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Born: Mar 07, 1922

Date of Passing: Jan 27, 2023

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Peacefully, on January 27, 2023, at the age of 100, Dr. Joseph Michael Kagan passed away with members of his family at his side.
His memory will always be treasured by his wife and companion of 64 years, Irene (nee Hall); daughters, Ruth of Ottawa, Deborah (Kevin) of Winnipeg, Mary (Duncan) of Victoria and Andrea (Roman) of West Vancouver; sons, Michael (Colleen) of Morden and John (Neftali) of Vancouver; grandchildren, Leah (Lee), Leeza, Yurdan, Daniel (Melissa), Ulyana, Sarah, Jessica and Rebecca; great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Emma.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Francisek Kagan and Maryja (Wiernek), his sister Ruzia (Sister Alphonsus) and his brother Tomaoz. He is survived by his youngest sister Frania (Ilkow, Frances) of Montreal.
Joseph Kagan was born on March 7, 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he completed his primary and secondary education. He attended University of Winnipeg for Sciences. He graduated magna cum laude from Université de Laval (1946) in Quebec City where he studied in French earning his Doctor of Medicine. He completed internships at the Regina General Hospital (pathology 1948/1949), Mercy Hospital in Chicago Illinois (pathology 1950), Saint Louis School of Medicine in Missouri (surgery residency 1950 to 1952), and at the Winnipeg General Hospital (1958). He practiced surgery for over 50 years working at several hospitals including Dauphin General, St. Boniface, Winnipeg General and the Health Sciences Centre. He taught medicine at the University of Manitoba, Health Sciences and St. Boniface. His lifelong devotion to practicing medicine was endless and he always enjoyed learning new and innovative surgical techniques. He retired at the age of 80 years old, and often said "life begins at 80". Dr. Joseph Michael Kagan lived a life of integrity, stood behind his convictions, and devoted his life to caring for others. Joseph valued the ability to communicate in other languages and was multi-lingual in Polish, Ukrainian, French and English. He was proud of his Polish roots and was president for many years of the Turek foundation. He loved the piano, classical and jazz music, especially Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole. He also enjoyed the outdoors and spent many summers camping across the country with his family. A favourite spot was Clear Lake. He loved walking his dog and was a voracious reader. He was always interested in world events and particularly individuals who were hard working and accomplished from a moral point of view. When asked what he wanted for Father's Day, birthday, etc. he always said he just wanted to sit and enjoy a good meal with all his family. He was a caring husband, father and very proud grandfather and will be dearly missed.

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Thank you to the staff at Tabor Home in Morden, Manitoba, who provided excellent care for our father during the last years of his life. Your kindness and dedication are greatly appreciated.
If so desired, donations in Dr. Joseph Kagan's memory may be made to Tabor Home, 450 Loren Drive, Morden, Manitoba R6M 0E2.

Condolences for Dr. Joseph's family may be left at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 18, 2023

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Sincere condolences to Irene and her absolutely extraordinary offspring. I knew of Joe through the many stories while working with Irene and then after retirement, during our awesome luncheons. There was never a derogatory word spoken and through Joe's hard work and Irene’s masterful juggling I can see it all paid off as this delightful family all had such a great work ethic and were fiercely independent! It’s never easy to lose a loved one but your hearts are all so full of incredible memories! - Posted by: Gina Bye (Friend ) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Our deepest sympathy to your family during this very sad time. Sending our warmest thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Cathie, Charles and Ellen Britt (Friends of Ruth Kagan and the Kagan family) on: Mar 07, 2023

  • Irene and Family Sending my heartfelt sympathy on the death of Dr. Joe. He was a good friend to my parents and Dad's best man at their wedding. Too bad we lost touch. Dad was sad to hear of his passing and sends his sympathy as well. God bless and eternal rest grant onto him Oh Lord. - Posted by: Pat Sheppard (nee Slivinski) (Extended Family) on: Feb 25, 2023

  • Mes très sincères condoléances à Ruth, Leeza et toute la famille Kagan. Que votre père et grand-père bien aimé repose en paix. Anne 🌸 - Posted by: Anne BÉDARD (Amie de Ruth Kagan) on: Feb 19, 2023

  • Uncle Joe was a steadfast and comforting presence throughout our mother’s life, especially after our dad passed away. Our family’s deepest sympathy and love to all the Kagan’s. - Posted by: Annie Ilkow (Niece) on: Feb 19, 2023

  • We extend our sympathies to you Mike and Colleen, and a heartfelt prayer that God's loving presence will bring you comfort as you mourn the loss of your dear father. We have fond memories of you as former neighbours. Remembering you in our hearts and prayers. Esther Anne and Terry Klassen - Posted by: Esther Anne and Terrance Klassen (friends and former neighbours of Mike and Colleen) on: Feb 18, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Kagan family. I will be thinking of and praying for you and for the immortal soul of Dr. Joe. - Posted by: Ed Pundyk (Friend of the family) on: Feb 18, 2023

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