JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


Paul Kehinde Joseph

4 June, 19513 June, 2018
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Dr. Paul Kẹhinde Joseph MBBS, FRCPC

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the death of Dr. Paul Kẹhinde Joseph on June 3rd, 2018. He passed away surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 4th, 1951 to his late parents, Evaristus Ayọdele Joseph and Valentine Fọluṣade Joseph (Ogunade).

He will forever be in the hearts of his beloved family. He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Peter Taiwo, Augustine Olufẹmi, Charles Alaba and sister, Antonia Olurẹmi (Olude). He is lovingly remembered by his children, Marissa Bukọla (Laszlo), Richard Adetokunbo, Anthony Ayọdele; his grandson, Braeden Kayinoluwa Molnar; his sisters, Elizabeth Idowu Kuforiji, Catherine Tinukẹ Adegoke and all of their spouses, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Modupẹ; his nephews, Olumide (Jodie), Mobọlaji; niece, Oyinkansọla, many other nieces, nephews and extended family and friends across Canada, United States, Europe and Nigeria.

PK, as he was affectionately known, was a leading international Radiation Oncologist. He graduated with his MBBS from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in 1974, and subsequently completed his training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Alberta WW Cross Cancer Institute, and then one year fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan. He was an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, with numerous publications and an investigator in dozens of clinical trials. He was a well-respected leader in medicine and an instrumental voice in the shaping of cancer treatment in the province of Nova Scotia during his many years of practice. Countless patients and their families have expressed their gratitude for his kindness and expert care. He was a tireless advocate for patients and believed in equity and access for all. Dr. Joseph was on the planning committee for the establishment of the Cape Breton Cancer Center. He worked closely with government and QEII groups to assist with the design and oversight for this center designed to help patients access care closer to home. Also during this time he was the Clinical Director for the Nova Scotia Cancer Center and Chief of Radiation Oncology at Dalhousie University from 1991-2001. When the Nova Scotia Rehab, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, Victoria General and the Halifax Infirmary were all merged into the QEII Health Sciences Center he became Head of the QEII Cancer Program. He stood strongly for maintaining a cancer program within the new QEII Structure. He became first President of the Medical Staff of the QEII. He also worked with the initial QEII Foundation who identified cancer as their first major target for funding. He served as representative for Nova Scotia at the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies. His legacy is his dedication to his patients and his immeasurable service to health care system innovation to benefit all Nova Scotians.

A moment spent with him was a moment spent in laughter. He was known for his sharp wit, sense of humour and love of life. He loved music, cars, steak, lobster, dogs and travel all over the world. He was passionate about soccer and tennis. His favourite beach reads were anything by Stephen Hawking or Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He valued his friendships and was the first to offer assistance to those in need. For all that knew him, we are the lucky ones. He is gone too soon, and will be deeply missed.

The family is grateful to Dr. Wojtek Morzycki, Dr. Danny French, Dr. Harry Henteleff, Dr. Madeline Pluorde, his radiation oncology colleagues, medical oncology colleagues, Jill Flinn and staff at the QEII for their compassion and excellent care.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 15th, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and a Celebration Service will be held Saturday, June 16th, at 10:00 am, both at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive. A private burial for family and close friends will take place after the service in Oakridge Memorial Gardens, Middle Sackville, NS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Friday, 15 June , 2018
  • Celebration Service Saturday, 16 June , 2018


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Sarah Dyack

4 October 2018

I just found out about the loss of Dr Joseph in the DrsNS magazine and I wanted to let you know how much I liked him. I was a keen medical student and he was my elective supervisor in MED2 in 1991. When I came back to Halifax, I would occasionally run into him, walking between medical buildings, and I marveled at how the man never seemed to age, even 25 years after my elective experience! He was always kind and understanding and I am very sorry to hear that his life wasn't as long as I would have hoped it to be. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Dr. Alexander Adeyinka

11 July 2018

Uncle PK as we called him was a gift from God. I met him when I went from Nigeria to do my LLM degree in Saskatchewan in 1986. I was a 22 year old with nobody to call family in a beautiful but new land. Uncle PK became my mentor and my blood. He was everything I needed then for a father and a guardian. I remember him saying to me “Alex be sure to work towards your PHD degree. Don't stop at LLM”. And I didn't. About the time when Uncle PK was relocating to Halifax I would embark on the journey to eventually obtain my PHD in Law from the University of Toronto.
Thank you sir! Thank you sir!!. Thank you sir!!! Keep smiling on the right hand of Christ.

Kelly Crewson

19 June 2018

Dear Joseph Family,

While I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Joseph he played a major part in our lives last year. He was my husband's Oncologist Radiologist and without his esteem care and concern, lord knows where we would be this year. My husband does not show his emotion very often but as he was telling me about Dr. Joseph's passing, he was quite emotional. He stated to me, "it's ironic that the man that helped saved my life has lost his life". Very sorry for your loss and please know we are forever grateful for his professionalism and compassion to our family and his patients during his career. We seem to lose all the good ones. God Bless!

Robert Elliott

15 June 2018

I am saddened to hear of Dr.Joseph passing as i had been a patient of his since 2013-2018.He had a great sinse of humor and always took the time to chat with you about your problems.My first encounter with Dr.Joseph was in his office when i asked him,"Docgtor, ami terminal ?"----------His reply to me was short and too the point ."Your here arnt you". This set the tone for our relationship and i knew then i was in excellent hand and i thank you Doctor Jose[ph. Sleep with Angles. Think of you daily . Robert Elliott.

Naz Bata

15 June 2018

Marissa and family,

I am sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of loss.
I worked with your dad at theNova Scotia Cancer Centre. Our relationship over the last 28 years was one of mutual respect. I will miss his smile and his kindness . He spent a lot of time talking about how proud he was of his "kids" and more recently talking about his grandchild.

May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen

Naz Bata

Tony Eghan

15 June 2018

I have been a patient of Dr.Joseph since late 2009. And I can attest that during all these years Dr. Joseph always treated me with dignity and respect and provided me outstanding care. Every visit to his office was an occasion to discuss how members of our two families were doing. He was a great and compassionate doctor. He will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences from me and my family to the Joseph family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.
Tony Eghan and family.

Kelly Barnhart

14 June 2018

Dear Joseph family: Please accept our deepest sympathy for your great loss.

The Barnhart and Ward families of Windfall Road, Lunenburg, Ontario

David Bell

14 June 2018

On behalf of myself and the members of the Department of Urology please accept our sincere condolences in Paul's passing. He was an experienced and compassionate physician who provided outstanding care to our patients. His counsel and geat laugh will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with the family at this time

David Bell
Chief Department of Urology
Dalhousie University

robert Fraser

14 June 2018

we extend our sincere condolenses to the Joseph family I worked with Paul at the cancer clinic in the Dickson Building at the Vghin the gyn oncology program always supportive Paul delighted in his patients he wanted only the best for them paul always had a smilemargaret and i ladt saw he and his wife at azlunch at Greg tompkins home in Chester quite a few years ago He was a good dr and a very nice person Sincerely Dr Bob& Margaret Fraser

Ayo Aladejebi

13 June 2018

My fondest memory of Dr. Joseph is his simplicity.

He was quick to chastise me whenever I had used the appellation of Dr. when referring to him. This man was down to earth!

He would often take the time to strike up a conversation with you, and never shy away from throwing in a joke or two.

His very personable personality will be greatly missed.

Praying for all of the children and the entire family.