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Joseph Buttigieg

August 10, 1939

Joseph Buttigieg Obituary

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Joe Buttigieg:  brother, husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. 

On the morning of November 24th, 2023, in the comfort of their home, where he wanted to be, he passed away in the loving arms of his wife of 57 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved children:  Miriam (John), Sharon (Andreas), Patricia (Maciej).  His precious grandchildren:  Jordan (Esther), Corina, Logan, Matteya (Patryk), Teigen and Sophia.

Joe was predeceased his parents, Mikieli and Gherita (Mizze), brother Salvu (Guza), sister Mary (Charlie), Chikku (Julina), brother Carmnu (Maria), brother Fred (Anne), sister Stella-died as an infant (18 months old).  As well numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends spanning the globe in Malta, Australia, USA and Canada.

Dad and Mom are the heart of our family.  It was always Joe and Rose or Mom and Dad or Nanna and Nannu; it was never one without the other.

Their love story is so very special and unique. It all began when Joe, a young boy of 5 years old went to his neighbor’s house to meet the new baby girl Rose Attard. He carried her in his arms that day unknowingly that they would share their hopes and dreams and life together.  Their parents had hopes that one day the two families would be united together, because of the love and respect they had for each other. At the tender age of 10, Joe’s family had a terrible tragedy.   There was a collision of two ships off the north-east British coast where they lost their father (Mikieli) and uncle (Karmnu).  As the eldest of the family, Joe with help from Rose’s family had to take care of his mother, 4 brothers and one sister, with the youngest being only 1 year old.  They kept their home, and land to make sure they had food on their table.

When Dad’s family were taken care of and grown up, he decided to move.  He first applied to go to Australia, however circumstances were against him and the opportunity to move to Canada presented itself.  At the age of 20 he moved to Toronto, Canada.  He was very excited to start a new life, however he had wanted to keep a bit of his home with him and that was through Rose.  They wrote to each other often in hopes they would reunite and start a life together more than just friends and neighbors. 

Rose’s parents, as much as they wanted the families to be bonded together, didn't want their daughter to move away.  Her mother courageously let her daughter leave without her father’s consent knowing that she would have a great life with Joe.  Joe nervously sold his blue 1957 Chevy before she met him in Toronto, on March 11 of 1966 to help pay for the wedding and to show that he's leaving his single life behind. They were married on April 16, 1966.  Although their parents were back home in Malta, with a few of their brothers and sister in attendance of their wedding. 

One year later to the day, on their first anniversary, they had a beautiful gift, their first-born, Miriam.  To Joe and Rose, Miriam was their “doll” since they were so young with very little experience, they did their best. 

4 years later they had another beautiful daughter, Sharon.  She was his shadow, better known as his “boy”. 

They then moved their family to Winnipeg, and 8 years later they had their third and final beautiful daughter, the baby of the family, Patricia.

Even though Dad lost his father at a young age, he raised his three girls to the best of his ability. 

The family that Dad and Mom started, grew into 3 son-in- laws and 6 beautiful grandchildren.  When their family grew, he held his arms open wide and accepted our choices.  He had a very special bond with each & every one of them.  When all of the grandchildren were born, both mom and dad were waiting at the hospital in anticipation for each of their births.  He took immense pride in how his family was growing.

Dad and Mom took pride in their house and raised their children without any nearby family support.  Dad worked for CP Rail for over 30 years with part-time evening jobs to make sure his family had everything they needed. Everyone who met Dad knew he was small in stature but had an enormous sense of humor with a heart of gold. He never wanted anyone to fuss over him or show any pain or discomfort.  When we would ask, he would always say "It's ok". 

No matter how hard thing’s were towards the end, with Dad’s failing health, mom’s unwavering love for him gave her unbelievable strength to continue to take care of him in their home where he wanted to be.  She truly believed in their wedding vows:  In sickness and in health till death due them part, she kept her promise she made to him those many years ago. 

Their love was one of a kind.

A Lifetime.

We will miss his smile, his contagious laughter and his funny sounds he would do to make us laugh and to lighten the mood.  He was always trying to crack jokes to make us laugh.  The grandkids will miss the horse back rides on his back and the mustache that was his signature that tickled our faces.

We are so grateful for all the wonderful memories.

Dad’s funeral will be held on Friday December 8th, 2023, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 2400 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. at 7pm with Father Eric officiating.

Viewing at service with cremation to follow.

After mass, we would love for you all to gather with us in the lower level of the church to celebrate dad’s life.

 

We will miss you and love you, you will live in our hearts always and forever. 

 

 

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Funeral Service
Friday
December 8, 2023

7:00 PM
St. Paul the Apostle Parish
2400 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3J 0M8

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