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Joe Bryksa

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September 11, 1966 - November 2, 2021

Joelan “Joe” Paul Bryksa passed suddenly on November 2, 2021. He is Predeceased by parents Emil and Shirley Bryksa. Joe is survived by daughters Hayley and Taylor Bryksa, their mother Tracey Shelton and sister Laurie Bryksa.


Born September 11, 1966 in Winnipeg, Joe’s passion for photography began in high school and continued at Red River College. He became a staff photographer at the Winnipeg Sun and then the Winnipeg Free Press.


An award-winning photojournalist, Joe was known for his keen eye for detail, relentless pursuit of the news and talent for capturing beauty. His images reached far beyond Winnipeg, including shooting many Grey Cups, the Calgary Olympics, the aftermath of September 11 in New York and Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Joe was most proud of the award-winning No Running Water series investigating the lack of running water on Manitoba reserves.


More than anything, Joe’s greatest gift was his children. He was proud of his girls and loved them very much. He also loved nature, capturing countless images of wildlife, fishing and hunting with his lifelong friend, Matt McCorquodale.


Thank you to the ICU staff at Grace Hospital and HSC for their care and compassion.


Cremation has taken place. Joe’s family kindly request that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.


Rest in peace, Joe.


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530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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