Always in my heart and on my mind. I love you and miss you so much. It still does not seem real. I just do not have the words anymore. I just love you and always will.
I miss you! Every time I hear that certain someone's music that we used to listen to together I feel you with me. My thoughts are with your family during the holidays & I know you are with them. I know you loved Cleveland so much. It is crazy how much change is happening in Cleveland right now & how awesome this city is. I wish you were here to see & enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you & your entire family.
I miss you Son. May THE LORD JESUS CHRIST Bless your Soul. Love you Son.
I miss you. I think of you every single day. Maddie walks on her tip toes and it is most noticeable when she is barefoot. Her ears stick out just a bit, and she loves music. She reminds me a lot of you in many ways. When I ask her where Khalo Joey is, she points to your pictures. I know she has never met you, but I know she knows who you are. It is crazy that you never met and will never meet MY family. My husband and my child are so important to me, as you were, but you will never know them, but they know you. To know me is to know you. My only child has part of your name. I love you. I wish you were here. I hope I am making you proud. I am living everyday to the fullest and doing what makes ME happy. I miss you. We all do. Love you forever no matter what.
Joe - Just a few days ago, I was driving in my car, as I was running errands, and I unknowingly flipped the radio station to one of my pre-set channels, and “Not Alone” was playing … instantly, (because of your C2 video) it made me stop and think of you -- which then made me think of the date - which gave me chills, and made me look at the time on my car radio, to which I realized (with goosebumps) that it was literally exactly 5 years (to the very minute) that I was sitting in my car saying “good-bye” to you. Honestly, if it weren't for the song playing on the radio, I never would have noticed…. So to say the least, that moment was a very severe coincidence… but to me, it only just confirms that some people come into our lives for a reason, some will only last a season and others will last a lifetime… just as the poem says…
“Reason, Season, or Lifetime”
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
It is hard to believe that 5 years has gone by so quickly, yet your voice & memory are still so prevalent in my thoughts, as if I was just sitting and talking with you yesterday. You were definitely a one of a kind, as your soul & spirit are indelible, and your time on earth was impacting.
Joe, I will never know the “why” - but I always KNOW that you came into my life for a REASON, and for whatever unknown reason, it brought your friends into my life for a season, but, without a doubt, your memory will definitely last a lifetime.
God bless your soul in your eternal life, and may our Lord Father continue to keep you close to your family and loved ones.
- Always in my prayers.
Miss you Joey. You were the best. You introduced me to so many people and I have so many wonderful memories of you. I hate that we can never make memories again. I love you, always will.
Joey, my handsome "little" cousin whom I met once in my life when he was more or less 6 years old. The way I know you as a little boy is engraved in my heart. Now I got to know you very well, the way I know my son, whom you must have befriended now that you're together for afterlife!
This piece of my heart I'm trying to put into words today, is somehow addressed to dear Lara as well. Only because, though I haven't got the chance to meet her yet, I do always read and contemplate her writings to you and get to know you more and more. Who said distances drift people apart? I don't believe it! Getting to know someone well is the work of the heart and the soul. I feel you habeebi the way I feel my Aziz. I feel your presence the way I do his.
I feel May and live her agony and grief each and every moment of my life. The loss of a child leaves a tremendous incurable pain in the heart, the mind, the soul, the body, and everywhere. Nonetheless, on the hidden side of the threshold that you had tresspassed, exists the everlasting life we believe in, and the world of utter perfection and absolute knowledge to which you, Aziz, and the rest of your comrades are much closer than we are.
Thank you cherished Lara for making me know you through the letter and know angel Joey the way he was here, is and will ever be in the hereafter! Blessed is the womb that conceived of you and your siblings.
I feel relieved now that I let go of deep feelings that were choking my breath and I wanted to share with you Joey and with all the hearts that beat for you. take care of you little brother Aziz and pray for us. We do need your prayers much more than you need ours, heavenly angels! God rest your souls!
I pray for you and your family all the time, you will be in our hearts forever......
Miss our conversations where u are right and it takes me 3 months to realize it....xoxo
Merry Christmas Good friend ! Miss you, watch over my Grandma up there for me...
It never gets easier. It never seems right. You'll never meet my Madeline Joey. You'd love her Joe. I always thought she looked a lot like you, and some of your friends have seen her and agree that she resembles you. I'm sorry I haven't written here in quite some time. It's hard to write because I want to believe we'll meet again. There was much left unsaid and perhaps undone. Knowing that you're gone forever hurts. Nothing is the same. Life does go on, but our family doesn't. Our family as we knew it died with you that horrible day on April 18th 2008. None of us are the same. We carry a heavy soul and a broken heart stitched on our sleeves. How does a family truly go on when the link that started it left so suddenly and soon? It's strange to look at pictures where we were once a family of 6. I replay our last conversations over and over again, realizing that they weren't frequent enough, but somehow they left a huge impact. I love you and miss you. I wish you were here. I try to live each day with no guarantee of tomorrow, which you made look easy. You were a fantastic big brother. Not sure if I ever said that to you so I'm saying it now. You were the only big brother that I'll ever have. I'm lucky to have been Joe Abboud's little sister, or as some people thought, your twin. Xoxo
hi Joe I still cant believe your gone..i miss you sooo much..I miss the talks we used to have...you were such a great friend..you were amazing person..Thinking of you...xoxo
Hey joe,its almost summer the dayes we used to go to the beach with all the guyes its comming up soon,your in our hearts for ever,miss you buddy
In my head I replay our conversations over and over til they feel like hallucinations. I could really use a good talk with you today. I'll miss you forever.
Missing you so much. sooo much.
I can't believe that this is how I have to "release" my thoughts when I want to share something with you. I know you're dead, but sometimes I just think that this is all still a horrible nightmare. I know that souls never die because souls are energy, which can be transferred, but never destroyed. I'm not sure how it translates after that point, but writing here allows me to attempt to reach your soul. I hope you hear me. I miss you terribly. I am almost 5 months pregnant, Jay and I moved to Texas, and we bought a new house. So far they think the baby is a girl, but I find out for sure this week. Her name will be Madeline Joey Matisek. So much has changed in my life. The one thing that remains unchanged is the fact that you're not here. I'm going home for X-mas this year. This will be the first X-mas I've gone back home for in over 12 years. It will be bittersweet.I go to your grave everytime I'm in Cleveland, but that is not what I want. I want to see you, hug you, talk to you, & have you preach to me why I should move back to Cleveland. I want you there this X-mas arguing politics with Dad smoking your cigars and drinking your JW. Not sure why people say it gets better over time because for me it doesn't. I am finally having a baby and to know you won't be here makes me so sad. I just want you here. We all do. Mom, Dad, Helen, and Georgie. We never even have to say anything about you being gone. You can see the sadness in our eyes and feel the holes in our hearts. Of course, we move on with life and make the most out of it, but we all live with this eternal grief that will never go away. Especially mom and dad. They are the strongest people ever. I haven't even had my baby yet and I can't imagine anything bad happening to her. I would lose my mind. Joe, please remember that you are on our minds all the time. You have so many loved ones still mourning you. I don't want you to ever think that you are forgotten. Forgetting you is impossible. I love you and miss you.
