Joseph Garcea

1 août, 1956 - 12 novembre, 2020

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With the heaviest of hearts  my family and I had to say goodbye to our amazing dad today. After a tough battle with cancer our dad, Joseph Garcea has passed. He was a shinning light in every room he entered. With a heart so full of love and compassion it’s no question, the world lost an angel today. Despite his endless accomplishments, he had the humblest of spirits. He was able to be both the strong yet sweet, powerful yet kind, and brilliant yet silly. A true role model he had an impact on his community, his thousands of students and of course every individual who knew him. Not many can say they left this world a better place than they found it. We love you dad, you are irreplaceable. 


 


 


While we understand this loss will be felt by so many, due to Covid-19 only family will be in physical presence at the funeral. However, we will live stream the service so that all who wish to join can be present. We will have a memorial at a later date.


 


Memories and condolences can be left at the following site at the bottom of the main paige where it says “write a tribute”. We will also attach a link to the live stream service which will be Tuesday November 17 at 9:30 am.

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Nom Joseph Garcea
Date de naissance 1 août, 1956
Date de décès 12 novembre, 2020
Ville natale Satriano, Calabria, IT 
Autre ville Saskatoon, SK, CA 
Dicton préféré "For without the grace of god, there I go"
Famille

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Significant OtherLaurie Garcea
EnfantsGiustino Garcea, Maria Garcea, Michele Garcea
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1981 wedding
1989 - 2020 professor, university of saskatchewan

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Rich Bell a publié un hommage .

I was deeply saddened to hear about Professor Garcea's passing. He was such an amazing teacher and someone who was always happy to answer questions or discuss politics outside of class or to write any number of reference letters (and always with a broad smile). He seemed to have unlimited time for his students. I was lucky enough to land in an Introduction to Political Studies course in my second year that he co-taught with Professor Story (an all-star combination if there ever was one). That class caused me to change my major and, as a result of the great mentorship and support that they both provided over the following years, led to an Honours degree in Political Studies and ultimately to graduate school at Oxford. I will always be grateful to Professor Garcea for his encouragement and support and for teaching me how to think critically and to write persuasively. My sincere condolences to his family.

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Leslie Widdifield-Konkin a publié un commentaire .

We were so very saddened to here of Joe's passing. Both Dan and I knew him to be a kind, caring, and humble individual who deeply loved his family. Joe had a huge impact on the community as a whole. He will be sadly missed by so many of us. Our hearts and condolences go to Laurie and their family.

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Rajen Naidu a publié un commentaire .

REST IN PEACE Brother
Always a Gentleman and Proud Community member.
I was thinking of you after Kelly invited me to join to watch the game.
Deepest Respect Bro and Family
Rajen J. Naidu & Family

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Paul Rowe a publié un hommage .

I just learned of this (Feb 15) while perusing the website of my old department. I am sad to hear about it. Professor Garcea was really nice man! I can't state that strongly enough. He was very supportive of me while I was a graduate student in the department (2007-2009) and always helped me to find work as a research assistant. When that ran dry over the summer of 2009, he hired me on to help organize his office. That was my greatest challenge at university so far, ha ha. Near the end of the summer, with me having a Master's but no job prospects, he asked me if I wanted to teach first year Political Studies classes at U of S. I was terrified but he had confidence in me and insisted I would do a good job. I don't know if I did (some students told me I made politics interesting so that is something) but Professor Garcea continued to give me classes for the following 2 academic years and even helped and encouraged me to teach at First Nations University in Prince Albert and at the U of R in Regina. I really enjoyed my time as a lecturer and look back on it fondly now. Having friendly and supportive colleagues is a big part of why I have such warm memories. I never met his family but I want to offer my condolences to them and make sure they know that he made a lasting impression in the lives of his students and colleagues, just as I am sure he did in theirs. He will be fondly remembered.

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Kirk Fong a publié un hommage .

This is such a sad time for your family Laurie. I remember Joe as being a very kind and respectful person. Those qualities were displayed at all times as he coached David in junior soccer and we were happy to have him as coach for more than one year. He was very down to earth and not “professorial “ which did not downplay his expertise as a political scientist. My Dad died at a younger age so I have been in your kids shoes. I’m saddened by his passing and hope you guys are Ok.
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Fong Kirk a publié un commentaire .

Mikele... you are a Dad now??

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Michele Garcea a publié un commentaire .

Kirk, so wonderful to see your message. I am a father now, i have two little boys Giuseppe and Giovanni. They are both budding drummers and are getting lot of the tips you gave me. Would love to see you again some day soon.

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David Taylor a publié un hommage .

It with sadness that we heard of Joe's passing.
As a founding member of the Pitchrippers Soccer Club he will be sorely missed. Pitchrippers Past and Present owe him a debt for starting the team over 20 years ago. We will miss his after games good natured comments and his attempts to coach , which none of us listened too.
Our sincere condolences to the family at this time.
Personally I always thanked him for his support in putting me forward as a Director and eventually President of SYSI.
We are thinking of you all.

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Monica a publié un commentaire .

I have had the pleasure to work with Joe on several graduate advisory committees and have seen first-hand his mentoring of students, always giving, encouraging, and fair to students. He was a class act and a bright scholarly force. My deepest condolences to Laurie, Giustino, Michele, and Maria.

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Mervyn Norton a publié un hommage .

Further to my earlier comment, this column appeared in the Nov. 30 editions of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and Regina Leader-Post as "Prof's ideas on municipal reform stirred discussion."

The recent news and tributes after the Nov. 12 death of University of Saskatchewan political studies professor Joe Garcea noted that some of his research commissioned by the provincial government on municipal reform options was not well received by rural municipalities. In fact, his many policy recommendations were also of immense ongoing interest to the cities, towns and villages represented by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

Garcea's approach was more wide-ranging than several other attempts to make changes in how municipal governments are limited in their power and financing ability, but the questions of whether and how to restructure these local councils remain unresolved today. The following excerpts tell the story, drawn from SUMA'S own history book, The New Urban Age.

"Professor Joe Garcea spoke to SUMA convention delegates in 2000 about several problems with the municipal system that the Task Force on Municipal Legislative Renewal had identified after almost 18 months of consultations with local governments and other stakeholder groups. Because municipal governments were `too fragmented' and there were too many inequities among them, he argued, it was very difficult to sustain an effective system of service delivery and to plan economic and social development.

"Garcea said that he was not going to champion the prospect of substantial cost savings from municipal reorganization. Instead, he said that the Task Force wanted to focus on the `lost opportunities' resulting from the mismatch between the limited capacities of smaller municipalities and the regional nature of our `economic communities.'

"The Task Force was looking toward a package of improvements, Garcea said, including: recognition of municipalities as an order of government; more local authority and power within an appropriate set of responsibilities; increased access to `secure and substantial' revenue sources; and consolidation into some form of regional structure. This would have to be considered as a `package deal,' Garcea emphasized. We needed to adopt either `all of it or none of it,' he said, because `cherry-picking' would not work.

"Many SUMA members, however, became more concerned with the call to reduce the number of urban and rural municipalities from more than 800 to `less than 125.' The Task Force recommendations looked toward organizing these new units into municipal districts with local community advisory councils. After a month of usually respectful but sometimes heated hearings, including one report of a group parading an effigy of the Task Force Chair outside the meeting hall, the SUMA Board responded.

"`The benefits of municipal restructuring will have to be demonstrated through pilot projects rather than imposed from any master plan,' President (and Regina City Councillor) Mike Badham said. The broader concern of the Board was the risk of letting the restructuring issue overtake other important items in the proposed package of reforms.

"By the time of the Final Report, however, Garcea softened the approach to acknowledge a `continuum' of possible responses ranging from `voluntary amalgamation' to `mandated amalgamation.' The Final Report also declined to recommend any preferred `model' for regional reorganization and left out the Interim Report's call for 125 units. SUMA regional meetings in June had reported that town and village representatives were more interested in seeing (voluntary) urban-urban and rural-rural amalgamations rather than the consolidation of urban with rural municipalities.

"Urban government leaders were not quite ready that year to adopt the picture of the future presented by the Garcea Task Force and other investigators, at least not the part aimed at municipal restructuring or the process recommended for getting there."

Some significant changes have been made over the last 20 years in revising provincial legislation governing municipalities and in securing greater revenues to fund municipal services. But the restructuring issue keeps resurfacing every decade because of the hope that regional integration might offer more than just cooperation among councils.

(Mervyn Norton is a retired manager of policy and communications for SUMA and author of The New Urban Age: Bridging to Our Future as Urban Government in Saskatchewan.)

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Benedicta a publié un hommage .

Professor Garcea was a good professor, but an even kinder man. The times he went well out of his way to help me when I was a student will live indelibly in my memories and my heart. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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Stephanie a publié un hommage .

Prof. Joe Garcea agreed to be my mentor in early 2019 for the Teacher Scholar Doctoral Fellowship (TSDF). From the moment we met he epitomized what it meant to be a remarkable academic mentor. He led me through the learning opportunity of teaching POLS 328 Public Policy Analysis in the Department of Political Studies. I was impressed at his thoughtfulness and attention to detail during the application process and how he always made time (even at the end of the day) to discuss the course syllabus, lend me textbooks and share so many insights. He was honest about his own workload but generous with his time. It was always a fun experience to visit him in his full office with a small desk for his teaching assistant and a continual stream of visitors. I knew that he was a someone that others looked to for advice and conversation as Roy Romanow would regularly stop by. He had the respect of all members of the department.

I remember him saying once that when teaching it was first important to win hearts and then minds. He emphasized the importance of open office hours and being accessible to students - which I implemented. It was in these one-on-one sessions with students that I learned the most about teaching public policy analysis and the topics that students were passionate about. Prof. Garcea was always generous with words of encouragement. When there were areas for improvement that needed to be addressed, he always delivered them with finesse. One of the most memorable suggestions he gave me on my lectures was that they could use more voice variation and intonation. He suggested with a laugh that I add some “Italian-ness” to my delivery. It was a useful suggestion.

I was saddened to hear of Prof. Garcea’s passing and send condolences to his family at this time. Before his passing, I anticipated that I would continue to come to him for advice in the years to come. Even in the short time that I knew him, it was incredible to see how much of an impact he must have had over the years in the lives of hundreds if not thousands of students. It was such a privilege to have known him for even a short time.

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Carma Cornea a publié un hommage .

To the family of Professor Garcea,
It is with sincere condolences that I write to you. Professor Garcea was my thesis supervisor in 1998. I went on to use the research methodologies he taught me along with the model to find truth through multiple and thorough source analysis in my work. I work as a school principal in Calgary in a large high school. As we did research analysis yesterday together with our staff and I learned of his passing, I thought of him yesterday with gratitude. I am so thankful for the kind of professional integrity he taught me. I studied Citizenship Policy and worked as a researcher on Canadian Park Policy with him. I use my training from him everyday. It is his character as a human that stands out to me the most though - his generosity, hopeful and thoughtful nature. It was this training as a good person and leader that I rely on in these challenging times to support those around me. Thank you for sharing the wisdom of your husband, father and family member with his students. He will be deeply missed and always remembered.

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Corra Roberts a publié un hommage .

Laurie, I was so sad to hear of Joe's passing. My condolences to you and your family. Take care.

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David Siegel a publié un hommage .

I’m so sorry to hear about Joe. We were friends over many years. He attended an event when I retired and I remember being very pleased and somewhat surprised when he talked about the impact that I had on his career. I was surprised because I always felt that he had a significant impact on my career. He was just that sort of person. He made a major contribution to the discipline of political science, but the contribution I remember is that every time he entered a room he made the room brighter and warmer by his presence.

