    Beth & Family!
    Sorry to hear of Joe’s Passing.
    May God be with you at this time of sorrow.
    Love,
    Marion Krzywda & Vern Jorgensen

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  4. Dave Storry :

    My deepest heart felt regret in this time of your loss please accept my condolences. All members of the transit brotherhood whether current or retired are missed.

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  5. Harry Patrick :

    My Thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s Family. I knew Joe for almost 30 years,
    He has gone to heaven. I pray Our Heavenly Father will comfort your hearts.

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  6. Robert Mostyn :

    Our thoughts are with you and your family. I have great memories of camping in the pass at your little get togethers. And our talks at the garages. You will be missed by me and your fellow drivers.

    Bob

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  7. Bernadette Berwick :

    Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time.
    Bernadette (Genevieve’s mom) and Gary

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  8. Dean MacAulay :

    Our condolences and thoughts are with you. Joe was very good to Barry my brother and it is appreciated. Thanks again…Dean

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  9. Dan Jaremchuk :

    My condolences to you and your family. I’ll remember Joe’s smile and infectious laugh that always made me smile.

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