You are an amazing and loving soul. You have blessed my life and the lives of so many others. This is apparent in the video your dear friend Biz made. It reminds me of all of the great times we shared, driving up and down Lake Rd looking at all the houses. Talking about what type of home you wanted when you were a Federal judge, the job you insisted you would someday have! You talked about the red Trans Am you would someday own, which of course you did! I remember the long talks we shared at Lakewood Park. I remember the night your Uncle was injured how we sat there for 5 hours just watching the sunset, crying, talking and then sitting in silence. I still have the necklace you bought me and the “love songs” tape you made me, but most of all I have my memories. Thank you for being you and blessing me by sharing moments of your life with me! I miss you but know you will always live on in everyone blessed enough to know you!
What's up man? It's almost like you're with us again when I go through your new website. It's a great feeling, you know? To feel like you're back with us. Everyone misses and loves you. You made such an impact in the lives of people you knew. To that we say thank you for every moment we shared. Wouldn't trade those moments for anything in the world. Rest well my friend.
Special thanks to Biz for the amazing website.
I know you will live forever in the memories of your friends and family. Biz did the greatest honor a friend could ever do. He has allowed us to see you, hear you, and laugh with you when ever we need.I think this is all because you loved so deep and you touched so many hearts.
I think of you often and always end with a smile.
Thank you so much for the website! It was wonderful to share these memories! I think of you Joe every day, I love and miss you so much!
Joe I miss you and your always in my heart. You are one of the most giving people I have ever meet. Your memory will live on. Thank you biz for an amazing site.
Hey Biz, what a great display of art in honor of Joe... i watched it all and boy does it bring back memories... even though i wasn't part of these great archives of videos you shown, i remember we did all these things even way back with no videos...it sure brings back memories with the crew and Joe.... what i know about Joe Abboud, that he was one tall kid and fun to be around... we had some good times together... i am happy to have crossed paths in our short time we spent in our lives but i will cherish the moments we shared in our high school days...may peace be upon you Joe..
Great Job BIZ ! The memories of a great friend!
I just viewed your website that went live today courtesy of Biz's hard work and dedication to fulfill a promise he made to you in producing the "Crew Tape" Part 2. I spoke to Biz a couple of days ago for several hours. He explained this Crew Tape thing to me and now I get it. This is what you did with your friends. Hung out together drinking , camping, listening to music, hotel parties etc. It was such raw footage and I loved it. It was like I was there with you guys. I missed out on these "golden years" with you because I was so far away for so long. I enjoyed watching you laughing, dancing, and giving the peace sign as much as possible with a huge smile on your face. You were such a goof ball and now people can see the life and legacy you leave behind. I miss you tons and on this 4th of July I am thinking of you like any other day. I love you Joe and no matter how much time passes it will still kill me to know I will never see you again.I hope I am wrong and that in some way shape or form I will see you. Don't ever forget how much you are loved and missed by so many of us yearning to see you, touch you, hear you, and feel you. With lots of love today I am going to cheers in your honor and in honor of this website that I can now go to anytime I want. I love you brother and we all wish you were here today...xoxo
For so many years you made us all laugh, you are truly one of a kind. I know you are watching over us all now from above. The old videos made me think of the time your old Toyota (I think that's what it was, living over off Fulton)got stolen & then returned! God we laughed so hard because you said it could only happen to you! I remember you ALWAYS playing music at Malloys, & the CD you made for me of all those very songs, I think of you every time I hear them on the radio(Cruel Summer especially, it makes me smile). We knew you were at the bar before we even saw you when that song came on! Your missed Joe & never forgotten. Biz, you did such an amazing job & Joe would be so proud of you!
Great Website Biz! Its amazing and Joe is biting his nails and laughing as he watches it from above! Miss you Joe but you're with me everyday good friend!
Missing you Joe. Biz is doing something that we are all eager to see. To hear your voice and see videos, even through my computer, will be amazing. There will be many moments and memories I will get to see of yours that I missed out on because I lived so far away and was always "too busy" to come visit. Many regrets with that, but nothing can be done now. I miss you and love you and wish I could make more memeories with you. I love you and want you to know I was wlaways grateful to have a big brother like you. That never changed and will never change. I love you..xoxo
Yo, what's up brotha! I Miss you, but I wanted to stop by tonight, since I've been dancing all night with excitement. I bet you're biting your finger nails right now giggling huh Joe?!? - Oh Yea, I'm excited too, You and I are going to rock the roof off everyone's house one more time. Over a decade in the making, and I never forgot about that "project" I owed you all these years. Are you ready Joe?!?! You better freshen up buddy, Looks like you got one more grand appearance to make my man, because its almost showtime baby!!!!!
i miss you still, think of you often, and will love you forever.
Leave it to me to forget to light the candle first; see my previous entry.
It has been 3 years today since you have been gone. My heart sits heavy today. My tears run like a river. My mind remembers all the good memories our family shared. Time has moved quickly, but none of this time has helped in making this easier. It was like yesterday I heard the most horrible news that you died. I try to cope with today as best as I can. If only I could've had 10 minutes with you before you died. I wanted to tell you so much. You were my big brother and I loved you so much. You touched so many people in your short life on earth that mourn your loss and celebrate your life today. In your 31 years you impacted this world tremendously with who you were as a human being. People that met you for 5 minutes remember you today along with those that knew you for the majority of your life. Mom, Dad, Helen, Georgie and I are pain stricken and sad. We miss and love you so much.
I recently had a long and good conversation with someone very special to you. It made me happy to hear from them and I know you are watching over this person along with us.
I hope that I will see you in a dream soon and talk to you.
I love you and miss you.
Your sister Lara Matisek
I know you see and hear us. I realized that when you came to me in my dream I gave her the message and told her what you said so she would know it was real.When I called she cried at first then said it was just like you to say those things and she knew it was real when I told her about the cross. Thank you for the visit we love you and miss you. It warms my heart to know you are still watching over her.
Always in my heart as a son.
Dear Joe's friend who made this last post on 1/6/2011,
My parents wanted me to contact you and tell you thank you for the ornament you left for Joey at his grave site. My parents felt that it was so expressive and thoughtful. It is gorgeous and so much appreciated by our family that you took the time to do this. They wanted me to let you know they took the ornament with them home in fear it would get broken or damaged throughout the year, especially during the winter. They are going to bring it back to his grave every Christmas and place it there during the holidays. They would love to speak with you if you are okay with that. My Dad's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my email address is Laraone2003@yahoo.com. Feel free to contact us if you would like to reach out. If not, no offense is taken, but we just wanted to show our gratitude and appreciation for your kindess towards our son/brother. Thank you so much!
