Paul Kehinde Joseph
4 June, 1951 – 3 June, 2018
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
Paul Kehinde Joseph
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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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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
Chief Department of Urology
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
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.
12 June 2018
I am honoured and blessed to have known Paul Joseph. He was truly a blessing in our lives and we will miss him. His wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. Our condolences.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
12 June 2018
May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult times. Dr. Joseph was great man who has always supported Association of Nigerians in Nova Scotia both in good-time and difficult time throughout my leadership as President Association of Nigerian in Nova Scotia he was supportive. Dr. Joseph never miss our Nigerian Night every October month event. He will be very miss alot by all of us Nigerians communities. His memory will leave on and never forget him with all his support.
To all his children, know that your father was great man. Remember, his memories always with you children. May God give you all the strength and wisdom to bear your loss.
Dartmouth, NS, Canada
12 June 2018
I met Dr. Joseph (PK) about two decades ago through my late great friend, his brother Charles Joseph (Josy). We became friends right away and that led to so many great memories In Nigeria, Canada, US and South Africa.
PK lived with an infectious enthusiasm, making jokes, generous and filled with wisdom.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, had a way of focusing on someone with total attention, and a great delight in who they were and what they were saying. It was a gift of himself that he gave to others.
He cherished his children and loved his family.
We lost a great friend, but the universe received a new beautiful star. Nothing is more painful in life as the separation of a jewel. God rest his soul. My most sincere condolences to the family.
12 June 2018
We are really sorry for your loss. And while we are presenting our sincere condolences, we take the liberty to ask what hope is there for the dead? Who will return to life?
Many millions of people who are dead in the grave will return to life on earth. Even some who did not know God and who practice bad things will be resurrected. Read Luke 23:43, Acts 24:15.
Resurrected ones will be able to learn the truth about God and to exercise faith in Jesus by obeying him. (Revelation 20:11-13) Those who return to life and do good things will be able to enjoy life forever on earth. Read John 5:28,29
In this sorrowful time, We would like to extend to you our heartfelt condolences. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones in this difficult time.
With our deepest sympathy,
Walnick & Maryse
12 June 2018
My father is a current patient of Dr. Joseph's and my family has so much thanks for Dr. Joseph's expertise and guidance during this process. Our condolences to the family and colleagues.
11 June 2018
I shed a tear here in Western Head for Paul. So many years we spent as part of the team at VG, QEII, Capital Health and NSHA. I loved Paul's Christmas ties and bowties. I think we got him one of those Christmas ties as a surprise one year. Condolences to Paul's family and friends for this sad loss. He certainly gave to the folks in this province in so many ways. Always ready for a laugh, Paul will be part of my many wonderful memories of my past life in Cancer Care Nova Scotia and in the Executive Offices in the hospital.
11 June 2018
I worked with Dr. Joseph for more than 25 years. I was known to do a little musical entertainment at special events over the years. Dr. Joseph inspired me ( creatively ) on several occasions. It was always easy to come up with a verse about PJ.
We shared many jokes and always a smile. One time I offered him my pen to try. I didn't tell him it was a trick pen and would give him a nice little shock!
When I was diagnosed with cancer and scheduled to start radiation, he reached out to me. He sent me a private message, saying if I ever needed a hug, that I should come and find him. I did.
Some people are bigger than life. Paul was like that. I'm grateful he was part of my journey. I will always remember him with a smile in my heart.
I will miss you, Dr. Joseph.
Peace and prayers to your beautiful family.
11 June 2018
My deepest sympathy to Paul's children, close and extended family, and many friends and colleagues, around the world.
It is heartbreaking to say goodbye to someone who loved life, and the people and places in it, so very much.
I have worked with PJ (as we call him at work) over the last ten years in the NS Cancer Center. His presence with his well known witty banter, constant pen clicking - like a locator beacon, always 'on' sense of humor, immaculate sharp wardrobe, and excessively sized smartphone, are missed tremendously. He would often stop by my office to grab a Werthers out of my candy dish, say a hello, and get updates on any individuals or families he sent my way for care. This interaction was guaranteed to begin or end with a laugh, and was always a bright spot in my day.
When it came to his care of his 'patients' he was highly regarded by most, many he treated and followed for years. Despite his insatiable sense of fun in general, he was very professional and serious when it came to providing care, developing a solid rapport with the individuals he cared for, putting them at ease with a good balance of professional and personable attention. Radiation Oncologist his title, the medicine, the organization, the health care system, and most importantly the people, his passions. This evident in his impressive career, his tremendous impact a legacy that continues on.
Myself and a colleague visited with PJ shortly before his death. We did a lot of laughing as he reminisced on his life. His proudest accomplishment, his children. Their independence, success, and most important to him, their character. He may have enjoyed his cars and travels, but he valued the people in his life over anything. A global village of family, friends, acquaintances, now grieving our loss.
PJ's bright spirit and energy has been released, and we now carry him forward in hearts and memory, through laughter and tears.
Alyson Currie, Clinical Social Worker, NSCC