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Joseph Fay

Joseph Stephen Fay

Tuesday, April 29th, 1930 - Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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Fay, Joseph

On the morning of June 25th after a short battle with cancer, Joe passed away peacefully. Joe was the oldest of 12 children born to Joseph and Anna Fay. He recently celebrated two milestones, his 90th birthday on April 29th and his 67th wedding anniversary on June 6th. 

Joe is survived by the love of his life, his wife Adelle (nee Bauman), his children Dave (Sunny), Denise (Larry), Charlene (Steve). Joe was predeceased by his infant son Larry in 1970 and granddaughter Melissa (1981). Joe will be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren, Shannon (Tom),  Michael (Angie) and Britney (Jon) and his three great grandchildren, Hanna, Vaida and Valerie. 

Joe enjoyed 25 years of retirement after working as a custodian at Canadian Martrys School for 28 years. He was passionate about his job as it gave him a chance to interact with teachers and children throughout the day. Once asked if he was a teacher at the school, he responded by saying he had a much better job. He was a parishioner at St. Anthony Daniels church for over 40 years.  

He loved gardening, reading, walking, dancing, telling bad jokes, going out for coffee each day and most importantly spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul.  

We would like to extend a big shout out to the staff at Innisfree Hospice who took such good care of him in his last two weeks. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Innisfree Hospice. 

Joseph's family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Guests must RSVP to attend Joseph's visitation and are required to wear a face mask. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at St. Boniface Cemetery, Maryhill. Friends and family may join Joseph's service via live stream at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, June 28th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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Donations are being accepted for: Innisfree House.


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Christine Nyikos

Posted at 04:54pm
I was a primary teacher at Canadian Martyrs. Many times, students who were particularly proud of their accomplishments would ask to show their work to Mr. Fay. No matter how busy he was, Joe always received them with kindness, a warm smile, and words of encouragement. My sincere condolences to Joe's family and friends. He was truly one-of-a-kind.

Jeff Mohring

Posted at 09:55am
I remember Mr. Fay from Canadian Martyrs and he was such a nice man.
My condolences to your family

Simona Zac

Posted at 08:40pm
Charlene and family,

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Know that we are thinking of you and that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this heartbreaking time.

Simona and Milos Zac

Posted at 09:31am
Dear family Fay
At your loss please accept our deepest sympathies.May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.
Martin and Brigita Polanic


Donna Mckay

Posted at 08:49pm
At school at church and in the neighborhood I witnessed a man with a warm smile, a warm heart and a generous spirit. Joe will now live in the fullness of life and may his memory be a blessing to all. Comfort and peace to his family. Donna Mckay

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