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Dr. Joseph Pierre Moreau died peacefully at his home in Edmonton on March 23, 2015 at the age of 95.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie, his eight children, Marc (Barbara), Paul (Cathy), John, Anne, Jeanne (Rick), Mary (Peter), Ellen (Ryan) and Joseph (Trudy), his 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Joseph was born in 1920 in Hoey, Saskatchewan, attended the Collège des Jésuites in Edmonton and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from l’Université Laval. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Alberta in 1944. During World War II, he served as a medical doctor in the Canadian armed forces.

Joseph obtained his Fellowship in Orthopedics in 1949 and joined the medical staff of the Edmonton General Hospital. He became a member of the American College of Orthopedic Surgeons in 1956 and the Vice-President of the Canadian Orthopedic Association in 1972. He was the head of the orthopedic service at the General Hospital for over 40 years. Joseph was one of the first surgeons to bring total hip replacement surgery to Alberta.

Joseph served as a trustee of the Edmonton Separate School Board from 1957 to 1963. He was very active in the Franco-Albertan community and was the President of the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta in 1966. He was honoured by the recognition he received on the opening of École Joseph Moreau in southeast Edmonton in September 2009, a Catholic francophone school for students from Grades 7 through 9.


Eulogy written by Marc Moreau:

Good morning et bienvenue à cette célébration de la vie de notre père docteur Joseph Pierre Moreau.

I am Marc Moreau, the eldest of the Moreau family. I wish to extend a special welcome to our parents’ caregivers, Norie, Gegie, Zarlene, Cathy and Annie, and our heartfelt thanks goes out to each of them.

Dad died peacefully at his home in Edmonton on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the age of 95.

I`d like to tell you a bit about my father`s life. Dad was born in 1920 in Hoey, Saskatchewan. He attended the Collège des Jésuites in Edmonton and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from l’Université Laval. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Alberta in 1944.

During World War II, he served as a medical doctor in the Canadian army. While stationed in Vernon, B.C., he fell in love with the Okanagan valley and returned there 20 years later to build a family cottage which continues to be enjoyed by three generations of the Moreau family.

Joseph studied orthopedic surgery in French in Montreal under Dr. Joseph-Edouard Samson, one of the founders of orthopedics in Canada. He obtained his Fellowship in Orthopedics in 1949 and joined the medical staff of the Edmonton General Hospital. He was the head of the orthopedics service at the General Hospital for the better part of 40 years and was one of the initial surgeons to bring total hip replacement surgery to Alberta.

Joseph proudly supported his community. He served as a trustee of the Edmonton Separate School Board from 1957 to 1963.

Mon père était très actif dans la communauté franco-albertaine. En 1966, il a été président de l’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta et a travaillé avec Me Louis Desrochers pour instaurer la télévision de langue française en Alberta. En reconnaissance de sa contribution à la communauté franco-albertaine, il a reçu la Médaille du Centenaire du Conseil de la vie francophone en Amérique. Mon père préconisait d’une nation où les étudiants d’un coin du pays à l’autre auraient accès aux deux langues officielles du Canada. Il a lutté pour des modifications à la loi scolaire visant à augmenter le nombre d’heures d’instruction en français dans les écoles de la province. En septembre 2009, la communauté franco-albertaine a reconnu ses efforts en nommant une nouvelle école Catholique francophone en son honneur: École Joseph-Moreau au sud-est d’Edmonton, pour les étudiants du secondaire 7 à 9.

Joseph was an avid downhill skier, tennis player and duck-hunter. He regaled his family with his renditions of traditional French-Canadian songs. He was truly in his element covered in grease repairing a broken pump or lawnmower at the family cottage.

Up until his passing, he enjoyed exercising on his treadmill while he listened to book tapes that satisfied his insatiable desire to learn. He prided himself in reciting from memory les Fables de la Fontaine and the great speeches of Churchill to his grandchildren.

In his later years, he lost his eyesight. He adapted to his disability, and his courage was an inspiration to his children and grandchildren alike.

We will miss you Dad, and his memory will live on in our hearts.

In Loving Memory of
Joseph Paul Moreau
 
 
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Prayer Service:
Friday, March 27, 2015
7:15 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service:
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:00 AM
St. Joachim
9928 - 110 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Interment:
St. Joachim Cemetery
105 Avenue & 117 Street
Edmonton, AB
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