December 9, 1931December 1, 2012

Joseph Leslie Sauvé, 80, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 1, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, on December 9, 1931, to Peter and Elsie Mae Sauvé. His parents, sisters, Lillian and Barbara, brothers-in-law, Morley Dean and Wally Atkinson, and nephew, Dr. James Underhill preceded him in death.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Arden, and his children, Joanne Sauvé Polansky, Sharon Sauvé High, Douglas Sauvé, Janice Sauvé and Kathleen Sauvé; sons-in-law Neil Polansky and Harper High, and daughter-in-law Dee Sauvé. His grandchildren were the joy of his life: William Polansky and wife, Layna, Samantha Sauvé, David and Kyle Polansky and Zachary High. His sisters, Mari Dean and Lauretta Howard, and his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Dr. Ted Underhill, Barb and Bryan Sharpe, Bill and Lynda Rogerson, Cal Howard and Arthur Jeggo also survive Joe, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe spent his early years in Canada, and played for the Regina Pats hockey team before attending Michigan State University. He spent his career with Exxon, working throughout the U.S., South America and Asia, retiring in 1986 as Controller for Esso Eastern. Following his retirement he worked for Petrowax in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Raleigh, North Carolina, before returning to Houston. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway South, Katy, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mission’s Ministry at Church of the Holy Apostles.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 15, 2012


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Tracy Rosenhand

October 12, 2013

I was sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We knew you in Havana many years ago. We have fond memories of the entire family.

Trevor Howard

December 18, 2012

Aunt Arden:

Though distance made visits infrequent, they were always memorable. I shall cherish my memories of Uncle Joe as a fierce wit and irrepressible prankster.

My deepest sympathies

December 15, 2012

Dearest Arden, Joanne, Sharon, Doug and Kathy, My heart will always remember your father's kind, generous, loving life and the moments we shared together. Love, Julie Ann

December 15, 2012

Joanne and family, may you find comfort in precious memories. Your dad leaves a wonderful legacy and touched many lives. He will make a wonderful angel! Love and prayers, the Eppersons

December 14, 2012

I hope that all the family is ok and want everyone to know that I am thinking about them and very grateful to have known Joe in my childhood. My happiest memories as a child was all the fun we had together. Joe and the Sauve treated me with love and kindness and I will never forget. Love Hart

Randy and Melanie Seale

December 14, 2012

Joanne and family, may God comfort you with loving memories and good times shared with your wonderful father. What a loving legacy he leaves behind! He is helping God decorate Heaven for the rest of us right now :)

December 13, 2012

Kathy and Janice,

I did not know your Dad personally but can tell by the way he raised his daughers that he was a neat man! I will be keeping you both, your Mom and all your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Evelyn Smith

Kevin Gay

December 11, 2012

Joe was my mentor. I am so lucky he took an interest in me at a critical point in my personal and professional development. I will miss him but never forget the positive impact he had on my life.

Annie Quiroz

December 11, 2012

Kathy, my condolences to you and your family. May God give you strength during this difficult time. Take care of one another.

Ken & Kathy Harper

December 10, 2012

What a pleasure it was to have known such a wonderful man and his family. Our sincerest sympathies to the family on your loss. May the wonderful memories that are deep in your hearts bring you comfort until you meet up again.