Mr. Te Rau Whiro Tibble

October 20, 1938February 14, 2021

TIBBLE, Joe (Te Rau Whiro) October 20, 1938 - February 14, 2021 It is with incredible sadness and broken hearts that we announce the immense loss of the love of our life, Joe Tibble. He would want you to know that he left us peacefully, surrounded by family telling stories of which he was the main character, listening to Hawaiian and Maori music as the snow fell outside on Valentine’s Day. Joe was a true legend. He was one of a kind (the good kind) and if you knew him, you too will feel the loss of someone truly special. He was an inspiration to all fortunate enough to have known him, a gentle giant and genuine to the core. He was as good as it gets. Few get to enjoy a life as long, or as full, as the one Joe lived. And he lived it well. Bold, thoughtful, dynamic, provocative and charming capture only a hint of what this human brought to the table. He was an entertainer, both on the stage and on the golf course (the latter unintentional). He was a beautiful singer and it was nearly impossible not to close your eyes and sway to the sound of his voice and the strum of his guitar. He loved to entertain people and was always the life of the party. He was known for his Haka and it was no surprise that he was still throwing it down at his 80th birthday. He was an incredible athlete (which he reminded us of often) with the exception of hockey (the only dad on the ice in running shoes). He was passionately committed to education and dedicated his life to this endeavor. He believed and saw only the best in everyone and always made sure you had a seat at his table. Joe’s heart was his family. From our Tibble, Kururangi, Milner and Ngata whanau in New Zealand who are mourning with us in spirit to our Clay, Weaver and Snider family here in North America, the loss is immeasurable. Canadian at heart and Ngati Porou down to the very core of his soul, we will ensure that his spirit is alive and well in our stories, our songs, our music and our memories where he will always be the star who shines the brightest. We hope you will do the same and remember our Rangatira, whose smile lit up the room, whose laughter was contagious and whose warmth always made you feel welcome. Family, Friends, Music, Education, Golf, Food. In that order. With all our love and then some, Linda, Shana (Jordan), Joey (Giselle) and his beloved Mokopunas (Keefer, Quinn, Ayla and Noah). Donations can be made to the Centre of Brain Health at UBC or to Prostate Cancer Research.


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Bill Reid

February 25, 2021

My dearest Joe, oh how you will be missed.

I will miss you terribly.

Our time together in the school district, particular as administrative colleagues at Boundary School meant so much to me, and taught me so much about life, love, people, and the important things in life. You looked after me when my twins were born, and I was getting 2 hours of sleep a night! But that was you! You also championed me for the next stage in my career, and for that alone, I am forever grateful.

Your purity of spirit, and genuine love for the kids you worked with, and your feisty personality that would broach no negativity in the school was magnificent to see.

So many stories and so many memories. I will share them with many, to keep your memory alive.

Goodbye my great friend and mentor. I have many tears of sorrow for your departure. To Linda and the kids, if you need anything, please call.

Forever, Bill Reid

David Coles

February 23, 2021

I am a better father, man and human being for having known Uncle Joe and for my time with the Tibble family. I am eternally grateful for the memories and the example he set.

All my love to Linda, Shana, Joey and the extended family.


Danny Karatea-Goddard

February 23, 2021

E te Ariki hoatu ki a ia te okiokinga pumautanga. Eternal rest Grant to him o Lord, let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Arohanui and prayerful support to you all. l had only met papa twice and was taken by his gentleness and intellect. May his way of being live on in those he leaves behind and all that he touched. Ka nui te aroha ... lots of love from our whanau here in Island Bay Wellington and Kakariki in Feilding.

Tarry Grieve

February 22, 2021

Joe was a dedicated teacher who exemplified teaching as an art as well as a science. His talents were akin to the talents of the great actor Garrick. Like Garrick his voice and body language could help the blind to see and the deaf to hear. Joe’s legacy includes a positive impact on his colleagues and his students. A memory vivid to me after more than 50 years is the day Joe appeared dressed in traditional garb and danced and sang a celebratory song about the birth of his first son. Very moving. Condolences to his family.

John Paul De Maria

February 19, 2021

Joe, thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief, my condolences to you and your family

JP Matthews

February 19, 2021

Joe: I wanted to pass on my sympathies to you and your family following the passing on of your Dad.