CLAEYS, JOSEPH May 4, 2018


JOSEPH PROSPER ALFONS CLAEYS, born in Ostend, Belgium on February 8, 1927, passed away surrounded by family at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre, Lethbridge Alberta on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years Pauline, his 3 children, Blair (Barb Matson), Louise (Mike Zieffle) & Abigail (Terry Odland), 10 Grandchildren Joe (Rebecca), Lana (Rich), Allison (Jay), Vivian (Dan), Reilly (Tiffany), Kyle (Lindsay), Tait, Derek, Lisa & Blake and 11 Great-Grandchildren Jaycee, Rylee, Hayden, Blake, Quinn, Morgan, Owen, Devonee, Wallace, Cormac & Angus.

Joe is also survived by his sisters Clara Staples (Coaldale) and Georgette Aitken (Surrey), sister-in-law Arlene Tolley (Lethbridge), brother-in-law Erling Odland (Taber), sister-in-law Joyce Odland (Lethbridge), step-sister Erna Hart (Calgary) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe was predeceased by an infant son Dexter, his parents Jules and Marie Claeys, Step-Mother Martha Claeys, siblings Lucien & Joan Claeys, Violet (Raymond Skretting) & Dean Coombs, Dave Aitken, Walt Staples, Garvin Hart, In-laws Erik & Abigail Odland, Sam & Shirley Odland, Johanna & Mag Severtson, Christie & Lloyd Hagen, Peter Odland, Alfred & Fay Odland, Helen Odland, William Tolley.

Joe grew up in the Retlaw area.  He then married Pauline and farmed in the Vauxhall area. He was an active member of the Vauxhall Legion.  They then retired to Taber in 1983 where Joe was a member of the Taber Lions Club and to Lethbridge in 1996 where Joe spent lots of time curling, socializing with his cribbage and casino buddies and scooting around the neighbourhood.

Joe and Pauline spent retirement traveling and were always up for the next vacation. They loved to spend time with family.  Joe always had an eager “Howdy, howdy” when folks stopped in to visit and play cards which was an ever present activity and likely contributed to his long and happy life.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive S, Lethbridge, on Friday May 4th at 11:00am. (North entrance)