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Livianna Tossutti a publié un hommage .

My deepest sympathies to the Garcea family. He was an excellent scholar, and an even finer human being. The political science community has lost a good person.

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Tamilore Adedayo a publié un hommage .

Prof. Garcea has had such a massive impact on my life. His legacy will continue to live on through all the people he impacted. The world is truly better because of him. Thank you for everything and Rest In Peace Professor.

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Jenelle Wohlberg (Weinbender) a publié un hommage .

My husband (Garett Wohlberg) and myself (Jenelle Wohlberg) were both students of professor Garcea's in the early 1990s. In fact, we were just remembering that the first time he and I met was at a conference where he was speaking and afterwards we both went up to talk to him at the same time. Without a doubt, Professor Garcea was my favourite and most impactful teacher. As a student of public administration who went on to do my graduate work in the department I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with him. He always made the time for his students and he had such a kind, caring and patient way about him. He was genuinely a good person and an incredible teacher. I've thought of him many times over the years and am truly saddened that he's nolonger walking this earth. The world is lesser for it, but agree with your beautiful sentiment that the world is better because he was here... I just wanted to leave this note of tribute to reaffirm with his family what they already know... his students loved him because we felt loved by him. He loved his work and he made a difference in our lives.

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Dalal Daoud a publié un hommage .

My deepest sympathies to Professor Garcea's family. I met Professor Garcea as a student in 2010. His kind smile and soft tone made me, a black Muslim woman, feel welcome and safe. I loved him for that and am deeply saddened by his loss. I am certain the best of him lives in his family. Giustino, who was my classmate, is as kind as his father. Rest in peace Professor Garcea - may the grace of god be with you.

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Kanchan Manek a publié un hommage .

Dear Laurie and Family,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe and you were the most trusted friends to us and our children. We could not have asked for better neighbors than both of you.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Wishing you peace during this difficult time.
In Sympathy,
Kanchan and the Manek Family
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Debra Hyshka a publié un hommage .

Dear Laurie and family, I could not believe when I heard the news about Joe. He truly was a shinning light when he entered a room. My condolences to you. Stay Safe! Hugs and Prayers!

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Bronwyn Eyre a publié un hommage .

Deepest sympathies from my family to yours on your recent, very sad loss. Professor Garcea taught me in Political Studies back in 1991--he was a decent, fair prof. Later, we would be fellow radio pundits on the 2011 provincial election, and, running into each other over the years, he was always supportive, enthusiastic and engaged. The last time I heard him was just before the recent provincial election, and I found his commentary, as ever, to be incisive and thoughtful. A sad loss, indeed. In deepest sympathy to you.

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Bev And Casey Shober a publié un hommage .

We were devastated when we heard the news about Joe. We feel very honored to have had him in our lives. He was a truly gifted and gentle soul, always so full of happiness and never too busy to stop for a chat. Thank you for sharing his beautiful service with us. Our deepest condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Terry Wotherspoon a publié un hommage .

My thoughts are with Joe's family at this difficult time. Joe was such an incredible person and a steadying presence in so many places. Joe came to the University of Saskatchewan about a year after I started, and we worked together in many capacities. Joe was always willing to step in to take on any role or challenge that came his way, and he was consistently available to consult and provide reliable guidance on any number of matters. In addition to working with him on academic matters, I was fortunate to play masters' soccer with him, where he never failed to come up with amazing plays and insights about the game (most memorable was his post-game coaching, where he used several salt and pepper shakers to show those of us with less acuity for the game how to set up plays). Joe remained generous and considerate with students (one of whom was my daughter), colleagues, and others right up to the end.

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Jenn Morgan a publié un hommage .

My deepest condolences to Joe's family on your loss. He was so incredibly kind, compassionate, and filled with such grace. I will never forget him taking the time to reach out when I experienced loss, nor his encouragement while working for the department. I will forever cherish having the opportunity to work for him, his smile, his cheeky laugh, and his infinite wisdom. He was truly one of a kind and I'm so incredibly grateful to his family for sharing him. My thoughts are with you.

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Marie & Carly, Mark & Joshua Reinbolt a publié un hommage .

What a beautiful tribute to Joe
Heaven has gained a beautiful soul
Thank you so much for sharing his story and your hearts, we feel he is bursting with pride
We feel very blessed with our time with Joe and the Garcea family
We cannot imagine how heavy your hearts must feel
Sending our Love and Prayers

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Shelley Kitzul a publié un hommage .

What a beautiful service to commemorate Joe.
I still remember the first time we met. He was coaching the boys first community soccer team. He introduced himself and I had my first lesson on the proper enunciation of Garcea and that he was Italian, not Spanish. His humor was heartwarming. We had many years of boys soccer and later Moms soccer gatherings. He was always a joy to be around.
Laurie and family, please give each other a big hug from our family. We sincerely feel so sorry for your loss.

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Ilie, Robbie And The Irinici Family a publié un hommage .

Laurie, Giustino, Michele, Maria - words cannot express the sadness we feel for your family for the loss of Joe. He was an exceptional man. Every member of our family has some memory of Joe and how he impacted us in some way. When he met you somewhere, he ALWAYS greeted you with a warm smile and called you by name. He always had some valuable insight to add to the conversation you were having with him.
He was definitely a person who left his mark on society and will be missed tremendously.

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Fred Remillard a publié un hommage .

Joe was a colleague of mine at the university. We had a lot of humorous conversations on politics. What a beautiful and personal service. Joe would have been proud of his children today. Thank you for sharing Joe’s life with us today.

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Neil And Andrea Dielschneider a publié un hommage .

Dear Laurie and family, words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Deepest condolences.

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Lee Swanson a publié un hommage .

My deepest condolences to Joe’s family. He was an incredibly kind man who made a lasting, important, and positive mark on the world. In addition to his professional contributions, he was among the nicest and most personable people I have met. I thoroughly enjoyed the times I had the good fortune to spend with him. He will be deeply missed.

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Mahasti Khakpour a publié un hommage .

My sincere and deep condolences to all of you. My heart goes with you! Our world and we all will miss Joe very much, a bright, kind heart human that will be missed deeply. However, he will live in our memories and thoughts and in the heart of so many people that he touched! So many students, so many mentees, and colleagues! Not only those who worked with him and knew him directly but those who were touched through the impact of his great work. He was a real teacher and a great mentor! I got to know Joe 16 years ago when I started working with a project called Making Canada Inclusive and safe! That alone says about the spirit! He was all about inclusivity, harmony, diversity, and equity for all! A safe Canada for everyone! Ever since after he became a colleague, mentor, and a friend. I was a lucky person that I also had the honor of having him on my PhD committee as well and got to learn more and more. My memories of Joe can fill a thousand lines! He will be in my heart forever and I hope I can follow his path and the way he thought me to think about the life, world, and human being! Rest in peace, dear Joe!

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Rosemarie Zaba Stewart a publié un hommage .

Hello Laurie, my condolences to you and your family. Take good care and know you are all in many prayers. It is such a difficult time for all of you. Be gentle with yourselves. My thoughts and heart are with you, Laurie.

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Irene Gareau a publié un hommage .

Laurie -- keeping you and your family in my prayers. Sincere condolences.

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Kristopher Schmaltz a publié un hommage .

I worked for Joe as his research assistant several times during my undergraduate and graduate studies at the U of S. During that time I got to know him well, and benefited greatly from his guidance, mentorship, and most importantly, his friendship. All the stories on this page ring true for me. All I can say is I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the guidance and support I received from Joe. He opened many doors for me and gave me the confidence to walk through them. To Joe’s family, my sincerest condolences to you all. I am sorry for your loss.

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Kiran Banerjee a publié un hommage .

Joe was an incredible human being who enriched the lives of every person he encountered through his kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, and insight.

I wish I could come close to doing justice in words to how wonderful he was and how fortunate I feel to have had the chance to know him and how much I miss him.

He was the first person I met when I arrived in Saskatoon - and made me feel both at ease and welcomed, immediately convinced that this was a place I would feel at home. While we shared a hall-way, his door was always open to me, no matter how busy he was - and he was always busy with more projects than I could even imagine taking on, whether those involved important and timely research, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, university service, or contributing to the enrichment of public discourse.

And yet he always had time to express the most meaningful care for those around him. His great love for his family shown through whenever he often spoke of his wife Laurie or any of his kids. Moreover, his concern for his colleagues and dedication to the vitality of both his own Department and the University as a whole was seemingly limitless.

On a personal level, I can't begin to express how much support he gave to me as a mentor, how touched I was when he surprised me by attending my citizenship ceremony at the U of S, how much I benefited from his advice and insight as a close confidant and friend.

My profound condolences to Joe's family on this great loss. I know he is loved - and very much missed - by many people. I feel so grateful to have had him as part of my life.

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Maria Garcea a publié un hommage .

Here is the youtube link for the service
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_HTv4ut0aM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2YyYUSFhK-x_pvz4sqsTDgrT2I0j1jLuYIq09yT3CUsjZiNUBOs_ztT5E

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Cindy Verhelst a publié un hommage .

My connection with Joe and Laurie was in the soccer community. As a coach and player I remember every encounter and conversation with Joe was a pleasure. We volunteered our time for Hollandia soccer tournaments etc. His genuine interest and kindness was always present no matter what the circumstances. He would step in when needed, to coach our ladies soccer team with calm and clear instructions. He helped to build confidence with his gentle ways. He’s one of a kind. If we all could be like Joe the world would be a better place. After every conversation with him, I always felt uplifted, and glad he cared so much. I really had no idea that he had any serious health issues. I am very sad he has passed. But he will never be forgotten by those who were lucky enough to spend time with him. My heart goes out to Laurie and family.

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Manreet Nehal a publié un hommage .

I first met Professor Garcea briefly when he came as a guest speaker for a class I was taking at the University of Saskatchewan. His knowledge, humility and kindness left a lasting impression on me. Though I did not know him well he would always smile and ask how I was doing whenever I happened to meet him in the University. Such kindness is rare! Thank you Professor Garcea for being you. You will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Rob Huebert a publié un hommage .

I knew Joe back when he was doing his graduate work in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. Everyone knew Joe as a really nice guy. He was humble and brilliant at the same time. My deepest sympathies to Laurie and his family.

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Lyla Peter a publié un hommage .

My thoughts go out to the family. I learned a lot through Joe, specifically the promotion of good governance, shared services and fiscal appropriateness. His passion for supporting community in a new, modern way was often undervalued - but it has left a lifelong impression on me and the work that I do. I am so glad I had the chance to catch up with him at the Uof S RUD/RUP 50th Anniversary dinner in 2018. All the best to his family - and know that his legacy and wisdom lives on in so many that had the honour of learning from him.

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Jeff Delanoy a publié un hommage .

I can remember playing soccer with Joe's son, Michele, and Joe coaching us and teaching us life lessons along the way, his family values and love will be most remembered by us. I remember visiting a gorgeous mountain town and staying in their cozy basement suite with Joe and his family, a town called Jasper. I fell in love with the town and live there to this day...I've never thought about it, but Joe and his family are certainly one of the main reasons I live such a wonderful life here today, so not only through his profession has he positively impacted lives, as I see so many comments of students contributing stories here, but through his love and family values. We were blessed to have spent time with Joe and his family through many glory years and more recently this past summer in Saskatoon which we will forever keep in our hearts.
A time to mourn, and a time to respectively celebrate a beautiful life, and how beautiful life can really be, as Joe has shown us all...
May you rest in peace, and may your family stay strong and united through these tough times, much love from the jasper community,
Jeff, April, Jules
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Sue Delanoy a publié un hommage .

