On behalf of the staff of LCVI, I would like to express the utmost sympathy to Joel and Melissa's families. Joel was a cherished Educational Assistant who worked as a critical member of our staff. It is hard to put into words what a wonderful human being Joel was, because it sounds so cliche. But Joel was truly the most selfless, caring and dedicated person you could ever hope to have on your staff. We constantly talked about how lucky we were to have such an amazing person on our team. It was obvious that he was just as amazing in his personal life as husband and father.
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of such a wonderful husband, father and human being. Joel will remain in the hearts and minds of many in the LCVI community.
I worked with Joel at LCVI and I know that he will be dearly missed by both staff and students. He was a gem. A truly genuine and beautiful soul. I am going to miss his calm presence at school. I am also going to miss his easygoing sense of humour. Joel Pickering: what a guy! I won’t forget ya, Joel! My very sincere condolences to Melissa and Theo, as well as Joel’s entire family. Take good care of each other and know that Joel has a positive impact on many. He was a good one.
Our next door neighbour: we watched you grow from such a fun loving little boy to a caring young man - son, brother, husband and father. You shall be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to Jane, Harold, Eric and all the family.
- from Debby Fanning and Linda Dunlop
My deepest condolences to Joel’s family and friends on his sudden passing. I am shocked and saddened by the news. I will remember Joel fondly from our times growing up together in Kingston. We used to gather to play hockey in the driveway and then later Michael’s backyard rink at the Flavin’s house. We would all pick an NHL superstar to pretend to be. I remember Joel would pick Alexei Yashin of the Ottawa Senators to emulate. When the parents weren’t looking on, we’d switch the game to “full body contact” and chaos would ensue.
In high school, Joel was a dreaded defender to go up against in the KCVI-Regi clashes. I remember vividly him once launching a clearance that would have likely carried the whole the length of the field had it not caught me in the nether region two yards in front of him. Needless, to say I was happy when he once again became a Men’s league teammate rather than an opponent.
May his memory and kindness live on in all those whom he has touched.
I am deeply saddened by your loss and although I didn't teach Joel, I remember him coming to the door of the classroom to pick up Eric. I have heard all about Theo from Eric whom I see regularly. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this excruciatingly difficult time. Love from Mrs. Morrow
Joel worked with my son David at BSS. Joel was able to connect with David like no other EA has
He just got David. David grew a beard like Joels. Joel was consistent ,caring , solid . I had such respect for the way he worked with David . Working with special needs young adults is tough . Joel found away to be part of Davids world
Joel will always have a very special place in our hearts.
Our love , thoughts and prayers go to his family
We lived up the street from Joel and his family. Although I moved away long ago, I still remember fondly Joel and Eric riding bikes up and down the road, joining in on street hockey and always running around with a soccer ball tucked under his arm.
My deep condolences to all the friends and family.
I had the pleasure of working with Joel for many summers at The City of Kingston Day Camps. I really got to know him well during the two summers when we were both Camp Supervisors for our respective camps (Sports Camp for him and Theatre Camp for myself). We shared many laughs together at staff meetings and of course at the many famous staff socials. Of the many good times, we had, there is one that really comes to mind.
Joel told a story of one smaller camper, who was wearing a jean jacket one day, that came up to him and started talking to him. Joel could not get over how much this kid loved the jean jacket that and how much he bragged about it. Joel thought it was one of the most adorable things he had ever seen. So much so that this camper inspired him to go out and buy his own jean jacket so the two of them could be JEAN JACKET BUDDIES. Joel also loved reenacting the conversations he had with this camper. It got to the point where reenactments of those conversations became the running “inside joke” of the summer.
My heart breaks for Melissa, Theo and his whole family. I hope they can find comfort in this emotional time. Rest in peace, old friend.
I had the privilege of getting to know Joel as one of his coaches for the K.C.V.I. soccer team. I fondly remember Joel for his love of the game and as one of the leaders on the team. He was well liked by his teammates.
I am deeply saddened by Joel’s passing and extend to his family my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.