Joseph Howard Delorey
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph Howard Delorey, age 60, of Monastery, N.S., a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, son-in-law and Papa. With his family by his side, he lost his courageous year-long battle with cancer on June 26th, 2019 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Joe’s greatest joy in life was his family. He was blessed with two sons, Edward and Justin, along with his beautiful daughter-in-law Sarah, and the precious gift that was his grandson, Jack- Papa’s pride and joy. He adored his boys and was their #1 fan. When he wasn’t coaching their many sports games, he was watching from the sidelines with pride. From an early age, his sons adopted their fathers love of four wheeling, and had many hours of enjoyment out on the trails. This love was further passed down to his Grandson, who went for many special drives with his Papa.
Joe spent his time and talent fixing four wheelers with his sidekick Paul. There weren't too many they couldn’t fix! Joe was a hard worker, he enjoyed working on his land, grooming and planting many flowers on their beautiful property which he cared so deeply for, yet most of his time was spent with his best friend and love of his life "Dorothy", side by side always, in whatever they did, especially their bingo nights, trips down south, walks on the beach, spending time with family and friends, and being the best host for Connolly Family Reunions. You can hear Joe saying 30 for 60 with the biggest grin, playing countless games of auction with his mother and father in law, Margaret & Kenneth, whom he adored and loved, and was always there to lend them a helping hand. He will be truly missed by them and many. He was a passionate crib player, who would partner up with Dorothy and get great delight out of beating their rivals, Phillip & Mary.
Joe was a bus driver for the Strait Regional School Board for 38 years. He took great pride in his job, and grew an attachment to all of the students he met along the way. His fellow bus drivers became his closest friends. At the bus garage he had many laughs, and his mischievous nature shone through. Joe was a member of St. Peter’s Parish, the Tracadie Volunteer Fire Department, and Linwood Community Centre. He gave many hours of his time to the Beavers & Cubs, and the Tracadie Minor Softball League. He was honoured to receive the award for volunteer of the year, Antigonish county.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Dorothy, sons Edward, Calgary, Justin (Sarah) Brierly Brook, grandson, Jack, sister Beatrice (Allan) Green, Liz (Ambrose) Tate, Linwood, special nieces Donna Morrison and Karen Delorey, Linwood, mother and father-in-law Margaret & Kenneth Connolly Guysborough Intervale, brother in law to Rose Connolly, Antigonish, Theresa Connolly, Saint John, NB, Phillip (Mary) Connolly Guys. Intervale, Martin Connolly, Maxine Connolly, Guys. Intervale, Joanne (John) Davis, CT, Laura (Charlie) Gabriel, Lwr Sackville, Alice (Art) Embree, Cole Hbr., and many special nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by mother Doris Delorey, brothers, Martin & Robert, and brothers-in-law Jerome & Peter.
Visitation will be in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish on Sunday June 30th, 7-9 pm, Monday July 1st, 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm. Funeral will be held Tuesday July 2nd, St. Peters Church, Tracadie at 11 am. Burial in the parish cemetery.
The family would like to express many thanks to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Dr. Cudmore, Dr. MacKenzie, the amazing nurses of PCU, Palliative Care, VON, and the Palliative Care Team.
Donations may be made to The Lodge That Gives, Halifax, N.S. which provided them with compassionate lodging & hospitality when they needed it the most. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com
"Rest Easy "My Baby".