Joe Irving

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a long time Kootenay resident, Joseph Anthony Leslie Irving on September 23, 2015 at the age of 103. Joe was born October 10, 1911 in Thrums, BC to parents Edward and Mary Irving. Joe met and married the love of his life, Sylvia Desrosiers, on May 27, 1968. Together Joe and Sylvia raised nine children.

During his life Joe had accomplished many things including publishing two books; Red Iron Over the Canyon and Life of an Iron Worker. So dedicated to his career as an Ironworker Joe maintained an active role in the union and even went on to receive many Ironworker awards for his participation and longevity in the union.

One of Joe’s proudest moments came at the age of 94 years when he graduated high school with an academic diploma in 2005.

Left behind to mourn his passing is his devoted wife of 47 years, Sylvia Irving, four children Joseph Irving (son Joseph) of Surrey, BC, Shannon (husband Cherub) Sun children David, Prophecy, Chandra, Trinity, Monashee and Sabriam of Harrop-Procter, BC, Jack Irving children Brook and Sarah of Surrey, BC and Michael (Andreja) Irving children Sheldon, Marcy and Tiana. Step children Irene (Gordon) Walker, Donna (Dan) Ringheim, Gary (Kim) Desrosiers, Doug Desrosiers (Carol Noakes) and John Desrosiers as well as many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

The family wish to thank Dr. Janz and the wonderful staff at the Jubilee Manor and a special thank you to Dr. Kirsten for all of your care to Joe.

Please join the family as we take time out to remember this true pioneer. A celebration of his life will be held at Thompson Funeral Home, 613 Ward Street on October 3, 2015 at 1:00pm with a luncheon to follow at the Christie Lee Hall,701 Radio Avenue (Kiwanis Building) Parking will be available on Radio Avenue.

A private family viewing will be held on

October 3, 2015 from 11:00am-12:00pm and then opened up to a public viewing from 12:00pm-1:00pm for all who wish to come give their final farewell.


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