Lara Abboud Matisek
It has been quite some time since I have written here, however, though my words have become few in between, my thoughts and prayers are always constant. Unfortunately for me, I never had the chance to know you, as so many have, yet for some reason, in such a brief time, you made an everlasting memory of someone I will never forget. I suppose, I didn’t have to really “know you” for years, to realize that your untimely death still seems unfathomable, and that your empty physical presence would be a loud , deafening silence. With the holidays upon us, I was up in town visiting, and made it a point to stop by to say my prayers. I suppose everyone has their own special memories of you, but the one memory I have of you, is how much you truly loved all your friends. I remember sitting there with you, for hours, and talking about each of your different friends, and how much they all meant to you, which I found to be so endearing in this day and age. And because that memory has always been kept so warm in my heart, I wanted to honor it by doing something special for you and, in my own way, I wanted to “bring” your friends “to you” (so to speak), so they can all “be there with you” for the holidays, since you loved them so much. I did this by making you a glass Christmas ornament, decorated with your initials, some sparkle and a cross on the outside to bless you with, that I filled with many snowflakes, and on each snowflake, I attached the face of each of your friends and your family members, from pictures that I gathered from a friend of yours. I distinctly put your family in color, so they could stand out amongst the other snowflakes, since there is nothing more important than family - but you could shake up the ornament (kind of like a little snow globe) and see the many loving faces. The thought that one snowflake alone, is a beauty all in itself, so fragile and delicate, yet unique in it‘s wondrous shape and form (such as you, Joe), alone it is just a snowflake, however, when you put many snowflakes together, all different, all unique, (such as you & your friends) you can make beautiful landscapes and even form mystical snowmen and snow angels, such as the beautiful bonds you had made with all those that meant so much to you. “Every snowman starts with just one snowflake” and your snowflake, combined with everyone else’s, created one great snowman of friendship, that even though the seasons, change, and the snow melts, each year the snowman will always be there, just the same that your friendships will never melt away even though you are gone. When I went to visit your grave, there was a little Christmas tree that someone had left for you, in which I hung your ornament. I hope the cold weather elements did not break the glass, but if it did, at least it was in tact for a day and the thought that your friends are the snowflakes that will surround you for the holidays, is good enough to know. The pictures were laminated, so even if they got wet, from being outside, they would still hold up. God Bless you Joe. May you be resting in peace with our heavenly Lord up high and using your wings to stay close to your family & loved ones. I will always keep you and your family in my prayers and will always visit you anytime I am up in Cleveland. I didn’t have to know you more than 5 minutes in life, to care, or be a friend, so just because the calendar’s pages turn, my memory of you, will never fade.
Today would've marked your 34th birthday and I would be calling and wishing you a happy birthday, but instead I am writing to you in your funeral guest book. I know you are no longer here, but I miss you and feel the need to put my heart on paper to you from time to time. I wish I could go back and tell you certain things I never did. For that, I am so sorry. You know how much I love you and wish that I saw you more often. I promise that. If I knew what was about to unfold almost 3 years ago, I would've made different decisions. I know no regrets are allowed, but I do have that one regret in life. Live today, because tomorrow is not guaranteed is what you always preached. I know when you died you were happy. I know you lived out all your dreams possible up until that day. I have no doubt of this.
I am married to my one and only soulmate now. The wedding was tough for all of us without you. I know if you were here you would approve of Jay, so I am at peace with that.
I wish I could say that we will meet again, but my views on life and faith have come full circle. I believe this is the only life we have to live and living it to the fullest is what I intend on continuing to do. I won't be reckless because that is simply not me, but I will make sure I am as happy as possible and enjoying myself until the end. I know this is the only thing we know for sure and that we are guaranteed. NOW is the most powerful thing we have and yet we tend to lose track of that concept. I love you so much and not a single day goes by without you on my mind. I wish you were still here. I would give anything for you to come back to us. Mom and Dad miss you like crazy and will forever mourn your loss. Dad is finally coming home next month for good. Helen and the kids are good, but she misses you. You guys were so close and had so many good times. Georgie is hurting without you. He doesn't say it, but his eyes speak it. It hurts me and I lived far away for so long, so I can't imagine Helen, Georgie, Mom and Dad and how they feel because for the 10 years I was away they saw you every single day. We miss you Joe. We want you back.
Everyday my heart shatters because I realize that is not going to happen. If only I knew Joe. What else can I say? You are gone forever and all I have are the dreams and memories you left behind. Thank you for those. So many unforgettable times that I will hold close forever. I love you--
Love Lara Abboud-Matisek
I remember being sad when you passed...but tonight I found some notes you sent me...( a long time ago) and my heart is soo heavy! How I wish we would've stayed as close as we were! May you rest in peace!
I miss you so much. I wish you were here for me to call or see. I have been to Cleveland so many times since you passed and all I can visit is your grave. I just think of you and all the things that have changed for me in my life. I am getting married 11/27/10 and I wish you could be there. I wish you could have met Jay. He is the best and I know you would have approved of him. I love you Joe. I wish you could be a part of everything. I am getting married in St.Thomas and it is going to be beautiful. I have been truly "living" , especially these last few months. I have done a lot of self reflecting and remembered what you always told me about the "one" life we have to live. I am living by your words. I love you. Mom and Dad are doing good. Dad is trying to come home for good now. He is working hard on that. Mom, well she is hanging in there and being strong. Georgie is doing his thing and is good, but I know he misses you tons. Helen, Fadi, Jude & Gabi are all well. Jude and Gabi are my ring bearer and flower girl and I just know if you were here that you would be spoiling them like everyone has because they are the best. I still can't accept that you have passed away. There is still a sick, numbing feeling I get when I think about it. I just feel so sad sometimes and just don't know why you are gone. I know you had HCM, but it still makes me sad and angry that you are gone. Anytime I hear an 80's song it reminds me of you. I see a muscle car and think of you. When Metallica comes on forget it...all I think is my brother JOE!!! I want you to know that I have not and never will forget you. No one has forgotten Joseph Roger Abboud. You left a rare legacy behind that touched so many people. I love you
You would think after two years I could have accepted this new reality of you not being here. But, not a day goes by that I want to believe I can't call you or come see you. I still can't go to your grave and I'm sorry. You've come to me in my dreams so many times and I know it is unfair for me to not come to you. I'll figure it out and be there one day, promise. I just wanted to say that I miss you and I love you. It's a beautiful day today, I am sure we would have gone golfing and played poker...of course if it were Sunday, we would have been making our famous sandwiches. You are still on my account...they asked if I wanted to take you off, I said no.
I have seen you as a little child once in my whole life, but I know you well through my heart. I pray for you every day when I pray for Aziz, and I contemplate your lovely face shining before the lit candle as I do my son’s. I feel you with my only son, two angelic spirits hovering over the Silent Land. Through this maze of agony, I escort your mom, my beloved cousin May, with whom I have shared all the moments of childhood ecstasy that now feed on everlasting grief and sorrow. Being much closer to God than we are, pray for us to cope with the bitter fact of outliving our offsprings. When words fail to express, prayers take over. When despair creeps to the depth of the soul, solid faith resuscitates the aching heart. Rest in peace angels, and look after us ailing mothers; open our eyes to the bliss of your everlasting paradisiacal sleep to give us Inner Peace. Lie in the Lap of Virgin Mary and seek the Shelter of Jesus Christ. Blessed are those who are chosen by The Lord, thou art His Elite!
Miss you, its hard to believe it has been two years. You will NEVER be forgotten.
To Joe and his family,
My family and I are thinking of you and missing you. It is hard to believe that is has been two years. I know you are with the ones you love every day in their hearts. Stay with us always. We love you.
2 years came and went. Still missing you everyday. I really want your family to know that you are in many hearts everyday still. Never forgoten. Loved forever. Heard our song the other day. It seems more fitting now than ever.
