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JOÓ– Dr. Géza Lászlo

August 1910 – July 2010

Peacefully in the early hours of Monday, July 12, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Géza Lászlo Joó left this earthly realm. Unflinching and steadfast in his faith and beliefs, he leaves to mourn his much beloved Elizabeth, wife of more than sixty six years.

Géza was born in Karcag, Hungary and graduated from the University of Budapest in 1932 with a Doctorate (honours) in Hungarian Judicial Law. Regrettably, his promising career was cut short by the turmoil and aftermath of the Second World War, and in 1945 he fled his native land with his wife and newly born son. Life initially was in an International Red Cross Refugee Camp for displaced persons, however in 1949, the Canadian government saw fit to grant him status to immigrate to Canada. It was a decision he never regretted and frequently remarked of how blessed he was for the loving hand of God in guiding him to Canada.

Géza will be fondly remembered by his wife Elizabeth Joó, his son Andrew Joó (Bonnie Malach), his daughter Charlotte (Ray) Kenney, and his son Peter (Patty) Joó; his grandchildren Rachel (Robert) Patterson , Stephen Joó (Colleen Geary-Joó), Christopher Joó, Bethany Joó, and Rebecca Malach; his great grandchildren Blyth Oswald, William Joó, James Joó, Alexandra Joó; nieces, Charlotte (Duane) Keinick, Maria Némethy, Martha Szönyi, and Judy Szönyi (Tom Dobbie). Géza also leaves to remember his life, numerous nieces and nephews and his only sister Magdolina Göbölyös, all currently residing in Hungary. Géza was pre-deceased by his daughter-in-law, Doreen Joó in 2006 and a brother-in-law, Károly Göbölyös in 1984.

Friends are warmly invited to celebrate Géza’s life at a Memorial service to be held in the Garden Room at Southwood Care Centre (211 Heritage Drive S.E.) on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jon Harwood of the Solid Rock Baptist Church will lead the celebration. Forward condolences through Flowers are graciously declined, however if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Solid Rock Baptist Church (P.O. Box 76104, Calgary, AB T2Y 2Z9) or any charity of the donors choice. The family would like to thank Dr. M. Celis and the personal caregivers and support staff of Southwood Care Centre for their understanding, guidance and for their timely assistance toward our father. A special thank you to Tony and Jean Massie of Vancouver, B.C. for their many years of caring and unconditional support of our dad.

In living memory of Géza Joó, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Barry & Yvonne Fawcett :

    To the Joo family:
    Although we have lived in Lethbridge for just over 21 yrs we recently began to receive the Calgary paper, and saw the notice of your loved one’s passing.

    It was in the late 1960’s that two men came into the offices of Watkins Products on 7th Ave. S.E. asking if we could use some help. Geza “Leslie” Joo was recovering from an accident suffered while working on the railroad and an operation that did not go well. I was a young man in my early 30’s having just taking over the business from my father who had passed away.

    I think we both were a little cautious with the arrangement until we discovered that we were both followers of Christ – then a special bond developed between us. I remember visiting your home just off 14th street S. and meeting Elizabeth, one of the girls and Peter. “Leslie” was proud of this family.

    Yvonne & I remember “Leslie” as an honest man, trustworthy, loyal and most of all a humble man. A story I have told many times is that I worked with ‘a human adding machine’. In those days the adding machine we had was a “modern” crank machine with which I thought I was pretty fast. I loved to challenge Leslie to a contest to see who could add a three column order the fastest….me on the adding machine or Leslie using his skill at adding in his head as his finger moved down column after column of numbers. I don’t know who won the most, but we both enjoyed the challenge.

    Yvonne & I enjoyed remembering the fellowship and memories we had with the man we knew was Geza Laszlo Joo, but was “Leslie” to us. We rest in knowing that he is with the Lord and one day we will see him again.

    Barry & Yvonne Fawcett

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  2. Candace Spankie and family :

    Dear Charlotte, Ray and Joo family,

    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad, and although we’re unable to attend his memorial we will take a few minutes at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon to think about you and send you our thoughts and prayers. Our sincerest sympathies, take care.

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  3. Dear Charlotte, Ray and families,
    Please accept our sincere condolences with the recent sad news of your Dad.
    I had the pleasure of meeting your Mom and Dad, only once, but found your dad to be a very pleasant, caring man. I am sure you are very proud to be his daughter, as you too, are very much the same. It is obvious that you carry the same appreciation for life as your Dad did.
    God Bless you and your families,
    Linda and Vern

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