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Joe Gecse

December 16, 1938 - January 31, 2017


With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Joe Gecse of Osoyoos, B.C. at McKinney Place, Oliver, B.C. on January 31, 2017, following a brief and courageous struggle with cancer.

   Joe is survived by his wife, Sharon, children, Pamela, Derek (Leanne), Dorel; grandchildren, Rhiannon, Kurtis, Peyton, Linden; great grandchildren, Klara-Marie, Kendrick, Katie-Jade; cousin Bob (Elaine) Berze and Jay Berze in Burnaby, B.C., and a niece and cousins in Hungary.   He is predeceased by his parents, Jozsef and Ilona (Berze) Gecse, and sister, Terus Fodor.

Born December 16, 1938, in Homokterenye, Nograd, Hungary, Joe immigrated to Canada in 1957, locating in Osoyoos to reside and work with his uncle, Jim (Minnie) Berze, on his orchard. Soon he obtained employment at the local feed and farm equipment store, Lohlein and Gyles.  Wanting to utilize his pipe fitting skills learned in Hungary, Joe began his long career in plumbing, heating. sheet metal and air conditioning, firstly working for Paul Fairweather at Osoyoos Hardware Store, then for Charlish Plumbing and Heating for many years where he earned his trade certifications.  In 1968 Joe and Sharon (Graf) were married and they were blessed with three cherished children.  In 1972 Joe started his own business, Joe’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd. which he operated until 2003 when, due to health reasons, the business was sold to the present owners.

Joe was a tireless and dedicated volunteer in the community for decades beginning with Auxiliary RCMP in early l960’s, to serving long terms on the Sun Bowl Arena Board, Osoyoos Credit Union Board, and Osoyoos Junior and Senior Soccer Clubs. He was a member of the Osoyoos Fire Department for 38 years, Elks Lodge #436 for 51 years, many of those as an officer, Royal Canadian Legion, Br. #173 for many years and Osoyoos Golf Club for several years.  He was a passionate supporter and promoter of soccer, from playing professionally in Hungary, then playing men’s soccer in Osoyoos for the Rialtos, to coaching and sponsoring Youth teams for years.  Joe was a self-taught daring skier who skied the local slopes before development, then Borderline, and finally Mount Baldy, teaching his family to enjoy the sport with him.  He also was an exuberant spectator of minor hockey, travelling multitudes of kilometers following his boys in Minor and Junior Hockey.  As a prominent businessman in Osoyoos for 31 years, he was an integral part and steadfast supporter of the growth and development of this community and a very proud citizen.

Many people will be remembering Joe – whether it is for plumbing, heating or air conditioning, the fun times in the Clubs and Organizations, or the pleasure of being personal friends.   He lived life, had fun and loved his “sausage and beer parties”.  He always had a wave and a smile for everyone.

He will be so deeply missed by his family but the memories are abundant and will always be treasured.

Mass will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Osoyoos, B.C., at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, with refreshments being served immediately following the service in the reception room of the Church.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sandra Smith
Relation: customer

Condolences to the family. Joe was a great guy, and skilled tradesman. Always a cheerful smile and greeting when he came to the house.

From: Judy Dallas
Relation: Former co-worker

My sincerest sympathies to the family , and to his friends as well. I worked with Joe for a number of years and found him to be fair, honest, respectful and very thoughtful. Do not think he ever put himself “first”. There are many memories to be shared and cherished. “He was needed someplace else”.

From: Wallace and Marilyn Murphy
Relation: Friends

Sharon, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. We are away or we would join you at mass next week. Know you have our love and prayers.

From: Ken & Karen sieben
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

I met Joe in the early ’70 when we were both on the Osoyoos Fire dept. as a general contractor joe did all my buildings from the late ’70 til he retired ! He became one of my true friend’s and trusted business associates . He did tireless contributions to Osoyoos thru personal time and financial support and all the service clubs he was involved with . I learned a lot from joe , he will be truly missed ! I love you Joe

From: Penny & Ken Burnett
Relation: family friend

Sharon and family. Sorry to hear about Joe he will be greatly missed.

From: Elaine Caley-Walker
Relation: Family Friend

We are so sorry for your loss, Joe was an amazing man. He always had a smile and time for a quick visit, and he was a great friend to Dad for so many years. His kindness towards our family will never be forgotten. Much love and hugs to you all.

From: Eileen Varga
Relation: Through fire dept. and Elks

My deepest condolences to you all. I have many wonderful experiences of time spent with Joe through the fire dept. and the Elks. Joe had one if the biggest hearts in Osoyoos and would do anything he could for you. Cherish all of your memories of him. I know I will

Relation: Friend and occasional coffee buddy


From: Addi & Ray Groom
Relation: Friend

Sharon, we are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great person,he will always be remembered and missed by his family and many friends.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 8, 2017
Beginning at 11:00am

St. Anne''s Catholic Church
7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Mass will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Osoyoos, B.C., at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, with refreshments being served immediately following the service in the reception room of the Church.

7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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