"remember yesterday, walking hand in hand. Love letters in the sand, I remember you" Skid Row
love you always
Today marks exactly 2 years since you died. I will never accept why this happened to you. You are the one person in this world that never took a second of life for granted. I will never forget all the things you taught and showed me. Even 30 days before you died and we were all in Delaware for Jude's birth you told me so much in the conversations we had. You always sent me a message without even realizing it. I know you lived life to the fullest and died with a smile on your face and those are the 2 things you always said would happen. I miss you and so do Georgie, Helen, Mom, and Dad. Dad came home from Iraq for your 2 year anniversary mass. I am sorry I could not be there. I will be home next weekend. I hate, but also get comfort from visiting your grave when I go back home. Knowing your life has ended and we had to bury you brings me terrible sadness, but also looking there, talking to you and seeing the place next to you that I will one day be buried bring me so much comfort. I love you brother and none of us have or ever will forget you. Mom & Dad have been so strong & brave. They truly are trying to honor what I know you would want them to do; living life to the fullest. I wish you could be here to see Jude grow and our newest addition Gabriella; everyone calls her Little Lara b/c she's fiesty. Next week Dad will meet Jay for the first time. I wish you could be there. I know you would approve 100% and love him. He is a Pilot in the Air Force and intelligent and I know that you would have enjoyed meeting him and welcoming him into the family. I wanted to have your approval and am sad that you will never get to meet the one man who is my true soulmate. I miss you Joe and remember all the things you taught me. I will never forget and I am trying to ensure each day I am living it to the fullest. Money doesn't mattter so I am finally pursuing my one passion in life soon. I love my job, but have a passion to pursue other things and I will be doing that. I know you would be so proud to know I am going to live out my dreams and passion. Thank you for instilling the defintion of "LIFE" in me. What you defined as life we all should. One day I will be next to you resting in peace. Nothing after that is certain, but one thing is; we were born in the same city and we will both be buried there together one day. I love you and would not want it any other way. I miss you and will never forget you. You changed this world forever and thank you for doing so. Dreams and Memories
Joe I saw someone today and thought it was you. A flood of memories can washing over me. You will never be forgotten, love and miss you
Your friends keep you alive in memories and photos. It was like turning back the pages of time to see the two of you in those pictures.Always in ours hearts forevermore. I know you live on in the people that you touched.
Joe, Biz posted some pictures the other day of all of the old times, it brought back so many memories. We miss you. SO often a song comes on and I think of you. I think I see you sometimes in the face of passing strangers, I know you are watching all those who you loved. Miss you, love you.
Happy Birthday Joe
I miss and love you so much...It has been almost 2 years since you have been gone and not a single one has passed without you on my mind. Stay with me Joe...Dreams and Memories forever. xoxo Lara
Happy Thanksgiving Joe
I was not able to make it back home this year. I miss and love you endlessly. I hope that you are still watching over us since I have not seen you in a very long time. Joe I hope you hear me when I talk to you because the things I tell you are things you never got to hear from me before you died. I never get "used" to the fact that you are gone and I don't think I ever will. Why you were taken from us so soon is something that will never "sit" well with me.
I hope you see the wonderful man I have in my life now. I am sure you approve as he is so good to me and respects me. I know you would have loved him.
Joe I miss you and I am sorry. I am sorry for never telling you all the things I needed and should have told you. I am sorry that your life was cut so short. I know you died a happy man because you always told us you would. You always said when people didn't understand your choices or reasons for things that "no matter what you think I will die with a smile on my face". In Delaware less than a month before you died I heard you say that twice. I know you lived every single second of life as your last. I still don't know how you were able to do that. You were one of a kind. I love you and the holidays remind me just how much my heart still hearts since you are gone. I want you to know that none of us have forgotten you and we all miss you terribly. I love you bro. xoxoxo
Happy Thanksgiving to Joes family and friends we all know how much Joe loved the Holidays. So, I will give Thanks for having a great young man in my family even for a short time. We love you Joe.
What an awesome dream I had last night. I was walking in the cemetary to visit your grave. As I was walking someone grabbed my hand. I looked over and it was you, you laughed. It took my breath away. When I woke up it was such an amazing feeling. That is the first time that you visited me in a dream. Thank you. I miss you. I love you!
To Joe's family & friends,
I hope that your holidays are filled with happiness and love.
Why does this get harder without you? So many days I still cry and wish you were here...it wasn't your time to go there is so much I needed to tell you...Joe you now know what I am talking about.I love you i miss you i need you. People tell me how much I remind them of you and it makes me so proud. I learned a lot from you I really did. I haven't met Gabriella Chloe yet, but I see her pictures and she is so adorable. I know you are looking over her and she has an older brother like I do to look over her. I know you are with me Joe. I know you are, but it is not the same as having you here. Thanksgiving is coming up again and I am going to see the family, but it is so depressing sometimes. All our faces show the sign of loss, grief, pain, and endless hope that this is still somehow a horrible nightmare we will wake up from. You are forever in my heart & mind. Not a minute goes by without you in it. Keep us close together Joe...reach out and keep us close. We all love & miss you terribly each day. Love you bro....xoxo Lara
I know you are watching over her,she is having such a hard time with you not being here,the love between the two of you was a once in a lifetime love. Please I pray for her to have peace and you too. Stay with her always be her angel. You were the other half of her. We think of you and talk of the times together often. We miss you Joe. Forever in our hearts.
Anyone who knows me, knows, that I am almost never at a loss for words, but this weekend, when I was up in Cleveland, I stopped by to visit you at your grave… and was truly at a complete loss…. Not finding the words… I just knelt… with tears in my eyes, trying to find all my strength to understand why YOU are there.
The indelible imprint you left with me, will never allow a day to go by without keeping you and your family in my prayers and the thoughts of you from fluttering through my mind. Even in your physical absence…your bright eyes and electric smile continue to shine off that handsome face of yours, seemingly watching, as I sat there and prayed the rosary.
Joe… I can only pray that you are warmly embraced in God’s love & arms and have truly been taken to a place far more superior than what we could ever imagine…because that is the only solace I can find in understanding WHY you are not here with your family & friends continuing to be who you were to them.
As you know, I brought you a cross that I had made on Palm Sunday (out of my holy palms) so that you shall be blessed, and around it, I left you my silver finger rosary, with a prayer card so that anyone who may visit you can use it just incase, they too, ever find themselves at a loss for words, as I had. I tucked it in tight amongst the red roses, hoping that no one takes it… as I probably should have tied the rosary to something… but for now…it is there… and I hope it will be used - not only to pray for you, but also for your family…
The love of my friendship & heart will always be with you, Joe, and every chance I get to make it up to Cleveland again, I will always make the time to see you. xoxo
I love you Joe....missing you and wishing you were here
Always in my heart,the son I never had,but the one that gave his love to my family. We miss you Joe and know you watch over your family and friends. May God bless you as he has blessed us for the time you were in our lives.
