Aug 27, 1929- Jan 30, 2014
Joseph “Joe” Arthur Fleming passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Center with his family by his side at the age of 84 years. Joe was born in Bentley AB on August 27, 1929 and lived his early years in the Iola, Bluffton and Rimbey areas. At the age of 21 he moved out to the west coast and was employed as a quarter master on the freighter “The Island Prince” he eventually moved back to Rimbey and worked at Barry Motors. In 1956 he and his family moved to Red Deer where he worked at Red Deer Motors and M.G.M. It was in the fall of 1959 along with his friend Elmer Erickson that he started Parkland Aquarium. Eventually; Joe bought out Elmer and began to operate the business by himself. After 40 successful years he closed the business on June 22, 1999. Dad loved a good game of checkers, and his cheque book and pen in his left breast pocket. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Joyce, with whom he was united in marriage on October 15, 1953, son David (Donna) of Red Deer, daughter Sheila (Wade Mannix) of Rimbey and 4 grandchildren, Shannon and Steven Fleming, Joseph and Cassie Mannix, his sister Annabelle (Dennis) Gahr of Edmonton, AB. Brother-in- law Gordon Cartmell of Calgary AB. and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his father Bernard in 1988 and his mother Rachel in 1990. A very special thank you to the nurses on unit 33. These men and women gave Joe and his family the best care that they could have possibly asked for. Josh thank you for making sure dad was never in pain. Memorial donations in Joe’s honor may be made to Unit 33 at the Red Deer Regional Health Center. A memorial tea will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 67A Street (Taylor Drive) Red Deer, on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Arrangements in care of Rhian Solecki, Funeral Director at Parkland Funeral Home.