Our family have so many wonderful memories of Joe that it is hard to pinpoint the most poignant of all ! From his contributions to the River Heights community association days. His Soccer coaching days with his boys and our son. His travels to Jasper Alberta ( I blame you Joe ! As that is where our son and family currently live and love !! ) Many discussions figuring out how to handle the many escapades of adventurous boys ! His joy of the birth of his baby girl. His loyalty and love to Laurie and admiration for her work and community contributions. Not to mention his work his educator/ professor role. Mentoring and motivating many many students !! His university position and his contributions to community through various organizations and causes. Of course his political prowess !! But lastly, just how much fun he was to be around when making heavy decisions or trying to figure out how to make Saskatoon / Saskatchewan the best place to live !! We are ever so grateful to have been part of his ride and how wonderful for his family to know just how much Joe was loved. To know of his contribution to leaving a legacy of care and compassion and love in his lifetime !! You will be missed. You will be remembered. You are a icon to emulate !! Peace be with you Joe. Love to all the family !!
Luc and Susan Delanoy

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Richard Lockert a publié un hommage .

Since hearing the sad news last Thursday, I have been recalling many fond memories of Joe Garcea. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know him, if only briefly.

We first met when I was a student in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. His focus was on students – first and foremost. He would always greet you by name with a warm smile – he really made you feel like you were no less than his best friend.

As a graduate student, I would always try to pop my head into Professor Garcea’s office just to say hello. Even if he was on the phone, more often than not he would quickly finish, bound out into the hall and enthusiastically wave me back into his office for a chat. “Just call me Joe” was an expression he repeated a lot.

When he led the Task Force on Municipal Legislative Renewal, he brought me on to help with some early set up. He ensured I was part of the action during early consultations, and he was grateful for every contribution, however small. When I made the tough decision to accept another job with slightly longer job security, he was only encouraging.

Later, after I had moved to Ottawa to work with the Public Service of Canada, I bumped into Professor Garcea on campus during one of my return visits to Saskatoon. He invited me to speak with the students in one of his seminar courses. He believed in public administration as a discipline but also as a rewarding career choice. After answering the last of the questions, I made the point of telling his students that the most important lesson they would get out of their course was the human example set by their professor. If they did not know what I meant at that moment, they surely would by the end of the term.

To Joe’s family and to those he has touched over his lifetime, my family and I send our most sincere condolences. Joe left everyone feeling more hopeful after every interaction and he will not be forgotten. I still want to be more like him.

Richard Lockert, Andrea Kalist, Anna and Clara.

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Ross & Rennae Breen a publié un hommage .

It was with great sadness we learned of Joe’s passing.
We only met Joe briefly, yet he left a long lasting impression on us. He took the initiative to engage and show great interest in us. He was so kind and positive, and we will not forget that.
We also see by the number of other people he touched that this was not unusual for Joe.
We were so lucky to have met Joe, and wish to express our condolences to Laurie and family, as well as Joe’s extended family.
Joe will be remembered fondly by us.
Ross & Rennae Breen

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April Sora a publié un hommage .

To the Family of Joe Garcea,

I can’t tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

Joe was such a committed friend to the community and to the City of Saskatoon. He was a part of many committees and round tables and councils and panels in the community and he brought a deep wisdom, trust and most importantly, sense of humour, with him to each and every one. It was Joe’s compassion and humility that brought him the deep trust and friendships he had with community. It took years to develop and Joe dedicated himself to knowing and caring about all of us. All I had to do was say that Joe would be there and everyone would show up! The photo was taken at the last event I worked on with Joe on March 11 before we were all told to work from home. A community event that he initiated for us.

Like so many who have written before me I could go on with so many stories about Joe and how much he helped build our community especially the immigrant and refugee community. One young woman who came to Saskatoon as a refugee shared with me how much Joe helped her believe in herself so that she could succeed at university in Canada. Joe just wanted us all to care about each other and take care of each other.

Of course Joe always talked about his family and his children. Nothing was more important to him. I’m so grateful to all of you for having shared him with us for so long.

I’m thinking of you all now and send you my deepest sympathies.

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Abdul Ally a publié un commentaire .

My condolences Laurie for the loss of your husband.
Abdul

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Evan Richet a publié un hommage .

I had the privilege of taking several of Professor Garcea's classes years ago, and was thrilled when I found out he would be my thesis supervisor. I was somewhat anxious about whether I'd be successful in graduate studies, but Joe went out of his way to make sure that I knew that I deserved to be in the program. I'd say it's safe to say that he believed in me before I did! Of course, my program went fine because Joe was right there with me, encouraging me every step of the way. I owe my career path to the seeds Joe planted over the years I knew him. My condolences to the Garcea family and to his colleagues - he was a great man and will be sorely missed.

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Brijesh Mathur a publié un hommage .

I am saddened about the passing of Joe Garcea. My deep condolences to his family. I met Joe in the early 1990s when I worked in Saskatchewan’s Department of Education, Training and Employment and knew him to be an articulate member of the U of S faculty. Our paths crossed again in the late 1990s when I worked in Saskatchewan’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Joe chaired the provincial Task Force on Municipal Legislative Renewal. At arms-length, I came to admire Joe’s dedication to the task, his analytical mind, the sincerity with which he reached his conclusions after carefully listening to and balancing the strong and diverse views of powerful interest groups. As a political scientist, Joe knew that any recommendations he would make would be politically controversial; however, that awareness did not deter him from recommending what he believed to be in the best interests of Saskatchewan.
Outside of my official work with Joe, we discussed local, provincial, national, and international affairs and became kindred souls. His understanding was extensive. Joe became one of the most remarkable and fondly memorable persons I have ever known.

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Tom Mcintosh a publié un hommage .

My deepest condolences on Joe's passing. He was a fine colleague and friend. I can't remember exactly when I first met him, but I suspect it was at one of the early Prairie Political Science Association meetings either at UofR or UofS. Joe would have sought out the new people like me and introduced himself because that's what Joe did. We became friends through the Sask Legislative Internship Program when I became the UofR representative to the Selection Committee and the Advisory Group. Joe loved that program and his affection for the students in it was palpable. We weathered some rough waters keeping it going but Joe never lost heart and never stopped believing in its value to both students and the MLAs they worked with. Over the years I learned a great deal from Joe, watching him deal with anxious students, navigate political challenges with SLIP and confront some serious health challenges. His advice was always sound, his compassion and empathy for others very real and his judgement always fair. I will miss him, even those long days of interviewing SLIP candidates in small, stuffy boardrooms at the Legislature. His good humour and enthusiasm always won out. Rest well, my friend.

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Gloria Brandon a publié un hommage .

My sincere condolences go out to Joe’s family. Joe was such an awesome person. He was always so helpful and always had the best interest of all his students. Such a kind hearted man and always so gracious. Joe was such a pleasure to work with and always so patient. He was such an asset to the University and the city and will be missed.

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Adele Darini a publié un hommage .

Like everyone in our family, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Joe's passing. My deepest condolences go to Laurie, Giustino, Michele & Maria and the rest of the Garcea family. I have to share this photo my mom sent me. It was taken in Jasper probably 1978. We lived in Smithers and would often visit. It shows his playful, funny side. We were so cool with our shades lol. Distance separated us over the years because my family moved to Toronto and then I moved to Italy. But I have fond memories of him. I remember our trip to Ottawa in the 80's and the hospitality him and Laurie showed us, touring us around the city and in particular Parliament Hill. I probably last saw him at my cousin's funeral in Montreal in 2008. He was always so kind, always smiling and laughing. Reading all the tributes for my cousin Joe has been heartwarming and make me realize just how many lives he touched in a positive way. He was loved by so many and will never be forgotten. That saying that people will forget what you said but not how you made them feel is so true. Everyone who came into contact with him left feeling better than before. What a legacy to leave behind. In the end, it's not about what we've accumulated over the years, or the accolades & awards. In the end, only kindness matters. How you treated people. Rest in peace cugi...and say hi to all our loved ones up there, until we meet again with our shades on. XO

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Diana Hawryluk a publié un hommage .

Joe was one of the most influential professors I ever had. I have such respect for him and how he handled himself. I will never forget him at an open house in Yorkton, when he was working on the amalgamation question and doing a traveling road show. He handled a very difficult discussion with diplomacy and respect. He always took time to speak with me when I saw him at conferences. A truly wonderful man.

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Ron Wheeler a publié un hommage .

I first met Joe when he applied for a professorship at the University of Saskatchewan. As Acting Head of Economics & Political Science, I picked him up at the airport, arranged interviews for him with colleagues, and gave him a tour of Saskatoon. We hired him. The impression I gained of Joe at that time never changed during the twenty-five years we were colleagues. He was a forthright and honest man, cheerful, sincere and kind. He was always sensitive to the feelings of others. Within our department, he always preferred compromise and accommodation to confrontation and intransigence. He tried to find solutions to problems without there being any damage to personal feelings and relationships. Joe was a kind man. He genuinely cared about his colleagues. He treated us as friends should be treated – with sensitivity and respect. In a world filled with so much discord and negativity, Joe was spark of light. I will miss him. We will all miss him.

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Myrna a publié un hommage .

It is with shock and sadness that I learned of Joe’s passing. Joe was a unique man with a golden heart indeed. He was a shining light on earth and will be greatly missed, but his kindness, warmth and that gentle heart will continue to shine and will be remembered forever. May your cherished memories help you find comfort in this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Arinzechukwu Egenti a publié un hommage .

Giustino Garcea I know this might be tough for you and your family. Your dad is so compassionate although I wasn't around him for so long. He will be dearly missed. May his soul rest in peace.

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Cosimo Mellace. a publié un hommage .

Laurie, Giustino, Michele, Maria, both Josephine and I were greatly saddened, at the passing of Joe. A great and kind person, who cared for everyone he met. Our deepest and heart felt condolences to you, and the entire Garcea family. We will miss you Joe, your cousins Cosimo and Josephine. Rest in peace caro cugino.

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Jeff Peters a publié un hommage .

I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of joe, I’m sure he left a mark on so many lives, what I’ll always remember about joe was how kind, genuine and happy he was to see me anytime we would run into each other at the grocery store or soccer centre. He always made me feel comfortable and welcome when we’d chat and I’ll miss that. R.I.P.

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Jessica a publié un commentaire .

I am so sorry. Joe was an amazing friend , father, professor, even neighbour. I am keeping everyone in my prayers.

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Shirley Ann Montour a publié un commentaire .

Laurie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was always such a special man, with so many special attributes. His smile always lit up a room. Laurie, I know how proud you and Joe were of your kids. And I know how much they love you and Joe. Anytime I ran into either of the boys, we always talked about your family. It was great to see photos of Joe and the grandsons. He will be dearly missed. R.I.P. Joe

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Marla Ferraro a publié un commentaire .

Dear Auntie Laurie, Gustino, Michele, Maria and family. My heart aches for your loss. Sending you all love and warmth and big hugs. My dear uncle Joe, from a young age, he made such an impression on me. He was always so kind, caring, smart, warm, loving, and funny. His smile and presence lit up the room. I always admired the man that he was! He will be deeply missed but never forgotten! Sending you all my love ❤️

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Greg Poelzer a publié un commentaire .

