PONIC, Joseph James
Rev. Joe Ponic passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in the loving presence of his friends. Joe was born June 9, 1937 in Chicago. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, History and English from the College of William and Mary, Virginia in 1959. Joe said, “The friends I made, the experiences I had, and the knowledge I gained at William and Mary were the pivots of my life.” Joe went on to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Illinois and Theological and Pastoral Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. On May 19, 1973 he was ordained as a Catholic Priest (franchise one) and went on to serve parishes in the United States and Canada. In 1983, Joe left parish ministry and taught at schools in British Columbia, Egypt, and the USA. In August 1999, he was ordained an Anglican Priest (franchise two) and came to Saskatoon to serve as Rector at Christ Church. Since 1999 he served parishes in Saskatoon, Revelstoke, Prince George, Windsor and most recently Tangier, Morocco. He also served as Anglican Hospital Chaplain in Saskatoon. Joe was an extrovert, a brilliant teacher, a Renaissance art expert, gifted priest, world traveller and phenomenal friend. Joe loved deeply and was deeply loved. Over the past few weeks, Joe experienced and appreciated the outstanding care and compassion of RUH Oncology and we offer the team there our deepest thanks. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Emmanuel Anglican Church (12th St. E. & Dufferin Ave.) in Saskatoon. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.