Joe Meyers (aka Zinselmeyer)

May 1, 2019 13 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

March 26, 1934 – April 18, 2019

The “News” of Joe’s passing can now be broadcast. Joe left us peacefully after a short stay at the Royal Alexandra hospital, following complications of a form of dementia. As a man who loved to talk and in radio broadcasting for 35 years, losing his ability to communicate was hard to endure.

Born in Fairview, Alberta, Joe began working as a reporter for The Post, a local newspaper. He moved into radio at CKYL in Peace River, then onward to CFCW in Camrose, CKRD in Red Deer, CKRC in Winnipeg, and on and off at CJCA where he continued to the end of his career in Edmonton.

In 1962, Joe left Canada and sailed to New Zealand, where he married Mert and became a father of two children. When they returned to Canada, a third child was born in 1967 at the Royal Alex. The family settled in Fort Saskatchewan for 13 years then Joe and Mert moved back to Edmonton.

Joe was not only a respected newsman, he was also an accomplished piano, organ and guitar player. The sound of him playing the electric piano will be dearly missed. In his youth, he was a noteworthy hockey and baseball player in the Peace Country and his love of hockey never waned throughout his lifetime.

Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, his eldest daughter Kelly and youngest daughter Diana. He was predeceased by his only son Mark (2013), brother Bernie (2017) and his parents Joe Sr. and Anna (nee Doll). He will also be greatly missed by his dear friend and past co-worker Bill Douglas, who maintained regular contact with Joe.

Joe was a loyal husband and doting father. He made us laugh! But most of all, he loved unconditionally and was an unfailing provider for his family. He demonstrated a strong work ethic, kindness, compassion, a love of animals and a tremendous sense of humour. The family and all the pups will miss him. We hope he has found peace and comfort in meeting up with his son, old friends and dear family members in the heavens.

As per Joe’s wishes, his body was cremated and there will be no funeral. A gathering of friends and colleagues may be organized in the near future after the family has had time to grieve and plan.


To My Dad

Wanting to write the words down and sound poetic n stuff. But don’t know even where to begin because it’ll never be enough.

You were the smartest man I ever knew, and boy I tried to match that brain but realized those people are few.

You did some pretty cool things in your life, quietly and without a fuss, but were always there as my Dad and family man, how can I judge that or explain it thus?

You trusted me. You loved me. You said I was the best. At anything I tried, you never paid attention to the rest.

You got me through the stress, the strife and grief…you were always there no matter when I was in the reefs.

Your music lasted longer than it muddled in mind, you’d sit down and play, and our thoughts were in kind.

Oh Poppa, I’ll miss you, your patience and strength,

beyond expected, you were so modest, a Saint.

Always there and willing to give and provide, and so I was there with you, my sadness denied.

And when you decided to leave, all was okay, I told you to go, and the love it will stay.

So go be with your loves, of past and beyond, I’ll love you forever, my Father, my bond.



  1. My deepest condolences to the Zinselmeyer family. As his daughter Dee Dee says he was a great broadcaster and very much respected by those he worked with and by those that worked for him as news directer for many years at CJCA AM radio. He was one of my very best friends for at least some 40 odd years and will be sorely missed. I think about him every day.
    He will long be remembered for a long, long time by those that worked with him and loved him.

  2. My deepest condolences with the loss of an amazing man who I was so proud to call dad. I will miss you so much and spending those last days in your hospital room just talking to you telling you that when you decided to leave us to please tell my beloved Mark that I miss him and love him so very much. Miss you both so much RIP lots of love to an amazing family love you all so much.

  3. My condolences on Uncle Joe’s passing, he and my dad are likely now playing music together once again ….

    • My condolences to the Meyers family for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you

  4. Deepest condolences. Dee, Myrtle, Kelley: I hope you can take comfort in that Joe was well loved, respected and will be missed by so many people he touched in his years.

  5. Diana,

    Such beautiful words to articulate how special Uncle Joe was.

    Music, humour, work ethic, loving kindness & compassion; I’m so glad these traits were passed onto us younger Zinselmeyers!

    We were very sorry to hear of our Uncle’s passing; yet it’s of solace to know that he will be jammin’ with Bernie into eternity!

  6. It is with deep sadness I read this about Mr. Meyers.
    So very sorry for the loss of your Father, Husband and Confidant. My deepest condolences to Di, Mrs. Meyers, Kelly and the Zinzelmeyer family…

    Wishing you much strength and courage during this trying time.

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always fondly remember those visits when we would go off to see what trouble we could get into while dad and Uncle Joe saw what trouble they could get in to. Our love and condolences to you all.

    • To the family of Joe,

      I didn’t know Joe very well. In fact, I was just his service advisor at Mercedes-Benz Edmonton West. Although I only helped him maybe 2 or 3 times, he left a lasting impression on me and I truly enjoyed every conversation we had and loved hearing all of his life stories. He always talked about his wife and how badly he wanted me to meet the love of his life and brag about his children.

      I am very sad to be finding out this devastating news over a year later and wish I had the opportunity to get to know him more. I will never forget the quick and powerful friendship we formed through the customer service industry. R.I.P

      Love Mikayla

  8. Joe was a great man I will always remember our talks about hockey and life in general. I will miss him dearly. Sorry for your loss.

  9. I am finding you tonight in the Internet. I feel very close and sorry for you. My father was Franz Baxmeier, son of Angela Zinselmeyer. Maybe you met him when he came with Beate to Canada 30 years ago.
    Condolence and love from Andrea Baxmeier, Frankfurt

  10. I am very saddened by the news of Joe’s passing. I worked with Joe in the 90’s at the Yamaha store, an absolute gentleman

  11. The dearest man I’ve ever known a mentor and a teacher. I’m so sorry to hear this news today. My condolences to the family. I can feel the pain and will miss Joe’s unconditional love from the past. I will again hug you and say I’m sorry and until that special time forgive me. Bless this family the memories are beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you December 4, 2020

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