Joe I miss you so much. I have been thinking about you even more than I ever have recently. Summerbash is August 1st and I will be there...just wish you would be too. I love you and hope you are resting in peace. Please come and visit us. Don't ever stop visiting us. Today is Georgie's 26th birthday-his second being celebrated without you so please come see him especially now. I know he needs it even though he doesn't say that. I love you Joe and I hope you can hear everything I have told you that I never had the chance to tell you while you were here. I love you
Joe, yesterday marked exactly 13 months since you've been gone. I wanted to come and write you, but could not because I truly didn't know what to say. I feel like my life will never be as happy or as whole as it was when you were here. Jalal texted me yesterday asking if I was coming to summer bash again this year, but I almost considered not going because it is too hard going back to the city you loved & adored knowing I can't see you. I know how much summer bash meant to you every year and Jalal reiterated this so I am going to be there 100%. In your honor & memory I know I can never miss a summer bash. I wish I could take back all the times you would ask me when I was visiting and I would tell you I can't because of school, work, or other obligations. I have realized now, that there is no greater obligation in life than family and friends. I have been to Cleveland more times since you've died than ever before, which deeply saddens me. Joe I need you to come and see me again. Tell me you are doing well and are happy. Jude is so adorable and full of life. I know you are watching out for him and we are all sure to tell him about Khalo Joey who loved him so much. Helen is having another baby, a girl, this month and they are naming her Gabriella. This is bittersweet because we are ecstatic, but we remember that you are not going to be here like you were for Jude's birth. Gosh Joe, everytime I am driving I hear songs that remind me of you, when I am running and want to give up I feel like you are there telling me to keep going. I am living my life to the fullest, but can't help feeling sad and even scared sometimes knowing you are not here. I know I can't pick up the phone to call you and tell you all the things I never had the chance to tell you. I knew the pain in my heart would worsen as time went on because it is more time that I have gone on without you. Please see us. Me, Helen, Georgie, Mom and Dad. We all need you. Your friends too Joe. They need you. To hear from you to know you are doing well. Sometimes I don't believe in God and when I do I am angry at him because I feel like he has caused our family tremendous pain and grief for no reason or at least to me no good reason. Then I remember my first dream of you when you told me that God came to take you while you slept. Joe I am sorry if anything I am saying at this moment upsets you, but I am torn and hurt. Hurt for Mom, Dad, Helen, Georgie, Jude, and now Gabriella who is joining us. Please remember that we love you endlessly and think about you every single day. I love you my brother. Take care and come see us. Xoxoxo
Joe, a year has passed and I still am in disbelief. I am ready to have another baby, and I wish you were visiting me again. I wish you could see how Jude acts; everytime he sees your picture, he gives you kisses. I think he is into cars like you were at a young age because he is just enamoured by any vehicle that passes by. I hope he will have that talent that you had. All your loyal friends were at your memorial service, just like they were there one year ago. I have a feeling that I will have this next baby one month after you've gone to heaven; after all, Jude was born one month before. My children will grow up to know what a great khalo you would have been to them; I'll share my stories and photos and wonderful memories of our time together. Jude just got to wear what you had bought him a year ago when he was born. Everytime he wears it, I think of you. Joe, not a day goes by that I don't think of you and of "what could have been". I hear songs on the radio and I think of you, I know you are around because sometimes I can sense you. I hope you continue to visit me and the kids; everytime I see Jude laughing in his sleep, I hope and pray that it is you making him laugh. I hope you will do the same with Gabriella. I miss you so much, Joe, even though I am removed from Cleveland, you're on my mind all the time. Please continue to visit mom and dad; they need to see you and feel you. Visit with Georgie and Lara. Going back to visit Cleveland is just not the same without you; I almost don't look forward to visiting because there is someone missing. Knowing the joy that Jude gives mom is the only reason I keep going back. I would rather have everyone visit me out here. I go to your room and just wait for you to come home from work or a late night out... but you don't. I love you, Joe, and you will always live in our hearts forever. Looking forward till we meet again.
I know you saw me hug your family today. When I told them I loved them, I meant it. You know that. I dreamt about you again today too-it is bittersweet but I would rather have you in my dreams than not at all.
Lara winked at me today as I passed her in Mass and it reminded me so much of you when you would do the same. I held back the tears but I wanted to just hug her and cry. I love you Joey. Miss you everyday.
It has been one year today that you have left and gone to heaven. I miss you more than you can imagine and still cannot believe you are gone. I sit and think about what type of advice you would give me and then I remember you are no longer here. Whenever I come to Cleveland it's bittersweet because I enjoy seeing our family and friends, but you are not here and I have to visit your grave instead.
A huge part of Cleveland died with you on April 18th 2008. I wish you were here and could see Jude right now. He is so adorable and has the best personality ever. Baby Gabriella is going to be born next month and I know how excited you would be to have your first niece. We miss and love you. Going to your grave is hard because the makes it real that you are gone. Knowing that we had to bury you 6 feet under the ground is painful. I will be next to you Joe and I hope you know that. This last year has not been easy for me. The devastations from your death and other things that followed were too much to handle at times. I wish you were here to give me that brutal honesty that I didn't always want to hear, but that I needed to hear. You always spoke from your heart and believed in things so passionatly. Joe please know that there is not one minute in a day you are not on my mind or in my heart. I really do wish that I could take your place and that you were still here. You lived in a way that no one else lived. Every moment with happiness and joy, no regrets, and no holding back. You didn't follow all the rules society places on us and for that, you lived an incredibly happy life. I don't know anyone with your philosphy on life or your attitude on life. You are one of a kind. I try to make each day count and live it as if it were my last, but I don't know how you really did that whole-heartedly everyday. To do that was like blinking for you, so natural. Brother I cannot accept that you are gone and as quickly as this year has gone by the pain has not. The pain for me gets worse knowing I will never see you again. I can only ask that you know and see what you meant and still mean to me. There are so many things Joe I never had the chance to tell you so I pray that you hear them now. I love you and you are my one and only big brother. The hole in my heart, spirit, and soul will never be filled again until I am buried beside you and meet you in heaven. I love you.xoxoxo
Do you have the concept of time? Do you realize that it has already been an entire year? When I think about when you passed, I could mistake it for a month ago. It is crazy how fast time really flies.
I think about you all the time. I miss you.
Joey, there isn’t a day that goes by that your name or your face doesn’t cross my mind and makes me catch my breath and swallow my tears. Cousin, I miss you in a way that words can never describe, yet I just refuse to believe that you are really gone. There are times I wake up from sleep with your name on my lips and the whispers of a dream you were in as I feel it slipping away and my memory strains to grasp it and hold on. Joey I really don’t know what I will feel when I let myself believe that you are truly gone. It has been almost a year and I refuse to do it. I love you so much, I wish I could hug you one last time and tell you that. The memories I have of you I cherish and keep close to me.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
It’s almost been a year now, and I cannot help but still wish this was all just a very bad dream. I have never, in all my life, met someone so unique, and so brilliantly, and remarkably beautiful, inside and out, that could have touched me so deeply, leaving me with such bitter sweet memories, and sadly, I don‘t think I will ever have that opportunity again.
I would like to share this story… Though Joe has been physically removed from this earth, by the whisper of the Lord’s will, I cannot help but feel Joe’s spiritual presence still around. Just a couple weeks ago, I was feeling really sad, thinking about Joe, as I was keeping him in my prayers…and I was driving in my car, while I was fiddling with my car radio (as I always do) and I kept feeling an intentional tickle on my arm, as I extended it to change my radio stations. I kept wiping away my arm, as though something was on it, however, there was nothing on my arm, and yet it kept happening in the same spot… it was a slight tickle in the middle of my forearm, as though something was lightly brushing against the hairs on my arm… that kept antagonizing me…So after several attempts of swatting at my arm and brushing it down - I couldn’t help but smile because it occurred to me that this was probably Joe teasing me about constantly changing my radio stations, as I had done so, when we were last in my car together. Thinking I was imagining this… I said to myself… “OK, Joe, if this is you…let me hear the certain song that reminds me of you come on the radio before I reach my destination“, which was just 2 short exits away… and I mentioned those parameters because I didn’t want to leave much room for it to be a mere coincidence…That wasn’t leaving much time for a song, that I don’t often hear, to come on…so I changed the station 1 more time and just as I got about as far as the next exit…the next song that came on the radio WAS the exact song, that reminds me of Joe…(and because this is not a song I hear too often, I knew it was intentional that it suddenly came on after I asked for it to be a sign that Joe‘s spiritual presence was near) I immediately started crying, yet smiling, because I felt his presence and thought to myself, how special it was that I could have this chance to “hang out” with him, to keep me company, when I was feeling so sad about him. At that moment the tickle went away, and I have not felt that tickle on my arm since. God Bless you Joe…May the Lord and our Blessed Mother embrace you, and hold you near. You are always in my prayers.
