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Obituary of Joseph Angelo Rea

Dr. Joseph Rea


With great sadness and broken hearts, the Rea family announces the sudden passing of its eldest son and older brother, Dr. Joseph Rea. In our grief, we share that Joe succumbed to injuries sustained in an accidental fall. 

Joe was an advocate of mental health awareness and proper treatment for those who suffer and a champion for the environment. As Director of the Arcangelo Rea Family Foundation, his commitment to London and the surrounding communities has funded many important projects over the past thirty-five years.


Joe joins his Mother, Anna, in Heaven, where they reunite again. He will be deeply missed by his Father, Arcangelo and Brothers, Perry and Daniel, as well as his sister, Julianna. Many will feel his loss: nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, family, friends, and colleagues. This earth will be a different place without Joe, but Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.


In his memory, you might consider planting a tree, or a perennial garden, or hanging a birdfeeder. Be kind to the environment: consider the use of environmentally friendly products and try composting. Please do a little reading to understand the issues around mental health. And above all, perform a random act of kindness. This is what Joe would do.


We love you, Joe. xo

The family will plan a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.


Please consider the following charities if you wish to make a donation in memory of Joe.  

  1. Reforest London;
  2. The David Suzuki Foundation;
  3. Unity Project – London, Ontario;
  4. St Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation London, Ontario;
  5. The Joseph Rea Environmental; Fund at the London Community Foundation; 
  6. The Dr. Joseph Rea Chair in Mood Disorder’s at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, London.