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Joseph R. "Joe" Allain


Joseph R. "Joe" Allain
Joseph R. "Joe" Allain

The family of Joseph Robert "Joe" Allain is saddened to announce his passing on October 31, 2019, at age 94, following a brief illness. He was a resident of the War Veterans Health Care Centre in Moncton. Born on September 1, 1925 in Moncton, he was the son of the late Rubin and Annie (Richard) Allain.

He attended local schools, and, following his 18th birthday in 1943, enlisted in the Royal Navy, trained in Saint John, and was deployed overseas where he joined the 803 Naval Air Squadron. He served as an aircraft mechanic on his favorite aircraft, the Supermarine Seafire.

Upon his return to Canada, Joe was commissioned a Second Lieutenant with the 64th Anti-Aircraft Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery (Reserves). In 1947. While donating blood at the Hôtel Dieu Hospital in Moncton, Joe met a nurse, Anna Hanusiak. Little did either know that this chance meeting would blossom into a 67-year marriage that ended only with Anna’s passing in June 2019. 

Joe’s interest in higher learning prompted him to pursue and earn a diploma in higher accountancy from LaSalle University in Chicago. He later joined the Federal Unemployment Insurance Commission and worked in various locations throughout New Brunswick. At the time of his retirement in 1980 after a 35-year career, he was the Acting Director General, Fraud Detection with the Employment Insurance Commission at National Headquarters in Ottawa. 

He was very dedicated to his family, enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage in Cassie Cape which he designed and built, salmon fishing on the Miramichi and Restigouche Rivers, travelling with Anna, and attending AHL hockey games at the Moncton Coliseum. He was particularly adept at woodworking and building intricate model sailing ships. 

Joe will be greatly missed by his three sons: Robert (Etta) of Dieppe, John (Francine) of Moncton, and Daniel (Angela) of Riverview; grandchildren: Monique of Ottawa, ON, Sylvie of Montreal, QC, Emilie of Moncton, Ryan of Kingston, ON, and Michael of Halifax, NS; a special great-grandson, Camden.; two sisters: Eva of Moncton and Yvette (Norman) of Saint John, as well as several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. 

Besides his wife, he was predeceased by six brothers: Valmont and Yvon who both passed away very young, as well as Royal, Neri, Laurie, and Yvon. 

The family is very grateful for the wonderful care Joe received from the health care providers at the War Veterans Health Centre, and from Dr. Guy LeBlanc and Dr. Gordon Dow of the Moncton Hospital. 

An evening visitation will take place at Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, 88 Church Street, Moncton (858-1900) on Sunday, November 3 from 7 to 9 pm only. The veterans will hold a service of remembrance at the funeral centre on Sunday at 7 pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, 43 Botsford Street, Moncton on Monday, November 4 at 11 am. Interment will be in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Dieppe. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 6., 100 War Veterans Avenue, Moncton, NB  E1C 0B3, or to an organization of choice.


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