Joe Mueller, also known as ‘Honey’ Joe passed away last month. Joe is on the left. (Submitted)

Letter: Joe Mueller made Revelstoke a better place

Joe passed away on Oct. 29

To Friends of Joe Mueller,

In a quiet, unassuming way, Joe Mueller made Revelstoke a better place. Joe didn’t like the spotlight. He wasn’t interested in public speaking or attention grabbing. He was hard-working, bee keeping, shake splitting honest friend who treated his neighbours with respect.

Revelstoke citizens gave that respect back to Joe.

Because he was so modest, he’d always get flustered when I said he was a very special guy.

It was inevitable that Joe and I would meet. When Joe came to Canada from Switzerland, he brought his deep-rooted commitment to democracy. I was once the Member of Parliament for East Kootenay. In 1997, Revelstoke was added and the constituency became Kootenay Columbia.

Joe was in the front row of my first public meeting to listen to Revelstoke residents. After most of the audience left he quietly asked probing questions. Joe told me where local citizens had morning coffee and he volunteered to come with me.

So the Joe and Jim strolls began. We were in and out of restaurants, up and down the streets, to and from city hall and businesses. Joe was known and respected in industrial shops, lumber operations, with loggers and truckers. The Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club banquet was a must attend and Joe would never let me forget it.

The footings of democracy in Canada are person to person, face to face respectful dialogue. And Joe delivered those opportunities in spades.

In that respect, Joe was a special guy who made Canada a better place, but for my wife and me Joe made our world a better place.

We’ll miss him.

Jim & Jeannette Abbott.

READ MORE: Obituary Notice – Xaver Joseph Mueller



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jocelyn’s Jottings: When everyone is a friend of a friend

Chances are I know someone in Revelstoke who knows you, such is… Continue reading

Revelstoke city staff bring forward community centre reopening plans

Plans for the arena and pool will come later this summer

Slow melt at high elevations near Revelstoke this spring

At one location on Mt. Fidelity there is double the usual snowpack for early July

Security cameras catch break and enter suspects on July 1 in Revelstoke

RCMP are asking for help to identify the men and a vehicle

Canada’s deficit result of investing in Canadians: Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity

Minister Mona Fortier said the government is working on the next steps as the economy restarts

COVID-19: Homeless to be relocated from temporary Okanagan shelter

Homeless shelters in Vernon have been combined into one site at the curling rink since April

Dozens of fish die at popular lake near Chase

A few natural phenomena are possible causes for their deaths.

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read