Harmer, Ian Albert 'Joe'

Joe Harmer of Thornbury passed away peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound, ON on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the age of 63.

Born in Meaford on September 10, 1957, Joe was the son of the late Albert and Irene (nee Lavers) Harmer.

Joe was the much loved brother of Garry Lougheed and his wife Velma of Duncan. He will be remembered as the proud ‘Uncle Joe’ of Angie Cain (Brent) and Tammy Barrett (Grant).  Joe spent many years working alongside his good friend Steve Staveley at his shop in Heathcote.  He loved working on vehicles of all shapes and sizes and enjoyed working for many years at Longs Garage in Thornbury. Joe was well known to many in the Thornbury area as the kind and patient gentle giant with a friendly and welcoming smile.

A celebration of Joe’s life will take place at a later date when friends and family are able to gather safely. Cremation has taken place and Joe’s cremated remains will be interred at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery with his parents.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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A celebration of Joe’s life will take place at a later date when friends and family are able to gather safely.

Donations: Diabetes Association
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Murray & Ilene Stephens
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Garry, Velma and family,

    We extentd our deepest sympathy to you at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ilene & Murray.

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  2. Shirley Fawcett
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Joe will be missed. He had such a great sense of humour and loved to laugh. He always tried to help out when he could. He was like a “gentle giant”. When I worked at Jet Variety/Marilyn’s Variety in Thornbury, you could always count on him to have a smile on his face and have something funny to say and I remember that laugh of his. My deepest sympathy is with your family at this time.

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  3. Sharon & Dalt Fisher
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Garry & Vel and families
    Sharon & Dalt

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  4. Gwen Hutchinson
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Garry, Velma and family,

    We are thinking of you and we will all miss Ian. I especially remember him as a little boy who took such delight in “terrorizing us all” when we got together for family dinners and celebrations! I still laugh when remembering these occasions. He was so special in so many ways, a boy who grew up to be such a loving and gentle person and will not be forgotten.
    Sincere love and condolences from all our family.

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  5. Dennis Rice
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Joe passing. Had many a good laugh while we worked together at Skippen Transport and trips together to the races. You will miss him Garry and Velma.

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  6. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Dear Gary, Velma & Family

    We are saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. We always had a great chit chat when we ran into each other in the grocery store. This kind and gentle guy will be missed by many. Sending condolences to all of you.

    Sandra & Randy Pyatt

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  7. Allan Pilon
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Joe passing. When I had the body shop in Thornbury Big Joe would always be dropping in for visits or just giving a hand to anyone who needed it. He would always bring his sense of humor. I enjoyed the bike rides that we would venture on. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Big Joe.

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  8. Linda Hutchinson
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Gary, Velma and families,
    Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, a great sense of humour, caring, giving, ‘all of the above’. Deepest condolences, thinking of you all.
    Linda, Richard and Michael Hutchinson

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  9. Carol Kollen and family
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Garry and Velma and family sorry for your loss

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  10. Eleanor
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was definitely a gentle giant who always had time to chat when you met him.

    Herb and Eleanor Gardner

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  11. Stephanie Sheridan
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Gary,Velma,Angie,Tammy and families
    We were saddened to hear that Joe has passed.As I went all through school with Joe I have many laughable memories and over the years in the community.He was definitely a gentle giant.R.I.P. Joe
    Tom and Stephanie Sheridan

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  12. Arlene Osborne
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Garry, Velma and family
    Joe played a big role in the community. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to you.
    Arlene

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  13. Rick Sheridan
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    Garry and Velma and family. Sending our condolences at this sad time. Joe will be missed in the community.

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  14. SHELLY AND DAN HARRISON & FAMILY
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing
    He will be missed in a lot of ways from his orange Volvo, for having your back when needed, fixing bikes, to cars and just being Joe.
    Shelly and Dan Harrison and Boys

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  15. Glen & Alison McGuire
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Garry and Velma, we’re so sorry for your loss. Joe was always great for a big hello and a laugh when we’d see him around town, or sitting out on his porch on Bruce Street when we walked by with the dog. Our condolences, we’re thinking of you.

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  16. Jill Reekie
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Garry, Velma, Angie, Tammy and families. So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. When you would see Joe anywhere he always chatted and always make you laugh. He will be missed.
    Harvie and Jill Reekie

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  17. Peter Lougheed
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear about Ian’s passing. I used to love to run into him from time to time and just chat. I will echo something he once said about me when he was introducing me to someone in town, “I’ve known him my whole life “. Wish I could bump into you one more time Ian. Be at peace.

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  18. Debbie Crosskill
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Saddened to hear this news . Ian was always friendly and a gentle kind soul. May you treasure his memory.

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  19. Steve White
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Big Joe and I hung around together for several years. We went to the race track together, rode our motorcycles together, and anytime he found me working on my car he would dig right in and have grease and dirt everywhere but that’s when he smiled. Absolutely going to miss Joe.

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  20. Cherie Thompson /Hogg
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    Sorry to hear Joe’s passing many memories and laughs. RIP Thoughts and prayers to Joe’s family may God Bless.

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  21. Valerie Shaw
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    We are so very sorry to hear that Joe has passed away. He always had a smile and a word or two when he saw you. He was certainly a gentle man and will be missed around town. Condolences to his family and his many friends.

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  22. Shelley Gibbons
    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Garry, Velma , Ang, Tam & families,
    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.
    Taken far too young.
    Deepest sympathies
    Ron, Shelley & Ryan Gibbons

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  23. Linda & Aubrey
    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Dear Gary & Velmas
    Our deepest sympathy to you all at this time

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  24. Linda Teed
    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Garry, Velma and Family
    My thoughts are with you at this time. Joe always had a quiet, sheepish smile and would always make you laugh.
    Linda Teed

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  25. Irene Webster
    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Gary,Velma and family,
    Sorry to hear that Joe is no longer with us. He had the most wonderful smile and something humorous to share.
    He Truly was a gentle giant . Cherish your memories.
    Irene

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  26. Erika Csontos
    Friday, February 26, 2021

    I had an opportunity to get to know Joe. We had great conversations about his knowledge of working on cars and racing. He always thought of others and wouldn’t hesitate to help. He thoroughly enjoyed a chat with a coffee. Little things and moments in his life meant soo much to him.
    Truly sorry for your loss,
    Erika Csontos, Participation Lodge

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  27. Karen Hammond
    Friday, February 26, 2021

    Gary, Velma and family, sorry to hear of the passing of Joe , my thoughts are with you at this time.He always had a big smile and a laugh, he always had a chat when you met him. Cherish the good memories – Karen

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  28. Cathy Shaw
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    To Garry Velma and family
    Thinking of you at this time. Joe’s smile will always be remembered.
    Cathy and Doug Shaw

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