OBITUARY

Joe McEachern

May 11, 1945January 24, 2014
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May 11, 1945 – January 24, 2014

It is with extreme sadness that the family announces the passing of Donald Joe McEachern of Regina Beach, Sk. As Joe’s end drew nearer he was ultimately hospitalized during his final two weeks of life with his family continually at his side. Joe was eventually able to pass peacefully onwards with his lovingly devoted wife Linda laying at his side on Friday, January 24, 2014 when his heroic and inspirational battle with cancer ended at the Regina Pasqua Hospital.

Joe was born on May 11, 1945 in Regina, Sk. On June 13, 1970 he married his true love Linda Rittinger and together they raised three precious children. Joe has often described his life as being truly blessed. At fourteen years old he won the Western Canadian Novice Men’s Figure Skating Championship wearing the figure skates of his aunt, Canada’s Sweetheart and Olympic Gold Medal Champion, Barbara Ann Scott. Playing Pinocchio in a production of “Pinocchio on Ice” he was honoured to receive a telegram by Ed Sullivan recognizing his performance. Joe was the first vice-president of the Regina North Rotary club and served as president during 1982-83 in which he spearheaded the development of the Rotary International Student Exchange Program in which he was bestowed the honour of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow for his outstanding leadership. In 1987-88 Joe coached the Regina Optimist Stinger Ringette team, in which both his daughters played on, to victory winning the first and only gold medal for the province of Saskatchewan at the Canadian National Championships thus being named the Saskatchewan Amateur Sport Athlete of the Month in April 1988 and later being inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in June 2001 thus receiving a letter of recognition from the Government of Saskatchewan signed by Premier Lorne Calvert congratulating Joe on his outstanding dedication and contribution to the sport of ringette and helping to promote Saskatchewan to the world-wide arena of sports competition. Joe’s last 20 years have been dedicated to actively advocating in the best interests of his “Teddy Bear” following a tragic motor vehicle accident which left his youngest daughter Jodi with an acquired brain injury. As a devoted family man, Joe will always be remembered by his children for the active role he played in their lives, his unconditional love and unwavering support. Joe was very, very loved by his wife Linda as he will continue to be forever and always. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Linda McEachern (Rittinger); his three precious children Cy-Lyn (Rick) Crupi of Thunder Bay, On, Jodi McEachern of Regina Beach, Sk and Rob (Renee) McEachern of St. Albert, Ab; his four beautiful grandchildren Richard and Matthew Crupi of Thunder Bay, On and Sienna and Haven McEachern of St. Albert, Ab; his mother-in-law Elva Rittinger of Regina, Sk who during his married life was truly like a second mother to him; his sister Katherine (Ron) Vicklund of Cedar, Mn; his brother-in-laws Larry (Rhonda) Rittinger of Regina, Sk, Kenny (Dianne) Rittinger of Regina Beach, Sk and Bob (Sharon) Rittinger of Saskatoon, Sk; his sister-in-laws Brenda (Pat) Ogilvie of Saskatchewan Beach, Sk and Wendy (Doug) Rink of Regina, Sk; his Aunt Beryl McEachern of Vancouver, Bc who during his early adulthood was his second mother and his beloved four legged friend Mocha. Many nieces, nephews, cousin and close friends also survive. He was predeceased by his parents Donald & Katie McEachern, father-in-law Cyrus Rittinger, and many aunts & uncles.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a come and go visitation being held on Wednesday, January 29 between 6:30 – 8:00 pm with a celebration of life memorial service to follow at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Visitation and memorial service will both take place at Lee Funeral Home and Crematorium at 3101 Dewdney Ave, Regina. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that any expressions of sympathy be made via donations to the Allen Blair Cancer Clinic. On-line condolences may also be expressed at www.dignitymemorial.com. The family would also like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the compassion shown by the caring doctors, nurses and medical staff at the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic and the Oncology and Palliative Care wards of the Regina Pasqua Hospital.

Arrangements under the direction of Lee Funeral Home and Crematorium, Regina, SK.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 30, 2014
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Joe McEachern

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July 9, 2014

Dear Linda, I am sorry to hear of your dear Joe's passing. I send my love and sympathies to you and your entire family. With love and fond memories,
Marian Peat

April 7, 2014

Linda, Brenda and family
So sorry to hear of your loss our thoughts are with you.
Terry &Pat Lazaruk(Shentaler)

Lynda Cruickshank

March 13, 2014

Dear Linda and family, very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I remember from when we used to work together what a close & central part he played in your lives, Linda. It's been many years since we've seen each other, but I've often thought of you and wondered how things were going. My prayers & hugs are with you at this time. Much love, Lynda (Cruickshank)

Judy Verbeke

February 17, 2014

Linda & family,
With sincere sympathy and fond memories of when our lives touched during ringette years. Joe was a wonderful man and a great coach with such a positive attitude and love of the game.

Dianne Maliepaard

February 6, 2014

To Linda and family, My husband Hugo and I first met Joe when he coached my daughter Natasha's ringette team. Joe was the ideal coach, always positive, smiling, encouraging, making ringette fun. He made the whole team and their parents feel like one big, happy family. At the end of the season he had a trophy made for each girl,with an individual achievement on a plague. Natasha remembers still that she was the most improved. Thanks Joe and Linda for the memories. Joe's life was cut short too soon, but it was a life very well lived. My sympathies to Linda and the family.

Carol Fonger

February 5, 2014

My deepest sympathy goes out to you Linda and your family.

February 3, 2014

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing our thoughts and prayer's are with you all.

Crystal Schmidt & Colleen Plante (Closson)

Colin & Donna Hodel

February 3, 2014

I'm not sure if you remember us, we had met when my father-in-law was at the Plains, just after Jodi's accident.

You are such wonderful people, we never forgot you. I was deeply saddened to hear of your lost. You are in our thoughts. Take Care

Sue, Stacey, Katie and Jacob Grohs

January 31, 2014

Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this very difficult time. We were blessed to have had a chance to meet and spend some time with Joe. Rest In Peace Joe.. You will forever be remembered.

Bobbi Pow

January 31, 2014

Linda, Cy-Lyn, Jodi, Rob and extended family. I am so saddened to learn of Joe's passing. Joe was always so full of life and he was truly an amazing husband, father, grandfather, friend and coach. He was an inspiration to many! I am again so sorry for your loss. Hugs to all of you. Eternal be his memory.