My passage on earth ended on Sunday, October 2, 2022. It was a wonderful journey and I leave behind a tremendous family, several loves of my life, lots of friends and many fond memories.
My greatest legacies are my two children, Stacey (Daniel Chih) and Liam (Sandra McIntyre); three beautiful grandchildren, Ciaran McGrath, Dashiell Black and Esme Pallas Black and furry companions, Rigby, Sushi and Ragnar. I hope I will be fondly remembered by them.
I began my path on May 31, 1949, when I was born to Rod and Mary Black of Whitney Pier. I inherited five brothers and sisters, John ‘Barney’ [deceased], Roderick ‘Brother’ (Mary) [deceased], Carmel, Francis ‘Frank’ (Donna), and Paul (Kaye); it took me a long time to train them. I appreciate all of the advice and support they provided. I want to thank my partner, Nan Mah and her son, Thomas for their love and support. I also want to express my thanks to my devoted friend and travelling companion, Lillie Wong.
I was predeceased by my parents and my brothers, John ‘Barney’ and Roddie ‘Brother’.
My formative years were spent on Matilda Street in Whitney Pier with some of the best people in the world. My adult years gave me the opportunity to explore many careers and occupations that took me to every province and territory in Canada with lengthy stops in Winnipeg and Regina. I could have been a better brother, husband, father, partner, grandparent, friend and colleague, but I really don’t have any regrets. I do hope that I will be forgiven for my faults and transgressions, and that I will be remembered kindly.
I now venture from the known into the unknown where our paths may cross again. My earthly remains have been cremated and my ashes will be buried at New Calvary Cemetery in Whitney Pier. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, to be announced.
Thank you to all the staff and doctors at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Halifax, NS, Chaplain Joanna Badu and Chaplain Ronald Cairns. Special thanks to Dr. Laniyi Ogunsanya, a wonderful family doctor and fine human being.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please show kindness to all.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
our deepest condolences to Paul & Kay & Family on the recent passing of your brother, brother-in-law and uncle Joe.
From: Bob & Barb MacLean
Joe and I worked together in Winnipeg for the government of Manitoba. He was a trusted colleague and good friend. I always enjoyed “chewing the fat” with Joe, solving the educational problems of the times. He will be missed.
From: Karen Gregor
Paul, Carmel, Frank and Joe’s Families,
I was saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. I always enjoyed our chats, usually focused on what our Pier connections were up to, whenever our paths crossed.
From: Chuck Drohan
Paul and Kay, so sorry to hear of Joe’s death
From: Bob and arlene McCarron
Our condolences to Carmel and family on Joe’s passing. I knew Joe during my years at STFX Jr. College in Sydney. He was a lovely, fun, loving man, easy to talk with. The world’s loss is Heaven’s gain. Hugs.
From: Alena (Bruce) Turnbull
Condolence Message We are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. We will always remember the happy times we spent with Joe. With our sincere condolences to all members of his family.
From: Lloyd and Nickie Campbell.
My deepest sympathy Stacey and Liam on the death of dear Joe. I have known Joe for many years and enjoyed our many conversations and laughter. I will pray for Peace on his life in Eternity. May our Living God continue to Bless you with Courage. Strength and Courage in this your time of sorrow and loss.
Blessings and Prayers
From: Audrey M. Brocklehurst
Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a king and funny man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Rest In Peace Joe you are Matilda St and always will be
My deepest sympathy to the black family. Joe was a special human being and a wonderful neighbor. We will miss you.
My darlins. The loss of a parent is so hard. Beautiful write up. May your memories bring you peace. Sending our Love and Hugs ❤️🙌❤️
Cousins: Jane Rozeluk-Gagnon, Darrel, Glen & Anna Gagnon
Dear family of the notorious Joe Black. I loved Joe as a father for over 10 years that Stacey and I were together.
He could always make you laugh, never held back on what he was thinking. You didn’t have to guess if he was mad at you.
Many a game of golf we played from Nova Scotia to Florida and back.
To everyone who loved Joe I am so sorry for your loss. I share in that loss and can’t believe he’s gone. As he said above, from the known to the unknown. And should our paths cross again I’m sure I’ll make him mad about something.
I love you Joe
Dear Paul and Kay and family:
Sending our deepest condolences on the loss of your brother Joe.
Sincerely Anna and Dave
My sincerest condolences to Joe’s family and friends. I had the opportunity to work for him for a number of years and greatly enjoyed his wit and humor. He will be missed.
My sincere condolences to Joes family and family of friends.Many years of friendship filled with laughs and good times.RIP my friend.
To Liam and family, I just wanted to express my sincere sympathies. I always enjoyed time with your father- he certainly had a large sense of humour! Take and care and thinking of you all.
My condolences to Joe’s family, Nan and Lillie. I had the fortune to have been mentored by Joe in my career and spent may weeks with Joe golfing in Florida. I will truly miss the time we had together and I will hold close the memories Joe provided.
Joe will be missed by the extended family at the reunions in Jersey Cove. So sorry for you loss.
So sorry for your loss Stacey and Liam your Father played a Large part in my growing up. I will remember his humour and his kindness
Heart felt condolences to Stacey, Ciaran and the rest of the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe several times, discussing some of his travels and seeing his joy from watching Ciaran’s school concerts and band. He always seemed happy and up for an adventure, which he must have passed along to you Stacey.
Hold his memories dear, carrying them with you along your respective paths.
Our condolences to all Joes family and friends.
Nick and I are saddened to lose such a great long time friend. We have always shared many great times together, and have lots of stories and great memories. Joe always had a Special place in our hearts and always will. We will miss our get togethers chatting about old times. Stacey, Liam and families, we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts. Until we meet again, RIP Joe Bolo.
