It has been almost two months since the passing of my dear friend Joe. Most all of you know him as one of the founding members of the Trench Coat Mafia, but to me, he was simply my friend.
I wasn't sure if many of you knew about his passing, but I wanted to let everyone know about it, since it was someone connected to Columbine. However, let us not forget that Joe was a person. He was not some glamorous famous person because of his Columbine connection. He was not meant to be some kind of idol. Who he was was a funny, down-to-earth guy who would give the shirt off of his back for his friends and family. He was a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend to many. He was the type of person you would never forget once you met him. One of those people who would be a friend for life, as they say.
As someone who enjoys writing obituaries and memorials for my friends and family who have sadly passed on, I have made a listing for Joe on FindAGrave.com. You can find it here. Some of the information needs to be tweaked (such as his birthdate), but I plan to get in touch with his sister again to correct the info. You are welcome to leave your condolences there, or you may leave them on the Denver Post website here. This goes without saying that if you do leave a message of condolence, it would be inappropriate to say something about Joe being an idol or anything like that. If I find out that someone does this, your ass is mine. That would be disrespectful, and there is no need for that.
With all of that said, may Joe rest in peace. The world is a duller place without him here to lend his laughter. I miss him terribly...