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Monday October 15, 2012

PAL, Joseph Stephen

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of a loving husband and father, Joseph Stephen Pal in his 86th year. Dad passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, October 13th, 2012.
Joe will be greatly missed by his best friend and cherished wife of 62 years, Brenda (Kennedy). Loving and devoted father to Joe (Lucie), Tim (Alison), Kyran, and Jane (Dean French). Adored Poppa to Katie, Tim (Kim), Charles, Andrew, Stephanie, David, Joseph, Ben, and Emily. He was predeceased by parents Stephen and Barbara, and brother Stephen (Joyce Matthews). Joe started his professional athletic career in Hamilton. He then attended university in Montreal while playing football in the CFL. Joe was always grateful to then Alouettes Organization President, Leo Dandurand for his support and encouragement which allowed him to complete his studies at McGill University and Sir George Williams College. From 1948 to 1957 he was a perennial CFL All-star as a wide receiver with the Montreal Alouettes. In 1954 Joe received Montreal's Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award, at a time when the city was filled with legends such as Rocket Richard, Jean Beliveau, Sam Etcheverry and Hal Patterson. After a long and successful football career Joe applied his determination, hard work and team leadership skills to business world. Upon retirement Joe was CEO and Chairman of Lake Ontario Cement. Of all his accomplishments Joe's biggest source of pride was his family, to whom he was a great role model. Joe enjoyed life, and lived it with great enthusiasm. His warm personality put everyone at ease and he treated everyone he met with great respect. He enjoyed summers in the Thousand Islands and winters in Naples, Florida. Joe loved to play golf with Brenda, his family and with friends at Weston Golf Club, Grenadier Island Golf Club, and at Royal Palm Golf Club in Naples, Florida. He and his ever present smile will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. He will live in our hearts forever. ''Life is not defined by how many breaths we take but rather by how many moments take our breath away'
The family expresses their deepest appreciation for the compassion and caring support provided by Dr Julian Spears and staff at St Michael's Hospital, as well as Dr David Hogg and the wonderful nursing staff on the 17th floor at Princess Margaret Hospital. Also many thanks to Liberty and Aftab for their kindness and devotion. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Turner & Porter Funeral Home, Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Burlington, Ontario, for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Joe's name be made to Princess Margaret Hospital Lung, Sarcoma and Skin Clinic. University Health Network 190 Elizabeth Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON M5G 2 C4
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