With saddened hearts the family of Joseph Maticic, age 69 years, announces his passing on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Joe was born in Cerkinica, Slovenia on April 8, 1944. His family crossed the Yugoslavian border and lived in Italian refugee camps before immigrating to Canada in 1960. In 1964 he married Margaret (Peggy) Grieve and together they had four children: Scott, Joey, Steven and Marie. Big Joe worked at several jobs before starting his 30-year career at Great West Timber, retiring in 2006. He was honored and appreciated for serving 25 years of volunteering for the recreation association.
Joe will be forever known as Santa Claus, as for over 25 years he played the role of Santa Claus with his wife Barb as Mrs.Claus for children all over Thunder Bay. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards and ultimately spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was a dedicated member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Hall. Joe would have done anything for anyone, and will never be forgotten for all of the gracious deeds he had performed in his life.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife Barb, and children Scott, Joey (Connie), Steven (Diana, Taylor, Brent), Marie (Danny); grandchildren: Brenna, Tyler, Alex and Andrew; step son Brad (Nadia, Bailey, Justin and Jacob). Also survived by his mother Maria Klemen and brother Alojz Maticic; brothers and sisters in-law Ken (Jackie), Marge (Tom), Diane, Patsy, Ronnie and Tom (Sharon) Fisher. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
Joe was predeceased by his first wife Peggy, father Alojz Maticic, step-father Anton Klemen, brothers-in-law John, Charlie, Bert, Danny and sisters-in-law Jeanie and Margaret.
In honor of Big Joe his family is asking that everyone perform one random act of kindness, be it big or small.
Following cremation, Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. Peters Church, 615 Connolly Street, where family and friends will gather for the Funeral Mass to be celebrated by Rev. Terry Sawchuk. Interment will take place at a later date. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, where the Vigil Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Joes memory to the Heart and Stroke Society.