Josef Neuhold

Josef Rudolf ""The Elk Man"" Neuhold

Friday, February 8th, 1929 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020
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Joe was born to Rudolf and Maria Neuhold on February 8 1929 in the village of Bruck, Austria. After surviving World War II and the occupation of Austria by the Nazis and then the Red Army, he went to work in a printing shop where he further enhanced his skills at machinery maintenance and mechanical repairs. After seeing a notice that Canada was looking for technically skilled workers, he jumped at the chance at a new start and emigrated in 1953 where he began work at a farm in southwestern Ontario working in the fields and fixing the equipment.

He then moved on to a manufacturing plant in the Toronto area, where he soon spent most of his day fixing the equipment on site, in particular fork lifts and lift trucks. He finally decided to start his own business providing maintenance and repair services to companies, and spent the rest of his career travelling to various operations predominantly in the Toronto and eastern Ontario areas.

After his retirement, Joe moved to Hartsmere where he truly found himself at home. He loved fixing things, fishing, hunting, being outdoors and looking after 'the animals', in particular feeding the local deer and elk. He was happiest when he was doing something outdoors, and loved to travel around the property he helped maintain for the latter part of his life.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Edith in 2006, and is survived by his niece Heidemarie, his nephews Albert, Ernst and Edi, his great-niece Marina, his great-nephew Tony and their families in Austria, and many friends.

Donations in memory of Joe can be made to the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery and the Bancroft Fish & Game Club.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mayo Community Center
    66 Mayo Lake Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 |
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020
    Mayo Community Center
    66 Mayo Lake Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A celebration of Joe's life will be held at the Mayo Community Center on Saturday February 8 2020 (Joe's 91st birthday) from 1pm-4pm. As Joe said, 'no funeral - you're having a party'!
  • Interment

    Cremation: Elmwood Crematorium
    corbyville, ON


Donations are being accepted for: NORTH HASTINGS COMMUNITY FISH HATCHERY.


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Posted at 10:02am
In memory or Joe "The Elk Man" from Kawartha Camera Club, Peterborough.
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The Locke Family

Posted at 12:31pm
Joe has been a special part of our family since we were brought together when the Elk were brought into the Mayo Lake area. From day one his charm and dedication to those majestic animals along with his sense of humour made for a great friend to all. Joe "The Elkman" will forever be in our hearts and will be sadly missed.

Scott & Marion Inwood

Posted at 11:15pm
Your Family is In Our Prayers at this Tim Joe will surley Be Missed in Our Community He was A Great OutDoors Man.

Jim Clayton

Posted at 05:35pm
Joe loved the outdoors. His role as the "Elk Man" fit him perfectly. It was a life well lived.
Jim Clayton

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