Mr.Pickering was my soccer coach for a very brief, yet very impactful time. My first year after a four year break from soccer, Mr.Pickering was there to build up my courage, confidence and skills and I could not be more thankful. I know the team would agree that he pushed us to do our absolute best, and when our best wasn’t good enough, he still stayed positive and was proud of us for trying. Mr.Pickering cared about our wellbeing more than anything, and that’s what made him a good coach.
His relationship with any of the students he interacted with was heartwarming. He cared. And that’s what made him such an amazing EA/coach.
Mr.Pickering will forever be missed by absolutely anyone who had the pleasure to know him.
In the early '90s I was at a folk festival where Jane (Joel's mum) and Tim Soper were performing with their puppet troupe. Jane gave me Joel's name badge because I didn't have one and Joel was just a baby. I probably still have that badge. It was always nice to run into Joel in later years but the memory of him being a baby at the festival stays with me.
Sending our heartfelt condolences to all of Joel's family at this very difficult time.
Though words cannot lessen the heartbreak of your sudden loss, please know that you have the love and support of many friends to help sustain you through this anguish. May the many treasured memories you share of Joel help to console you.
Rest assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The O'Donnell Family
Trying to find the words in a time like this is very difficult. I did not know Joel extremely well, but I will never forget his smile every time we passed in the halls of LCVI. His contribution to our school community cannot be denied - we will definitely miss him. His passing leaves a hole that will be impossible to fill. My heart breaks for his family; my sincerest condolences to you all. May your memories of him help you to get you through this impossibly difficult time.
Joel was truly a lovely human being.
His patience and kindness was an inspiration to us all at LCVI.
Joel was an outstanding role model for all our students and he will be missed by all of us at LC.
Joel, you will always be in our Lancer Hearts 💚💛