On this Valentine’s Day, I am sending all my love up to heaven, attached with beautiful strings of thoughts and prayers, to a very special Angel (and his family) who is very loved by so many down here on earth and will NEVER be forgotten… xoxo
Dear Lord…it is my prayer for this day, that Joe be blessed with the immense love of our patron Saint Valentine … allowing his heart & spirit to feel the great love of his family, friends and loved ones on this amorous day. Please gift those broken hearts that long for his visit, by sending Joe to them, as often as possible, in return.
Just a note on St. Valentine: He was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses…and today, I ask for his blessing for Joseph and the entire Abboud Family.
Hi Joe. I am so glad that you heard me and came to see me in my dreams on tuesday night. When I see you in my dreams I am able to hug you, kiss you, talk to you as if you are with me...I know dreams are the one way you can reach out to me to let me know you are ok and I thank you for doing that. You got mad at me in my dream because I was so sad and crying and telling you I was made at God and will not forgive him for taking you away. You told me that you are so happy and you looked really good Joe. You always looked good and to see you looking like you in my dreams now is such a comfort. I do miss you more everyday that passes. In this last dream you told me to tell everyone hello and that you are visiting people one by one. You told me to stop being sad, but I told you to stop telling me what to do because I am sad and I miss you! Haha! I am your baby sis, but I am still Stubborn Lara :) I love you and I am happy to be able to tell you the things in my dream that I never had the chance to tell you while you were still alive. I love you bro and I try my best to keep in touch with all your wonderful friends. The family misses you and wishes you were still here, but I know that you are with us each step of the way. It was hard visitng your grave in Cleveland last month. Just know that when its our time me, mom, and dad will be right next to you. We would never allow stangers to be next to you because we know how much family and friends meant to you. You are with us now as we will be with you later. I love you...
Happy Belated birthday! I miss you and want you to know I have been thinking about you a lot. I don't know if you remember Wendy but she passed away suddenly at the end of November....she is very close to you so I can visit you both each time I go. I miss you and wish you were here so we could have celebrated your birthday....I wish I would have seen more before your time came. You were such a special person and always made me laugh.
Happy Birthday Joe. Instead of calling you I now am writing in your guest book because you are dead. Joe it is such a sad realization that you are not here. I never thought this would be so difficult, but with all the holidays that have passed and your birthday today I just can't understand why you are gone. It is 9:30pm in Seattle right now and I wasn't going to write to you because I am very sad, but I had to. I feel like this is my only way to talk to you being so far from your grave. I wish I could visit it everyday. I just don't know what to do sometimes when I really need to talk to you. I took you being around for granted. I should have called you more for advice on many things-especially love. I know no one would have been more honest to me then you. I know you would have not told me you didn't like someone because of lack of money or what they do for a living. You would tell me what you think about someone's character. I just never imagined you would die so suddenly. Joe what am I supposed to do? Poor Mom and Dad have dreaded this day because you are no longer here. On the day they are supposed to remember your birth they remember your death. They love you so much. Helen I know wants you to be able to see Jude so badly. The new baby will be here in about 5 months and you won't be here like you were last year for Jude. Georgie is being strong, but Joe he is crushed inside. He never talks about your death, but I can see his pain when I see him. He misses you more than you know. Joe please be with us all and visit us. We need you more than ever now. We love you and miss you so much.
Happy Birthday, Khalo! Happy Birthday, my dear brother! We love you and we miss you!
Joe, a couple of months ago, we tried to celebrate Thanksgiving; it wasn't the same. We didn't get to hear how your football game was, who won, who got hurt, the funny highlights; we missed seeing you in your American flag sweater. Christmas came and left and it was so hard not to hear from you on this holiday. I know how much you love it, and from what I hear, it's been snowing and freezing like crazy in Cleveland, just the way you like it in the wintertime. New year's eve, I was waiting for a text from you that you usually send out, was waiting to hear how your party was that you usually go to; was waiting to see your handsome face in the pictures that you and your friends took. Didn't get any of that. It was so hard to celebrate because I know that this new year and every new year from here on out, you will not be in any of them, and it saddens me greatly to think that. Your birthday is tomorrow and I look forward to usually calling you and catching up and seeing what's new, how you're going to celebrate it, but it looks like I'll be calling mom and comforting her on what was one of her most joyous days, now, is only one of her most sad days since she can't celebrate your life anymore, until she reunites with you in Heaven. Joe, I miss you so much; you should see Jude. He is so funny now; I wish you were here. I have an ornament on our tree that symbolizes you and everytime I ask him to show me where khalo is, he points to it. We are baptizing him on Sunday, January 11.Everyone is going to be here again, like when I gave birth, except for you and I hate that you can't be here too. I know you are not going to be physically with him, but Jude and I would love it if you were there spiritually with us. Sometimes I think you are here in my home, but I wish I can see you. Please come to me in my dreams. I look forward to seeing you. I love you so much!
I had another dream joey. It was so real that when i woke up i was hysterical and it felt like i lost you all over again. Your embrace and your voice are fresh in my head. I went to midnight mass and cried the whole time thinking of you and trying to understand why you were taken from us. I can't explain it but being out here is so hard! I love you and miss you! Your mom called, and she was really upset. My heart aches for her. Make sure you take care of her, and hold her near to you.
I love you
Merry Christmas my brother. This was one of your favorite holidays and it kills me to know you are not here to be able to celebrate it. Joe I went to share Thanksgiving this year with the family-that was the first holiday I have gone "home" for in the last 10 years. Joe I am so sorry and regret so much not going home more often while you were still alive. Going back for the first time and not being able to see you crushed my heart and spirit. Pierre and Michelle made a board of memories with you and I wasn't in a single picture. Joe I am sorry and I will never forgive myself. I know you said dreams and memories are all we have, yet I wasn't able to be a part of them being so far away. I wake up and think of you. I go to sleep and think of you. Throughout the entire day I am thinking of you constantly. When I go work, out with friends, in my car, anywhere at all, I always have a picture of you with me. Many people ask about the braclet I always wear in your memory and when they do I am so proud to share who Joe Abboud was with them. Joe I still ask God why he took you from us. I still do not accept that you are gone. I am angry at God and I know I will always be and I can't help it. When I go to church I talk to God asking him why he would take you from us when we need you more than he does. I ask why you passed so suddenly with no warning or chance for us to say good-bye? Joe our family is broken to never be whole again without you. Each of us mourns you in our own way, but the pain in our eyes and hearts is the same never-ending grief. Joe the year is almost over and because I lost you it was the worse year of my life. Never did I imagine that you would just drop dead and be taken away from us. You need to be here to see how big Jude is getting. He is the most amazing boy ever. Helen is pregnant again and I know how badly she wishes you were here to see baby Jude grow and welcome the new baby like we did in March for Jude. Georgie is being strong Joe, but I know that he is struggling with the fact that you are gone. You were his only brother. Mom and Dad are also being strong, but Joe the sadness consumes them and I know how horrible they feel knowing that we had to bury you so soon in life. Please visit everyone and let them know that you are still ok. I know you are watching over me as you proved that to me, but not having you here hurts so bad. No one has forgotten you. Your friends, family, and all loved one are always praying for you and remembering all the memories and fun we had. I love you so much. I will be going to Cleveland in January so I will visit your grave. That is probably the hardest part of going back to Cleveland. Having to go to your grave to see you and not home. Whenever I walk up to to your grave I think about the day that I will finally be buried next to you. I love you and miss you and wish that you were still here. Merry Christmas Joe. I love you
Dearest Joe… I wish you a “Merry Christmas” up in heaven this year, with our blessed Lord and his mighty angels … as my thoughts and prayers are with you often, down here on earth, I can only hope that the celebrations of peace, love and happiness are far more greater and glorious up there, than could ever be, down here.
