Joseph "Papa Joe" Gignac
Joseph Andre Gignac, of Sylvania, Ohio passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Joe is survived by his wife Carla, his daughter Ami, his stepson Jamie (Amanda) and step grandchildren; Emma and Olivia, his father Paul, his brothers; Ross and Michael (Anna) and his sister Andrea (Joseph). He is preceded in death by his first wife Joan and mother Mary.
Joe was born on March 19, 1949 in Detroit, MI to Paul and Mary Gignac. He and his family moved to Toledo, OH in 1963 and in 1967 he graduated from DeVilbiss High School and went on to study at the University of Toledo. Joe's entrepreneurial spirit, passion for food, and love for entertaining people led him to own two unique restaurants in Lexington, KY. After returning to Toledo in the late 1980's, he joined his brother's graphic design business from which he retired in 2001.
Papa Joe loved spending time with his family and countless friends participating in weekly lunches, card games, and trips to local small businesses. Joe's raw honesty and eccentric personality was genuine and unique. His spontaneous and witty sense of humor was unforgettable to family, friends, and those meeting him for the first time. His nephew said it best, "Papa Joe was real and honest and funny, but he also cared. I can't think of a better combination in a human being". We encourage you to honor his memory with a slice of thin crust pepperoni pizza and a turtle sundae from Mr. Freeze.
Friends are invited to visit between 5:00pm and 7:00pm at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St., Sylvania, OH on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. A memorial mass will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 5373 Main St., Sylvania, OH.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio http://www.kfnwo.org/