Rivard, Joseph “Joe” Robert

May 29, 1943 – May 15, 2022
at the age of 78 years

             It is with great sadness the family of Joseph (Joe) Robert Rivard announce his passing on May 15, 2022 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital.

Joe was born in 1943 in Innisfail Alberta. In 1978 Joe was transferred from Victoria to Salmon Arm to take up the role of Sheriff, serving the North Okanagan region until his retirement in 2002 after 35 years of service.

 Joe will forever be remembered by his loving wife Linda, his children Lisa, Kathi, Christa, Rob and Alan and his grandchildren Carly, Jessica, Evan, Colby, Sydney, Olivia, Hannah, Jacob and Gavin.  Joe also had a large extended family, many nieces and nephews and was a family favourite with them, always providing the humour and joy to any event.

Joe was predeceased by his parents Nap and Irene and his brother Larry Rivard.

Joe was well known for his quick wit, jokes and gentlemanly disposition. Joe loved to travel and the outdoors, with camping, fishing and even sometimes golf.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors of Salmon Arm Medical Clinic and the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for the wonderful care that they provided to Joe.

 At Joe’s request there will not be a service.  In lieu of flowers please donate to your favourite charity.

He was loved and will be terribly missed by all.


  1. So sorry to read of Joe’s passing. May all your happy memories help you in the days ahead. Amy Boutwell

  2. Linda and Family, so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, he will be greatly missed, I enjoyed working with Joe at SAGC. RIP

  3. Dear Linda…. So sorry to read of Joe’s death. We have fond memories of you folks helping us on our journey into the “snowbird” life! Take care, we are thinking of you.

  4. Hi Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was such a great guy and friend. We rode to work together for 20 years and he was able to make our work days so enjoyable with his humor. Still remember the time we went to Reg Conf. in Kelowna, Joe and I were late and the only room left was the honeymoon suite or the time we went to Conf. in Fairmont and we were missing 2 hub caps off our car so we borrowed two off the Kamloops sheriff’s car. Marci and I enjoyed our get togethers in Salmon Arm.

  5. Linda, so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My condolences go out to you and your family.

  6. Dear Linda: So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He always said hi with a great smile. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  7. Linda and family, so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was such a great person, super to work with, his humor made some hard days easier. Gene and I will always remember his wit and smile.

  8. Hi Linda and family. Joe was such a good, kind man who always greeted you with a smile and was always willing to help. Our condolences for your loss.
    Les and Marg Heron

  9. Linda, Al and families. I’m so sorry. Joe was the nicest man with the very best smile. Take care.

  10. Dear Linda, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a special man and will be missed. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  11. Linda and family,
    There are no words that can convey how saddened we are at the news of Joe’s passing. May great memories ease your pain.
    Kindest thoughts, Val and Garry Begg

  12. Linda and family… So sorry to read about Joe.. always got along great with him.. Take care of yourself and cherish the memories.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great friend & coworker. RIP Joe

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