This year, before I shall celebrate the holidays with my family, my prayers and thoughts instead will be with yours, in hopes that they have the strength to greet the new year with hope, love and happiness.
Each day, I pray mostly that God keeps you close to your family, friends & loved ones, so that you may guide them, watch over them, protect them and go to them, when they need you the most. May they feel your presence and spirit in their hearts, and find comfort in your silent angelic touches when you are near.
You were a very special young man to so many people, and so many people hurt deeply in your absence. It is not fair to have had you stolen away so soon, but my faith in the Lord tells me that God had a greater job, in which you were called upon to serve at this time. It is with my faith and constant prayers that I pray for the strength of your loved ones so that they may one day greet each morning again with the renewed hope for finding happiness in each day, remembering fondly of the life that they miss.
God Bless you Joe, and the entire Abboud family, along with all of your many loving friends, this holiday season. May you one day unite together again, in the hands of the Lord.
Merry Christmas to you Joe and all of your family and friends. I hope that everyone finds comfort this holiday season in the memory of past holidays.
Joe, we were looking at pictures not too long ago and all we could do was laugh at all the good times. Things were great then. You and my sis were in love and what is amazing is that even though you two went different ways that love never ended. I will always see you as my brother. You are a part of us. You are a part of our history and your memory is a part of our future. Still think of you often, watch over the one you love I know she misses you. No one ever knew my sister better than me until you. Miss you.
Hey Joe-I am writing this because for months I could feel you around me and now it only happens every once in a while. I know you stuck with me long enough to make sure I was ok-thanks, but I miss you even more now. Jalal and Biz told me how you felt all these years and I still can't figure out why you never told me. I tried a few years ago to reach out to you again and you seemed so scared to get too close. I just want to know why. I always loved you Joe-you were my first true love. You tested everything about me and as much as I hated you for it sometimes it was also why I loved you so much. I still remember our Christmas's together and the vacations we took - especially the cruise. All five of us crammed in one cabin and all of those pictures you made me take. I gave them to your mom. I wanted her to see you having fun and give her a part of your life she missed when the two of you lived in different states. When I find our Christmas video I will send her that too. We miss Joey.
Joe, there isn't a morning that I wake up that you are not the first person on my mind. Not an hour goes by in the day that I don't think about you or want to call you to tell you what Jude is doing. He is so funny and is changing so much! There are so many things he does that would just make you laugh. I want to send you so many text and pix messages just so you could laugh at how funny your nephew is. There isn't a night that I sleep all the way through, for I wake up thinking of what happened. I still can not believe that you are gone. Well, just to catch you up, I'm pregnant again. I'm due in May and I wish so bad that we would have started to have kids sooner so that you could have enjoyed them and been with them longer. Everytime I see Jude smile or laugh in his sleep, I hope that it is you making him happy. He looks at your picture and he knows you; he wants to kiss you, so please, continue to be with him. Mom is not doing good. You need to visit her Joe, please. Joe, please visit dad, too. He sounds ok, but he's just trying to be strong for us. Thanksgiving is coming up and we'll be at Pierre's; I know how much you love this holiday; from the morning of your football game with the guys to coming home and mom worrying that you broke something, to dinner when we get nostalgic about past holidays to passing out after we stuff ourselves. I wish you could tell me one more time how "fat" I'm getting, since my belly should start to show then. It never bothered me coming from you. I miss you so much! Please come to me in my dreams, and if you have and I don't remember, thank you, but come back again. Joe, there is so much that I want to tell you; my days just drag on in a repetitive motion. I wish you could visit us one more time; I wish you would be there when I give birth again. Who will take off the kid's hat constantlly? I just wish someone woke up Georgie so that we took our last family picture like I wanted when you all were here. The last one I have of all of us was at my wedding. Well, I hope to see you tonight; the only thing that makes me want to sleep is the anticipation that I will see you again. I love you and I miss you! I pray that you are at peace.
I went to your grave while I was home, and I got to meet Hayden. He is beautiful. You would love him. Home just isn't the same without you there. I miss you more now than ever. I cried so hard last night. I just want to talk to you one more time.
A few brief moments in time with this man, is all it took for my life to be forever changed… and because of this, there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about Joe and his family, as I keep them dearly close in my daily prayers.
Just days before Joe’s passing, we sat in conversation about this year’s upcoming Presidential election as he displayed his passion for politics. We had opposing views; however, Joe was kind enough to hear mine out, despite his own opinions. And with today being Election Day, I cannot help but to think of Joe fondly, and the discussion we had, as I head my way over to the poles to cast my Vote for the new president to be,( in which I can honestly say, neither candidate is moving mountains for me in either way of my decision making)… and because of my indecisiveness, I would otherwise not vote in this election at all… however, I feel it would be greatly unjust to silence my vote, when other’s can’t be heard… so in honor of Joe, today, I want him to know that I will represent my vote, to stand in for what would have been his, by selecting the candidate of his choice, since his vote cannot be heard. In what little I did know about Joe, I do know that he was very passionate about his choice and it saddens me ever so deeply to know that he did not get to see this day. So tonight, Joe, this vote is for you…. May God’s heaven bring you all the glory and peace that you could not get here on earth… Always in my hearts, thoughts and prayers….I could only pray that we meet again… your friend.
I really miss you....I have a lot of the songs you loved on my IPOD and I listen to them every morning while I workout. The holidays are around the corner. I regret not being able to come home for holidays because of work over the years. Now that you are gone I cannot imagine going home for any holiday and having you not be there. I should have gone when you were still alive. Everytime we talked you would tell me move back or to come visit more often and I am so sorry I didn't. This truly is my only regret in life. I wish I visited more, called more, hugged you more, and talked about things with you more. You know what you meant to me. You are my one and only big brother and no one can ever replace you or fill that void in my life. Your friends are still as loyal as ever and keep in touch with everyone. The headstone we made for your grave represents what you stood for and I hope you "like" it. There is really nothing to "like", but you know what I mean. I will be next to you in Cleveland one day Joe. I love you bro...
I'm thinking of you and you will never be forgotten.....
I dream about you all the time. Last night it was so vivid i woke up and thought it was real. I still cant believe you are gone. I am coming home in October and i am going to visit your grave for the first time. It will crush me. But it will be exactly what i need to help me move on. Love you always Joey
Joe, when we hung out all of time we always listened to Phil Collins. After you died, I heard Phil Collins constantly. I wouldn't hear a song and think about you. I would already be thinking about you and Phil Collins would come on. Everytime I hear him I stop and think Joe is here. Well the reason I decided to write this is because I was just reading this guest book and what song comes on here at work but a Phil Collins song.
