It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Booth on March 21, 2021. Joseph was born in Dumas Saskatchewan. After a rocky start found his loving family in Errington BC with his older sister Audrey (Wheeler). There he started as a delivery boy for the family store where he spent most of his youth and early adulthood. Joe was an adventurous kid who liked to push boundaries. Sliding off barn roofs, making snow drift caves, discovering poison ivy, riding a motorcycle which caught fire, almost drowning in Kelowna Lake, tasting pesticides and later in life operating a suicide clutch motorcycle, building, and flying his own planes.
He found faith in the Lord early through his family which was his foundation through his life and always grateful for everything that came his way no matter the challenges.
As well as working the store Joe had careers of construction, butcher, heavy duty machine operator and door-to-door insurance salesman before his “ship came in” working for MacMillan Bloedel. Initially in Port Alberni and working his way up through 8+ different positions most of which were in Powell River where he retired in 1994 after 32 years.
His family was his life work. Raising son Bob and daughter Ann in Powell River where they had many adventures enjoying their family cabin on the lake, hunting, fishing, and exploring.
Many say he was Self Propelled, always looking for that next discovery. Many of his loves included a Morris Minor Convertible, Model A, Hillman cars, Royal Infield and Harley Davidson motorcycles, a D8 cat and Uke Scraper. His flightier loves were a Vagabond, Vomer Jenson, Cessna 180, Belanca Scout and Piper-pacer.
He met the love of his life, Donna, through mutual friends and they married in 1990. The brood grew now including Donnas kids – Denise/Ralph, Darla/Joe, Dave/Barb and Darcy and later more grand kids.
The adventures continued, taking over the family property in Parksville and self contracting their dream home for retirement. In Parksville they made many friends through their church, square dancing, carving and wood turning clubs. RV adventures took them from coast to coast where they researched family and continued to grow their massive circle of friends and family. With the growing family, summertime “Boot Camps” brought the children/spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren to the place they loved.
His love of flying took him to many remote communities and lakes with detours, fuel shortages and some landings “not so much by the book” but always making it home with a good story to tell. In retirement Joe spent many, many hours out in his shop with the radio cranked up to JRFM Country turning or carving every species of wood he could get his hands on. His artistic talent earned him high praise and recognition at the Brant Festival in Parksville and most recently his old Boot carving making the top of the podium.
Joe was the biggest kid at Christmas, always up for a cup of Timmys, anything sweet, a pot of prawns, driving the grandkids around the yard in a trailer behind the lawn tractor, games of croquet, horseshoes, uno, canasta or crib and everyone knew if it was on his turf Booth rules apply.
We are grateful you shared your life journey with us. You have left big Boot(h)s to fill, as well as many bowls and we will save you a place at the table when we can gather safely.
“A private family service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11 am at Church of the Ascension.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joseph’s name to Knights of Columbus for their charities.”
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