Joseph Henri Marius Teillet March 07, 1925 - July 20, 2004 Funeral arrangements by Desjardins Funeral Chapel Joseph Henri Marius Teillet It is with great sorrow that the family of Joseph Teillet announces his sudden passing on the morning of Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at the Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg, at 79 years of age. Joe leaves us to join his beloved daughter Patricia, his parents Camille and Sara (Riel); brothers Roger and his wife Jeanne, Ted, Louis, Camille; sisters Eleanor and Pauline and her husband Georges Chabot; brothers-in-law John de Jong and Bill Schick; and sister-in-law Donna. Joe was a loved and loving father, grandfather and friend. His memory will be cherished by his beloved long time companion, Rita Lacombe; his children Dan (Brenda Kustra), Mike (Sandy Ellis), Jean (Ed Henderson) and John (Irene Hanuta); his six adored grandchildren: Samantha, Carly, Danielle, Quinn, Matthew and Ryann; his brother Ed and sisters Fran de Jong, Marie and her husband Gus Thorimbert, and Yolande Schick; sisters-in-law Elizabeth, Eveline; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. A great-nephew of Louis Riel, Joe was born at home in St. Vital on March 7th, 1925, the eighth of 11 children. At age 15, with the outbreak of World War II and anxious to serve his country, Joe joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the famed 'Little Black Devils', under an 'assumed age'. During the war he served in several countries in Europe and returned home in 1945. He recently passed on his war medals to his delighted grandson Matthew. Joe lived his entire life in the St. Vital and St. Boniface areas of Winnipeg, and after the war worked for several companies in sales, and for the federal and provincial governments. He was active for many years in politics and remained a keen political observer until the end. Since retirement and until recently, one of Joe's primary passions was tending his huge garden near Ile des Chênes. For many years and up until last week, Joe also enjoyed hoisting a 'cold one' with his many friends at 'The Dak'. A funeral mass will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, July 23rd, 2004, at St Timothy's Roman Catholic Church, 135 John Forsyth Road off Warde, in River Park South, St. Vital, with Father Gerry Ward officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will take place at a later date at Green Acres Memorial Gardens. The family would like to express special thanks to the Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Services, especially Peter, as well as to the hardworking staff at Victoria General Hospital's ICU who worked so hard and took such good care of Joe in his suffering especially near the end. Flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired, donations can be sent to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.