It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joe Bodwell on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the age of 78 years. Joe will be sadly missed by Darlene, his soul mate and best friend of 56 years, their four children and their grandchildren: Lorri (Ron) Hortobagyi, (Elise and Stephanie); Joanne Courtice (Dale Vold), (Wade); Lucinda (Craig) Sheardown, (Cooper and Jake); Brad (Shauna) Bodwell, (Jordyn, Taylor and Colton). He will be lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters from the Bodwell and Johannson families, numerous family members, as well as by many treasured friends. Joe was born to be a farmer. He grew up on his family farm in the Springvale district east of Red Deer and he and Darlene went on to purchase the farm from Joe’s parents in 1967. He continued his passion of farming long after moving into Red Deer in 1998. He was in the fields cultivating this past fall and still checking farm machinery magazines this month. Joe was very proud to farm alongside his son, Brad. Joe was an avid curler in leagues and bonspiels, also curling competitively for many years. He served as President of both the Red Deer Curling Club and the Farmers Bonspiel. Joe was also very involved with the Red Deer Exhibition and its transition to the Westerner Exposition Association, of which he was a Board Member for many years. He was also instrumental in starting the Agri-Trade Exposition in Red Deer. Over the years, Joe and Darlene took many wonderful holidays, enjoying lots of laughs with family and friends. In later years, they spent several winters travelling to Arizona and eventually bought a winter home there where they continued to enjoy their friends as well as the game and camaraderie of golf. Joe was a warm, vibrant, fun-loving person who loved life. People were drawn to Joe’s contagious smile and sense of humour. In keeping with Joe’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be made directly to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre, 3942 50A Ave., P.O. Bag 5030, Red Deer, AB T4N 4E7. E-mail condolences for the family may be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You placed gold on my finger
You brought love like I’ve never known
You gave life to our children
And to me a reason to go on.
You’re my bread when I’m hungry
You’re my shelter from troubled winds
You’re my anchor in life’s ocean
But most of all you’re my Best Friend.
Goodbye my Love
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