It is with great sadness that the family announces his passing peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Monday, January 22, 2024, at the age of 85. Devoted husband of Katy. Loving father of Lori (Mark), Ernie and Tanya (Andrew). Cherished grandfather of Katie (Henrique), Lucas, Hanna, Henry, Zoe, Carter, Chloe and great-granddaughter Isla. Predeceased by his brother Eckhardt. Dear brother-in-law of Robert and Sandy, Rudy and Gabriele, Gus and Diane and Lydia. He will be remembered with love by his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, long time friends from near and far that became his family, all the family friends who were always welcomed into their home, his friends from the Caledon Centre gym, and customers from over the many years of owning Albion Nursery and Garden Centre.
Joe was born in Burg/Magdeburg, East Germany on October 18, 1938. He took his schooling there and then attended a horticultural school. In 1957 he escaped East Germany unable to take anything with him. For the next two years he worked in nurseries in West Germany, Switzerland, and then in Sweden. In 1959 he came to Canada and worked at the largest nursery in Canada, Sheridan Nurseries. He worked on the nursery farms and at the Sheridan Garden Centre, where Sherway Gardens is now. It was at that garden centre that Joe met Katy’s dad, who had his own landscaping business. Katy’s dad was also president of the hunting club which would have dinner parties at the German Club. Katy’s dad invited Joe and his good friend Uli to one of these dinners. There he introduced his daughter to Joe, and that began a two year romance. Joe and Katy were married in 1968 and by 1972 had all three children Lori, Ernie, and Tanya. In 1973 they slowly opened the doors to Albion Nursery and Garden Centre in Bolton on Hwy 50. Joe continued to work at Sheridan for two more years to ensure an income. On the weekends he would work at his own garden centre and Katy kept the doors open during the week. After two years he quit Sheridan and went to work full time for himself. They sold that location in 1988 and moved the business south of Bolton on Mayfield Rd in the early 90’s. In 2007 he went through stage 4 esophageal cancer and with such a positive attitude survived another 17 years. In 2012 they sold on Mayfield Rd and retired.
He loved hiking in the conservation areas around where they live with his golden doodle Cooper. He spent many hours maintaining their home property. His son Ernie continued landscaping and Joe was always eager to go on the job and do layouts and give advice. He went to the gym at the Caledon Centre and loved talking to people there. He finally had a lot of time to spend with his family. His children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter were the light of his life.
Joe had many adventures before he was married. One winter down in St. Lucia he met two Australians who had their own sailboat. They explained to Joe that they wanted to do some rum smuggling but had no money. Joe lent them his holiday money to buy the rum so he could be part of the adventure and what an adventure it was. Joe loved to travel and with Katy travelled to many parts of the world. They travelled to many of the national parks to hike. Their favourite is Zion in Utah where they hiked up to Angel’s Landing. Joe lived a wonderful life with no regrets. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Monday, February 12th from 2- 4pm and 6-8pm. Memorial service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday morning, February 13th at 11am.
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com