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VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Joe was a bit of a foodie. From time to time, he could be found pursuing
a precise species of mushroom for a sauce to sprinkle over a perfectly
grilled cut of meat. Nobody would turn down a meal cooked by Joe and Sue,
and nothing was more fun than preparing a meal with Joe, trying to top one
of his dishes, sipping a cocktail or perfectly paired wine. Joe also loved to
travel. He took many road trips from Windsor while attending law school
and hiked the Annapurna Circuit with Sue for their honeymoon. There
were many adventures near and far. Holidays were spent at the Horne family
cottage in Muskoka, visiting Sudbury and taking many travel and camping
adventures with—or, on certain occasions, without—kids. Just last
summer Joe and Sue did a whirlwind bike trip in Italy.
For those who went to Acadia or law school with Joe, “family man” would
not have been the first descriptor that came to mind when thinking of him.
Perhaps those who grew up with him in the idyllic Sudbury setting, where
families were friends and friends were family, would have predicted the
amazing life he would create with Sue, but for those that cheered Joe on as
the gloves came off at Law Games hockey or partied with him in Windsor,
a white picket fence would have been more surprising.
However, Joe was all about family. Together, he and Sue raised three
strong, active and loving girls: Isabel (17), Lucille (15) and Beatrice (13). Joe
supported and cheered on each of his girls in all their endeavours. Their
activities and accomplishments filled his life. Joe caught up with old
friends by telling them everything that was going on with Sue and the girls.
He would be incredibly proud how they have held up since his passing. It
would not surprise him that they have an amazing community of friends
around them that love them and support them, and that loved Joe, too.
Joe worked hard and was an excellent lawyer, but he always made sure
that the time he spent with his family was not compromised. He coached
soccer teams, was actively involved in and eventually became president of
the Cypress Ski Club and drove countless hours with a car full of
girls to field hockey games and practices, even driving the team van on a
tour in Holland. For those who knew Joe, it is so natural to imagine him
behind the wheel, delivering quips and inappropriate comments to a carload
of teenage girls in the backseats. Joe had nicknames for most of his
daughters’ friends and his friends’ children too. If you were one of the lucky
ones whose children had a relationship with Joe, you will no doubt remember
Joe’s nicknames for them or one of the inappropriate lines he fed them.
Joe would not want us to remember all the mushy stuff or the citations
of his successful legal decisions. He would want us to think about one of his
inappropriate comments that only Joe could get away with, to think about