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DACANAY, Gregorio Guerrero (Joe)

February 27, 1943 – Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines
July 30, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Joe Dacanay, beloved husband of Aurora Dacanay (nee Batuyong) of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the age of 76 years.

Joe was born in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines on February, 27, 1943. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1968 with a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering. He immigrated to Canada in 1970 where he fell in love and married Aurora Batuyong of Calgary in 1973. In 1976 he graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and continued to be an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGGA) until he retired in 2008.

Joe accomplished much in his career, fulfilling roles as a Metallurgical Engineer for Union Carbide in Manila and Maria Christina Falls Hydroelectric in Mindanao, Philippines; Assayist for Lornex Mines in B.C.; Offshore Oil Drilling Projects for Baroid Canada in Venezuela; Quality Control Supervisor for Firestone in Calgary, AB; Plant Metallurgist for Georgian Bay Foundry in Owen Sound, ON. and retiring after contributing to Inter-Provincial Steel Company (IPSCO) in Calgary, AB for several years.

His crowning achievement was the designing and building of his very own beachfront home in the Philippines. Upon learning of his lung cancer diagnosis, Joe and Aurora along with their immediate family returned to his beach house to celebrate his life, work and tireless dedication to his family. To Joe, ‘Paratong’ was the most beautiful place in the world and he was committed to building a legacy for his family to enjoy. He was a private person and will be forever cherished for his resourcefulness, astute perspective, vigor, offbeat sense of humour, honesty and most especially, the tenderness he reserved specifically for his family.

In addition to his loving wife Aurora, Joe is survived by his two children, Jo-Anne and Gerry (Shannon) Dacanay; his five grandchildren, Aria Teresa, Carina-Grace, Sadie-Ann, Jase Gregorio and Ellie Aurora; also in Calgary, AB are his beloved nephew and niece, Jun (Lilian) Bueno and their two daughters Julianne and Chelsianne; and his niece Odette (Amin) Shahpori. Joe is survived by his brother Angel Dacanay of Yellowknife, NWT; his two sisters, Amelia Viluan of Bacnotan, La Union and Rebecca (Bill) Jacobson of South Carolina; and several loved cousins, nephews and nieces in the Philippines, US and Canada. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Gregorio Dacanay Sr. and Caridad Guerrero Dacanay of Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com

In living memory of Joe Dacanay, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Rogel & Vicky Miranda

    Rogel & I are saddened by the passing of Joe. May he Rest In Peace. Our heartfelt condolences to the Dacanay & Batuyong families.

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  2. Kathleen and Brian Ogden.

    Brian and Kath are so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved Joe. We extend our deepest sympathies to Aurora, Gerry, JoAnne and extended Batuyong family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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  3. Norberto, Maricar, Toby and Trina Dilan

    Bert, Toby, Trina and I and are deeply saddened in learning that Joe has passed on. We convey our heartfelt condolences to Auring, JoAnne, Gerry and to the rest of the Dacanay and Batuyong families. We know that Joe has lived a blessed and full life and we pray for his eternal repose.

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  4. Judy and Noli Ferreras

    Our deepest sincere sympathy to you Manang Auring and your families on Manong Joe’s passing away. May He Rest in Peace

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  5. Sending you all the spirit of strength and love during your time of grief. Tatang (Jo) was a great leader and will have his new spirit busy exploring the vast heavenly universes until you meet again.

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  6. Mike and Gilda Sullivan

    Our deepest condolences to Ate Auring and the family. We will keep Kuya Joe in our prayers. May the happy memories of Kuya Joe lift up the family during this difficult time. God bless!

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  7. My deepest condolences to everyone. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

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  8. Kathyleen and Anthony Adricula

    We are saddened by the passing of Tito Joe. May he rest in peace. Praying for your family, Tita Auring and Jo-anne.
    From: Kat, Anthony, Aleck and Aiden Adricula (From Pavia, Iloilo, Philippines)

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  9. Philippa Burton

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.

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  10. Sima & Ab Uppal

    Gerry & Shannon,

    Our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time♥️

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  11. Gerry and Shanon
    I am so very sorry for your loss of such a kind man. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
    Love Auntie Missy

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  12. Sam and Virginia Seupersad

    May he Rest In Peace in the arms of his maker and May his loving family be consoled by a loving and merciful God.

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  13. Gilberto 'Bogs' and Marj Caguiat

    Condolences to Auring and family. He’s now with our Lord Jesus. Rest in peace, Joe.

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  14. Memorial "Tagalog" Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:2)
    We’re sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, Joe. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. In behalf of the Filipino saints in Calgary, we extend our love and sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  15. Hello Jo-Anne….condolences to you and your family. I’m glad you and some family members made that recent trip to the Philippines with your dad. He was an interesting man, involved in so many industries and companies. May he Rest In Peace.

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  16. Jo_Anne, So sorry for your loss.My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God Bless.

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  17. Remy & Gary Basterfield

    Our prayers are with you.

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  18. Gerry & Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man, who made a real impact to those who knew him. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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