Josef Kubinec Passes On


Josef Marcel Kubinec
March 14, 1954 - October 8, 2021

I would like to sincerely thank all those who have touched my incredible life in any way. Starting with my parents, Frank and Jeanne, who provided me with a base of decency, confidence and honesty. My six siblings and their families have always been there with support, advice and love. To all my partners and their families who came and went, I am grateful for the love and experiences. To my many and varied friends, my golf buddies and casual acquaintances, thank you for your kindness and generosity. To the medical system, who supported my zest for life and kept me alive past my expiry date, I am truly grateful. To those who didn’t find me a pleasure to be around, I hope you also learned the lessons that these failures afforded us. I am grateful for the experiences and the chance to learn.
What a great and varied life I had!

Born in Thunder Bay, I moved to St. Boniface, Winnipeg in my youth. As a child I played to the highest level in many sports and must thank all the coaches, sponsors and volunteers. Without their selfless dedication, many children like me wouldn’t have realised these dreams, which sculpted the adults we would become.
I graduated from the University of Manitoba where I was president of my college, then opened the first physiotherapy clinic in the province, two accomplishments of which I am proud.

I moved to Vancouver Island in 1978 and for 25 years, lived from Victoria (yuppie) to Port MacNeil (outdoorsman), with the majority of the time spent on Lasqueti Island (off-grid farmer). It was there that I learned the ways of the planet and how to find harmony in all things. At 46, I went back to school and pursued an acupuncture degree through the University of Alberta’s Medical School; then, followed that up with certification in Beijing, China (healer).

When I returned to Canada in 2003, I moved across the country to Clementsport, Nova Scotia. I split my time living and practising in the Yarmouth area as well. Thanks to all those who gave me love and support in my adoptive homes (32 different ones in all).
With a university education, I had control over my finances and freedom for my lifetime. In exchange, I tried to give back to every area I worked in. I used my skills to help, regardless of payment, which fed my soul, especially helping infertile couples attain their dreams. Social responsibility was ingrained by my teachers and mentors, especially those in the Buddhist traditions.

Golf was my lifetime passion and I played all over the world with many wonderful partners, to whom I am most grateful. Travel was my joy. I was always happiest seeing new places and cultures, possibly because of my Métis roots. I am proud to have lived and worked across Canada and the North, having visited over 50 countries and circumnavigating the world.

Finally, to Susan and her family who provided me with love and support in the last part of my journey, you were truly a blessing. I must admit that many of my rough edges had been smoothed and my ego calmed(?), but Susan, you showed me unconditional love and the power to continue to grow and change, admit my weaknesses and improve. I am eternally grateful that you led me to the happiness and peace I had sought since my childhood. I passed on a happy and content man. Life is not a dress rehearsal, so give it your all every day. If not, forgive yourself and give it another shot!! Seems nobody gets out of here alive!
With Metta, Joe

Service arrangements have entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Visitation will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 from 7-9 P.M. in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel. A Celebration of Joe's life will take place Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2 P.M. in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will take place as per Joe's wishes at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to sweenys [at] sweenysfuneralhome [dot] net, or you may sign the guestbook at


I will never forget Joe

I will never forget Joe putting my spine back in place after a major twist, bend, lift injury in mid-winter on Lasqueti. He put a lot of living into his life and I wish him Godspeed!

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