All of Saskatchewan is deeply sadden by the loss of Joe. Well respected across Canada as an important scholar of local government and Canadian politics, Joe was first and foremost loved and admired for being Joe. Joe was a caring teacher and colleague with a deep empathy for others. He fundamentally embodied the servant model of leadership. When I think back to our conversations over the years, they almost always centered around our families, how are children were doing and, as fathers, our hopes and dreams for them, his life growing up in Jasper and his memories of my grandmother. Then our conversation often turned to what was happening the communities of rural and First Nations Saskatchewan; our conversations turned to work almost always last. Joe always thought first about how to make other people feel welcomed, appreciated, and cared for. His gentleness, kindnesses, sense of humour, and radiant smile will be missed so much. My deepest sympathies to all of Joe's family.

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Dr. Yvonne Vizina a publié un commentaire .

My condolences to the Garcea family. Joe was a member of my PhD Committee and I will never forget his words to me, his support, and easy going nature! I knew him since our paths crossed in the 90’s around work in northwest Saskatchewan. He will be missed!

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Don Story a publié un hommage .

We are all trying to come to grips with the loss of our dear friend, Joe Garcea. It is difficult to create words that convey the intensity of our feelings and emotions. We loved this wonderfully kind, generous and thoughtful human being. Joe used to encourage us to think with our hearts and what an important message that is to our world today. I spent a lot of time working closely with Joe while at the University of Saskatchewan and the memories come flooding back of those times with him. What was striking was the seriousness with which he approached every project and piece of work in which he was involved. But what stands out most in my memory is the care and concern for others that always guided him above all else. He was a gift to humanity...

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Slavinka Osmanagic a publié un commentaire .

I have never met Joe in person but was greatly saddened hearing about his passing. We exchanged quite a few phone calls and emails during and after his teaching of the Policy Planning and Program Evaluation course with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension. These communications were enough for me to realize how sincere, genuine, thoughtful, kind and friendly Joe was. Joe's time teaching this course had not been long (two spring semesters) but the impact on students and their learning was significant and long-lasting. He was a great teacher and passionate advocate for local government and public service. He will be greatly missed. My hearth felt condolences to the family.

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Kirsten Samson a publié un hommage .

Reading all of these tributes has been very touching. I am sending the Garcea family my sincere condolences.

I have countless memories of Prof G, but one of my favourite memories took place earlier this year when I was his TA. After the university transitioned to remote learning, Prof G told me that he wanted all of our students to finish the course. Many of our students didn't have internet, they fled the city due to the pandemic, and they were unable to keep up with coursework. He vowed that he would support them and help them succeed. I truly did not think we could do it, but we contacted every single student in that class. Perhaps this sounds small, but it was an incredible feat given the circumstances of March 2020.

I am so honoured to have had Prof G in my life. He gave me so many opportunities and supported me so fiercely.

Prof G –– I will remember your encouragement and warmth for the rest of my life.

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Truly Alive Youth And Family Foundation Inc (Tayffi) a publié un hommage .

Prof. Joe Garcea believed in equal opportunity and level playing field for all. He was a gentle giant; speaking up for many and selflessly supporting grassroots organizations. Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc (TAYFFI) staff, clients, and Board benefited from Pror. Garcea’s wealth of knowledge. He was so generous to our organization that he not only declined to receive Honourarium whenever he came as a guest speaker at our Newcomer training programs, he, indeed financially supported our organization. He connected Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc to great interns from the university of Saskatchewan, Political Studies Department. “I believe in your organization and what it stands for,” Prof would gently say to me and the staff. He offered to feature in our anti-racism resource video at no charge; he offered to provide pro bono services for any of our newcomer clients who may want to pursue post secondary/graduate program but not sure how to go about it.

Prof. Joe will be physically missed by all of us at Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc, but his prints and legacy will never be forgotten!

Our heartfelt condolences to the Garcea family. We lift you up, and stand with you in this moment and beyond.

With love from all of us at Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc. (TAYFFI)

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John Slocombe a publié un hommage .

Prof. Garcea left an amazing imprint on my life as he helped steer me to a career in the public service. My favourite memory was when he interviewed me for a research position around 2003. One minute into the interview he got a call and he had to leave. He said he would be back soon and asked that I tidy up his office while he was gone. (Close your eyes and picture the number of papers in his office

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John Slocombe a publié un commentaire .

... he comes back 2 hrs later (likely forgetting I was there) and finds his office organized from top to bottom and says ‘Well, I guess you got the job!’ I helped him publish twice and his references later on helped me on a number of occasions. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to know him. My condolences to his family and friends.

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Darlene R Okemaysim Sicotte a publié un hommage .

He was a friend and mentor when as secretary at Indigenous Studies when I had 4 department heads over 5 years. He sat at our table with indigenous veterans including my late father he sure delighted them and felt like he was an “uncle” at the Aboriginal Grad Banquet at Saskatoon Inn. He will be so missed am happy to have known him. To all the family cherish every memory teaching song book smell food he loved. He will live on in your lives and future ancestors for years to come. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.

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Adeline Lister a publié un hommage .

My sincere condolences to Laurie and family. I was so very saddened to learn of Joe's passing. I fondly remember the times we shared together when we were all living in Ottawa. May God bless you all at this difficult time. RIP dear Joe. Gone too soon.

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Anthony Olusola a publié un hommage .

Il mio insegnante, il mio mentore, il mio consulente, il mio donatore, il mio istruttore, il mio papà canadese, il mio amico.

The world has lost a great man, Heaven has gained an angel. I am not sure how to mourn you, I do not know how to describe you in past tense. God be with you till we meet again.

Prof. Joe Garcea, I will miss you more than words can ever express. Sleep on, my mentor. Adieu

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Lawrence & Diane Martz a publié un hommage .

Diane and I extend our deepest condolences to Laurie and the Garcea family. Joe was an exceptionally kind and generous man who will be greatly missed by his colleagues and his many friends. I was fortunate to know Joe both through soccer and the university. I will always remember his love of the game, his skill, and his outstanding sportsmanship with both his teammates and his opponents. I have many memories of our work at the U of S; particularly, his strong leadership of the department and his never-ending support for students and colleagues. He pursued excellence in everything he did with kindness and consideration for everyone. Joe will be missed and long remembered by all of us who had the good fortune to know him.

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Yin Liu a publié un hommage .

I knew Joe only from serving on committees with him but I learned very quickly how much he was respected throughout the university community, and how worthwhile it was to listen to everything he had to say. But it was also his manner that earned him such respect: his graciousness, generosity, good sense, and poise. He will be very deeply missed. We need more like him.

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Lorin Elias a publié un hommage .

I would like to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation and adoration for Dr. Joe Garcea. So many of us were better off for having met him, and I extend my condolences and thanks to his family. Those of us at the university have been so appreciative of Joe’s many contributions over the years, but especially for providing such an exemplary model of collegiality. Joe was always such a class act and positive influence, and I could not help but smile when I saw him in the hallway. Even now, through this sadness, I cannot stop myself from smiling as I reflect about him.

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Dagan Clark a publié un hommage .

To the Garcea family my condolences to you all. Joe was incredible!!! I met him on the soccer field and coached against him, and then with him- I learned so much from him. It was amazing how he could draw out the drive and willingness to compete and learn in the players that he worked with. Little lessons on the pitch with big impacts on players lives. Joe was someone I looked up to as a coach, someone I sought advice and feedback from after games. He was a mentor, a friend, a kind soul, and a great man that will be truly missed.

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Saskatoon Open Door Society a publié un hommage .

What a great loss for both our community at large and academic community. From All of at Saskatoon Open Door Society, we offer our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Garcea family. We lost not only a great educator and researcher but an incredible man. Joe was one of the kindest and most thoughtful researchers and educators I have ever known and worked with in my career. His work and tremendous contributions to the settlement and integration of newcomers to Canada and promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in Saskatchewan and beyond was immensely incredible. We have had the privilege to work with Joe in research and welcomed his practicum students at Saskatoon Open Door Society over the years. He has touched so many lives and left this world a better place. We are so grateful to his family for sharing some of his time and talents with us. You will indeed missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Garcea family. From all of us at SODS

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Anna a publié un hommage .

I was a student in the international studies and political studies program at the U of S, but came to know Joe more as a staff member on campus in the years following my graduation. Joe was truly one of the kindest, wisest individuals I have ever had the privilege of meeting - his loss will be felt.

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Graham Cox a publié un hommage .

I am very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I will always be grateful for the hospitality he and his family showed me when I moved to Saskatoon. He was truly a kind and generous person. My sincere condolences to the Garcea family.

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Lisa Jategaonkar a publié un hommage .

I had the pleasure of working with Joe at the university and will always remember his kindness. He was incredibly devoted to helping communities and those around him. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Loleen Berdahl a publié un hommage .

I could write a book of cherished memories about Joe. He was a wonderful mentor, colleague, teacher, and friend. Joe always reminded me of what is truly important in life: people, and in particular family. When he would speak of his children, his face would light up. I recall a group of us driving from Lethbridge to Calgary after a conference. He told us the story of how he met Laurie. He spoke with such love for her and for the life they had built together. It was so touching.

My photo is of when Joe was presented the Master Teacher Award. Seeing him receive that award was a true joy. He was a teacher to all of us.

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Alec Aitken a publié un commentaire .

I extend sincere condolences to the Garcea family for the loss of the beloved husband and father.
I want to echo the sentiments of Loleen Berdahl. I knew Joe through our work on committees focused on improving the student learning experience at the University of Saskatchewan. He was a champion of interdisciplinary education and experiential learning through study abroad in the College of Arts and Science. Students enrolled in the International Studies and Global Studies programs were the beneficiaries of his dedication to and leadership of these globally-focused academic programs. His commitment to improving the quality of student learning experiences was recognized by the Master Teacher Award. You cannot help being inspired by the look of sheer joy on his face at the award ceremony. He was a wise, gentle and compassionate soul; one of the university's finest citizens. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues. Rest in peace Joe.

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Louie Timoteo a publié un hommage .

Joe, you were my closest friend growing up in Jasper. To the family, Joe’s kind and loving heart was a beacon of light and friendship to me and the rest of our class of 1975. Truly, I never new a better person. You will suffer no more Joe, God Bless you all

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Dave Smart a publié un hommage .

My condolences to the family. Joe had a great gift. A smart analytical and non partisan mind that many past students and people looked up to. He will be greatly missed.

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Aaron Hertes a publié un hommage .

He was a Good man.

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Matthew Holinaty a publié un commentaire .

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Margarita Santos a publié un commentaire .

With deepest sympathy to Prof. Joe Garcea's family and the University of Saskatchewan. He was a very good professor and a very good man who will be missed by those who came to know him.

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Bruno Dupeyron a publié un hommage .

My deepest condolences to Joe's family and friends. I have been sad and shocked to hear of his passing. I have been fortunate to get to know him virtually (before Covid) in several graduate supervisory committees. He was always kind and supportive to students who were gently tortured by his colleagues. He was model of "gaya saber". His heart was talking like his mind.

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Melissa Mcgrath a publié un hommage .

Very sad to hear of Professor Garcea's passing. He was one of the best. Of all my profs over the years, Joe had the most impact and influence on me. I was fortunate enough to have him for a few classes throughout my Public Admin degree and I so appreciated his advice and guidance. He was extremely kind, patient, funny and down to earth and always had time for his students. He gave his undivided attention and had a way of making people feel special. His passion for politics was inspiring. He will be greatly missed by many, I'm sure. Deepest condolences to his family.

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Ulrich a publié un hommage .

