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Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I can attest first hand that Joe was a great cop as we teamed up from time at Company G. That was our first station. We had a lot of great times and great laughs regarding some of our the incidents we were involved in. We would reminisce when we crossed paths. My heart felt condolences to the family.

Cal Nutting
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Kathi, our heart breaks for you and your family. I was fortunate enough to know Joe for the past 10 years and play golf with him for several years. The thing I will remember the most about Joe is how he always made me feel. When you saw Joe he always made you feel like you just made his day by being in his presence. He always made me feel like I was his best friend. He will be greatly missed.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Kathy, My heart goes out to you and the kids. You both are incredible people. so sorry for your loss. BJ Woods
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
my dear Kathy, my heart goes out to you, I wish I could be there for you like you and joe were for me in my time of heart break
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Such an honor and a pleasure to have known Joe! He was one of the most wonderful men I have ever met! I am saddened by his loss and send my condolences to his family. Please know my life was better because of Joe.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I had the honor and privilege to call Joe my friend and golfing buddy. We had many occasions to play golf with him and his brother Bill. Joe was always positive and upbeat and a great listener. I will miss those days we played together. He indeed was one of the best Cops I ever worked with.and will be missed by all.My thoughts are also with the entire Engler family on Joe's sudden passing. A special prayer for Kathy and all the kids...God Bless
Monday, September 16, 2013
Kat,
Our sincere condolences. We just learned today of your tragic loss.
Joe was such a nice guy and we were looking forward in reconnecting when we return to Healdsburg from San Diego.

Again, so sorry. Words fail.

Cullen and Beth Wilder
Monday, September 16, 2013
Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your extended family.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Dear Kathy and the entire Engler family. Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a nice guy and Kathy, I had never seen you happier than when Joe walked into the room! He was a wonderful and kind man and will not be forgotten in this world.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
What an empty spot Joe leaves in so many lives now, and what a trail of grateful, loving people he leaves behind. His heart was full of compassion, competence and energy for the good things in life, and I heard an SFPD colleague of his say once that he was 'a lot of copper,' a deep compliment. His life was a life well led,full of resilience and caring for others, and he affected so many of us,in substantial ways. I don't think I ever had a conversation with him in the last 30 or so years where he didn't mention his family and friends, and how much you meant to him, and I'm sorry for that empty spot he leaves in your loves now. I believe he's in the presence now of the only One who loves him more than we do.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Joe Engler was my hero. I never got to tell him that. It was an honor to be his friend. I loved being with him and Kathi. Wish we'd had more time together! Joe was true blue and so steady that it seems so shocking to lose him suddenly. My sincere condolences go out to the whole family. He loved you so much.

There is no doubt that Joe made the world better for having been in it. His sudden exit from our lives is a reminder to live each day as well as we can. Life is precious and fleeting.

With love and gratitude,
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Cousin Joe--you ARE one of the all-around "good guys"! I'm so very glad that we had our cousins' gathering in July. That will always be my memory to cherish. Thank you for all the times that you were "there" for me. Kathi and all family, my heart aches for you. May your memories bring you peace. Love to all, Cousin Rose
Saturday, September 14, 2013
From 1st grade through life, Joe was my friend. My heart aches, but it is with gratitude that I read all of the above tributes to one of S.F.'s finest. My love to all of the family.
Joan McCormack
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Kathy, I am so sorry to learn of Joes passing. I extend my sympathies to you dear one and your family. I remember joes wonderful laugh. Blessings to you.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
As one of the many cops that Joe helped through a difficult situation I can simply say, Thanks Joe, my life and the lives of many others benefited greatly from yours. Rest In Peace Brother.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Was such a pleasure to be in Kiwanis with Joe who was so friendly and giving and always with a big smile. He will be missed by many!
Friday, September 13, 2013
Debbie, Steve and I send our condolences and prayers to you and your family, May the lifetime of good memories bring smiles to your faces in the days and weeks ahead. hugs.
Friday, September 13, 2013
I'm so terribly sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a wonderful man and a help to so many. Kathy, you and your family are in my prayers. RIP Joe.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to all of Joe's family.
Friday, September 13, 2013
I have only known Joe Engler for a short time. Several years ago he came to the Healdsburg Museum as a volunteer. He was a very kind, gentle man. A pleasure to work with at the Museum. My condonlences to Kathi and family.
Friday, September 13, 2013
I'll never forget all the things we did together the fun,laughter and heartbreaks. May God Bless you forever
Friday, September 13, 2013
I am but one of many hundreds who can say that my life is better for having known Joe.
Friday, September 13, 2013
GOD bless you Joe and the Engler Family. We had many a fine time at Holy Name Parish and when we both moved to Novato. A sudden shock and the loss of a fine Human Being
Friday, September 13, 2013
REST IN PEACE JOE. YOU WERE TRULY ONE OF THE SFPD'S FINEST.

