Joe Pelisek

Passed away on May 1, 2015
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It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Joe Pelisek on Friday, May 1, 2015. He was the much-loved father to Mark (Karen), Amanda and Christine. His two grandchildren Shannon and Rachael will lovingly miss him. He is predeceased by his devoted wife Mary, his sister Bonnie Swan, his mother Marguerite Johns and father, violinist Vincent Pelisek. He is survived by his sister Rose Engemann. Born and raised in Ottawa, he graduated from Carleton University with two degrees, one in journalism and the other in Arts. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a teenager and retired as a Captain. It was through the military that he met Mary, a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps. A journalist at heart, Joe spent his career in the federal government as a Commerce Officer and Director of Information. While there, he served on the National Board of Directors with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. After he retired, he devoted enormous energy to the Retired Members Guild and became the president of the NCR Chapter and National President. His tenacity was legendary. Under his leadership, the NCR Chapter became one of the largest and most active. For his unwavering service, he was awarded the PIPSC Service Award and was twice the recipient of a Citation for Outstanding Service. Joe was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Guards, Governor General's Foot Guards (Reserve), the GGFG Foundation (President), GGFG Association (President), Guards Club of Ottawa (President) and Edinburgh Lodge 736 (Past Master). He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and Army Cadet Medal. He was a true gentleman and loyal to his friends and family. Known for his great smile and dedication to all things "Sergeant Major," he lit up the lives of all those he touched. A voracious reader, Joe spent hours poring over newspapers and magazines and was a long-time contributor to the "Letters to the Editor" section of the Ottawa Sun and Ottawa Citizen newspapers where he was a vocal critic of local and federal politics. A man of integrity, great humor and wit, he received absolute pleasure in drinking beers with friends (he never met a beer he didn`t love), donating to countless charities and organizations such as the Salvation Army and Carleton University, cottage life, sunbathing, playing and losing the lottery, listening to Lowell Green, watching the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Blue Jays, curling, picking dandelions, and criticizing "bleeding heart" liberals. Up the Guards! Visitation at McEvoy-Shields funeral home, 1411 Hunt Club Road (at Albion), on Saturday, May 9 from 9:30-11 a.m. with memorial service to follow in the chapel at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In memoriam donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ottawa are greatly appreciated.


  • Visitation Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Sean Quinlan

June 30, 2015

My condolences to the Pelisek family.
Many fond memories of Joe at the cottage. Many laughs and some deep discussions, especially politics and the Riders! I can still see him sitting outside, no shirt on, reading the paper, and of course the ever present bottle of amber nectar at his side.
He knew how to enjoy the cottage life, that's for sure!
Godspeed Joe.

Howie Pierce

May 16, 2015

Condolences to the Pelisek family ... Joe was a regular at the Canadian Guards Association luncheon at the Fox and Feather on Elgin Street Ottawa, held each Thursday. We will miss Joe's conversations and companionship of the highest order. It is indeed our loss ... God bless ... RIP Joe, we will keep your memories alive. Howie Pierce, Gdsm

Vijaya Srivastava

May 8, 2015

I loved Joe's company while I was member of RMG national chapter committee he was a very likeable person. My condolences to Joe's family, he will be truly missed.

Sean Malloy

May 8, 2015

Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I do recall a few interesting discussions with him back on Stiles Crs. in Beacon Hill. He was an intelligent man. My condolences to Christine, Mark and Amanda.

Lynne Deachman

May 8, 2015

My sincere condolences to the family.

I met Joe at Metric Commission Canada. He was well respected and appreciated in that organization. My husband John Deachman worked there and even though he was a "bleeding heart" Liberal, they became friendly colleagues while travelling across Canada. I can recall the story of their trip to Whitehorse, Yukon. Joe had purchased a case of bottled beer and packed it in his luggage in the belly of the plane. Well, it froze and burst inside his luggage. He had to pick out the glass shards and wash all his clothing and hang everything to dry in his hotel room. That night, the fire alarm sounded (turned out to be a false alarm) but the firemen wondered why there was a huge laundry operation in Joe's hotel room!

I am grateful for the help he provided, in his PIPS capacity, to my husband in fighting a sick leave issue.

I was saddened to hear of Mary's death and now Joe's. He was well respected and well loved in the circles I knew him in. He always made me smile or laugh.

Hugs to his family.

Tarek Salem

May 8, 2015

Condolences to the Pelisek family

Allan Shusterman

May 7, 2015

A great leader and a man who knew what he wanted.

You will be missed.

Pascal S K Joseph

May 7, 2015

Condolences to the Pelisek family. Joe contributed a lot to his union and will be missed. He was a straight shooter and I remember him fondly.

Stacy McLaren

May 7, 2015

I loved working with Joe on the RMG/NCR hospitality suites at the PIPSC AGM. To me he will always be a gentleman that I respect and was glad to have met him. Rest in Peace Joe. I will miss your spirit and humour.

Noel Sabbagh

May 7, 2015

Rest in peace Joe for a while, then maybe you may wish to start setting the foundations for a PIPSC Retired departed Members Guild.