Joseph, loving husband to Simone and kind and devoted father to Leanne and Rob (deceased); son-in-law Clint; daughter-in-law Sherry; grandfather to Chelsey and Cortney, passed away January 29, 2005 after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness. He also leaves to mourn his “fratelli” (brother) Mike (Janette) and sister Mary (Larry); brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. He was also brother to Dominic Donatelli who passed away in 1983.
Joe was born in Silverdale, the third son of Franco and Angela Donatelii, from Italy, a founding pioneer family in Silverdale. he lived his entire life on the original property purchased by his father almost 100 years ago. He was a caring member of the community for over 70 years. He loved many, viewing them as children and grandchildren and was lovingly referred to as “Papa Joe” by all of them.
He will always be remembered for his love of God, love of people, his sense of humour, genuine smile and limitless hospitality.
Joe was also an enthusiastic member of the Mission West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, serving as an elder for many years, volunteering countless hours to help others.
A memorial service will be held at Silverdale Community Centre on McLean St., Saturday, February 5 at 1:30 pm with tea to follow.
Heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Wouterloot, Dr. Potter, the palliative care nurses and nurses Michael and Jane at Mission Memorial Hospital. Thank you also to all our family and friends for your loving support and hard work this last while.
Joe will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Henderson’s Funeral Home