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Josef (Joe) Debettin

July 11, 1929November 26, 2019
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DEBETTIN, Josef (Joe) Passed away peacefully at home, with his children by his side on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Shirley Debettin (nee Lambert) and the late Anne McKinnon (nee Alloway). Loving father of Jim Debettin and Bonny Debettin. Step-father to Steve Cox, Angela Cox and Dave Cox. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Dylan, Alysha, Steven, Danielle, Trevor, Shannon, Blaine and Brandon, and 7 great grandchildren. Resting at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) with a Celebration of Life on Friday, December 6th from 3 – 5 p.m. Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada or the Lung Association would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com


  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 6, 2019


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Conny Ketterer

December 6, 2019

I have been deeply hurt by the death of Joe !

Conny and Werner
with Saskia, Melanie, Anna

Blaine Percy

December 5, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to Jim, Bonnie & Family.
Blaine & Julia Percy

Tim Gadler

December 4, 2019

Our thoughts are with you all through this time off sadness.

All of Franz' family are here thinking of you all here in Australia.

Much love to you all


scott barry

December 1, 2019

My parents where very good friends of Joe and Anne when I was a child. I can remember Jim being at our house in Ajax and me being at their house up from Blair Park plaza. I spoke to your Dad maybe 20 years ago and i think he was living down Colborne way. I spoke to your Mom back then also. The last time i saw your father, I was about 15 or 16 (now 62) working at Lyle's cut rate gas at Garden Street. I think he was driving an orange Coronet.
Your Dad use to fix our tvs also. I have very good memories of Joe.


Margaret Stoll

November 29, 2019

Saddened by your great loss. My condolences to Jim and family. May he Rest In Peace.

Don Speirs

November 28, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Joe at Chrysler he was a great person .

Peter Seitl

November 28, 2019

One of the finest Gentlemen I and my family have ever known, many happy memories of our time together with him, Bonnie and Jimmy.



Josef (Joe) Debettin was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Josef was born on July 11, 1929 in Sexten, Italy. His parents were Joseph and Anna Debettin. Josef was raised in Austria and was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Debettin household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Josef was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Josef was raised with six siblings, his sister Anna, his step-sister's Rosie and Irma, and step-brothers Gunther, Alfred (Ali) and Frank. Josef was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Josef and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Josef was always consistently loyal to his family.

      On June 13, 1984 Josef exchanged wedding vows with Shirley Helen Lambert at Westminster United Church in Whitby, Ontario. Compassionate and devoted to Shirley, Josef held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Shirley and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Josef brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Josef was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Josef was blessed with two children, son Jim and daughter Bonny. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren Dylan, Alysha, Steven, Danielle, Trevor, Shannon, Blaine and Brandon, and seven great grandchildren.

      Josef greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Josef enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Josef was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was as an electrician. He was employed for 25 years by Chrysler Canada at the Ajax trim plant. Josef worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Josef was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His family was rounded out by his Shit-Tzu dogs, Mugsy, Trooper and Hobo.

      When Josef’s retirement finally arrived in 1989, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Campbellford to enjoy retirement at the cottage. In retirement, he found new pleasure in gardening, feeding the birds and walking the dog. Even in retirement, Josef continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Josef (Joe) Debettin passed away from natural causes on November 26, 2019 at home with his children by his side. He is survived by his children Jim and Bonnie, step-children Steve, Dave and Angela, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home. Josef was laid to rest in Mount Lawn Cemetery in Whitby, Ontario.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Josef (Joe) Debettin. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.