William WJ Joseph Lyons July 8 1933 December 11 2022, death notice, Obituaries, Necrology
William (WJ) Joseph Lyons
July 8, 1933 – December 11, 2022
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It is with sad hearts that we announce the death of William (WJ) Joseph Lyons on December 11, 2022 at the age of 89.
“For I think that the sufferings of this time are not worth comparing with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” (Rom. 8:18) Although this truth was given to us in God’s Word and was our priority, Having recently watched Dad suffer through life it is with mixed feelings that we announce the passing of our Father, Grandfather, brother and friend William Joseph Lyons (Joe) on December 11, 2022 at the age of 89.
Joe was the eldest of 8 children born to John & Lilly Lyons and grew up in Nipawin Saskatchewan alongside his siblings: Murray, Dorothy, Phillip (PJ), Blake, Keith, Wayne and Janet (Jane). Ma and Pop Lyons instilled the strong work ethic and determination that has been paramount to him throughout his life.
Joe met his soul mate Florence Norene Salisbury “Noreneee” and they were married on a very snowy May 4th, 1955. Joe and Norene raised a family of 7 children in Nipawin & Unity, Saskatchewan. He is survived by his seven children: Linda Stevens (Glenn), Diane Carriere (John), Paul (Bernice), Mark, Glen (Shelley), April Gravelle (Stefane) & Neil (Erin Layton). Joe is deceased by his wife Norene, whose love died just a week earlier, on December 3, 2022 (Song 8:6-7).
After graduating from high school in Nipawin, Joe got a job at Canada Post in his hometown and enjoyed working with his colleagues and friends in the community. Toward the end of his career, he decided to move to greener pastures and joined Unity as a postmaster, where he was employed until his “official retirement.” During Joe’s time with the Corporation there was no idle sitting around as there were business and other duties to attend to. Joe spent much of his free time working in the airline industry, writing books and helping out with day-to-day operations (Nipawin Air Services, Northeastern Airways, Lyons Aero). He had a strong passion for flying and airplanes and might have been a commercial pilot if it wasn’t for this color bug holding his landing gear at Canada Post.
One of his retired jobs included contract work as a trainer at post offices set up in pharmacies and convenience stores in rural and remote communities. Papa was known to many as a patient and respectful teacher, friend, father, and helper. He was an early adopter of new technology as it became available, which also helped hone his professional purchasing skills. Joe loved to shop…palm pilots, pocket phones, cell phones, computers, printers, groceries, household items, airplane parts, etc.
Dad was the typical DIY guy. Yes, this may have caused a temporary blackout in the neighborhood…but he’s always strived to do it “to code” and “do it right.” Joe shared his formal accountancy training and the self-taught knowledge and skills he had acquired throughout his life working on countless projects with and for his family and as a community volunteer (e.g. church records, annual tax returns for friends and neighbors of the family).
Throughout his life, Joe has enjoyed being a runner, hair curler, fisherman, hunter, ice cream connoisseur and, last but not least, lover of Mom’s good homemade meals, canned goods and baked goods.
In recent years, as the pace has slowed, Dad’s walk with the Lord has become much stronger. He was then able to relax and enjoy life’s quiet moments and simple pleasures such as: watching Christian ministry programs on television, walking around Diane’s property with his beloved dog Callie, attending church on Sundays with Linda, family and friends visit and just sat on the deck loving the birds and flowers and appreciating the quality care he received.
We are thankful that Mom and Dad were able to spend their last days together at Oliver Lodge in Saskatoon. Joe’s family and friends would like to say a special thank you to his healthcare team, particularly Diane and Linda, as well as the staff at Oliver Lodge who have looked after ‘Norenee’ so well.
The family is planning a celebration in honor of Joe & Norene on May 4, 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe can be made to: Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, Samaritans Purse, or your charity of choice.
Martens Warman Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Lyons.
We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of William WJ Joseph Lyons from July 8, 1933 to December 11, 2022 and hope their memory can be a source of comfort at this difficult time. Your thoughts and kind words will be greatly appreciated.
Martens Warman Funeral Home
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