Joe Lavers


Lavers- It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph “Joe” Lavers on Sunday January 22, 2023 at the age of 67years. He was predeceased by Colleen, his loving wife of 37 years in 2014. Father to Jon (Diana) Lavers and Katie Lavers (William McLeod). Proud Puppa to Elisha, Ryan and Cali. Special adopted father to Nicola McNally. Partner to Ellen van Dinther. Brother to Carolynn Lavers. He was predeceased by sister-in-laws Maureen Sim and Bernadette Thompson and brother-in-law JB Billick. Brother-in-law to Dave Thompson, Lonnie Thompson, Richard Sim, Mary Beth Billick and Rob (Mitch) Thompson. Joe was a loved uncle to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Joe dedicated much of his time to coaching and volunteering with baseball, from minor ball with the Corunna Giants to senior ball with the Courtright Cardinals. He loved being able to share his passion and knowledge to all of those he coached. Joe has been an active member with the Mooretown Flags organization for many years. Joe and Colleen loved to travel with their best friends Gord and Gloria Grieve and was able to carry on this tradition with Ellen. Joe had a long and accomplished career with NOVA. Everyone that knew Joe loved him for his big heart and laugh. Joe was a strong man and overcame many obstacles, especially later in life. Joe was known for his love of the Chicago Blackhawks and red wine. The family would like to thank Dr. Howsen-Jan from the London Cancer Clinic and nurse Tanya for many years of great care and the amazing nurses and doctors in the ICU at Bluewater Health for his recent care. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday with Gabrielle Heidinger officiating. Cremation has already taken place and a private interment service will be held in Moore-Union Cemetery, Mooretown at a later date. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

Wednesday January 25, 2023 from 4-7 p.m.


St. Joseph's Hospice, Sarnia

Funeral Date

Thursday January 26, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. from the Knight Funeral Home Chapel

67 thoughts on “Joe Lavers”

  1. Greg & Shelley Broadley

    Our sincerest condolences to Jon, Katie and families. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    1. My deepest sympathy for your loss we worked for years union carbide /Nova we all use to have so much fun you surely will be missed ♥️♥️♥️♥️

      With love
      Corinne kinsman and Jerry kinsman

  2. Tim and Penny Parker

    Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Joe will be greatly missed and he will fondly be remembered by all. Joe fought the good fight, he finished the race and is now onto bigger and better things. We love you Joe, rest in peace friend. Tim and Penny XOXO

  3. Brian, Angie and Tracy Broadley

    Our sincere condolences to Jon, Katie, Carolynn and the rest of Joe’s extended family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    1. Joe & Margaret Devlin

      Our sincere condolences to Jon, Katie, and the rest of Joe’s extended family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
      I work with Joe for a long long time and Will remember him fondly, Joe and others helped me adapt to life and work in Canada as a young family from Scotland and we always had a special bond between us.
      Rip Joe

  4. Jeff and Kendra Broadley

    Deepest sympathy to Jon, Katie, Carolyn, and their families. We have fond memories of Joe. He was a good man who will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Jeff and Kendra

  5. Our deepest condolences to Jon , Katie , Carolyn and their families. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers always.
    Joey was a really good guy. Love Ian and Donna

  6. Our hearts are broken for Jon, Dianna, Katie and Will, Ellen and all the family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Cathy and Greg

  7. Brian and Milly Helps

    Jon, Di and family, our sincere condolences with the loss of your father / grandfather. May your memories help you through these difficult times.
    Brian and Milly Helps

  8. Hugh and Pauline Devin

    Our sincere condolences to Jon, Dianna, Katie, Will, Ellen and all of the family.
    I know you will cherish the great memories. I had the pleasure of working with both Joe and Colleen at NOVA and you could not meet and work with any nicer committed people. We share in your sorrow , and wish all the best and strength during this difficult period.

    Hugh and Pauline Devin

  9. Steve and Kari and family

    Our deepest sympathies Jon and family, Katie and family and Ellen. Joe was such an amazing man with the biggest heart. We will miss him dearly and will remember him always.

  10. Mary and Steve Walker

    Our deepest sympathies to Jon, Katie and families.
    Joe will certainly be missed ; he was a one of a kind great guy.
    Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  11. Just read the sad notice off Joe’s passing and obituary. My condolence to all off Joe’s family members and prayers as well. I knew Joe from the Nova-Moore site THE GOOD DIE YOUNG ! Tony Chervinsky.

