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Joe (Joginder) Singh Bains

July 12, 1962 - June 27, 2023


On Tuesday, June 27, our dear Joe woke up to a stunning sunrise, completed his usual morning routine and punctually left for work to lead his regular 7:30 team call.  After his meeting, feeling unwell, he returned safely home but, within minutes and with his beloved family heroically trying to keep him here, he left us permanently.  We are broken by his early departure from our lives but we are trying to find comfort in the memories he left behind.

Growing up, Joe was the goofy bright light in our lives, making us smile with his random karate chop kicks, cartoon walk imitations and numerous sketches of Tarzan and the famous Superman “S”.  However, one particularly misplaced karate kick lopped the blossoms off Mom’s cherished begonia plant and our superhero ran for safety.  Mom forgave him and the misdeed became a favourite memory later, much later.  Childhood antics also included attempts at flying, walking on homemade stilts, root beer drinking contests, skating on bumpy ice at Grants Lake and experiments with the infamous chemistry set.

Joe arrived with his family in Canada on a snowy January day in 1969 not speaking a word of English.  Attending A.B. Greenwell, Stanley Gordon and Lake Cowichan Secondary, Joe made many friends as he graduated from play forts to a passion for golf with his buddies (especially Jas).  Schoolwork was important but golf was a priority on weekends.  Joe channeled Clark Kent with his famous black rimmed glasses and transformed into Superman with mom’s faded red table cloth and a painstakingly Brylcreemed Superman curl.  In early life, Joe’s hair was long and styled in the traditional manner and he was picky about which ribbon was used to secure his top knot.

Joe’s first jobs during high school were manually setting bowling pins and maintenance with the municipality where he dug ditches and tarred rooftops.

Joe started his post-secondary studies at Malaspina College in Nanaimo.  He lived in Nanaimo during the week and drove back to Lake Cowichan every Friday night in time for the graveyard shift at the Youbou Sawmill.

Joe moved to SFU to study Business Administration.  There, in 1983, he met a girl he described as resembling the actress Kristy McNichol. This lovely girl was named Dawn Marie Arnold. After an intriguing courtship, Joe and Dawn married in April 1994, with Jas Sanghera as his best man.

During this period Joe began a lifelong career at Squirrel Systems, moving up from tester/debugger to Director of Software Development.  He was our family’s “tech geek” before this was even a popular term.  He worked hard to remain at the cutting edge of his industry and lead with vision.  Passionate about his profession, he recently returned from a conference in Seattle excited by everything from the Cloud to Artificial Intelligence.

However, without doubt, Joe’s daughter Leah and son Eric were his ultimate pride and joy.  He never missed a chance to provide a proud update of Eric’s educational progress or Leah’s latest exams and classes, or how hard Dawn was working at her new job.  He was looking forward to Leah’s pending graduation from SFU later this year.

Before Joe became a responsible parent, he was Uncle Joe to many nephews (Darcy, Justin, Rikki, Karnal, Andy, Arjun and Jesse) and nieces (Sunita, Selena, Anjuli and Mina) who enjoyed his energy and generosity and goofy sense of humour. He liked to draw muscle-bound bunnies and make origami frogs that you could inflate.

Joe, in his time at Squirrel, left a legacy of hard work, leadership and innovation.  He positively impacted the lives and careers of many of his colleagues.  In his neighbourhood, Joe is remembered as the consummate car detailer and for his regimented evening walking routine, offering a familiar friendly face, smiles and chit chat as he passed by.  At home he kept busy with ensuring his family’s home was in good order, justifying numerous trips to Home Depot.

Joe is predeceased by his father and survived by his mother, his wife Dawn, son Eric, daughter Leah (Zack), brother Dalbir (Surinder), sisters Tirtho Rai (Makhan), Kashmiro Cheema (Tarsame), Manjit Bains (Allan) and many cousins, aunts and uncles and precious grand-nephews and a grand-niece.

Joe, our hearts are heavy with grief, but memories of your quirky sense of humour, trademark smile and quiet brilliance will provide us with comfort when we miss you the most.  There were so many conversations to be had, so many milestones to be reached and so much more to be shared.  Your name and face are forever in our hearts and we will continue to include you in our lives with the love and tenderness you deserve.  We pledge to support and love your family as we know you would do for ours.


For anyone wishing to honour Joe’s memory, an account has been set up at his former high school, Lake Cowichan Secondary School, to receive donations for the school’s technology program.  Education is important to his family and Joe, a lifelong learner, would want to help provide the necessary tools for future students.  You can follow the instructions to dedicate your donation at the following link: https://sd79.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/6300/209/False/True

(In addition to the service in Duncan, Joe’s family will be organizing a memorial service on the lower mainland in the coming weeks)


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Bowie Mangat
Relation: Colleague, friend.

We know what a loss Joe will be to the Squirrel family, we will also miss Joe on our annual Kelowna invitational tourney’s. I’ll always remember his displeasure when drinking fireball with the boys however he would still “down that mouthwash” as he would refer to it.

What a great guy Joe was, always even keeled…. never did I see Joe get visibly upset.

I will miss our conversations about the Island or Lake Cowichan and how his last trip out there went. We will miss you Bainsy! RIP Brother.

From: Rajinder Bajwa
Relation: Family relations

Its hard to imagine how this young life be taken away from family in a matter of seconds. He has left a sobbing family behind — his mother, wife and children, sisters and brothers and nephews and nieces and brother in laws and sister in laws. Our sincere condolences to our dear Tirath, who lost her baby brother and mom , who lost a son at this age and rest of the family. Its hard to find the right comforting words at this time. May God give peace to his soul and courage to his family to accept the loss of their dear Joe……. With lots love .. Harjeet, Rajinder, Vikram, Ruby and Arpun Bajwa.

From: Carmen Smith
Relation: Colleague

Joe will be sorely missed at the office, his memory and impact will always be felt here. Sending my deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 8, 2023
Beginning at 11:00am

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre
2853 Roberts Road,
Duncan,, BC V9L 6W3

Doors open at 11:00am – Service starts at 12:00pm, followed by Final prayer (Paat) and Lunch (Langar) at the Duncan Sikh Temple

2853 Roberts Road,
Duncan,, BC V9L 6W3


Date & Time:
July 8, 2023

Duncan Sikh Temple
3120 Sherman Road
Duncan , BC Canada V9L 4B4

Final prayer (Paat) and Lunch (Langar) to follow services at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Center.

3120 Sherman Road
Duncan , BC Canada V9L 4B4

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