For Joe

A Father

You told us

of a necklace that held

special memories


with your daughter

and stories that spanned many locations


A Student

You sculpted me in

a reading position one day

and called me ‘Read-ey’.

Curious. Happy.

Sometimes the struggle makes us stumble

You said, ‘Never give up. Never blame yourself.

Always keep trying’


A Mentor

Sunshine on a cloudy day.

Your fear was a bear and

though you wanted to run away

you faced him.

You never stopped challenging yourself


A Friend

‘He was always there for people

Always caring’

‘He could tell a joke with a straight face’

‘He would have wanted us to laugh’


We miss you.