Abbè "Joe" Charbonneau

Wednesday, June 27th, 1951 Monday, March 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Abbè "Joe" Joseph Charbonneau

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Joe Charbonneau March 2, 2020, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Born in the city of Fort William to Abbè and Adeline Charbonneau June 27th, 1951. After attending numerous schools, he then went on to graduate with honours from PACI. He lived and worked in various areas of Canada and abroad, including Atikokan as a child later on Amsterdam, Germany, Toronto and Calgary, until finally making his way back home to the Lakehead. Joe was very passionate about all aspects of life from his love of music, his artistic talents, building model cars and his father being a flag man led to his love of stock-car and drag racing, his love of animals and of course his Montreal Canadiens, all of which can be found in his memorabilia collection. As a son of a Word War II veteran Joe could be found at any Remembrance Day ceremony beaming with pride, admiration and respect, ensuring no one forgot their sacrifice for our freedom. Through many of his own trials and tribulations Joe never lost sight of paying it forward, some would say he was a modern-day Robin Hood. Always there to help his friends who needed it but were often too proud to ask and never expecting anything in return. Survived by his eldest sister Yvonne (Bill), nephews Michael and Mark Haney, brother Ronald (Cindy), nephews Abbè and Kristopher Charbonneau, youngest sister Yvette, nephew Jordan and niece Jaymie Pimentel. Also left to mourn are his close friends Larry, Zach, Diane, Sandra, Aubrey and many others.
A heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Marchuk, Dr. Chan and all staff and volunteers of the Cancer Society at the Thunder Bay Regional, as well as the caring staff of Paramed. A special thank-you to Larry and Zach for all that you did, and all that you meant to Joe. A Celebration of Joe's life will be held on Saturday March 21, 2020 at McIvor Court's Common Room, 1100 Lincoln St from 1 pm - 3 pm. Inviting everyone to share stories, because we know there will be many. Private interment for family and close friends to be determined. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Thunder Bay and District Humane Society (for his love of animals), Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation (for the love of his Habs, and the Canadian Cancer Society (for the love of all). Online condolences may be made at

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    Saturday, March 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    McIvor Court Common Room
    1100 Lincoln Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
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    Saturday, March 21st, 2020
    1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Linda Dell

I am grateful that we had a chance meeting the week before you passed, shared a hug, met your buddy, and caught up a tad. You were the same Joe, although going through a hard time, funny, happy, and talking a mile a minute. My heartfelt condolences
to all who love you.

Linda (Miller) Dell
Comment | Posted at 02:41pm via Condolence

Tommy Miller

Joe I love you and will miss you! We had some high times together over these last 45 yrs. Always looked forward to your Christmas visit. Always there when I asked for help! Loved your stories... God be with you Joe.
Tommy Miller
Tommy Miller
Comment | Posted at 11:12pm via Condolence


JOE, you where always there when I needed you I am going to miss you greatly. you were a true friend. God Bless you.
Lesley Reszitnyk
Comment | Posted at 04:56pm via Condolence

Zachery Madsen

Farewell Joe, my closest and dearest friend. you will never be forgotten and will always hold a special place in my heart. Be at peace and be with God my friend. I will always miss you.
Your close friend Zach
Comment | Posted at 03:11pm via Condolence

Aubrey Meadows

Condolences to all family and friends.. He will be missed dearly. Love U Joe.!!! ❤
Comment | Posted at 03:03pm via Condolence

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