At the University of Saskatchewan, one could not possibly not know Dr. Joe Garcea. Earlier or later, I would run into him in the hallways, stopped by his charming smile, share a quick note, a good laugh, and walk on uplifted. Or I would meet him, say, at a Linguistics committee and marvel at his calm but effective leadership. Or I would read about another comment he had made on the news. And be concerned about his health and relieved when he was better. One of the highlights was witnessing the unreserved joy of Drs. Chad and McDougall, high-fiving each other after conveying onto a beaming Dr. Garcea the Award for Distinction in Outreach and Public Service at Spring Convocation in 2016. It was abundantly clear that Dr. Garcea was loved.

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Peta a publié un hommage .

I will miss Joe - I will miss his sense of humor, his laugh, his smile, his point of view and his gentle way of expressing it. I am honoured to have known Joe and to have had the opportunity over the last six years to be guided by discussions with Joe. My thoughts are with you all.

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Gord Quinlan a publié un hommage .

My deepest condolences on Joe's passing. He was a true friend and a real gentleman and always a pleasure see.

I will miss running into him at the soccer field as he always had a smile, kind words and laugh to share. The world is a lesser place without him.

Sincerely Gord and Rita Quinlan and family

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Saskatchewan German Council a publié un hommage .

We are blessed to have worked with Joe as a presenter for a newcomer information session. We got to know Joe as a caring, fun and enthusiastic person who left a deep impression after just a short time. Our deepest condolences!

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Ariel a publié un hommage .

I just received my degree today. Joe was the external examiner for my thesis defense this May. What a wonderfully enthusiastic and poignant, yet caring energy Joe exuded. I will always remember his encouragement, comments and smile from that day. My love and condolences to his beautiful family.

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Linda (Kirchhofer) Griffin a publié un hommage .

Condolences to the Garcea family. I went to school with Joe in Jasper. Super nice, kind and gentle man

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John And Helen a publié un hommage .

Joe was 100% - with his family (first and foremost), students, department, university, profession and, of course, soccer. (He was Italian after all). We will all remember his generous spirit and warm smile. He was a great colleague who will be missed. John and Helen Courtney

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Loleen Berdahl a publié un hommage .

I could write a book of cherished memories about Joe. He was a wonderful mentor, colleague, teacher, and friend. Joe always reminded me of what is truly important in life: people, and in particular family. When he would speak of his children, his face would light up. I recall a group of us driving from Lethbridge to Calgary after a conference. He told us the story of how he met Laurie. He spoke with such love for her and for the life they had built together. It was so touching.

My photo is of when Joe was presented the Master Teacher Award. Seeing him receive that award was a true joy. He was a teacher to all of us.

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Asit Sarkar a publié un hommage .

I was shocked to hear of Joe's passing. I am grateful for the time we worked together in campus settings and at the community. Joe was a true community builder & integrator. To him, community has to be able to connect everyone, irrespective of whether one came from the First Nation, Mets, early settlers, late settlers, newcomers. Joe helped focus on the fact that diversity strengthens a community. One of the last commitments of Joe was to help set the focus for Immigration Partnership Saskatoon because he truly believed in everyone drawing strength from others. On the day of Civic election, Joe's voice and interpretation of results will be truly missed. I am pleased to see in Giustino many of the attributes of Joe - Giustino, I hope these help provide you some solace and strength. Vince, Joe was very happy to see your success, not only at the campus but also how in your own teaching, you are connecting the campus and the community. May Joe's vision continue to enrich this community he loved immensely.

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Thelma a publié un hommage .

Prof Garcea was such a good man. Very soft-spoken ,kind and understanding. In spite of his many accomplishments, he was always so humble and he treated his students with a lot of respect. The last time we communicated, I checked up on him to find out how he was coping with Covid-19 and seemed fine.I had no idea he was this sick and I am deeply saddened by this news. My deepest condolences to the family.

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Francesco And Anna Maria Darini a publié un hommage .

We are so saddened to hear of the death of our dearest cousin Joe (Giuseppe). The news hit us like thunder as we didn't know he was sick to this extent. He was kind, generous, dedicated to his family and his work....a truly wonderful person. We will treasure the days we spent together when you all came to Italy in 2015. We also have fond memories of the times we spent together in Jasper and in Toronto. Joe, you have now joined your parents and sister in Heaven. Rest in peace and pray for everyone. Our deepest condolences go to Laurie, Maria, Giustino, Michele and family and to Concetta and Vincenzo and their families. With all our love, cousins, Francesco and Anna Maria Darini, Satriano, Italy.

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Raquel Alvarado a publié un hommage .

Professor Garcea was a passionate professor, an encouraging mentor, and a gentle man. I was so grateful that he wrote a reference letter for the graduate program that I now attend at Carleton University. A few years ago I was chatting with Joe when he suddenly realized that I was related to Hugo Alvarado (my father). He had one of my dad's paintings from decades ago, and he had never realized that he was teaching Hugo's daughter. He told me how much he loved the painting because it reminded him of his mother (the painting happened to be a rare one that my dad had done of his own mom). It was a surreal and beautiful moment and I'll remember it, and Joe, for a long time. Truly one of the best, who just loved his craft more than words could say. May his memory be a blessing to all who loved him.

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Haizhen Mou a publié un hommage .

I never forgot the first time I met Joe, right after I joined the university in 2009. Joe has been there to support and help me along my career path. A truly kind and noble person, and a colleague who has critical thoughts, an open mind and boundless wisdom. Thank you Joe, for lighting up the world and warming up the people and community around you. You will be missed...... My condolences to his family.

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Erin a publié un hommage .

Joe was a genuinely good person. He was humble, grateful, and kind. In the world of academia where some become disenchanted quickly he was a bright spot, happy to teach students, seemingly unconcerned with accolades (though he got them because he was a great teacher), he was everything an educator should be. I’ll never forget the class I was able to take with him, he was soft spoken and it was so comforting. I worked for him briefly and was touched by his praise of my “most beautiful tables”- no sarcasm at all, he meant it. It was the oddest compliment to receive yet so genuine I still smile thinking of it. I’m immensely sad for his family as I knew him only distantly yet feel so sad knowing he’s not with us anymore. I hope you can take comfort in the fact that he brought a calm and kind energy into every situation he was in- and he will be greatly missed.

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Mike Albert a publié un hommage .

I took a seminar on Public Private Partnerships (P3’s) with Professor Garcea and he was always incredibly enthusiastic on the topic which was palpable. A great mentor both in and out of the classroom. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Global Gathering Place a publié un commentaire .

Joe touched the lives of an incredible number of people in our community. He was a great supporter and advocate for immigrants and refugees and an ambassador for inclusion and diversity. His research provided the foundation for meaningful change at the policy level. Many of us at the Global Gathering Place had the great honour and privilege to work alongside Joe on different community projects and have regularly hosted his practicum students. Everyone enjoyed being in his presence; he made us all feel important and valued. His knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness and life stories will leave a lasting legacy in our community. He will be missed.

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Toby Rollo a publié un hommage .

Though I knew his work, I only knew Joe personally for a day when I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Saskatchewan a couple of years ago. Within the span of an afternoon he had taken me to a colloquium, introduced me to various art exhibits, and drove me around the neighbourhoods of Saskatoon. During our drive to the airport, he showed me the places he had lived, told me about his family history, and his work experiences. We talked about life's unexpected twists and turns. I can't say that I've ever met a kinder or more generous soul. He was a model of humanity and it was an honour to have known him if only for a single day.

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Justin Thomas a publié un hommage .

My sincerest condolences to Laurie, Gustino, Michele, Maria and family . I have such fond memories of Joe from our days playing soccer . He was a wonderful teammate with great skills and a good friend. Unfortunately I have not spent as much time with him since I moved away in 2003 . So happy I was able to catch up with him the last year when I visited Saskatoon.
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Tom Porter a publié un hommage .

Condolences from our family to yours. Joe is always kind and always helpful. He is missed, but will continue to inspire us to goodness.

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Jeni Braden a publié un hommage .

I was taken aback when I heard of Joe’s passing. My condolences to Laurie and family. Joe was an exceptional man and oh so funny. He will be truly missed. Hugs to all❤️

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Felix Hoehn a publié un hommage .

I am saddened by the news of Joe's passing and I express my sincere condolences to his family. I am privileged to have known Joe as a colleague, a teacher, and as a member of my graduate committe, and as a "walking soccer" team member. I will miss meeting his smiling face in the hallways of the Arts Building. He contributed so much to this community and to the happiness of all the people he came in contact with.

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David M. Parkinson a publié un hommage .

Joe was that most rare amalgam of empathy and intellect, bringing together the world of academia and community. You could not cross paths with him without coming away with a sense of his caring and compassion for the world. It is impossible to even begin comprehending the loss of this singular man to our university and community.

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Mustafa Koc a publié un hommage .

I had the chance of working with Joe on a research a project on refugees and food security. After our first long teleconference, I knew what a blessing to have Joe working with our project. He was sharp, and critical thinker critical but would listen well, speak gently and solve problems. My condolences to his family and friends. I will miss him. Ciao Joe!

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Jessica Mah a publié un hommage .

Rest In Peace an to an incredibly influential, talented, and selfless man. Joe, you will be missed by many as your legacy of kindness and compassion lives on through your family, friends, and previous students. I had the privilege to be taught by Joe in my POLS 205 class and I have nothing but fond memories from his lectures. He exemplified what it meant to be a great educator and mentor. You will be missed by many Joe. Rest Easy.

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Carin Holroyd a publié un hommage .

Joe was a lovely, hard working and kind colleague. The department will not be the same without him. I will always remember the documents he would send with all their highlights and sections and sub-sections. They always made us all smile. I am terribly sad we have lost him and send my most sincere condolences to Laurie Giostino, Michele, and Maria. We will miss you, Joe.
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Hassan Vatanparast a publié un commentaire .

Over the last decade, Joe and I worked together on several local, national and international projects related to the wellbeing of refugees. He was so passionate about the projects and selfless in sharing his knowledge with our team at national and international stages. Joe has left me many unforgettable memories throughout those years. I won’t forget dedicating eight hours of his weekend time every week teaching my graduate student…, or providing comments on our project from hospital bed …...
Joe was a dependable and charming friend, enthusiastic and knowledgeable researchers and excellent teacher. We will remember you Joe.

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Kim Mackinnon & Andrew Kostiuk a publié un hommage .

I didn't know Joe well, having met him only a few times through his wife, Laurie, with whom I worked. In person, he was warm, friendly and kind. I knew him best though through the many often-funny stories of family life and adventure that Laurie shared with me at work. It was so clear that Joe was gifted throughout his time here on earth with the immense love of an adoring wife and family and that they, in turn, were equally gifted with his piognantly beautiful presence in their lives. My heart goes out to you Laurie, and to your children and grandchildren at this time of great loss. I pray you'll each be borne on the angel wings of your husband/father/grandfather through the grief you feel, and that you will reach know some peace and comfort through the memories you share. Our deepest condolences to you, and to all who loved him and knew him well. Kim and Andrew

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Kara Loy a publié un hommage .

It was always a pleasure to work with and learn from and alongside Dr. Joe Garcea. My most precious memory was of his wisdom, authenticity, and elegance when he earned the Master Teacher Award in 2018 and he spoke of LOVE. Love of the profession of being an academic, of his students and of their development, of collegial efforts, of the unseen impact of it all. I teared up because he was willing to be honest and brave in a venue/institution that was usually unwelcoming to such passion and truth; he touched everyone in that room by getting right to the heart of the matter.

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The Department Of Linguistics a publié un hommage .

