Dr. Joseph POHORLY
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Passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Betty Pohorly (2009). Loving father of Joanne Garnett, Caroline Pohorly and Barbara Pohorly. Caring grandfather of Ryan (Destinee) Garnett and Daniel Garnett. Dear brother of Jean (Ross) Bolger, Frank (Susan) Pohorly and the late Harold Pohorly. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Joseph was a legend in the Niagara Wine Industry being the founder of Newark Wines in 1979 which became Hillebrand Estate Wines in 1983. Also, in 1983, Joseph made the first Icewine for Hillebrand and, in the process, became one of the early Canadian Icewine pioneers. After selling Hillebrand Estate Wines he went into partnership to start the Colonel Butler Inn which he ran for 10 years and then sold to go back to his real passion of wine making and founding Joseph Estates Wines in 1996. He also established Joseph's Natural Products after he received his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2002. In 2003, Joseph won the Regional Innovation Award for Sustainable Development/Ontario Region, presented by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Program and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. In 2004, he earned the Christopher Newton Award for Extraordinary Vision in Business, awarded to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Businessperson of the Year. Dr. Joseph Pohorly received the Niagara Agricultural Lifetime Achievement Award for his many achievements in 2018. He was a proud long-time active member of the St. Davids Lions Club and helped with various community projects such as the Centennial Pavilion at the Lions Park which he designed and funded. A private family funeral service will take place with interment at Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery. A public celebration of his life will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 1 to 4 pm at the St. Davids Lions Club on York Road. Arrangements entrusted to MORGAN FUNERAL HOME, 415 Regent Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to the St. Davids Lions Club. Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at www.morganfuneral.com

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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Sep. 14, 2020.
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October 4, 2020
Bruno and I had just found this sad news. We are very sorry for your loss. We had many days of working, chatting and laughing with your father and we will never forget them. We will miss him for sure.
All the best to you and your families.
Bruno and Vince DiFrancesco
Bruno and Vince DiFrancesco
September 17, 2020
Many memories of my friend Joe from our time at Virgil Public School to working together at the Board of Education. Together we designed the first label for Newark Wines! Test in Peace, Joe.
(The Rev.) Malcolm H. Binks
September 16, 2020
Joseph was a remarkable man. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for his friends or family. Always willing with a helping hand. He was sweet, smart and young at heart. I will miss his friendly aura and our little get togethers. You will be missed by all. May your spirit be free as you reunite with your beloved Betty. RIP my friend. Condolences to the family.
Francie Shadoff
September 16, 2020
Joseph was a remarkable man. Very sweet, smart, and young at heart. Always willing with a helping hand, he was a friend And I will miss our little get togethers. RIP my friend. Condolences to his family.
Francie Shadoff
September 15, 2020
Great person and loved Betty. Always remember babysitting the 3 girls. Love, Ellen Popejoy (Zalewa).
Ellen Popejoy
September 14, 2020
Dr Joe was a kind and caring gentleman. Very talented and always a pleasure to speak with. We will miss his wit, wisdom and his special smile at our lions events and projects. Dr Joe was always ready to lend a hand to lend his knowledge and his friendship. We will miss you Dr Joe. RIP my friend
Joe and Kim Typer
September 14, 2020
Sincerest condolences to the family. My family lived directly across the street from Joe and Betty on Jacobson, in St. Catharines, so many years ago. Always great people.
Susan (Smith) Ward
September 14, 2020
Arlene and I are so sorry to hear the news. Joe was one of the great contributors to our area and our wine industry. I was so proud to be there the night he was given Niagara Agricultural Lifetime Achievement Award.. it was so deserved for him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him Rest in peace. Rob Nicholson
Rob and Arlene Nicholson
September 14, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of Dr. Joseph Porhorly's passing. He was a very nice and extremely talented man. Our family has known him for several years, on a business level. GOD bless him and your family. Sam and Joanne Ferrato-Cracknell, formally of Kopy Kats printing up to the year 2000.
Joanne Ferrato
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