  12. Words seem so inadequate to express one’s sincerest condolences for your loss .

    Joe was a great guy . His community involvement benefited so many .

    Paul Chevalier

  13. Our sincerest condolences to Joe’s family.I have fond memories of working with Joe at Union Carbide/Nova and he was a great friend.Love,Tom and Marg

  14. Heather and Bob West

    Bob and I knew Joe and Colleen from Nova get togethers and Christmas dances. We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing and sending heartfelt condolences to your family. They were both wonderful people and gone too soon.

  15. Saddened to hear of Joes passing. His contribution’s to the community showed the true great man Joe was. My memories go back 40 years, heart of gold, love to laugh and we have all lost a great friend. Be at peace Joe. Cooky

  16. My sincere condolences to the Lavers family. My Dad and I had the pleasure of knowing Joe through the Mooretown Flags. He will be missed by many. RIP

  17. My deepest condolences to Jon and family, Katie and family, and Ellen. Joe was a great man, with a huge heart, and will be missed.

  18. Steve and Jeryl-Anne Churchill

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. May you find peace, comfort and courage in the days ahead.

  19. Deepest sympathy to the Lavers Family.
    It is with heavy hearts, We the entire Rodrigues Family grieve with you.
    Growing up with Jon being Friends since We were little boys. I have the pleasure to have known Joe quite a long time!
    And also a little later down the road both our Fathers would become Great Friends!

  20. Pat & Cindy Brown

    Ellen, our sincere sympathy to you and the Lavers family. We were saddened to learn of Joe’s passing, he will truly be missed.

  21. Marcel & Brenda Levasseur

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, my deepest condolences to his family. Joe was always smiling, and great to be with, and he always could fill you in with info, on what seemed like anything. He will surely be missed by everyone who knew him. RIP Joe.

  22. My condolences to Jon and Katie, I remember when you were kids and I babysat the two of you, always remember your mom too. Sorry for the loss of your dad and condolences 💐 to all your family..

  23. Sandi & Dan Young

    Our deepest sympathies to Ellen and the Lavers families. I have lots of fond memories of working with Joe and the gang in HDPE/LDPE in earlier NOVA days. We were all like family. RIP Joe.

  24. Ralph & Greta Getty

    Sad news indeed. We were both co-workers and friends of Joe’s for many years and have nothing but the fondest memories of him. Great guy to work with and always enjoyed our recreation times together playing hockey, football, golf, super bowl parties and attending company events. May he rest in peace.
    Our most sincerest of condolences to Joe’s loved ones.

  25. I was so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I never met Joe personally, but he was felt through the stories that Ellen would tell during our working day. He touched many lives and will be missed. My condolences to Ellen and all of Joes family.

  26. Bob Clingersmith

    Condolences to the Laver family for your loss.
    A lot of years with Joe at Nova and he coached our work hockey team as well.
    He will be missed .
    Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.
    Bob and Brenda Clingersmith

  27. Our condolences to the loved ones of Joe. I worked with Joe at Nova, as did my Father and Brother. A big personality and bigger smile. He will be missed.
    Doug and Tisha Prong and family.

  28. Jody and Sandy Dennis

    Extremely sadden to learn of Joe’s passing, he was a good man who gave a lot to the community over the years and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Jon, Katie, Ellen and the entire family during this difficult time.

  29. Jon and Katie, I am so very sorry to hear you’ve lost your Dad. I worked with him and your Mom at Nova, and Joe coached my kids in ball. Both your parents were so much fun, while committed to giving their all to you kids, and to their careers. I haven’t seen Joe in a long time, but I think of him often. He helped me a great deal in my time at Nova, and was one of my favourite people there. I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m happy you had him for the time you did. Rest well, Joe.
    Jenny Davis

  30. Our deepest condolences to Jon Katie and your families. Please know that you are in our thoughts at this sad and difficult time..

  31. I met joe through the mooretown flags as was brought on as his assistant while he was the GM of the flags. Joe and I became friends as he taught me everything about being a GM and how things get done! I will miss the laughs we had together and will always remember and appreciate everything you taught me. The flags will miss your presence. Not just as a hockey guy. But as a FRIEND first.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Thanks joe
    You will be missed

  32. Bruce & Ruthann Aberhart

    Sending our deepest sympathies to all at this very sad time, Joe will be very sadly missed by many.
    Bruce & Ruthann Aberhart

  33. Bill and Betty Watson

    We met Joe through Lonnie and Bernadette Thompson when we moved into our home two doors down from them. He was such a friendly man and instantly likeable. We send heartfelt condolences to his family and pray that you will find strength, peace and comfort as you mourn this wonderful man. His presence in our community will be greatly missed.

