October 23, 2018
It is with great sorrow that we announce that our loving husband and father, Joe, passed away on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at the age of 90 years. Remembered and always cherished by his wife Elsie, son Clinton and daughter Bev (Lama Tsultrim).
Joe was born in 1928 in Marpole, B.C., the 9th of 12 siblings. His father built a successful fishing business with 3 packer boats and 2 gillnet boats. Growing up
Joe could frequently be found on a packer boat, helping his older brother. In December 1941 when the war with Japan broke out Joe and his family had to move 100 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. They eventually relocated to Taylor Lake, B.C. (near Lone Butte) at a Japanese internment camp set up by the government.
When the war ended in 1945, after spending some time in Lillooet, in 1948 Joe’s family decided to move back to the Cariboo. By the 1950’s the family established a permanent mill site and a planer mill, at 70 Mile House. At the time, electrical power wasn’t accessible from the mill site, so Komori Lumber pushed to have a sub-station built at 70 Mile House, allowing the business as well as the community to flourish. For approximately 20 years Joe managed the Planer Mill. When the mill was sold in 1977 he retired. He enjoyed spending time on wood working projects, and occasional trips with Elsie (Alaska cruise, Hawaii, Japan).
As a long time resident in the Cariboo, he greatly enjoyed the people and community of 100 Mile House. He was particularly honoured to be asked by the 100 Mile House Mural Society, to tell his life story now displayed in their memorial plaque in the garden at the 100 Mile Community Hall.
Joe was respected by many, and will be dearly missed.
Thank you to Dr. Cheryl Ho (Vancouver), Dr. Ramorasata and the staff of 100 Mile Hospital and Fischer Place.
We would like to invite everyone to a celebration of Joe’s life on Sunday, November 4th at 1:00 pm at the Valley Room, 98B Cecil Place, 100 Mile House, B.C (behind the Red Coach Inn).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory, to the BC Cancer Foundation, or the South Cariboo Health Foundation are appreciated.