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ALBERDING, Joseph “Joe”

September 3, 1945 – Loon Lake, Saskatchewan
January 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Joe was born in Loon Lake Saskatchewan; Joseph “rebel” Alberding lived his life to the fullest. Growing up on the farm he quickly developed impressive work etiquette, creating a drive to prove people wrong. School was no different, as his rebellious attitude quickly made him stand out amongst his peers. Telling Joe he couldn’t do something was the quickest and surest way for him to achieve his goals. He finished school and moved to Calgary and pursued a career as an Electrician. His career excelled after he and his partner bought into Amelco Electric where he worked until Freedom 55 and retired. It was in Calgary where he met the love of his life, Leona. They enjoyed over 48 years of married life. Together they had two sons, Ken and Dan; Joe proved his paternal instincts were as strong as his business acumen. He always found time to help build a deck, wire a house for a friend or coach a baseball team or sign up as a Scout leader. His passion for travel took him and his family all over the globe on many great adventures. Joe’s love of motorbikes inspired him to ride over half a million Km on a total of seven bikes. He also had a passion for old classic cars and it was The Cadillac Club and GWRRA and GWTA motorcycle clubs where he made some of his closest friends and explored much of North America with the wind in his face, and with his wife on the back of his bike almost everywhere he went. Seven and a half years ago Joe was diagnosed with ALS and was given two years to live. His stubborn attitude once again drove him to prove the doctors wrong as he continued to travel and live life to the fullest. He finally gave up his motorbikes only to start riding scooters and managed to put 5000km each year riding the bike paths to Cochrane for coffee. Joe was a very generous man and would give his jacket off his back to warm a complete stranger and never thought twice to help anyone in need. On January 4th, with his family by his side he allowed ALS to win the final round if this battle. Some of his final words continued to be positive and he was cracking jokes till the very end. Joe will be missed by many friends and family.

Joe is survived by his wife Leona, his sons Ken (Jen), Dan (Julie); grandchildren Marissa, Jaden and Trinity; sisters Marge Patipatanakoon (Pat), and Cecile Corbeil; brothers Elmer (Wendy) and Rieny (Rubely). Also his in-laws Tom & Carol Pun and Paul Andrews and a special cousin MaryAnne Holobetz.

Joe taught us all that life is what you make it so you might as well make it great! During his final day when people would ask how he was doing and he would respond “if I was doing any better, people would think the deck was stacked.” He didn’t just live life; he demonstrated how to create the life you want. His act of courage, determination and his ability to share his truth has always been an inspiration to his family. He freely shared his skills and life experiences.


Please do not send flowers due to allergies. In Lieu of flowers, if you choose to make a donation please send it to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, on line at, or by phone 403-410-1112 or to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319,

In living memory of Joe Alberding, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. I am very sorry to hear about us losing Joe. Trevor and Lorraine told us about
    his passing. I hope all of you can be
    brave during this challenging time.
    Sincerely, Ed McIntosh

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  2. We shared many fun motorcycle rides with Joe and Leona. It was wonderful to know a guy who said and did what he wanted to, but also gave generously to others. One of those special people. We had lots of good laughs over the years. Remember the highway cleanups? And the motorcycle shows? Wish we would have stayed closer. Unfortunately lives do take twists and turns! Leona and family, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Carol & Fred Battle

    January 8, 2018
    We were very much saddened to learn of Joe Alberding’s passing due to his long battle with ALS. We extend our best wishes to all of his family, and hope their memories of him brings them serenity for the months & years to come.

    Carol, Fred Battle & Family

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  4. January 8, 2018
    I am very saddend to learn of Joe’s passing! He was my first mentor in living and working in Canada after I immigrated from Germany in 1967. He took me under his wings to teach English and the trade as an electrician with then Parkdale Electric.
    My deepest Condolences to his family !

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  5. Brian and Donna Gies

    We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I really enjoyed working with Joe during the 60’s and 70’s when we shared many laughs together at Parkdale and Coons Electric. He was one of a kind. Our condolences to Leona and family.

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  6. Edward and Dorothy Dick

    Dear Lee and family ,
    We have many fond memories of you and Joe at Goldwing club , on the street and in the store. Joe was an extraordinary person, always friendly and outgoing. We know you will miss him very much.
    Best wishes and condolences to you at this time,

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  7. So very sad to read about Joe passing. He certainly will be missed by everyone he came in contact with. I remember many miles riding together, in fair or foul weather.
    Now he will be riding with the angels.

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  8. I am very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I worked with Joe for many years and stayed in touch with him when he retired. Joe called it as it was and lived life to the fullest.
    My condolences to Leona and family.

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  9. Leona, Ken, Dan & Families,
    I offer my sincere condolences to the Alberding family. Joe was a delightful man – very charming, compassionate and generous … a true gentleman! I am the proud owner of Joe and Leona’s 1994 Pearl White STS Cadillac – still on the road … still providing a quality road trip – just like Joe said it would.

    I will always cherish Joe’s warm and caring nature … and his beautiful playful smile! He will be deeply missed … “May the wonderful memories you share always hold a special place in your hearts.”

    “Thinking of you” at this difficult time. In sympathy and friendship …

    Nancy McCormick – Calgary

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  10. Phil and Annette Moline

    We are so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. We have such great memories of motorcycle trips and rides with Joe and Leona.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Leona and family.

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  11. Joe was a true gentleman – one of a kind. We spent many miles finding the best roads and trips together. He was a wonderful mentor and always had an encouraging word. Joe was a regular McGiver, coming up with great solutions to problems; whether it was a bag of frozen peas duct taped to a broken leg or a piece of plastic conduit extension for a shifter that a foot could not reach any more or an amazing customized scooter for daily runs to Tim’s. In the end, we have memories. Thanks for making them good ones.

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  12. Pamela & Bob Pyle

    Joe’s life has been one great ride. Sure there were a few potholes but the fun times are what sticks with you, and there were a lot of them. I loved Joe’s McGiver side: like adding a piece of conduit to Pam’s shifter when her foot wouldn’t meet the lever any more, or duct taping frozen peas to a broken leg so we could complete a trip to Great Falls, or having the most amazing customized scooter for daily trips to Tim’s or the incredible custom details on Ugly and the Cadillac or remember the steam engine Joe built. It has been a honor to call Joe our friend. His presence will be with us on many occasions, especially when there is a 50/50 draw….. but that’s another story.

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  13. Leona please accept Marilynn and my condolences. Joe was one of the most generous and respected people I have known. He was always ready to help out no matter
    the situation. I remember the many great motorcycle trips we were on.

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  14. Marilyn and Herb Thacker

    Dear Leona,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and Dan and Ken and their families.

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  15. Lee,
    We have known Joe since I joined Amelco back in 1981. He had his foibles but I appreciated talking to him at any time. He has lots of stories to tell. We kept in touch after his retirement and we will sorely miss him. I am sure that you will find great comfort in hearing from all his friends. We only just heard of his passing and we will miss him.

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  16. Leona, Ken, Dan and families
    So sorry to hear for Joes passing, it was a pleasure to know and work with him. We had the opportunity to have lunch with him a few months back, he had an amazing out look, nothing held him back keep going and do what you can. . .he will be missed.

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