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Rest in Peace, Joe. Your Trojan bandmates will always remember you with a smile.
Beautiful memories of singing together across the pond and sold out crowds for Handel’s Messiah. You can sing now, Joe. Someday we may be singing together again.
One of the kindest and most humble souls that the Good Lord was so gracious to let us have known. Sleep in Peace until the Lord returns.
Joe. The world is poorer with your departure, but even in death you bring good will to those you left behind. Especially, those of us in your Trojan Family. RIP
At the Univ. of So. Calif., in the band, everybody knew Joe. We knew he was the best example. He was a rare one. He is gone much too soon.
Back at Serra High School Joe was always, always smiling. I’ve known few people since who were as pleasant and cheerful as Joe. Fight on Joe.
Joe, you’re gone too soon, but your spirit lives on. Fight On, band brother.
Joe, Why is it the good are the first to leave us? You were truly an inspiration at USC. My regret is that I wish I had told you that. You were talented, a devoted Christian with a truly deep faith, and had an hysterical sense of humor. May peace be with you Joe, and I pray that I will be good enough to see you in heaven. Fight on!Marcia Orr Lake
God called Joe home, his task here is done. Now he will be singing praises to his Lord whom he loved and served. “Well done, good and faithful servant….. enter thou into the joy of thy lord”. Douay-Rheim
What a beautiful tribute for a remarkable man. I’ve known Joe for many years, I was even a part of his family for a time. He always had a kind word, a wonderful sense of humor, a generous spirit, and a bright smile. Jovial and positive, Joe spread his enthusiasm for life to everyone he knew. I send all my love to his family.
Joe was the best. He was considered the best marching Trojan of them all, with a kind and patient disposition. He was especially kind to underclassmen who were in awe of the upperclassmen. Everyone loved Joe and although some cannot be at his service, their thoughts and prayers are. I know I will see your smile again, rest in heavenly peace.
Joe and I were friends at USC and in the TMB. As previously noted, he was the greatest marcher of them all, and a kind and gentle spirit. We often went to Mass at the Neuman Center together. I know he and my husband Jeff, who went to heaven on July 5th, are leading the low brass section together! (I wish I could have seen him perform in all those light operas!) My love to you, Drive It Joe, and my condolences to your family
I have many memories of Joe. From St. Anthony’s, Serra High, CCD Congress, watching early episodes of SNL, his time as a cantor for the boys choir. He sang at my wedding and was my daughter’s Godfather at her baptism. What I remember most is that each time I would see him, he always had a big hug and smile for me. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. My condolences to your family. Rest in Peace with God. I miss you, buddy.
May the Great Spirit guide you into the heavens safely. Been classmates since St. Anthony’s and Serra. Yes he is truly a great guy and friend.
Joe, I have known you for a short 5 years but it always left like I knew you forever. You smile make me always smile…..your kindness was so much in your mannerism. A great cantor, I was so glad to see you back to sing at the 11 am Choir at Easter time. What a joy to see you back, but God had better plans for you. Now you are singing for the Lord and I so sure of that. Love you and I know that you are in heaven keeping all there in tune.May your soul rest in peace and love to all your family.Laly Savoy
I will always remember Joe’s wonderful singing and his angelic voice in church at St. Anthony’s. I was a kid back then, in the school . He organized many musical events and was exceptionally talented in that area.
Joe was gifted with that extraordinary combination: total professionalism and focus, extraordinary wit and humor, kindness and humility. We sang many duets together and collaborated on many of his costumes and every moment we spent together was an absolute joy. Whatever one believes about what happens after earthly life, I am sure that Joe is enjoying the very best because he was the very best.
Joe and I sang together for several years, and he was an absolute delight. He and I did Sonny and Cher together, and while I’ve done a lot of singing in my time, that duet with Joe remains the most fun I’ve ever had on stage. I was so grateful that I got to tell him that in person just a few weeks before he passed away. Rest in peace, my Sonny. The angels are now the lucky ones who get to sing “I got you, Babe.”
Joe is the epitome of the phrase: it’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years. I worked with Joe at Davidson & Associates/Knowledge Adventure and I don’t think there was ever a time he did not greet me with a big smile and hello. He was always hard working, yet bonded with every one of us in a special way. I don’t know anyone we worked with who did not love working with him. Joe was taken from this earth way too soon. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and all that were lucky enough to have crossed paths with him. We are all very lucky to have known such a wonderful person.
Remembering Joe from the USCTMB – a sincere, fun, truly nice person. Joe made this world a better place. Miss you!
Dear Ann & the Skelley’s, I was privileged to sing with Joe at St. Margaret Mary choir directed by Scott Arkenberg & we toured all over Central Europe in 1994 (7 countries & 30 cities). He is the epitome of a gentleman. I will never forget his smile. I only wish Joe & I stayed in touch since the last time we spoke at Peggy Basile’s funeral (she was from same choir). Sorry I was unable to make the Memorial service. My prayers are always with you & your family. God bless, Noreen Garin Helvie (Santa Clara, CA) BMHS Class of ’81
I had the pleasure of working with Joe at Davidson – he was always so kind – I just wanted to acknowledge to the family what a privilege it was to work with him and to pray God’s blessing on you at this time.
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