Joseph MacIsaac

Joseph MacIsaac

Saturday, March 31st, 1951 Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

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Obituary for Joseph Michael MacIsaac

Joseph (Joe) Michael MacIsaac passed away peacefully on the morning of October 3, 2019 at the Transitional Care Unit in Thunder Bay. He was 68. For those who took the time to know Joe, he was a selfless man who went to great lengths to help others in need regardless of who they were. Over the course of his life, Joe took in a gentleman living with HIV/Aids when nobody else would and he provided a supportive home to a man living with a developmental disability. Joe was often misunderstood, but he was a loving and caring man who will be missed terribly. Joe lived a full and exciting life. He was proud of his Cape Breton roots. He was a professional card player who travelled through the US and Canada before settling in Thunder Bay in 1976. Once in Thunder Bay, Joe got a job with Great Lakes Paper where he proudly served as a pipe fitter until he retired. Joe often referred to himself as “Black Bart” when he used to frequent “The Nugget.” He loved to dance and tell stories, but was proud to have never consumed a drop of alcohol. Joe loved movies, reading, and was a master of history and trivia. In his later years he was fiercely independent and often pushed people away, but he made room in his life for his friend, buddy and “partner,” Mike. Joe and Mike found much joy together and formed a friendship and bond that will never be broken. Joe always spoke warmly about his past wife, Linda Lee and his good friend, Rachel, who predeceased him years ago. Joe was a diamond in the rough and his memory will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.

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Linda Lee

Sarah and Jamie: Wondering if you could reach out to Rita and little Joe. Our prayers and thoughts are with them.
Comment | Posted at 04:50pm via Condolence

Linda Lee

Mike thank you for being there for Joe and for sharing about his life the last couple of years. Thank you for the phone calls, pics, and e-mails. They have brought as comfort and peace with Joe's passing.
Comment | Posted at 04:48pm via Condolence

Linda Lee

Big Joe, I will miss and always love you. You were a great dad who I know loved me very much. Thanks for being there for me and mom. Love Christopher
Comment | Posted at 04:17am via Condolence

Linda Lee

Sarah & Jamie: I'm so glad you found this. I was very upset to hear Joe's family had not been notified of his declining condition or of his death. Wish you could have gone to see him.
Comment | Posted at 04:02am via Condolence

Michael Hull

Joe requested his privacy to be maintained and did not want anyone notified.
Posted at 12:24pm

Tia Lee

Rest in Peace Dear Sweet Joe. Joe did love to dance and to cook I remember. He loved his black hat and boots. He was loving, kind, generous and very hard working. It's sad to hear he was in pain but I'm glad he isn't in pain anymore and was surrounded by people that cared for him in his final days.
I would like to send condolences to Rita and Little Joe Jr. and the rest of his family.
I'll always treasure the memories I have of Joe.
Xoxo Tia
Comment | Posted at 11:33pm via Condolence

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