August 10, 1930 - September 23, 2019
With broken hearts, our family announced the peaceful passing of Joe Kowal on September 23, 2019.
Dad was predeceased by his son Douglas in 1996, 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Lillian, daughter Lyn Hood (Trent), son Ron (Lela), grandchildren Ryan (Melanie) Brad, Cassie, Lorna, Jenna and one great grandson Landon Joseph.
Dad was born in Goodlands Manitoba. In the fall of 1953, he left the farm to work with his brothers as a carpenter for the army in Churchill. It wasn’t long before he realized that carpentry wasn’t his passion, so he traded his hammer for a set of car keys and began driving taxi for Churchill Taxi. He drove for many years, and was a favoured driver to so many customers.
In 1954, dad met mom. She worked in the restaurant that dad would always stop
in for coffee. They were set up on a date, and dad being the shy guy that he was, didn’t show up! Luckily, mom agreed to a second date, and a true love story began. They were married the next summer and shared 64 wonderful years together.
In 1970, dad opened the Polar Motel. He started out with 3 rooms, soon expanding to 11. From reservations to accounting, cleaning rooms or vacuuming, he did it all. He worked long hours, 7 days a week, and when you asked him how he did it, he would respond that he loved what he was doing, and felt like he never worked a day in his life. As busy as he was, he always had time to stop for a coffee and a game or two of cribbage.
In 1987, they bought another motel, this one in Dryden Ontario. Time was spent between the two businesses until December 1993 when they moved permanently to Dryden.
The decision to retire came in 2000. After 30 years in the hospitality business, as much as he didn’t feel the need to, it was time to slow down. For the next several years, dad spent numerous hours puttering in the yard, his garden and his garage. Road trips out west to visit family became an annual event until health issues prevented them from travelling.
Our husband, father, grandfather was an incredible man. A true gentleman with a heart of gold, our loss is immense.
Celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg located at 603 Wellington Crescent.
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