MIKE DOWER
RET. SFPD
Friday, September 13, 2013
MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE ENGLER FAMILY.
JOE WAS TRULY A GREAT GUY. IF YOU WERE
HIS FRIEND, YOU WERE HIS FRIEND FOREVER
AND THERE'S NOTHING HE WOULDN'T DO FOR
YOU. THE WORLD HAS LOST ONE OF ITS FINEST.
JACK GAWLEY
Friday, September 13, 2013
TO ALL THE EXTENDED ENGLER FAMILY,
MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF YOU ON JOES PASSING. THOUGH I NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH HIM, I PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF WITH HIM, AND HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE. HIS GENUINE CONCERN HOW HIS FELLOW OFFICERS WERE DOING, WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE TO ME. YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED "BIG JOEY".
JOHN WYMAN
RETIRED SFPD
Friday, September 13, 2013
Very hard to fathom that this big hearted gentlemen has been taken from us all. The good news is that Joe has left a big footprint on this earth and an even bigger footprint in all of our hearts! Cousin Joe, RIP. Terry Healy
Friday, September 13, 2013
My dear cousin Joey...What a blessing it has been to have you for a cousin,and to have lived next door to you for so many many years. You will always have a special place in my heart. Love Marge
Friday, September 13, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss

The Radetich family
Friday, September 13, 2013
Very sorry for your loss... Love and sympathy,
Laura Fenton-Seyler and family
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to the Engler family. My dad worked with Joe back in the day.
Friday, September 13, 2013
My sincere condonlences to the Engler family.

Joe was one of my most valued friends. He was a great guy and an excellent cop.

Joe's dedication to helping other people who were suffering difficulties in their lives is well known. There wasn't anything Joe wouldn't do for a person and especially a fellow cop who was in need of help and support.

I'm not alone in saying that he will be missed. He's undoubtedly one of the best human beings that I've ever had the privilege to know.

RIP, Joe.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Deepest sympathy to all the Engler family especially his daughter Kerry, Thinking of you all at this sad, sad time. I remember your Dad always with a smile on his face.
Friday, September 13, 2013
My condolences to the Engler family. Joe was one of the good guys,many fond memories of him from the SFPD RIP
Friday, September 13, 2013
RIP Joe, met you once and will remember your forever. Justine Slattery McCoy, Ireland
Friday, September 13, 2013
Our deepest sympathies from Ireland, Tony and Nora Hall
Friday, September 13, 2013
Sorry to hear about Joes passing. I know the Engler family (Tom&Steve) May your soul be in heaven--Tom and Ann McGee Peoria Arizona.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Uncle Joe, you are missed. You helped soo many people. I am honored to know you and be your nephew. RIP Uncle Joe.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Loved Joe, love you Kathy. You both had such an amazing bond & love for each other. God Bless & God Speed. So privileged to know you both. Much love to you & see you soon.
Friday, September 13, 2013
our hearts are aching for the loss of such an awesome guy & for his amazing wife, Kathi & his loving family
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Joe was my Police Academy classmate and friend for over forty years. He was truly one of San Francisco's finest and a wonderful human being.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Joe was a true friend. He could always be trusted to give an honest and insightful response to any issue, no matter how serious or frivolous. He will be dearly missed.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Joe was a very special guy, and I really enjoyed enjoyed working with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Joe was a standup guy God bless him
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