  34. My most sincere, deepest condolences to Ellen, Jon and family, Katie and family. Joe was a great man, with a huge heart, and always had a smile whenever I seen him. He will be missed by so many.

  35. Joe will truly be missed had the pleasure to work with Joe plus associated with the Flags organization. Rest in peace. Pam Bettridge and Wayne Archer

  36. Jon, Diana, Katie, Will, Ellen and families: We want to extend our sympathies during this time of deepest sorrow. Joe certainly had a profound impact on a lot of lives. He will be missed. Doug Melton and Family

  37. Ian and Wendy LeConte

    Our sincere condolences to Joe’s family on his passing. I enjoyed the many years as a coworker at Union Carbide and Nova, and have fond memories when he played for and coached our hockey team. It was nice to reconnect in our retirement years through seniors 2 pitch. You will be greatly missed Joe, RIP friend.

  38. My condolences to the family and friends.
    I played two pitch with Joe. He truly loved to play the game.
    He loved just as much or more the socializing at Chuck’s after the game.
    Nothing wrong with that!

  39. Arnold Vanderhelm

    Our sincere condolences to Jon and Family and Katie and Family.
    I have fond memories of working with Joe at the Moore plant and the associated travel.
    He will surely be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jo rest in peace.
    Arnold and Tinie Vanderhelm

  40. Bob & Bonnie Lumley

    To Joe’s Family. We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.
    We have so many good memories of good times when we were involved, with Joe,
    in Corunna Minor Athletics Association and Corunna Baseball in general.
    RIP ole friend.
    Bob & Bonnie Lumley

  41. It is with a broken heart to learn of Joe’s passing today. He was a great guy and will be missed by so many.
    My sincere condolences to Jon and Katie and families.

  42. Vince and Mary Whelpley

    Our sincerest condolences to
    Jon,Katie and families. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Joe will be greatly missed

  43. Jon, Diana, Katie, Will, Ellen and families – Deepest sympathies. Joe will be greatly missed. I fondly remember his sense of humour, kind heart and inclusiveness…..even to a pain in the butt younger cousin

  44. catherine cornish

    Dear Katie and family,
    So sorry for the loss of your dear Dad. We are thinking of you,
    Cathy and Mickey Cataford

  45. Jon,Katie and families, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Joe for his smile, his sense of humour and his generous and kind spirit. It is a great loss, and the world is a lesser place without him in it.

  46. Our Sincerest Condolences to the families and dearest friends of Joe Lavers.
    May you find peace and comfort knowing that “JOE” was one of a kind and a great friend to so many.
    Gerry and Carol MacPherson

  47. Dear Jon and Diana, Elisha and Ryan , Katie, Will and Baby Cali and Ellen. I am extremely saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. Joe’ s love for you all shone through in every conversation. Joe fought the hard fight and his determination and strength throughout his battle was an inspiration to all. I will miss my neighbor and friend as will everyone in the Condo. Sending my love to you all.
    Cathy Van Praet

  48. Jon, Katie and family, I’m sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. It was a great pleasure and honour coaching baseball with Joe and having him as a good friend. We had a lot of success and laughs with a great group of kids. He was always positive and the kids looked up to him. I will cherish the talks and memories that we shared. Today i’ll raise a glass to remember a lot of good times. Cheers Joe.

  49. Doug & Sharon Wolfe

    To all of Joe’s families,
    Our Caring Sympathy for your loss of Joe. May all your special memories guide you through these difficult days.
    Wish you Peace and Comfort in the days ahead.

    Doug & Sharon Wolfe

  50. Katie,Will and baby Cali…I am so sorry to hear the passing of your great dad. I know how close you were Katie and I’m sure he will be deeply missed . He was a wonderful inspiration for the Mooretown hockey team. I’m sure your Mom was happy to reunite as they watch over yours and Jon ‘s family . My heart breaks for you at this difficult time. Hugs Katie

  51. From his Bioadvance family Valery and Lisa, we are sorry for your loss. He was truly a genuine gem. He will be remembered fondly.

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