Pietroski, Joseph John

November 5th, 2015

 November 23, 1938 – November 5, 2015

Peacefully with his wife Lois at his side, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, November 5, 2015, at University Hospital in London. Joe was admitted three weeks ago after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Loving father of Joseph (Sarah), Jon (deceased) (Cindy), and Jill Ann (Frank). Proud Grandpa of Kaylee, Joseph Jr., Stephanie, Caroline, Emily, Michael and Ryan. Brother of Frank, Kathleen (deceased), Jean (deceased) and Pauline. Forever in the hearts of many nieces and nephews. Joe had a distinguished 30 year career as an Executive at Manufacturers Life Insurance in Toronto, where he helped steward Manulife’s demutualization in 1999, and retired as Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary. Joe never tired of the ocean’s calmness, enjoying his time with friends in Aruba and Marco Island. At Joe’s request, there will be no service.

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Gordon HillJoe was my first boss -hiring me to join Manulifes law department in 1980 upon my call to the bar - and I must say the most influential person in my legal career. He instilled in all the members of his department the importance of regular contact and communication with your clients to ensure that the law department was aware of and attuned to the needs of the business. Joe was a great guy to work for - providing advice or assistance when requested or required but also allowing his team members to take the ball and run with it." I am very sorry to hear of Joe's passing and extend on behalf of myself and my wife Maureen to Lois and Joe and Jill and the rest of the family our condolences and the assurance that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sheryl & Rob ChurchillAlthough Uncle Joe lived far from us, I always remember that get-togethers with him and his family were such happy occasions. When we traveled to Canada for Joe's and then Jill's weddings Uncle Joe welcomed us at his home. We were stranded there for the day while there was an ice storm. He was so easy going about it, even with our 3 little ones in tow. He was gracious and interesting and had such a great wit. Both Rob and I loved visiting with him. He was a wonderful man. Lois, Joe, Jill, Cindy and families, Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
Nancy HarrisDear Lois, Joe, and Jill: So sorry for your loss. I have lots of wonderful memories of my favorite cousins from Canada coming down! My heart is heavy with recent losses our family has endured but I try and find comfort that my mom, Kathleen, Aunt Jean, and Uncle Joe are all holding hands in heaven - finally at peace and happy. With Love, Nancy and Neil Harris
Bill BlundellDear Lois - I send my most sincere condolences to you and family on Joe's passing. Joe was very special to me - an astute counsellor, with a tremendous commitment to excellence,and most importantly, a warm, caring friend .He's "right up there" in my memory bank of friends that I have loved and admired - a life well-lived. Sincerely , Bill.
Mona LeeDear Lois ,Joe ,Jill and Cindy I was so sorry to see that Joe had passed away . I have many great memories of my time at Manulife with Joe and all the group in the Law Department . He was a great guy and a good boss . That was a special time .I was also lucky to have been able to work with John as well .I learned a lot from both Father and son . My family and I send our deepest condolences. Mona Lee
James HoldenI first met Joseph about 8 years ago, from working with Lois at IBM. I didn't know very much then about his exceptional career, or his growing up in Boston. Eventually, he told told me about his father being a policeman in the tough areas of Boston in the 50's. Sitting in the back seat of a police car, with his brother, being taken by Dad to the Boston Gardens. Then going to Catholic College, almost being ordained, before turning to law School. and then his Stellar career with Manulife. He had such a dry sense of humour, which, my being English, I absolutely loved. He had travelled the world on business, and with Lois, and when pressed, would tell me a story, and I would be amazed. Throughout the past years, Lois has been assisting Joe more and more, as the ravages of Alzheimer's took a hold of his body and mind. No one can ever know how hard that would have been, unless they had lived through it. themselves On occasion when i saw Joe, he was pleasant but not knowing who I was, nor remembering the stories we told. So very very sad. Brenda and I send our love and prayers, to you Lois and the Family, and Thank God that Joe is now at Peace in Heaven. I shall never forget Joseph. Such a Gentle man. Jim and Brenda.
James HoldenI first met Joseph about 8 years ago, from working with Lois at IBM. I didn't know very much then about his exceptional career, or his growing up in Boston. Eventually, he told told me about his father being a policeman in the tough areas of Boston in the 50's. Sitting in the back seat of a police car, with his brother, being taken by Dad to the Boston Gardens. Then going to Catholic College, almost being ordained, before turning to law School. and then his Stellar career with Manulife. He had such a dry sense of humour, which, my being English, I absolutely loved. He had travelled the world on business, and with Lois, and when pressed, would tell me a story, and I would be amazed. Throughout the past years, Lois has been assisting Joe more and more, as the ravages of Alzheimer's took a hold of his body and mind. No one can ever know how hard that would have been, unless they had lived through it. themselves On occasion when i saw Joe, he was pleasant but not knowing who I was, nor remembering the stories we told. So very very sad. Brenda and I send our love and prayers, to you Lois and the Family, and Thank God that Joe is now at Peace in Heaven. I shall never forget Joseph. Such a Gentle man. Jim and Brenda.
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