BEDFORD, Joseph Evison
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October 6, 1920 - December 9, 2012
Joe passed away on December 9, 2012, at the age of 92, after a very brief illness.
Born the youngest of three siblings in Saskatoon, SK to Jessie Isobel Creighton and Albert Evison Bedford, he is survived by daughters Susan (Kurt) Williams of Saskatoon, SK, and Jane Smith (Brian Nowak) of Crossfield, AB; his sister, Doris J. Leckie of Montreal, QC; and granddaughters Meagan Williams, Catherine (Benson) McCulloch and Catherine Nowak.
He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Catherine (née Miscampbell), and his sister, J. Louise Martin.
The son of a station agent, Joe and his sisters grew up in communities across Canada. They settled in Saskatoon, where Joe attended elementary (Victoria Collegiate) and high school (Nutana Collegiate). During the Second World War, Joe served in the Navy as a radar operator on the HMCS North Bay. After the war, he attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he graduated in 1948 with a degree in Agriculture. Joe met Cathie of Harris, SK in 1947. In 1949, Joe got a job with Imperial Oil in Winnipeg, and Cathie followed Joe there. They married at Winnipeg in 1951. In 1966, Imperial Oil transferred Joe to Edmonton, where Cathie and Joe made their permanent home. Joe retired from Imperial Oil after 38 years of service. Joe loved life, loved his family, loved golf and curling, loved the Derrick, and loved being out in the world until the very end. He leaves behind many people who know him as "Grandpa Joe".
A Celebration of Joe's Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club, 3500 - 119 Street N.W., Edmonton, on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
In memory of Joe just go out there and love life as much as he did.
Loved and always remembered.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012