Obituary of Joseph A. Montgomery
9 December 1922 – 20 April 2022
The song “I Did It My Way” was the anthem of Joe’s life.
He was passionate about fishing, fascinated with collecting rare Canadian stamps and dedicated to his career of bringing manufacturing businesses to the Niagara Region, Ontario and Canada.
This aspect of his life sent him to Europe, particularly Germany, many times with successful results. He was a pioneer in the profession now known as economic development.
He mentored many in this profession over the years and was a lifelong member and founding director of the Economic Development Council of Ontario and the Economic Development Association of Canada. He won the award of Economic Developer of the Year.
He taught fly tying and introduced fly fishing to many. At one time he held a world record for fresh water salmon and records for casting distances. He was a supporter of the St. Catharines Game and Fish Club and ran a salmon charter boat for years in Lake Ontario. Introducing fishing to young people gave him immense joy.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; children Randal, Susan and Marc; grandchildren, Sophie, David and Ariel; half sister, Sue Montgomery and fishing sons Manfred, Patrick and Kao.
Eternal thanks to Joe’s angels: Dora, Becky, Darlean, Samantha, Felicia and Rebecca.
A celebration of life will take place in mid-June.
I've finished life's chores assigned to me.
So put me on a boat headed out to sea.
Please send along my fishing pole
For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.
Where every day is a day to fish,
To fill your heart with every wish.
Don't worry, or feel sad for me,
I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.
We will miss each other for a while,
But you will come and bring your smile.
That won't be long you will see,
Till we're together, you and me.
To all of those who think of me,
Be happy as I go out to sea.
If other's wonder why I'm missin'
Just tell'em I've gone fisnin'.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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