MERRIMAN, Joseph Walter
(September 6, 1941 - August 5, 2019)
Joseph Walter Merriman of Regina, SK, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the age of 77 years. Predeceased by his parents Horace Merriman and Nina Bagg; brothers-in-law, William Skrypnyk; Clarence Bagg, Emil Chalupiak, and Casimir Petaski. Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Doris; son Lee (Sandy) Merriman of Emerald Park, SK; son David (Celine) Merriman of Regina, SK; grandchildren, Alisha, Mason, Jenny, Chris (Summer), and Michael (Tara); great grandchildren, Kaliesta and Haven; sister Grace Chalupiak of Regina, SK; sister Elaine Bagg of Minnedosa, MB; sister Maybelle (David) Owen of Wynyard, SK; sister-in-law Betty Skrypnyk of Lockport, MB; sister-in-law Mary Petaski of Lockport, MB; brother-in-law Walter (Helen) Skrypnyk of Selkirk, MB; Don Skrypnyk of Surrey, BC; numerous nieces and nephews; and special nephew Roy Bagg of Abbotsford, BC.
Joseph was the 3rd of 4 children born to Horace and Nina Merriman in Yorkton, SK. Living on a small farm in Springside, SK, the untimely death of Horace in 1949 meant Nina raised Joe and his three sisters to work hard and play hard. When not in school or tending to chores, the ball diamond across the road in Springside provided the venue of sport for Joe to challenge his competitive nature. Upon receiving his grade 12 diploma, Joe commenced employment with the Bank of Montreal taking him from Yorkton, SK to Winnipeg, MB, to Selkirk, MB where a co-worker, Doris Skrypnyk took a fancy to him and they were wed on November 9, 1963. Together, Joe and Doris raised two sons, Lee and David, as the Bank took them to Beausejour, MB and on to Wynyard, SK.
Joseph began his studies to be a Registered Industrial Accountant (RIA) (grand-fathered in to Certified Management Accountants (CMA) in 2004 and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in 2014) in Springside, SK while working at a family business in road construction and Mid Canada Plastics in Melville. When his studies were complete, in 1972 Joseph acquired employment with the Canada Revenue Agency in Regina, SK, from which he would eventually retire 30 years later. The CRA transferred Joe to Winnipeg, MB for the opening of the Regional Taxation Office from 1975 to 1978 before transferring back to Regina in 1978 where Joe and Doris built the home they continue to live in to this very day. All through those family years, Joe could often be found assistant coaching either Lee and/or David in hockey and/or ball and vacations that often involved camping and nature.
Joseph’s retirement in 2002 allowed him to enjoy ball, curling, cross country skiing, and tennis. Sundays, from the early 90s until he got sick in 2017, Joe could be found at Westhill Park Baptist Church greeting all arrivals at the West door. A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at Westhill Park Baptist Church, 8025 Sherwood Dr, Regina, SK on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The service will be officiated by Pastor David Simpson. A luncheon will follow the service at Westhill Park Baptist Church. In memory of Joseph, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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