Sending our condolences to Joe’s family and friends. Through Joe’s positive support for the “Matilda Street Memories “ events we were able to reconnect and enjoy Joe’s enthusiasm for his family and work. R.I.P. Joe.
My deepest sympathy to my dear friend Carmel and to her brother Paul and his wife Kaye.
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I have fond memories and laughs from a former Matilda Street friend, My sincere condolences to Joe’s family.
Joe was a very interesting person. I always enjoyed listening to all his adventures in his life
To Joe,s family please accept my condolences on Joe,s passing. May God be with in the difficult days ahead
Joe will be sorely missed. He was the best neighbour and we enjoyed his humour and stories. To Lillie, Stacey, Liam and families, please accept our most sincere condolences- Heather and Vernon
My condolences Stacey and Liam PAX.
My condolences to family uncle bolo will be dearly missed and fondly remembered
Wonderful man who had a great life. My condolences to the family.
Our sincere condolences to all Joe’s family and thank you for sharing a little of him with us. Joe was a friend and neighbor who was also a member of our Board of Directors the same time I was. No matter the issue Joe could not only succinctly point out the areas that required the boards attention, he could put fingers to keyboard and make even the monotonous details seem interesting. Joe made you think when he conversed with you but those conversations were always interesting and educational. Joe will be missed and very fondly remembered.
I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I attended St. FX with Joe when we studied education. He was the person that drove us to Tracadie for our teaching placements and was such a kind and caring person. My condolences to his family.
Sending my condolences to Joe’s family. Joe was passionate about what he did. We worked together when he was with the NS Apprentuceship Agency and I was at NSCC. We would have spirited discussions and always had a good laugh at the end of the day. Rest In Peace Joe.
Condolences to Joe’s family. May he rest in peace. Lots of memories of Joe while growing up in the Pier.
Condolences to Joe’s family.
To Stacey, and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Dad, he was a wonderful man, enjoyed our chats . Hopefully the wonderful memories will help you through the tough times ahead God bless .
To Joe’s family my condolences on Joe’s passing he was such a nice man we had lot’s of laughs at Tim Hortons in the pier. May God bless his soul
Our deepest sympathy to Joe’s Family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Stacey and Liam, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
Joe was a colleague who became a dear friend. We met when we were both representing our respective provinces on the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) in 1998.
Joe was a kind and welcoming to me as a new director and I was able to learn from his years of experience. That was the start of a lasting friendship.
I feel blessed to be able to call him my friend. I am thankful for the connection we had and I will miss him terribly.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of Joe.
His large presence will be missed.
My memories of Joe go back to his time in Springhill as Principal at the Cumberland Campus NSCC in Springhill.
May he Rest In Peace.
My most sincere condolences to Joe’s family and friends. I served with him on the board for the Halifax condo corporation where we both owned properties. Aside from sharing his vast experience and wisdom, Joe also shared his love of Cape Breton (I’m also a Caper) when we had our post-meeting chats. He was a fine man and we’re lessened by his passing.
My condolences to all of Joe’s family.
Joe and I met at NSIT and kept in touch for many years. I always enjoyed his company and have many good memories that always bring a smile.
May your memories bring comfort and May he Rest In Peace.
My sincere condolences to Joe’s family on his passing. Joe and I were colleagues in Apprenticeship on both the provincial and national levels. But we were friends on every level. I enjoyed learning and laughing with Joe. He was passionate about everything he put his hand to, he made a difference. I will miss you my friend.
We are very sorry for your loss. I worked with Joe at NSCC. Under Joe’s leadership graduating apprentices were formally recognized with a dinner and presentation upon completion of their apprenticeship. He asked me to be the speaker at the first event. My father attended with me and Joe presented dad with a renewed Certificate of Qualification for the Plumbing Trade. This was a special night for dad, thanks to Joe’s thoughtfulness.
C’est avec beaucoup de tristesse que j’écris ces mots. On dit que lorsqu’une personne disparait, elle continue de vivre dans nos souvenirs. C’est le cas de Joe, qui vit à jamais dans nos coeurs. Thank you for everything you did for me Joe and for everything we did together. Forever grateful. Sinceres condoléances.
To all of Joe’s family…We are sending our sincere sympathy to you all during this difficult time. Hoping that all the fond memories of your love one will help ease the pain. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. RIP Joe.
Hugs, Stacey, Liam & family.
Our condolences to the Black family on the death of Joe. He was a very fine man and will be missed. May he Rest In Peace
Theresa and Pat Kennedy
We are so sorry for yourloss
Uncle Joe will definitely be missed by all!
Lots of love to Cousins Liam and Stacey and families. XOXO
Very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing and our sincere sympathy to Stacey and Liam. He was a great leader in Apprenticeship and Trades, and was proactive in working with other departments across government. His sense of purpose was as strong as his sense of humour, and he made good use of both! He was never afraid to call a spade a spade, and he will be missed. Sincerely Barb Jones and Richard Gordon
So sorry to hear of cousin Joe’s passing.. He was a good friend and co-worker.
Dear Stacey and Liam, I am sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I have fond memories of lobster races at your place when we were children. I was fortunate enough to be in Sydney once in recent years when he dropped in to visit Dad as he so regularly did when he was home. It was great to catch up with him. Sincerely, Colleen
I would like to express my sincere condolences to Joe’s family and friends. Joe’s death has left a huge void in the lives of many. I had the good fortune to meet Joe when he became Director of Apprenticeship in Manitoba. He was a thoughtful and proud proponent of apprenticeships and skilled trades. Aside from our work relationship I came to regard him as a thoughtful friend with a good sense of humour. In all respects he was honest and dependable.
I fortunate to meet the real Joe Black. I will miss our conversations.