It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph Mombourquette announces his death after a lengthy battle with cancer on June 20, 2023, at home surrounded by family.
Joe or Yogi, as he was known to his dear friends and siblings, was 71 years old. He was born May 15, 1952, and a son of Tom and Florence Mombourquette.
Joe grew up surrounded by his siblings, Marilyn (deceased), Thomas, Arnold, Peter, Lorraine (deceased), Raymond, Elaine, Lorna and Douglas on Coady Street and fondly remembered his adventures in the Shipyard with his family and friends. Many of those childhood friends became lifelong friends, such as his dear friend, Ray MacFarlane or Farmer, as we affectionately call him, who would regularly drive from Whycocomagh to pay him a visit and talk about the old days.
In 1975, he married Ann (Penny) and they had two children, Natalie and Bradley. Those two children later married Ian Hollohan and Amanda Mombourquette. He was also blessed with three beloved grandchildren, Bryson Mombourquette, Sloane Hollohan and Lillyin Mombourquette.
Joe has left us with many valuable lessons such as, the importance of finding joy in the simple things like a good cup of tea, a beautiful fishing day and a large hot turkey sandwich. He taught us to always dress your best when leaving the house, even if it was your 20th chemotherapy appointment, and to treat everyone you meet with kindness and patience. The patience we would have to employ regularly as we searched for his glasses and hearing aids that he lost in the woods or in between the cushions of his La-Z-Boy.
It is hard to believe Joe is gone. We often referred to him as a medical miracle or the man with nine lives and we would be remiss not to thank the amazing medical staff who helped him over the years. Many of those wonderful professionals became like family to Ann and Joe, especially the staff in the Epilepsy Unit at the QEII. Joe was also thankful for the VON team, the fantastic pharmacy staff at the Sydney River Walmart and the wonderful crew in the palliative care unit.
Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Thursday, June 29th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church on Friday, June 30th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bill Burke officiating. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you perform an act of kindness or spread some much needed joy. Joe knew he was incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many selfless people who exemplify kindness and generosity. To honour him and the amazing group of people who made his journey better and brighter, please take some time to help someone smile. If you wish to spread some kindness in the form of a financial donation, please consider supporting the epilepsy unit at the QEII. Joe would be overjoyed to know you were remembering him in this way and would love to sit back and listen to the stories with a cup of tea and a plate of sweets.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.com