JOSEPH HENRY PERDUE Joseph (Joe) Henry Perdue left us peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 6, 2017 at the age of 96. He leaves behind his loving wife Teresa, his cornerstone for 65 years, and his beloved children Catherine (Ron), Brian (Kimberley), Julie (Claudio), Dan (Rita) and Colleen (Steve), along with grandchildren Kelly (Ian), Cory, Nicholas, Dylan, Matthew, Brandon, Avalon, Alison, Zachary and great-granddaughter Esmé. Born in New Westminster, BC in 1921, Joe enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served on many ships including HMCS Saguenay. Though a torpedo attack in the North Atlantic left him with severe burns, nothing could hold him back. He returned to his ship and served until the end of WWII. With a passion for learning he studied engineering at the University of British Columbia, where he made many lifelong friends. He met Teresa in 1951 while working in South Slocan, BC and after graduation the couple moved to Toronto. Joe worked for Ontario Hydro and retired from the Canadian Standards Association at 68. Genuine and kind, his enthusiasm and positive outlook touched everyone he met. Joe valued education and believed learning should be a lifelong pursuit. In his memory, the Joseph Perdue Memorial Fund has been established at UBC's Faculty of Applied Sciences to support students in the Engineering program. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online at memorial.supporting.ubc.ca/joseph-perdue or by calling 604-827-4111 (toll free 1-877-717-4483). Mail: 500-5950 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3. The family wishes to thank Norma, the Etobicoke General Hospital staff and especially Joe's family doctor, M. Ng for their care. Following his wishes a private celebration of life will be held.
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