We were all saddened and taken back by the news of Joe’s passing. Joe was a godsend to our department during a critical transition period last year. He selflessly took on the role of Acting Head for reasons that can only be summed up as altruistic.

Joe met every challenge with grace and diplomacy. He went to bat for us when our graduate program ran into serious logistic issues, he headed three faculty search committees, and we worked together on numerous behind the scenes efforts to keep the department running smoothly. During all this, we had the privilege to get to know Joe’s keen intellect, humour, and humanity. Joe was more than a leader for department, he was a friend. He will be sorely missed but the mark he made on our department will not be forgotten. Che riposi in pace.

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Maria Gomez a publié un hommage .

Joseph Garcea was well known within the Immigrant and Refugee community as he himself was one of us so we will be missing his presence and our since Condolence to his family. REST IN PEACE our dear friend.

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Ryan Walker a publié un hommage .

To say that Joe will be missed reveals a limitation of language, or at least my use of it. Emotions run much deeper. He was one of my first colleagues when I arrived at USask because at that time he was ‘Acting Head’ of Regional and Urban Planning. A fond memory, among so many over the years, was when I awarded him an Oscar for 'Best Acting Head' at our Program Social in 2009 at the Hotel Senator. We were joined that evening by his son Michele, a student in our program, the Dean of Arts & Science, faculty, students and alumni. Such a lovely man of strength and grace. My condolences to Michele and the rest of the family.

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Rod Nasewich a publié un hommage .

Joe recruited me from Manitoba back here to my home province to work as policy analyst for the much maligned and misunderstood Task Force on Municipal Renewal he chaired in the late 1990s. His intellect, passion and optimism for local government was always evident. So too was his understanding, gentle humour and erratic driving when he got talking poli sci, during the many public meetings the Task Force held across the province. He became a mentor for me and my career in the provincial public service and am grateful for the chance he gave me to return to Saskatchewan to build a career and family. Thanks so much Joe.

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Isobel Findlay a publié un hommage .

It was with heavy hearts that we at CUISR heard the very sad news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Joe Garcea. Joe was a long-time CUISR Management Board member, researcher, and passionate believer in community-university research partnerships. Joe was a brilliant scholar, award-winning teacher (recognized by Arts and Science, Provost, and Master Teacher awards), generous mentor, great collaborator, and one of those rare human beings whose heart and generosity of spirit proved inspirational. Joe was as modest as he was gracious and generous and was loved and admired by all who came to know him..
Joe’s passing is a huge loss but his legacy is equally huge. Joe’s was truly a life well lived. He has enhanced all our lives here in Saskatchewan and well beyond. We will miss him greatly.

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Marnie Howlett a publié un hommage .

Professor Garcea was an incredible professor, scholar, and mentor. His kindness and humility were unmatched, and his passion for politics inspired so many of us. He will be so so missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Linda a publié un hommage .

Laurie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. The world lost an angel. Linda & Henry Moulin

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Matt And Cheryl Petryk a publié un hommage .

Laurie, our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to your family for your loss.

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Heather Kuttai a publié un hommage .

How many times did I call him for help? Ask him for advice? Joe was an advocate for students with disabilities on campus, and he helped guide programming and the writing of a University policy. He was the best kind of ally, because he didn’t necessarily make things easy for me; he challenged me to question decisions and think from different angles. That’s a gift. I am lucky to have known him and call him friend. A former student and I virtually toasted Joe last night; he was one of the good guys. My warmest condolences to Laurie and her family.

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Lisa Mcgowan a publié un hommage .

Please accept my sincere condolences. Joe was my professor in the late 80s. Just a fantastic person, always supportive and encouraging. He will be missed!

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Kimberly Hemm a publié un hommage .

My sincere condolences.
He was so incredibly supportive. He simplified these complex topics I had never understood before and never he chose a side but presented facts. He made Political Studies an engaging topic for me. I remember there was a time that our class did poorly on his exam -at no fault of his own. For once I wasn't one of them, it was possibly my best test score in the last two years. But his response to the class not taking it seriously broke my heart.
He wasn't angry he was just so concerned and disheartened. He was teary eyed and I couldn't bear it. I had never seen a prof care so much. It fueled the class the rest of the term. Then paper I did for the same class he made a small comment saying take my other class next term its specifically on this topic. I took his advice and it was so eye opening. It was a great combination of disciplines that had amazing discussions. I have often thought of Joe, when people ask me about university experiences that memory always comes up. I wasn't a political science major I was just talking a required class and prayed I could pull it off since the 100 level political science from another instructor wrecked my confidence. He really made an impact on my academics, I'll never forget him.
He has reallu played an important role in shaping the future leaders of Saskatchewan.

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Percy Hoff Snr. a publié un hommage .

On behalf of the Hollandia Soccer club, our deepest condolences. Joe was an integral part of the club and was heavily involved in the formation of the New Hollandia, Feely offering his expertise on governance structure. We will all miss him greatly.

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Betty Rohr a publié un hommage .

My sincere condolences to Laurie, Guistino, Michele, and Laurie. I know the love and support your husband/dad had for each of you was awesome. He will be greatly missed. I trust in God’s peace to comfort you at this time. Nothing can ever separate us in God’s love - not even death. Memory eternal!

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Mervyn Norton a publié un hommage .

I had the pleasure of working with Joe on many occasions for 20 years from 1988 when I invited him to speak at a meeting of Saskatchewan city mayors until my retirement in 2008 as Policy and Communications Manager at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). Other tributes, especially from students and academic colleagues, have rightly remembered Joe as a very kind, respectful, positive and generous human being, but I also knew him as a consummate professional who brought his meticulous research and writing skills to bear on public policy issues of immense interest to other Saskatchewan leaders. He passionately cared about the future of communities in this province as much as he cared about individuals lucky enough to know him. He will be missed and remembered for a long time.

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Kirsten Fisher a publié un hommage .

Joe was the first person I met when I first arrived in Saskatoon for my interview at the U of S. Within the first minutes of our meeting, I had the feeling that Saskatoon and the Department of Political Studies was somewhere I wanted to be. He was so warm and friendly and put me at ease immediately. Over the past 3.5 years, I got to know him so much better and to learn how deeply his warm spirit and strength really ran. With a smile and a joke and a kindness that seeped into everything he did, he always brought insight to our meetings, care for our students, encouragement for all, a smile to my daughter’s face. He always seemed to have a way of making the people around him feel cheerful, and special, and good about themselves in that moment. Already I feel a great loss and I miss you, Joe. The loss of Joe will be felt terribly for a long time in the lives of those he touched. He was truly one of a kind. He was one of the great ones! Laurie, Giustino, Michele and Maria, my deepest condolences to you and the rest of the extended family.

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Maggie Fitzgerald a publié un commentaire .

Joe was also one of the first people to greet me when I arrived in Saskatoon for my interview with the U of S last November (the fact that two of us note this already says so much about his warmth and commitment to welcoming all of those who came into our department). I was extremely nervous, but Joe offered me such kind words and reassurances - I immediately felt at ease. It is a great loss to me that I was only able to work with and learn from Joe for a few months, but even in that time, he inspired me so much - his unwavering care for students and commitment to his colleagues was unparalleled. We will feel his absence deeply, but we are also so fortunate to have been able to call him our colleague. My sincerest condolences.

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Roger Bristol a publié un hommage .

I want to offer Joe’s family my deepest condolences. He had a profound influence on my life. I was a student of his, and benefited from his great mind and passion for teaching. Yet, what he offered was so much more. With his unending kindness, empathy and humility, he connected with so many, providing support and inspiring growth. He has set an impossibly high standard that I will always strive for.

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Chris Stoicheff a publié un hommage .

I am immensely grateful to have had Joe Garcea as my mentor, friend, and thesis supervisor for so many years. Every day, I knew I was fortunate to be working with him. With Joe in my corner, I gave it everything I had because he genuinely believed in me. I literally could not have graduated without him. It simply would not have happened.

If we’re lucky, sometimes someone comes into our lives, and they show us, in their own way, how to become the best version of ourselves. For me, that was Joe. He gave me a chance to pursue my passion for the study of Canadian politics when some were hesitant to invest in me. Joe went all in. And he always did it with such unwavering patience, grace, humility, and warmth. Beyond his exceptional, and in many ways unrivalled, knowledge of Canadian and Saskatchewan politics; Joe had the rare capacity to make you feel like the most important person in the world in his presence—a real and rare gift.

One of my favourite memories of Joe is meeting him at the Mendel Art Gallery, in the indoor garden (his request). What a strange place to meet I thought—we could have much more conveniently grabbed a coffee on campus somewhere. That would have been the transactional or efficient thing to do. But that wasn’t Joe’s style. He wanted me to feel special. And it certainly had that effect. We wandered around the plants and then found a bench and talked about our work together which went exactly as he said it would. I’ll always think of him in that garden—an oasis in the middle of the prairie winter.

Although he would be the last to admit it, his contribution to public policy in Saskatchewan and Canada will endure for generations to come. He wrote extensively on multiculturalism, municipal policy, Canadian federalism, and immigration—amongst many other crucial topics for our country.

I learnt so much from Joe, but perhaps most importantly I witnessed his kindness and fundamental human decency. Not just once. Always. I’m forever grateful for him. Rest peacefully my dear friend! You will often be on my mind. My sincere condolences to his family that he loved more than anything.

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Courtney Yaremchuk a publié un hommage .

Joe was one of the most wonderful people I had the fortune of knowing. He was kind, compassionate, encouraging and just simply good to the core. I have two very distinct memories of Joe that I have cherished over the years. The first, was in one of Joe's night classes, where he somehow got on the topic of tomatoes. He conveyed his passion over Italian tomatoes and how they were really the only acceptable ones. I always laugh thinking about this story and his passion on the subject. Secondly, at a Christmas party for the Political Studies department, I was speaking to Joe about something seemingly insignificant, when all of a sudden told me that I should apply for his internship program because he thought I would be a great fit and he saw a lot of potential in me. For me, this moment is forever engrained in my mind. Joe believed in me, and it was this moment that shifted things for me. The way he spoke to me was as if he knew I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to - something that I myself didn't even believe. While to Joe this was likely a regular conversation, because his kindness and encouragement knew no bounds, for me it completed changed my trajectory. That was the power of Joe's kindness and innate goodness - he always saw the best in people and encouraged us to see it in ourselves. I am forever grateful for the time I was able to spend with Joe, he will be deeply missed.

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Judy White a publié un hommage .

Words will never adequately express how deeply Joe's life and death have impacted me. What an amazing role model for all of us: he was kind, had a sense of humor, was committed to building inclusive, strong communities, and was an amazing academic. I appreciated his willingness to step forward, do the media work, and share his perspectives on issues. I also appreciated his insights on research teams. He always brought us back to discussing policy issues and kept us on track so that the work remained relevant and impactful. He was a good listener, a good community teacher and did it all with a spirit of humility. Thank you to the family for sharing him with us.

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Rob Innes a publié un hommage .

In 1999, as a masters student, I met Joe when the book he co-edited with my supervisor on urban reserves came out. Over the years I had some really good conversations with him. He was as generous with his time and insights with me as a tenured associate professor as he was back when I was a graduate student and a new junior faculty member. He smile was contagious. Thank you your time, for role modelling how to be a passionate, caring, and meticulous researcher, professor, and administrator. My deepest condolences to his family and those who knew him well.

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Marcus Grundahl a publié un hommage .

I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Garcea familiy. Joe was a academic and a friend. He walked me through undergrad. With him and Hans Michellman, pushed me through academic studies in Germany. And then my masters at Columbia University.

