As per Joe’s request, a private funeral has taken place.
In memory of
January 06, 1934 - January 27, 2020 - Age 86

1934 - HOEFMAN - 2020

Jochem “Joe” Hoefman passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020, at the age of 86 years, beloved husband of the late Aly Hoefman. He leaves to cherish his memory their four children, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. Joe will be missed by his extended family in both Canada and Holland. He was predeceased by his parents Jentje and Reint Hoefman; his wife Aly on January 20, 2010; his brother Anne; two sisters, Hennie and Femie; five brother-in-laws, Evert, Siep, Herman, Wibo and Jan; two sister-in-laws, Ineke and Willie . Joe and his bride, Aly came to Canada for their honeymoon in the mid 1950’s and it continued for the next 54 years. After moving from British Columbia, they settled in Redcliff where Joe worked at Goodyear as an operator for over 30 years before retiring in 1993. Joe enjoyed the outdoors with camping, hunting, fishing, and gardening as his favourite pastimes. In his retirement, Joe and Aly enjoyed going to visit their homeland of Holland, as well as a few trips to Hawaii and Mexico. After Aly’s passing, Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, and his sidekick, Toby. As per Joe’s request, a private funeral has taken place. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to theS.P.C.A. - 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Joe Hoefman.

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Message from Michelle O'Connor February 19, 2020

I got to know Joe by visiting some of the ladies at the senior's home Joe lived in. Almost every time I came Joe was sitting on the couch near the front entrance talking to people. Joe had the warmest smile I've ever seen. As I got to know Joe he told me some really interesting stories of the war he fought in, what it was like living in Holland, working at Good Year and the big gardens he used to have. When I had problems with my garden Joe would know how to fix it. He was so thoughtful and generous with his time. He used to take bread crumbs out for the birds to eat. So I would bring my bread for Joe to give to them as well. Joe was so appreciative even with something as simple as that. He showed me his impressive collection of empty artillery shells from the war and the stories that went with them.
I was so sad to hear of Joe's passing. It's really hard to walk in the front doors of the senior's home and not see Joe's smiling face. I found Joe to be a really good man that I will miss dearly along with the other people he knew there.
My condolences to his family.

Michelle O'Connor