A rebel with many causes, Joseph (Joe) Fred Hueglin, died at the age of 85 in Burlington, Ontario on July 5, 2022. Opinionated, passionate, and sometimes cantankerous, Joe spoke out on political issues in the Daily Digest he curated for 25 years. His pride in being elected to the House of Commons, for the riding of Niagara Falls in 1972, was rivaled by knowing he was the first Progressive Conservative to end a Liberal stronghold going back to 1935.
Joe taught history and geography at several schools in the Niagara Region during his career. He is likely remembered for wearing clogs, his booming voice, and a penchant for taking backtalking students to the Vice Principal’s office. But, he also had a knack for teaching critical thinking, igniting social awareness, and helping students who had written off academics discover their true potential.
A firm believer that death is not the end of life, Joe’s soul will be reunited with his wife and best friend of 56 years, Aase (née Erntgaard), who passed away in 2018.
Joe’s family will forever miss their Big Brother, Dad, JoJo, Farfar, and Morfar. They will fondly remember his sarcastic wit, endless patience, deep pride in the smallest of their accomplishments, and a zealous love of Dr. Pepper.
His stories and history lessons live on through us. We will never forget his joyful tale of being awarded the gold medal for honours history at Assumption University (now the University of Windsor) or being reminded that he took first prize in the cutest baby contest at the Stratford Fair.
Joe’s family would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Village Manor (Waterdown), Joseph Brant Hospital, and Hamilton General Hospital for their care and attention these past few years.
In lieu of flowers, Joe’s family welcomes those who are interested to make a donation to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. Joe will be interred at Sunset Mindepark Cemetery with his wife, Aase, in a private service at a later date.
Bye for now.