Joel Michael D’Souza
Born: October 31, 1986 in Kuwait City, Kuwait
Died: July 13, 2019 at Calgary, Alberta
Joel is survived by his dear parents, Peter and Cynthia, his big brother, Nigel (Sarah), and his nephew and Godson, Rowan.
Joel’s name means “gift from God” and his love and warmth were felt by all who knew him. He cared more for others than himself and he brought light into the lives of so many. He had a big smile and a kind heart. He was a fun-loving guy who loved to laugh and joke around with friends and family. His charisma and sense of humour will be dearly missed.
Joel was a professionally trained chef and he had a real passion for cooking. He worked at various top restaurants within Calgary throughout his career. Joel was happy when he knew people were enjoying the food that he prepared. He shared this love of cooking with his mom, who was his first teacher in the kitchen.
Joel loved to travel. He made family trips to India to visit relatives. His love of sushi and interest in Japanese cars and culture took him to Japan. He went to England with friends. Joel also traveled across Canada, noting a stage at a high-end Vancouver restaurant, snowboarding trips to Kimberley with friends, and visiting with his relatives in Brampton.
Joel became an uncle in May 2017 and was also later made Godfather to Rowan. These were not roles that Joel took lightly. He was attentive, protective, and loving to Rowan (and a bit jealous of his hair). Once Rowan could run, Joel would play and kick the soccer ball around with him. Joel was a big soccer fan; more specifically, a Manchester United fan. He made sure that Rowan had the proper Manchester United kit to play in. Although their time together was brief, it was a relationship that the family will always cherish.
Joel’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (404 Northmount Place NW, Calgary AB) on Monday, July 22, at 11:00 am. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Everyone is welcome to join the family for fellowship and refreshments in the Parish Hall (5931 - 4th Street NW) following the church or graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Society of St Vincent de Paul Calgary. Please contact Corpus Christi Catholic Church at (403) 275-0994 to arrange.
To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Joel please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.