DUNN, Albert Joseph (Joe)
May 7, 1926 – April 17, 2004.
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden but peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, Joe Dunn.
Born in Manchester, England, Joe was the twin brother of Des, the ninth and tenth of eleven children. Growing up through the war years, Joe developed a keen and lifelong interest in the military that was sparked by his older brothers’ enlistment into the Royal Air Force. At the age of 14 he began an apprenticeship as a machinist, contributing his developing engineering skills to the war effort. He was an air cadet from 1941 and served in the Home Guard until he was old enough to enlist in the Royal Air Force as an Air Gunner. Dad and mum Sal celebrated their 55th anniversary the day before he died. Introduced by sister Audrey in 1940, they were married in 1949. Still pursuing a career in mechanical engineering/manufacturing, they had three children and emigrated to Canada (Montreal) in 1957 where he established friendships that exist to this day. An eight year period back in the UK preceded the family’s return to Canada in 1968. Winnipeg became the family base and Joe continued in management positions within the manufacturing field until he fulfilled his personal dream of establishing his own machine shop. Moving to Qualicum Beach in 1983, Joe realized that he had finally found his real home. Semi-retired, he continued his involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion in many capacities, serving three terms as president of Branch #76. He was never far from the centre of the organization he enjoyed so much. Joe was pre-deceased by his brothers Herbert, Ben, Richard, Jim, Terry and twin Des, and his sisters Chris and Betty. He is survived by the love of his life Sal, sons Mike (Ivanna) of Winnipeg, Terry (Jay) of Winfield, and daughter Audrey of Qualicum Beach. Also grandchildren Mandy, Adam, Christopher, Nick, Devon, Jeremy, Liz, Greg and Vicky; great-grandchildren Desiree and Colin; sisters Hilda and Audrey (George); and many nieces and nephews, Fun loving and always quick to smile, Joe’s good natured and positive approach to life’s many challenges was infectious. Unfailingly supportive and generous, Joe will be sadly missed by all of his family and the many friends with whom he shared his zest for life.
A celebration of Joe’s life took place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #76 in Qualicum Beach on Wednesday, April 17, 2004 with Reverend Phil Spencer officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Joe’s memory to the charity of your choice.