Joseph Prosper Bissonette died in the early hours of May 23, 2022 at the age of 93.

Born in 1929, he was married to his loving wife Roxanne (née Chapman) for over 67 years. Together they had five children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, brother-in-law John Chapman and his wife Eydie, children Carolyn and her husband Tim Norman, Don and his late wife Penny, Debi Daniels, Kerry and his wife Sarah, and Butch and his wife Cheryl; grandchildren Patrick and his wife Nicholle Norman, Benjamin and his late wife Adrienne Norman, Reality and her husband Matthew Tolley, Sarah and her husband Jeremy Mullen, Caitlin Daniels, Trevor and partner Tanya McMaster, Carter and partner Courtney Goebel, and Brigitte; great-grandchildren Taylor Norman, Mairi and Sydney Tolley, and Danielle, Evelyn, James and Sylvia Mullen. He is remembered by many nieces, nephews and family friends.

He leaves a legacy as an area leader sitting on local municipal councils and committees for about 50 years and was a founding member of Seguin Township in 1998. Born on Lake Joseph, he spent his life taking care of his family and community. Joe/Dad/Grandpa/Great-Grandpa will be remembered for his love of ice cream, ketchup, peanut butter and corn syrup, and cold beer – tastes that he passed on through the generations right to his great-grandchildren. His final words at 3 a.m. were “I’m home.” He will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Joseph’s Life will take place on Saturday, June 11th, at 1:00 P.M. at the Church of the Redeemer, Rosseau. Reception to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation, or the Church of the Redeemer, Rosseau would be appreciated.


Roxanne and family please accept my sincerest condolences. Joe was a very special person and a unique personality. He was one of the good guys. He worked tirelessly and steadfastly for the betterment of the community. He had definite ideas and opinions but would always listen to logic and reason. He earned the respect of those he worked with both professionally and personally. I know he will be severely missed but he has left us with so many wonderful memories.

Donna Besman

-Donna Besman

Joe will be missed by all of us. He was such an inspiration to everyone around him. His sense of family and community were amazing. He had such a quiet way of telling us just how things were or could be. No project was too big or small to tackle and he always made it fun. There are so many stories that put a smile on our faces…we will miss you.

-Anita Wilson

I’ve known Joe since I can remember. We vacationed on Lake Joseph for most of my life through adulthood. It is with great sadness that I have heard of his passing. There wasn’t a task that needed to be done at our cottage that Joe didn’t help with. He had a wonderful sense of humor and treated everyone with respect and therefore was respected as well. My deepest condolences to you Roxanne and the family.
Lots of Love, Anne

-Anne Dreisinger Hurley

Uncle Joe will sadly be missed by us. Loved his sense of humor many cherished moments. He was the one who taught my kids it was all good to eat vanilla ice cream and cheerios for Breakfast. Will always be remembered. Our condolences to Auntie Roxanne and all the family!

-Roxanne Derby

Dear Bissonette family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. The impact he has left in the community will not be forgotten. What a life! Our deepest sympathies. Ian and Gayle Collier

-Ian and Gayle Collier

My thoughts are with the Bissonette Family. I always enjoyed meeting Joe at the Airport with Kerry and Butch through the years. Joe always had some good stories to tell and we would all share some good laughs. A real tribute to Joe and Roxanne that they raised such an amazing Family. Condolences from Rick and the rest of the McNabb Family.

-Rick McNabb

Dear Roxanne and family, Craig and I send our
condolences and love to all of you. Joe was a pretty special man to so many, especially his family and will always be remembered with great respect and affection by both of us.
Rest In Peace dear Joe B.

-Craig & Pam Bissonette

Dear Sarah, sending our deepest condolences to you and your husband on the passing of your father, father in law. May he rest in peace.

-Kevin and Michele McCombe

Roxanne and family,
We were very saddened to hear of Joe's passing. Our family has been going to Lake Joseph for many, many years and Joe was always an important part of that - in person for the first while and in mind for the later years. We couldn't have done it without him.
Please accept our sincere condolences. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by us all.
The Brace family.

-John Brace

Rest in Peace Uncle Joe..I remember going up for summers at the Post many great memories camping with you and Roxanne and our families 💔

-Lynn Ball ( Bissonette) Edgar's youngest

My condolences to Roxanne and family. I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I had the privilege of working for Seguin Township when Joe was serving on Council. He treated us all with respect and was respected by all. He will be missed by many. RIP Joe.

-Sandy Edington

Sending our condolences to you Kerry and all of Joe’s family..another sign that time is slowly erasing life on the peninsula!..take care and know that we care about that past and the lives of people like your father’s who were so much a part of ours.. Barry Gonneau and family

-Barry Gonneau

Dear Roxanne, my condolences.
I have fond memories of you and Joe stopping in to visit Mom and Dad.

-Sharon Waters

My sincere condolences to Roxanne and family.
Joe & Roxanne came to visit me last fall. with a very old family picture.
Enjoyed a nice visit

-Ed Campbell

Always a smile, with a twinkle in his eye. His love for Stanley house, his love for Rosseau. He was a big part of the heart and soul of the community. He will be so missed. Peace to you all, and prayers for the day his memory will not bring tears, but smiles.

-Frank and Mariah Saunders

We were fortunate to have met Joe , Roxanne, Debi and family in 1983 when we moved to our cottage on Scully Road. Joe became a great friend;loyal, honest and entertaining.He was always ready to help, A great man dedicated to his community. Our condolences to Roxanne and the Bissonette family.
Frances Carmichael , Jack Cashman and family

-Frances carmichael, Jack Cashman