FERNAND ARMAND JOSEPH "JOE" FOURNIER
June 12, 1940 – May 16, 2019
We are sad to announce the passing of Joe Fournier. On May 16, 2019 at the age of 78 we lost a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
He will be very much missed by his loving wife of 24 years, Diana; his children Brian (Deb), Stephan (Margarita), and Kevin (Sarah); his grandchildren Hailey, Leeanne, Shayne, Caleb, Toby, Raf, Agnes, and Henry; his sisters Yolande and Pierrette (Laurent), brothers Claude (Solange) and Serge (Louise), brother-in-law Jean-Claude, and sisters-in-law Rita, Huguette, and Gaétane, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Joe’s full and colourful life began as the third-youngest of thirteen children on a farm near Victoriaville, Quebec. His time in the Air Force included stints in Egypt and France; later in life he worked up north on the DEW line, shuttling from remote station to remote station on dubious aircraft to repair and maintain radar equipment. He had many great stories about these experiences, and was fond of sharing them, particularly after a beer or a glass of wine with dinner. He was a talented amateur potter, an expert sudoku solver, an enthusiastic if not especially skillful sailor on Lake Winnipeg, and could plunk out a rousing Christmas carol on the piano. His pride and delight in his children and grandchildren always shone through. He was a humble, generous and kindhearted man.
Joe met his second wife, Diana, in Winnipeg in 1992, and they began the next chapter of his life together when they were wed in 1995. Together they raised their granddaughter Hailey since 1998. Joe was an expert sous-chef, aiding Diana with all home cooked meals. He was always the chauffer, never wanting to share the drivers seat. As an avid reader, he read library books constantly and particularly grew fond of James Patterson. For the last two years (2017-2019) Diana took care of him completely until he could not safely manage at home any longer. Being a strong, courageous man he eventually lost his battle to COPD. He will forever be missed, and we all hope to cross paths with him again some day.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
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