Francis Joseph (Joe) Verbonac
January 24, 1955 – November 10, 2021
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our brother Francis Joseph (Joe) Verbonac of Sherwood Park, Alberta on November 10, 2021. Following a courageous battle with cancer Joe passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 66.
The sixth of seven children Joe grew up on a farm west of Leask, Saskatchewan. Joe attended school in Leask and after a brief period in high school decided school was not for him. He was able to obtain various jobs in Saskatoon, including Canadian linen and learning how to drywall with his cousins. He worked at his chosen trade in Toronto, for a few years. Then he decided to put his roots in Sherwood Park, Alberta, where he purchased a house, started his own company and resided there till his passing. He would also go to Fort McMurray and various northern locations for work.
Joe was happiest singing and playing his guitar around a bonfire, with his many friends and a cold beer.
Joe will be remembered by his daughters Lalita and Trista, grandchildren Andrew, Ayla and Miah. Siblings, Melvin Verbonac (Jean) of Leask,Sk, Bernice Laframboise (Shelton) of Saskatoon,Sk, Mary Jean Steffler of Kelowna, BC, Margaret Ritter (Dan Bartley) of Warman,Sk, Celine Glueck(Howard) of Port McNeill, BC. As well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and good friends, especially George Headington.
Joe was predeceased by his daughter Jolene Verbonac, parents Peter and Hilda Verbonac, bother Bernard Verbonac, and brother in law Richard Steffler.
Due to the pandemic restrictions in Alberta, the family regret that we were not able to have a Celebration of Life for Joe in Sherwood Park.
A Celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, November 27th at 1:30pm at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Leask, Saskatchewan.
In lieu of flowers please donate to your favourite charity.