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.
I witnessed Joe’s lovely smile break out when he saw his daughter Cindy and her daughters, Chloe&Charlotte…that he adored his family was very apparent.
Walking out with Joe on Halloween was a treat…sometimes in costume. May his memory be a blessing.
My heart is with the DeCola family in this difficult time, I remember Joe as one of the coolest Dads of my best friend, so funny and vibrant, and just a beautiful soul. He will be remembered dearly and his wonderful family is a testament to the kind of Father and Grandfather he was. Sending love and light to everyone – love Jackie and the Ferretti Family
Terry – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Joe’s enthusiasm for biking was inspiring and his love for his wife, children and grandchildren was unmistakable. I pray that the strong and loving family you built together will be a source of comfort and strength now.
I am very saddened by this news, thinking of you and your family Terry. Joe was always a pleasure to talk to, was always friendly and smiling. May you be comforted by your wonderful and happy memories.
Terry – I am very sorry for your loss. The few times I met Joe, he was always friendly and always smiling. I enjoyed your stories of his cycling adventures and your trips to Mexico. My condolences to you and your family on a great loss.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Joe at many a lab gatherings over the years. He was always such a gentleman, lovingly standing by your side Terry. Jo had an infectious smile and it was always such a pleasure to speak with him. May his soul rest in peace.
Though we never met Joe, it is obvious he’s left a void and will be sadly missed.
That said, we recently learned that Joe managed Ozone nightclub in Oakville back in the day and chances are that he had to have Rich removed on more than one occasion.
Our deepest condolences to Andy, Leanne, Ben, Max and the rest of the family.
Our heart and sympathy to the Decola Family ! Remember Joe’s beautiful smile ,and his kindness! Praying that your memories will help sustain you through your grief!
Sorry for your loss, Terri. I hope most of your memories of Joe are happy ones. It was my pleasure to have met Joe.
Steve and I are very sorry to hear this news and hope you and your family find comfort in the many fond memories of happy times together.