Joseph Daniel Carmichael
Following a battle with cancer, Joe Carmichael of North Bay passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife on January 10, 2022, at the age of 61. Predeceased by his parents, Ivan and Eura (Tim) Carmichael and his brother, Bill Carmichael.
He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Lorraine Peace, daughter Kait Morris, brothers Rick Carmichael (Laurie), Eathel Carmichael (Bev), Tim Carmichael (MaryBeth), Randy Carmichael, Scott Carmichael, Mark Carmichael (Angie), and sister Mary Jane Carmichael-Dunphy (Tony), nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and so many friends. Joe had his family’s back until the end, and his family will continue to have Lorraine’s as, in the words of their father, “Once you are family, you are family and we protect our own; always.”
Born in North Bay in February 1960, Joe spent most of his time in the area, despite a dislike for the cold. Even though he wasn’t much fond of it, the weather never stopped him from tearing up the ice. He was always the first to test the ice in his childhood backyard, the phrase: “Joe got a soaker!” meant that the ice was still too thin. If he came back with dry boots, everyone knew it was safe to get out there.
Joe was a bit of a precocious farm boy, early to rise, but not so early to bed. While he had many partners in crime, you know who you are, but none quite so notable as his dear friend Steve Degagne. Though their recent shenanigans didn’t extend much beyond the xbox, that didn’t stop them from reminiscing about their past exploits.
Some of his daughter Kait’s best memories took place on the water or early in the morning. Sometimes both! Having defeated her first dock spider at 4am while camping, they celebrated out on the lake; where she needed his help to reel in her first monster fish. Mom (Lorraine) got to sleep in that day.
When spending time with Joe you often spent it in a comfortable silence, though his regular stoicism certainly didn’t hold up if he had something to say. He could fill a silence when he wanted to, whether that was by diplomatically sharing his opinions, rattling about to wake up children who dared sleep in on Christmas, or presenting us with an upside down cake and his Gollum impression after an evening around the bonfire.
Joe will be missed by everyone who knew him, but most especially by Marc Pouliot and Kyle Durette, who he thought of and loved like sons. Often fondly called Smokin’ Joe, Sunshine Joe, or and Grumpy Joe, his stoicism, straight face, and attitude was hard to take seriously after you saw him cuddling his tiny lap-dog, Jade. Joe was known to be an exceptionally hard worker and an outstanding welder. He was a role model and mentor for many who had the privilege of working with him during his many years at Motion Industries.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to be made to Nipissing Serenity Hospice. Joe was generous to the end, and gave to the Trillium Gift of Life. Please consider signing a donation card, if this is the right decision for you.