Several years ago my parents
gave me a hat that said “I CAME, I SAWED, I FIXED IT” on the brim. I
immediately knew I had to give it to Joe and I believe it became his favorite baseball hat.
The inscription “I
CAME, I SAWED, I FIXED IT” described Joe perfectly.
Joe always CAME to the
assistance of everybody: family, friends, clients, animals, and anyone that needed his help.
I think Joe was happiest when he was helping others.
Joe SAWED things in more
ways than one. He was a great carpenter and knew more about construction than
all most everyone. Joe also SAWED everything that was going on around him, he
listened, he paid attention, and he really cared.
Joe FIXED IT better
than anyone I’ve ever known. He could fix anything around a home. Joe fixed his backyard so it was the most popular one in Rock Hill for birds, squirrels,
cats, and children. Joe loved to fix bumps, bruises, scratches, and broken hearts
He loved taking care of
children. I watched him teach his grandson to play, crawl, walk, talk, and behave. When I look at Spencer I see a miniature Joe.
Spencer loves to say “I fix”, “I help”, I do” “I clean”, he is a great listener,
he loves to give hugs and kisses, no one is a stranger, he comforts people when they are down, he loves feeding the birds,
and he loves being around babies.
I learned so much from
Joe, I can never thank him enough for that. He gave me his only daughter. And in two years Joe taught Spencer more about life than I will ever be able to. I will always miss Joe with all of my heart, but now I know that Joe will always be
right here beside me. He’ll be the one that comes running to the door,
gives me a big hug and kiss, and screams “daddy, daddy, daddy” when I get home from work
I will always love you