The Spence family announces with sorrow the passing of their beloved Joe. He passed away peacefully at the Vale Hospice in Sudbury on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at the age of 54 years. Beloved husband of Michelle (née Babin) Spence of Hanmer. Son of Gerald and Florence (née Gribbon) Spence of Pembroke. Loving father of Christine Spence (Simon Ethier), Natalie Spence (Brian Churan) and Eric Spence. Dear brother of Claire Bechamps, Gerry Spence, Bonnie McCarthy, Betty Ann Spence and Peter Spence. Predeceased by his brother Paul Spence. Cherished grandfather of Carter Joseph Churan. The family expresses its appreciation to Dr. Cano, Suzanne Benoit, Dr. Andrew Knight and his palliative care team, Shawn Moyle and Maison Vale Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. He dedicated 32 years to the Ministry of Natural Resouces as an aircraft engineer The family will receive relatives and friends at the COOPERATIVE FUNERAL HOME, 4570 St-Joseph St, Hanmer on Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial celebrated by Archbishop Paul André Durocher will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in Ste-Marguerite d’Youville Church, Val Thérèse. Donations (by cheque only) to the Maison Vale Hospice would be appreciated.