Joseph Campbell Whitelam
April 13, 1932 – May 10, 2019
In loving memory and with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, firefighter and friend.
Joe was born and raised in Selkirk, MB. While growing up he played, and later coached and refereed hockey in the community. He was an accomplished curler and enjoyed golfing at both Selkirk and Mars Sandhills Golf Clubs. Joe retired from the Manitoba Rolling Mills in 1991, after more than 40 years of loyal service. In addition to his steel career, he served with honor for more than 25 years with the Selkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Joe was a skilled craftsman, who enjoyed working at KR Woodcraft during his retirement with his son Brian. Joe was quick to share his building skills with his sons, friends and neighbors. He was also a member of the Selkirk United Church.
Joe leaves to cherish his memory, his three sons Keith of Libau, MB, Ken (Deb) of Denver, Colorado and Brian (Lori) of Selkirk, MB. Pops / Papa adored and was extremely proud of his three granddaughters Carrie (New York, NY), Kalie and Kaitlin of Selkirk, MB. He also leaves to mourn his sister Jean (Roy) Gatland, and his sister-in-law Maeola Whitelam, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years Doreen, his parents George Thomas Whitelam and Mary Ellen Whitelam (nee Campbell), as well as his brother Tom and sister Elaine Beattie. He was also predeceased by Elaine’s husbands; Kayo Nissila and Ken Beattie.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held in June 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the Selkirk United Church, with a private family interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Selkirk United Church, Firefighters Burn Fund of Selkirk, or the Selkirk Regional Health Center, Palliative Care Program.
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