Joseph Noel Fouty passed away peacefully in Quesnel on October 11, 2007.
Joseph was born on October 2, 1920 in Ashmont, Alberta. He was a man of many talents starting work in the forest industry at the age of 14.
He later joined the Navy patrolling the west coast of Canada during the second world war.
In the late 1940â€™s, he ran a taxi business in Goldbridge, B.C.
He met his wife Gwendolynne Richardson while she was attending UBC in Vancouver. They were married on December 21, 1949 in Victoria, B.C.
Joe and Gwen bought land on Punchesakut Lake in 1952 and Joseph worked as a grader operator for the department of highways and was the first grader to Nazko. He also operated a small sawmill, guided, ranched and cleared land.
He helped build the cabins at the Anglican Church Camp.
Joe and Gwen held agriculture field days on the development of meadowland.
Agriculture Canada filmed him plowing and ditching the fields and they held test plots for grasses best suited to the meadowlands of the Cariboo. He was also involved with the Quesnel Cattlemenâ€™s Association, Baker Creek Livestock Association, Quesnel Co-op and Meals on Wheels with Gwen.
Joseph enjoyed traveling with his wife, golfing and watching his grandchildren play sports. In his later years he began wood working and enjoyed bowling, family gatherings, playing cards, lunches at the Legion and his weekly family dinners at Joeyâ€™s Only Restaurant.
Joseph recently lost his wife Gwendolynne on September 9, 2007.
He is survived by all his siblings, June, Iona and Fred; in-laws Stewart Richardson and Joyce Chubb; children Gordon (Sandy), Ross (Sandra), grandchildren Luvanda (Joel), Jordon (Amanda), Pamela (Russell), Scott (Janelle), Amber (Ryan), Brandon (Ashley) and Angell Olsen; great grandchildren Alexis and Brooklyn, Gabrielle, Pierce, Coen and another due in April.
We will miss you, our brother, dad, grandpa, great grandpa and friend.