My sister, brother and I loved Joe. He spent 16 years with my Mother (Caralee) in Auburn. He was a wonderful, caring partner to her and a generous friend to the 3 of us. His wit, charm and voice will be missed by many.
I never knew Joe Carroll, but I always enjoyed his columns and reading about his escapades. And like Herb Caen, he wrote wonderful obituaries.
I really cherish the times spent with Joe over the years. We first met through our mutual friend, Carolee. I will always think of the good times and singing those great Sinatra songs he loved so. The last time I saw him I played the ukulele and we sang his favorite, "Satin Doll". I'll miss you, Joe. Be at peace, dear friend.
Dear Joe: I am so very sorry to hear of your dear father's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. You and your family are in my prayers.
Betty Hamilton, Carmichael, CA (Murphy Austin)
From my school girl perspective, Joe was arguably the first glamorous man to ever hit Auburn. With his tan, seersucker summer suit, and bowtie he had "big city" written all over him. For years I worried Auburn wouldn't be able to hold his interest, and was forever relieved to realize that his spiff had come to stay. Auburn has lost a treasure.