Merkas, Joseph (Josef) Jakov

Joseph passed away Friday April 21, 2023 at Health Sciences North with family by his side.

Joseph was born in Zagreb, Croatia and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in the 1950’s.  He worked varying jobs, finally settling in Sudbury, where he worked as a miner at INCO until a workplace accident resulted in a change of career. Joseph started his own business in aluminum siding and eventually progressed to general contracting which he successfully operated for many years. 

Joseph is father to 5 children and stepfather to 5 more from his second marriage. He is predeceased by his parents Slavko and Hannah, wife Pierrette, brother Walter, stepson Marcel, and stepdaughter Celeste. He is survived by his sister-in-law Doreen, sister-in-law Claire (Rick), son Joseph (Sheryl), daughters Tina, Shirley (Paul), Sandra (Jim), and Jennifer (Greg), stepsons Robert, Jean Guy, and Marco (Gloria), and many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. 

Joe loved spending much of his time in Biscotasing, hunting moose and fishing, which spanned over many years.  He also spent many years hunting deer on Manitoulin Island, where he shared a hunting camp.  Joe loved large gatherings with family and friends and was known to play a competitive game of cribbage.

Joseph will be missed and remembered by many.

As per Joe’s wishes, there was no viewing or service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


2 Condolences

  1. I knew Joe and Pierette well. They came to our camp in Bisco and eventually bought one of their own! Joe worked and hunted with my Dad..Al Sinclair. He was a good man!

    By: Laura Hynes ( Sinclair )
    May 25, 2023
  2. Our sincere condolences to Jos’s family and friends. He was such a warm, friendly and welcoming person. So very sad to learn of his passing.
    Rest in peace Jos..❤️🦋

    By: Diane and Allan Rogers
    May 23, 2023

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