Passed away peacefully on September 24, 2021, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Terry (Griffin) for 47 years. Loving father to Andy (Leanne Chalecki) and Cindy (Sean Fallon). Proud Grandfather (‘Go-Go’) to his grandchildren Ben, Chloe, Max and Charlotte. Survived by his father-in-law Robert Griffin. Dear brother to Nancy (Tony), Sara (Brian) and Antonella, and brother in-law to Patty (Adrian). Loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and their partners. Predeceased by his parents, Annunziata and Andrea DeCola, his mother-in-law, Emma Griffin, and his brother-in-law, Rick Hazell.
Joe loved spending time with his family and enjoyed many large family gatherings filled with Italian cooking and wine. He had an incredible smile and sense of humour and was an adventurous soul. From a young age, Joe had a love of motorcycles. He owned 23 throughout his life and restored numerous vintage motorcycles with great pride. Joe fulfilled his dream of traveling across Canada on his motorcycle. Joe also loved the outdoors, hiking and walking with Terry. A strong cyclist, Joe enjoyed spending many hours riding with friends and by himself, which included early morning solo rides which he found therapeutic. Joe was always up for a challenging bike ride and took part in the Paris to Ancaster bike race multiple times. Many family memories were made on trips to Mexico. Early morning walks on the beach with Terry and afternoon tequila poppers by the pool. Joe, Dad, Go-Go, you were the best. We love you dearly and will always remember the joy that you brought to our lives. May you rest in peace.
Thank you to the General Hospital 7 West Neurosciences Ward for taking such good care of Joe over the past three weeks.
Friends and family are invited to Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas, on Wednesday, September 29 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of Hamilton.