BRONDGEEST, Joffre Geraldus October 24, 1915 - February 18, 2014 With his son Joffre by his side, Joffre Geraldus Brondgeest peacefully slipped away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. He and his wife Laura, who died in 2006, had three children, Joffre, Clarke and Laurie. Joffre's Lower Lonsdale Barber Shop was a frequent gathering place for friends and customers who enjoyed his stories, hospitality and constant good nature. He and Laura also owned a restaurant and banquette room next door, which Laura ran for many years. After more than 55 years of cutting hair and shaving faces, Joffre hung-up his strop in 1990. Retirement did not slow him down, as he redirected his energy to volunteer initiatives with the Kinsmen, Eagles and the Legion - branches 114 and 118, where he also played crib every week. Joffre enjoyed his home, and everyone who walked through his door felt welcome. His beautiful backyard and swimming pool was a popular gathering spot, and he enjoyed sharing stories of how he selected the lot, hand-dug the pool (7 years!), planted the gardens, and created a place that friends and family enjoyed for more than 50 years. One of the many traits we admired in Joffre was his positive outlook on life. If he didn't have something good to say, he would laugh and change the subject. He woke up every morning grateful to be alive and appreciated all the little things in life so many of us take for granted. Joffre took pride in taking care of himself, eating healthy, exercising and doing whatever it took to maintain his good health. His mind was always sharp and the kind interest he took in others remained constant. While he had hoped to make it to 100, Joffre, was half-way through his 99th year, still living in the house he loved and surrounded by the people who loved him. When asked how he was, Joffre usually replied: "Every day is a good day, some days are just better…" He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and especially by the "Sunday Night Supper Club" - Joffre Junior, his wife Michelle and their two children, Cassie and Sam; as well as by his nephew Wally Palmer, and special friends/family John Weir and Diljeet and Denise Dimock. The family extends their appreciation to Dr. Dana Haaf and his marvellous MOA Christine, for helping Joffre stay healthy for so long, and also to the many home support caregivers, and nurses who cared for him in the LGH Emergency Department and on Palliative Care during his visits there over the past year. They also appreciate the respectful kindness of the BC Ambulance paramedics who transported him to hospital when needed. A celebration of life will be held for Joffre, time and date to be confirmed.
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Published in The North Shore News from Feb. 26 to Mar. 2, 2014