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Obituary for Joseph "Joe" Recchia

Joseph Clare Anthony Recchia, age 79, of Waterloo, Ontario, died on January 15, 2024, peacefully in his own home and on his own terms. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, as well as his children, Carol (Dick) Tompkins, Jonathon (Irene) Recchia, Holly Recchia (Martin Darveau), and Carleigh McCannell, and grandchildren, Liliana, Park, Alexandra, Katherine, Samuel, Arya, Lucie, Dax, and Laya. Joseph was also a much-loved stepdad to Susan's children Ryan Forwell (Nicole Golda) and Elliot (Bryn) Forwell and grandchildren Riley, Karson, Mason and Sophie whom he lovingly embraced into his family. He will also be sorely missed by his brother Leo, his nieces, Melinda and Amber, his former wife Betty Anne Keller, as well as the many other family members and friends whose lives he touched. Joseph was predeceased by his parents, James and Catherine (née Longo), as well as his former wife, Joy.

Joseph completed his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1968) and his M.Sc. in Management Sciences and Systems Engineering (1971) at the University of Waterloo. Subsequently, he worked in the tire industry for many years, combining a shrewd business acumen with warmth and genuine care for his colleagues and customers. Alongside his professional success, he enriched the Waterloo community in various ways, from his work promoting rock concerts; to his local entrepreneurship such as operating video arcades; to his volunteer service to community organizations such as HopeSpring. He threw great parties and told great stories, and was unwaveringly and fiercely supportive of those he loved. He travelled often to countries around the world, for both business and pleasure, and was an avid collector of toy cars, stamps, coins, and other memorabilia. He appreciated the small things in life - good donuts, lunches with friends (especially Fridays with Jim, Darren, & Chris), and walking his beloved dog Brody. He made a point of treating everyone around him with kindness, generosity, and respect, no matter who they were. He will be remembered by many for leaving a legacy of love.

Joseph's family is grateful to his doctors and the palliative care team at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre for providing excellent care and support up to his final days.

Cremation has taken place followed by a private family interment. Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467. All of Joe's family, friends and colleagues are invited to attend a Celebration of Life to be held on February 24, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Ballroom at Bingemans Conference Center, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener.

Memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region (cards available at the funeral home).

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