I could not have done what I have without Joe's help and guidance.

He was and still is a good and wonderful person.

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Murray Fulton a publié un hommage .

Joe was a wonderful man — always ready to help and always in the kindest of ways. I enjoyed working with him on many things — everything from the creation of the JSGS to sensitive promotion cases. Regardless of the situation, Joe was thoughtful, caring and professional. Not many people have this combination — he was one in a million.

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Andrea Wasylow a publié un hommage .

Joe was a terrific inspiration and mentor to so many, including me. I will miss his sage opinions and advice. I loved "hallway conversations" with him on 2nd floor Arts, and the CPAC meetings. I remember how he graciously appeared in a video we were making for A&S Indigenous students, and the "outtro" of the video is actually Joe's laugh. We will miss all of the media relations he did for the city and province - such a trusted and expert voice about elections and public affairs. I will remember his attitude of generosity in his time and talent with faculty, staff, and students. One of the kindest faculty members I ever had the honor to work with. My prayers are with his family at this extremely difficult time.

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Andrea Wasylow a publié un commentaire .

Here's the video - it's going back a bit in time - but there's his laugh! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuNKWn_NOpM

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Bob Cram a publié un hommage .

Donna and I were so sorry to hear this sad news, and we send our condolences to his family. Joe was one of the great guys. He always went out of his way to help others and to help the most vulnerable. He was kind and friendly to everyone, even when most of us would probably get annoyed or angry in his shoes. He was also a great father and husband. It may seem like an old-fashioned term, but Joe really was a "gentleman and a scholar". We miss him very much.

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Kelly Foley a publié un hommage .

As a faculty member in a different department, I did not have the opportunity to interact with Joe that many times, but his impact was instantaneous. I can see his smile, and hear his thoughtful voice. We are all better because of Joe's contributions to the community. He was a light and a gift.

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Sandy Bonny a publié un hommage .

We will miss his energy, and kindness, and advocacy for students so much. Joe taught with our Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways program and was so appreciated by our students, and our administrative team. My very best to you, his family and closer friends, he will be so widely missed on campus and in Saskatoon’s soccer community.

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Neil Hibbert a publié un hommage .

It was a great honour to work with Joe and to build a friendship with him. His dedication to his work was unwavering but a distant second to his wonderful family. I will never forget the support and mentoring he offered to me as a new colleague and the trust he placed in me as I settled in. I regret all of the wide-ranging conversations we won't have and will miss his laugh and kindness.

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Alexis Dahl a publié un hommage .

I was lucky to work with directly with Joe when I was the administrative assistant in Political Studies, and to get to experience every day his example of kindness and understanding. I am now one of the very many people who strive to follow his lead, which he made look effortless, but is often so difficult. I will miss him and his influence more than I can say. My sincere condolences to Laurie, Giustino, Michele, Maria, Vince, and the rest of the family. He will be so greatly missed.

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Martin Gaal a publié un hommage .

I want to speak to the fundamental goodness of this man. A sentiment shared by all that knew him. I want to express my gratitude for the time he spent helping me. I am a better academic, lecturer, colleague, and person for it. I want to thank his family for sharing him with us. He was the heart of our small department and guided us through turbulent times. But I don't really have the words to do so. All I can do is send my condolences to his family - Laurie, Giostino, Michele, and Maria. All I can say is we will all miss you Joe.

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Lynne Yelich a publié un commentaire .

Well said, fundamental good, a kind, gentle and one of the fairest I met during my career in politics. He taught our daughter Ivana and she said he would be interested in my being. He was the kindest person I ever met in the political academic realm, he was always fair and I always looked forward to hear his opinion. He truly will be missed. Words cannot express how sad this is for us who were touched by him and a loss indeed for the academic world. Our condolences to his family and colleagues.

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Darcelle Henry Pearson a publié un hommage .

We're so sorry to hear this very sad news. Joe was always such a lovely and kind man. Our community will be less for having lost him. He was a brilliant man with many wonderful accomplishments but his greatest accomplishments of all was his beautiful and close knit family who he loved so much. Our deepest and most sincere condolences. He'll be with you Laurie and your family always in your hearts. Darcelle and Graham Pearson and family.

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Brigitte Mcghee a publié un hommage .

I’d like to pass on my sincere condolences. I did some work with Joe on undergraduate awards in Political Studies at the U of S. I learned quickly how kind he was. For each award entry he reviewed, he would say something positive about that student, and not just their submission. Joe was a pleasure, and will be greatly missed.

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Erika Kambeitz a publié un hommage .

I remember Joe as a coach. He was so kind, soft spoken, and inspirational. A memory I will never forget is a soccer practice that Joe was coaching. During the practice I fell and injured my knee. I was very scared and I could not move without being in pain. Joe got the other players to play a game while he sat on the ground with me and held my hand. He comforted me until my parents came. I will never forget that. I was very scared and pretty young at the time. Joe made me feel safe and calmed me down.

I am forever grateful for his kind actions that day.

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Peter Wb Phillips a publié un hommage .

I am so sorry to hear of Joe's death. He was a wonderful colleague and friend. He was one of those unsung heroes of the university— he truly epitomized the teacher scholar model, always giving of his time and energies without expecting or asking for anything in return. We all will miss him.

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Valerie J Korinek a publié un hommage .

Everyone on the University of Saskatchewan campus who knew Professor Joe Garcea-- whether as a colleague, undergraduate or graduate student, or staff member is grieving his loss today. As many, many others have written in these touching tributes, "Joe" (as this exceedingly accomplished scholar always encouraged people to call him) was one of a kind. And we loved him for it. I've appreciated his sage advice throughout my career, his thoughtfulness and care, his ability to connect with people in and out of classrooms and committees, and his grace, generousity, good humour, kindness and compassion. He exemplifies the goals embodied in the term "teacher-scholar" and will be terribly missed by all of us who had the honour to work with him, and benefit from all the gifts he brought to the U of S and Saskatchewan over his long career. My heartfelt condolences to his family, and wife Laurie at this sad time. Thank you for sharing Joe with us.

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Sharmi Jaggi a publié un hommage .

Joe was my mentor and friend. He was a profoundly good person, always there for me with words of encouragement. I was lucky to have known him and will miss him dearly. Joe will forever be in my heart. My deepest condolences to the Garcea family.

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Cristine De Clercy a publié un hommage .

Joe was exemplary in his devotion to the university community and the broader fabric of Saskatchewan. He was also the source of excellent advice to many students, and touched many lives.

I remember sitting in his second year public administration class, where he explained that a good way to choose a career was to think about what we liked to do, and then find a career that matched our interests and work habits. I personally found this to be very useful and pragmatic advice, and have passed it along many times to my own students across the years.

My sincere condolences to Laurie and the children for their loss.

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Sara Mcphee-Knowles a publié un hommage .

My sincerest condolences to Joe's family. We have lost a truly lovely person. Joe was a mentor to me throughout my undergraduate years in the department, and he made a point of checking in on me throughout my graduate school days. We had kept in touch, and when I let him know I was back to teaching full time in January he was so excited and incredibly supportive and encouraging - full of offers to help put in me in touch with others in the field, potential to come back to USask to give a talk, anything. That's just how he was - an incredibly genuine, compassionate, supportive guy who gave so much of himself to everyone, especially his students. I will miss him very much.

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Blair Pisio a publié un hommage .

Laurie, Giustino, Michele and Maria - my heart breaks for you all. I had the privilege of working with Joe as his EA when he was Head of the Political Studies department. My four years working with Joe will go down as the honour of my life and of my professional career at the University of Saskatchewan. Joe was a mentor to me, and encouraged me to persevere when things got tough, challenged me in incredible ways and taught me how to listen and be collegial and respectful in all forms of communication. While we spent a significant amount of time talking departmental "business" together, Joe always made time to talk about me and my family. His ability to take an interest in an individual is one of the most endearing qualities about Joe. He would never pass judgment, and when he disagreed with you, he did so in such a way that made you love him even more.

Joe's family was the most important thing to him and I got to know you all through the countless stories that he shared with me. He was so proud of each and every one of you and would literally glow when he spoke of your accomplishments.

Joe was my mentor and I am going to miss our hallway conversations, emails and text messages. He always made time for me, even when he was in the midst of research or getting ready for one of his many elegant media calls.

My heart hurts, but I am honored to have been able to know Joe Garcea. Thank you Joe for being who you were, and for believing in me when we met 11 years ago in the Norman Ward Library. I am forever grateful to you for your mentorship and support as I navigated the early part of my career at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Mark Brown a publié un hommage .

To the family, great condolences. We have lost a great man. I had the pleasure of working with Joe on the occasional project, but the greatest impression he had on me was his kindness, generosity, sense of humor, empathy, and respect for everyone he met. Sometimes when we meet people we pause, but Joe was always a welcoming sight, a healer of humbled spirits. We have been blessed to have such a wonderful man in our world.

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Colton & Alanna Willick a publié un hommage .

Joe has truly been a dear friend. My wife and I have drawn close to him and adored his sweet, gentle presence. His kindness, humour, and humility were among some of his most endearing qualities. He will be missed dearly. Our deepest condolences to the family.

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Real a publié un hommage .

lovely looking family. I am sorry for your loss. i didnt know Joe well but thats the amazing thing. he was so excited for my new career that he gave me a big hug. i know we cant do it due to covid but i would love to give you all a big hug.

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Jim Farney a publié un hommage .

Joe was one of the kindest people in Canadian political science. Though I never took a class with him, whether in the hallway when I bumped into him was at the UofS as an undergraduate and MA student or at conferences as a PhD student and junior faculty member, his was always the friendliest and most supportive face. Those moments of encouragement really mattered to me. I know that those lucky enough to have studied with him or who knew him more closely got that encouragement in a concentrated and sustained form. Deepest condolences to his family.

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David York a publié un hommage .

Joe was a fine human being. He was a mentor and a selfless advocate for students and faculty alike. He reminded me in subtle ways that teaching was as much about compassion as it was about imparting knowledge to students. My fondest memories with Joe were shared over personal matters and often in the mailroom. I would hear him next door to my office wrestling with the copy machine and venture in to help him. We talked about loss, parenting and even grandparenting. He always had sage advice to offer and I would leave with some deeper sense of meaning about my own life. I offer my profound condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with all of us. I will fondly remember him for the rest of my life.

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Luvana Di Francesco a publié un hommage .

Dear Aunt Laurie, Giusto, Michele, Maria, we have no words to adequately express our sadness at the loss of your husband dad and grandfather. He was loved and admired by many and his memory will always be alive in our hearts. Uncle Joe was bigger than life. We will miss his smile, his intelligence, his humour, his sincere and genuine demeanor, and his presence amongst us. Our sincerest condolences and our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Joe, Luvana, Anthony

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John Biles a publié un commentaire .

Joe was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I have had the pleasure to work with during my career working on settlement and integration. His keen insight and his ability to set everyone at ease has made a profound difference to how the settlement of newcomers has evolved in Saskatchewan. Our thoughts are with his family. Thank you for sharing some of his time with us at Metropolis and also at CIC/IRCC over the years. We will miss him tremendously.

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Gordon Desbrisay a publié un hommage .

Joe brought out the best in everyone. He made us all better. I have never known anyone as dedicated to helping students as Joe was, nor anyone with a truer moral compass. My life and my career were enriched by knowing Joe, and I will miss him.

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Bohdan a publié un hommage .

