Joseph Joe Arthur Allan

May 2, 1913August 13, 2010

ALLAN, JOSEPH ARTHUR "JOE" (GDANSKI) – Peacefully, at noon, on Friday, August 13, 2010 at St. Joseph’s at Fleming Nursing Home, Peterborough, ON. Son of John Gdanski 1889-1958 & Mary Frycz 1896-1918. Stepson of Appolonia “Pauline” Maicher 1902-1972. Ancestors documented at Born in Candiac Sask May 2 1913. The family moved to Fillmore Sask 1926. Eldest of twelve: (2) Sophie 1915-2004 (Bill Ciasnocha 1915-1980), (3) Agnes 1917- (Mike Lawryk 1913-1984), (4) Mary 1919-2002 (Lawrence Ludwig 1917-2008), (5) Stanley 1921-1992 (Mina Firth 1925-1980), (6) Helen 1923- (Ted Engel 1922-1987), (7) Alan 1930-1973 (Margaret Maloney -1987), (8) Rosella 1932 (Dominic Zyla), (9) Victor 1934- (Ivy Stanners), (10) Henry 1937- (Dolores Vertefeule), (11) Ronald 1939- (Jacqueline Beaudoin), (12) Adeline 1942-2008 (Wayne McKeown 1940-2003). Siblings 2, 3, 4, 8 raised families in Sask; 5, 6, 7, 12 London ON; 9 Oklahoma, 10 Woodstock ON, 11 Grimsby ON. Hiring discrimination during the Great Depression prompted the surname change from Gdanski to Allan. Married Dec 29 1941 in Regina to his beloved wife Grace Mary Hambly (daughter of William Henry Hambly 1857-1936 & second wife Christina Bell 1879-1970). Loving father of John (Lynda Ann Marie Barrett) of Sudbury and the late William Joseph “Billy”. Dear grandfather of Brian (Lori Bedard) of Barrie, Karen (Mike Biggar) of Toronto, Joseph (Natalie Sasseville) of Ottawa and Gord (Luc) of Ottawa. Great grandfather of Justin of Sudbury, Joshua of Barrie, James & Marissa of Smith’s Falls ON. Retired Tool & Die Maker at Canadian General Electric Peterborough 1942-1976. Director of Saint Peter’s Parish Credit Union 1960’s & 1970’s. Catcher in Seniors’ Slow Pitch Baseball, 1980’s & 1990’s. Music volunteer, Canadian General Electric Social & Athletic events, and Seniors skating at Memorial Center and Evinrude. Joe & Grace were also active volunteers at Activity haven, Peterborough. Joe was always at his best when leading by quiet example and sharing his skills and experience to help and encourage others. Fondly remembered by many machinists and toolmakers who apprenticed “under his wing”. Special thanks from the entire Allan family to Joe’s friendly and supportive caregivers at Saint Joseph at Fleming Nursing Home, Peterborough. Arrangements for cremation entrusted to the COMSTOCK FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 356 Rubidge Street. No visitation. No flowers please. Interment in Allan family plot at Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Peterborough at a later date. Online condolences may be made at “To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy”


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August 19, 2010

To John and Grace: Although I never really had the chance to spend much time with Uncle Joe and Aunt Grace, I will always remember Uncle Joe spotting me with my ball glove at one of our family functions. He came over with a big smile on his face and gave me lessons on how to catch and throw. What I couldn't grasp was that "I have an uncle that is not a chiropractor or inventor? He loves baseball? He lives in Peterborough? That's a thousand miles away!" I will never forget that day how he instructed and encouraged me and got me hooked on the game because I still play today. For this I send my deepest sympathies to you and closest family members. Cheers Uncle Joe and I hope your playing in that diamond in the sky!!!
Forever in my memory,
Dennis McKeown

August 17, 2010

From Donna and Ed Davies-Tillsonburg,ON

To John and Grace: We are both sending our sypathy to you and your family on the loss of a Great Husband and Father. We (the Davies and Sanders) families have wonderful Memories of Joe. He never went anywhere without his baseball and glove. I see him still at Mom and Dad's cottage playing catch with Ed. We also thank him for the music tapes he made for my Dad when he was living out his last year. I only hope that Joe was always treated as he treated others. We know he lived a good life. and it was alway evident with his broad smile. Grace, it will be lonely. God Bless you all.

Sincerely, Donna and Ed Davies