August 31, 1931 – April 11, 2021
Winston passed away peacefully April 11, 2021 surrounded by family in the community he loved.
Winston is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Sheila; daughters, Jay (Nick), Judy (Bob) and Janis; son, Peter (Shelley); grandchildren, Jessica, Sam, Thealia, Elhe, Myles, Michael, Madeline, Kristin, Josh, Riley, Dominique, Fin, Darcey and Jordan. Winston is also survived by his brother, Jorsling Joseph, who resides in Trinidad and his numerous nephews and nieces from North America, Sweden and Trinidad.
Born in Trinidad in 1931, Winston immigrated to Canada in 1958 where he earned his degree in English Literature and Teaching from the University of British Columbia. Later, with family alongside, Winston earned his Masters Degree in Education from Western Washington University. Winston was a teacher, philosopher, mentor, thespian and humanitarian who served on the boards of the Friendship Centre, Family Guidance Association, was a Toastmaster, wrote newspaper articles (The Gadfly), and had a local radio and TV talk show where he delved into the issues of the day whether in Port Alberni or halfway around the world.
Winston was aptly nicknamed “Mr. Positive Port Alberni” for always promoting the good in the city and those whom he met.
He was a proud member of the Lions Club, The Knights of Columbus, a dutiful lay reader at the Catholic Church, and was a founding member of the Lions’ TV Auction which continues in our community to this day.
Winston spearheaded Folkfest and multicultural events in Port Alberni playing a proud role in opening Canada Day celebrations by singing the Canadian National anthem. He joined the Easter Seals campaign as soon as he signed up as a Lion in 1967, and in the years since has served as president, secretary, Lion tamer, publicity chair and membership director.
His impact and influence can be attributed to the multitudes of students he taught over his many years of teaching high school English in the Alberni Valley. It was not unusual for Winston to teach his past students’ children resulting in generations of community members lucky enough to have sat in his classroom.
A fierce believer in keeping those he loved close to him, he was happiest when surrounded by the laughter and warmth of his family. Winston was a mentor to many and a life long learner. He believed in giving to the community and left a positive impression on everyone he met.
Due to Public Health Orders, a small family service will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11 am at Holy Family Notre Dame Roman Catholic Parish. A livestream can be watched by visiting www.hfndpa.com and clicking on the livestream link.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of Echo Village for their caring and never-ending support to Dad and family. If you so desire, a donation in Winston’s name can be made to St. Vincent de Paul c/o Holy Family Notre Dame Roman Catholic Parish 4731 Burke Road, Port Alberni, V9Y 5P1 or to Echo Village 4200 10th Ave., Port Alberni, V9Y 4X3.
To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesmemorial.ca
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