Joe was a remarkable human being. He was all that we aspire to be. We are mere mortals. He walks among the angels.The race is now over. Rest well my friend. You will be forever in my heart.

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Kathy Shirkey a publié un hommage .

Prof Garcea was my favourite and challenged me to think differently and dig deeper. I valued his commentary and insight on the current political issues. His impact was far reaching and I truly value the opportunity to have known him.

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Jeff And Erin Edwards a publié un hommage .

So sad to hear of Joe’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. Our thoughts are with you Laurie and your family. Jeff and Erin Edwards

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Colleen Bell a publié un hommage .

The first time I met Joe, it was at my interview in 2013 for the faculty position in the Department of Political Studies. He called into the interview from his hospital bed so that he could participate in the collective grilling that is an in delible part of the interview process. But, of course, Joe's warmth and thoughtfulness meant that his questions were generous and fair. More importantly, the fact that he called from the hospital bed speaks to his infallible dedication to his work and the U of S.

When Joe recovered and returned to the department, I was so fortunate. He always made a point of checking in with me and providing words of encouragement to help me find my footing in a new city and job. He was kind to everyone, always. He carried more than his share of duties. He thought of the well-being of the group in all decisions. His smile was always genuine and warm. When I am faced with a dilemma I think, what would Joe do? If I go with that, I know that everything will be fine. He was a role model of compassion and humility.

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Pam Downe a publié un hommage .

Dr. Joe Garcea was the embodiment of kindness, fairness, and generosity. He was dedicated to collegiality, teaching excellence, and cultivating a respectful and warm professional environment for everyone. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will endure.

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Lavina Watts a publié un hommage .

Joe was so patient, kind and thoughtful. He had a way of explaining and solving the most difficult problems with simplicity and ease. I learned so much from working with him over many years both in the college and in the department and was proud to call him a friend. The joy and passion he had for his work was something I always admired. He always took time to share a story and a laugh. He cared for his students and his colleagues and was always there to listen and offer support and wisdom. When he spoke about his family though was when he really lit up. My sincere condolences to his family and thank you for sharing him with all of us.

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Lisa Vargo a publié un hommage .

Joe was one of those rare people who always made the day better with his smile, good humour, and caring spirit. He truly lived a life with grace and gave all to others as these moving comments attest. I feel my life is better for knowing him and the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and the province must feel the loss of an engaged and passionate person. My thoughts and sympathies are with Laurie and his family. He will be missed.

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Neil Thomlinson a publié un hommage .

I am very saddened by Joe's passing. He was on my MA committee (1991-2) at the UofS and he was helpful and kind as he challenged me to think more clearly. I later knew him as a colleague, usually seeing each other at the annual CPSA conference, in which he was usually an active participant. Joe exemplified the best of being a university professor: he was an excellent scholar and teacher, but he also served his Department, his University, his community and his profession, in many ways that touched a lot of lives. Rest in Peace Joe ... and condolences to all (especially family) whose lives were touched by this remarkable man.

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Emmy Stavøstrand Neuls a publié un hommage .

I am so sad to hear of the loss of Joe. He was truly one of a kind - no other as generous, kind and caring. I was one of the lucky students to be supported and mentored by Joe. Amazingly, I never took a class with him - but he still took me under his wing and sent me articles, books and encouraging notes. One of the highlights of working on campus would be bumping into Joe, and catching up. So grateful for the opportunity to get to know Joe, and to call him a friend. Condolences to his whole extended family, friends and community.

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Paul G. Thomas a publié un hommage .

Joe took undergraduate and graduate courses and. I served as supervisor for his MA thesis at U of M. He was an outstanding student and also a fine reflective person. We became more than professor and student; we were friends. I After years of only occasional contact, he wrote me a very kind, moving letter. My sincere condolences to all his family . In these perilous times , it will not be possible to celebrate a remarkable life in the usual ways, but know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many people whom Joseph touched.

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Martin Phillipson a publié un hommage .

I am not on Twitter so haven’t been able to respond on there.

I am deeply deeply saddened by Joe’s death. He was a kind and wonderful man as well as a brilliant scholar. He was also a great soccer player and I enjoyed many games against him as an opponent. Every time I bumped into Joe in the Arts Building we would always end up talking way too long about politics, the University, the academy, soccer etc etc.

Joe was one of those figures on a University campus that I would call irreplaceable.

I am very very sad today, the University is a far poorer place without Joe.

Martin Phillipson, Dean of Law

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Taylor Borowetz a publié un hommage .

If you knew me when I was an undergrad, I sincerely apologize. I mean that. I kind of sucked. I was a crappy student.

Despite this, there were a few people at the U of S who extended that little bit of extra care that I really, desperately, needed at the time. Joe did.

Sure, I can join the chorus of people recognizing his brilliance, because it's true. He was. But also, and maybe more important, he was generous and kind when I was so, so unsure of myself. He made my little world a little bit less cold.

He took the time, those minutes here and there that he could have been using for his important and impressive things, to encourage a shitty undergrad. To start to apply myself. And then, to study abroad. And then he was there to be proud of my very insignificant accomplishments.

I somehow assumed that, maybe once I'd done something to be proud of, that I could go back home and meet him again and tell him this. I'm reflecting on the deep desire I had, and continue to have, to make him proud of me. To tell him his extra effort meant something. But the truth is that it meant something either way.

I think you can feel it in the network of people that are brokenhearted right now. The mesh of feeling he wove around him through every seemingly small interaction. ... and the fact that I'm here, writing this, trying so hard to hold on to something.

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Scott Bell a publié un hommage .

I met Joe when I started at U of S in 2000. He was always a friendly colleague, willing to lend an ear and solid advice. He cared for our shared students in the Planning program that he chaired at the time. Over two decades we served on many committees together and when I saw his name on the list of members or saw him at the first meeting, I was buoyed. I was confident it would go well, most important, with Joe there, it wasn't going to go "off the rails." Thanks for bringing that light into my life Joe. To his family, I'm sorry for you loss.

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Kirk Clavelle a publié un hommage .

My first distinct memory of Joe was him responding to an email I sent about a paper. I sent it at 2:30 AM. He responded at 3:30...AM the same morning. He gave of himself to all that wanted it. Even when he didn't have the time. And if there was anyone who made time (out of thin air), it was Joe. In the sometime cold and uncaring world of University, Joe cared. Below is an email he sent me after congratulating him on a teaching award:

"Kirk:
Very nice to hear from you.
Believe it or not, but not surprising to me, you are the very first person to extend congratulations and good wishes.

I really appreciate your kind sentiments.
I learned a lot from you on many levels too Kirk.
Learned about how student progress, and how students can be very supportive to other students and Profs like me.

We miss you Kirk.
You had a presence and positive bond here that was appreciated and is now missed."

I hadn't seen him in two years. I would have come back to mop the floors. To see his smile when he spoke of Italy. Watch him help a generation find shared passion in government and impart his straightforward and practical wisdom.

This may seem like much to some but i value great teachers and those who give to boost others. Joe did that at all times. The world lost a gift.

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Julia Furtado a publié un hommage .

Joe was a brilliant, inspiring, thoughtful, and kind professor. Even for the short time that we worked together during my master, he was always there for us and cared deeply about all students.
I remember our welcome coffee in the fall, I had just arrived in town, so concerned about how the year was going to be... We talked a bit, laughed a lot... And he said, don't worry Julia... You'll be fine. Very simple words, but meant the world to me at that moment.
A role model to all of us, he will be dearly missed.
Condolences to his loved ones.

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Jacqueline Schoenfeld a publié un hommage .

Dr. Garcea was more than just a professor to me - he was a mentor and someone I looked up to. He cared deeply about his students and I can say with confidence, that without his support, I would not be where I am today.

Having the pleasure of being his student and working with him both as a research assistant and later as a support staff in the Department of Political Studies, Dr. Garcea taught me so much. He saw potential in me that I did not see in myself and because of that, I now find myself working at a job that I love. It is because of him that I pursued a career in the public service, and it is also why I have decided to pursue studies in Public Policy.

Dr. Garcea made such a meaningful impact on my life and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to know him. Keeping Laurie, Giustino, Michele and Maria in my thoughts.

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Winona Wheeler a publié un commentaire .

He cared when so many did not and he used his position make change happen. You will be dearly missed Joe. My deepest
Condolences to his loved ones.

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Bram Lerat a publié un hommage .

Two long months after the application period had ended for grad school, Dr. Garcea allowed me to apply and attend the University of Saskatchewan. He showed me immeasurable amounts of kindness to me in my short time there and I would not be where I am today without him. My condolences go out to his family.

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Kathy Walker a publié un hommage .

I first met Joe when I was a master's student in political studies at the University of Saskatchewan 11 years ago. One memory that stands out for me about that time is his awesome soccer skills! I had organized a soccer team to play in a local recreation league and some grad students, faculty and family from the pols department came out to play, including Joe and Michele. I couldn't believe how fast Joe was! It seems like not that long ago he was speeding around the field scoring goals. About a year ago, when I joined the department as his colleague, he was assigned as my official 'mentor.' His generosity and kindness towards me in this role were unwavering. I will definitely miss his presence on both a professional and personal level. He was truly a great friend and colleague. My condolences to his family.

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Paula Heasman a publié un hommage .

Joe welcomed us to Saskatoon in 2010 and with careful thought had organised a wonderful week. Although a very busy man he was generous with his time and spirit. He and Laurie were very hospitable. We always knew that if we contacted him for help or advice he would respond quickly and thoroughly.
We will remember him with gratitude, admiration and affection and wish his family comfort in their great loss.
Paula, Sonja, Alasdair and Astrid Heasman

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Tony a publié un hommage .

Joe was my masters advisor. Every time we met, he always was incredibly helpful and gracious. No matter how busy he was (and he was always busy) he always went out of his way to give me guidance, support, and encouragement. I cannot possibly put into words the level of respect and warmth I felt towards Joe whose knowledge seemed infinite.

I was always struck by how every student he taught or worked with shared the same experience - how incredibly likeable and generous he was to everyone at the university. I will always remember his lectures, and how from time-to-time, he'd recall fond memories about growing up in Italy. He did not shy away about talking about things that mattered to him - about the importance of citizenry - and how treating others with equality and respect was the bedrock society.

Above all, I will miss his smile, his boundless curiosity, his gentle voice and his compassion. I shall forever be in great debt for all that he gave to me. I cannot possibly express my sympathy to Joe's family for their incredible loss, but please let it be known how much your husband and father was loved and respected by so many.

Joe, I will miss you so much.

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Kalowatie Deonandan a publié un hommage .

Joe was the embodiment of humility, generosity, kindness, grace and selflessness. He was someone who cared deeply for his fellow human beings and would unhesitatingly put himself out for others if needed; indeed, I have been the recipient of his kindness on more occasions that I can count. To us, his colleagues, he was our fountain of wisdom, the person we turned to for advice and guidance.

However, what was often a source of humour was that 'Joseph the Wise' would frequently offer counsel in parables. Not wanting to cause hurt feelings with the blunt approach, he would offer gentle guidance through complex nuances that would demand some serious deciphering by the listener. In written form, this advice was represented by his complicated multicolour highlighting techniques that inevitably made one smile.

Joe brought such joy to those who knew him. He had a fantastic smile and an incredible sense of playfulness and fun. He was also a dapper dresser and, of course, he was blessed with great hair!

While Joe brought us joy, what gave him joy was his family. To all of you his dear family (immediate and extended), our heartfelt condolences on your immense loss. Kali and Raj

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Funeral for Joseph Garcea

17 novembre, 2020 à 9:30am
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