Mae, Roger,Georgie,Lara and Helen
I have a card in may car that I have not sent to you and I don't know why. So I want you to know that Joe is a part of all our lives still. We remember and laugh and say what Joe would of said for that moment,or what we think sounded like what he would of said. I saw Joe in my dream laughing and having a great time but I didn't reconize where he was,it must of been heaven. I know Joe watches over all his family and friends and my daughters are blessed to have been in his life and to have shared in his life with his family.
May God Bless all of you.
Joe I miss and think of you a million times a day. Thank you for still watching over me. I can feel you near me and know you are here with me. As sad as I am that you are gone from this earth I am trying to find positive ways to make sure I view the glass half full never half empty. I know that is what you would want from me. Joe this world has changed without you. Mom and Dad have changed and will never be as happy without you, but they are being tremendously strong and brave. Our baby nephew Jude is getting so big. He is better than ever and we always make sure to show him your pictures and tell him about his Khalo Joe. Even though you passed just one month after his birth we know he meant the world to you. Helen and Georgie are good, but miss you terribly. Mom, Dad, Helen, Georgie, and I have a hole in our heart that can never be filled. I wanted to tell you we found out that your organs and tissues went to help numerous people. We found out recently that your eyes were both donated to two seperate people. Even after you left this world you still made an impact and left a legacy behind. No one will ever forget Joseph Roger Abboud. We love you so much .....
I'll stop the world, and melt with you! Your not forgotten Joe...miss you so much!
This man was a person you never forgot about. i worked w/ him @ Ponderosa when i was 18yrs old. We became great friends. He loved politics, tecno and wanted to become a lawyer. Life moved us in different dirctions but i always wonder how he was. My family always new what a special person i thought he was. Its that question peaple ask if, u could see someone again who would it be? Joe was always my answer. God gave me my request. About 2yrs ago i was planning an affair for this man, we began talking and the next thing i knew i was talking to Joe. We decide to get together. we talked though out the night. I know this was God letting see him, i just didn't know it would be the last time. A month after his passing though the same person who got us back in touch broke the news. Every moment with someone you love should be treated like its your last!!! To the parents, you raised an outstanding man. He never judge me even though were from to different sides of the street. He was loving,kind,loyal and his heart was golden!! Untill we meet again Joe.
With All The Love Possible,
It's been 4 months today. Unbelievable how fast time has gone. I miss you Joe. I still think about you all the time.
I had another dream about you last night. We were at a party at your house, and I hugged you and kissed you and would not let go. You just smiled and held me back. You always let me hold you as long as I wanted. I miss you more than words can say. In my dreams I always stare at your hands...I loved your hands, and I try to memorize every detail of your face. But I never have to try to memorize your laughter, or the way I felt in your arms. For I will never forget that. Time will never take that away. I dream of your mother a lot. If you need me, I will do anything you ask of me. I love you Joey
I am sure you know that today i am still waiting for my card. You have never ever miss this occasion. I am waiting to hear from you those very expressive words, words of wisdom & knowledge, words of gratitude from a Son who never forget to mention any sacrifice no matter how small it is, & he always appreciate what Mom & Dad did for him. Habibi Joey, i miss you more than anything in the world. Today, my heart is broken again b/c i am not getting a card anymore from you, i am not going to be able to enjoy reading your beautiful & kind words.Those words were music to my ears.I used to read your card about seven times.I guess this year i have to reread your card from last year. You told your sister Lara that you live in peace with no pain in your new home.I pray to GOD everyday to grant you His peace,His protection & Blessing
I miss you JOEY. I think of you every second. I can't accept the fact that you are gone b/c you reside in my mind & in my heart. I am sure you hear me talking to you,i have missed that. Forgive me if i cry, i do that b/c i miss you HABIBI. Please, talk to me, i need to hear your voice. I can see you talking to me but i can't hear you, even though i understand what you are telling me. I promise that i will do everything as you wish, & i have been. I am still waiting for your visit. I have to go, i will write to you very soon. Love you HABIBI.
To " A Friend", the person who maintained this Guest Book for another year online, i say thank you on my behalf & on behalf of the whole family. I am sure JOEY knows who you are. GOD BLESS YOU & BLESS YOUR FAMILY. Thank you.
I think about you everyday. See you in my dreams.
Dear Roger, May, Helen, Lara, Georgie, Jude and family
The tragic loss of Joe petrified me. I've never had the chance to meet him but I heard from my family how sweet he was. What can anyone say at a time like this?
Words cannot alone express how sorry and sad I am. my heart goes out to you.
God bless and keep you,
You are all in my heart and in my prayers.
Your cousin Youmna AOUAD + my sons Anthony and Tom-Joe
I am very sorry for this great loss. I know that no words can ease your pain. But I know that Joseph will always live in your heart and in the heart of those who knew him. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Dear Roger, May, Helen, Lara, Georgie, Jude and family: We did not get a chance to meet Joey during his short time on earth. However, if he was at all like Roger, May & Helen, he must have been awesome. We don't understand God's plan for such a young, unfilled life--but Joey's legacy will stay with all who knew him or his family. May God bless each of you and give you strength. Let Joey live on through each of you.
Joe & Bernie Polinski
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Our hearts can not even begin to imagine the loss of a child. Hold close to your memories, they will last a lifetime. Take care of each other. We are always here.
Dear Roger, May, Helen, Lara, Georgie, Jude and family,
No words of sympathy in any language can comfort parents for the loss of their children or sisters and brothers for the loss of their siblings except the word of the Lord. Maybe it's too soon for you dear Roger and May to be able to contemplate the Holy Bible, I myself couldn't utter a word of prayer for four months when I lost my Aziz. But eventually, it was my solid faith that lifted my spirits. I pray God every day and each moment to grant all of you solid faith and bless you with the soothing balm of patience to learn how to live with this tremendous loss which feeds on grief and sorrow.
I've known Joey as a baby... I've seen him once & only once in Salaata when he was a very little boy, so adorable and incredibly charming. I swear I feel his loss the way I felt the bitter loss of my own son. I can only promise you one thing, Joey is in a better place, a wider space where peace overwhelms and every thing is in its absolute state. Now Aziz has a friend, a relative, another angel.. Now we have two Guardian Angels to look after us and pray for us, all of us. Live as he wanted you to. Be his relief not his suffering. Show him your smiles not your tears. In time you will be able to do that for him and for yourselves because he loves you the way you do. God bless you...
Our hearty condolences and deepest sympathy.
Issam, Ghainaa and Maria
Habeebti May, my ailing cousin whom I always loved the most,
Listen to me because I know exactly how you feel... If I tell you that the Holy Mary, Mother of God lost her only Son and could take the hurt of seeing Him crucified, you will tell me: but I am not like her, I'm a mere bereaved emotional mother and this is my son. I understand you cousin. I know this is the pain that neither time nor life can heal, only God can help you from what is yet to come when you wake up from the shock... But I can also assure you that the Lord has His healing ways with us... Don't ask me how and when, but eventually the grief will be part of you, like your breath, not like your shadow as shadows vanish in darkness whereas you breathe even while sleeping. The time will come when your sorrow won't overflow like now, it will go deep within you. It is said man is forgetful, but not of such a tremendous loss! That life goes on, yes but never the way it used to be. The further the the time, the deeper the grief... I swear the only thing that kept me struggling with life till now is, other than faith, the fear of losing another child, God forbid!... and each time I revolt or even think of questioning Him why it happened, I ask forgiveness and pray Him to safeguard my girls and spare me the brunt of another loss. God is merciful, seek His mercy. There must be a reason why He chooses the best on earth, may be it's better for them not for us parents. Just remember our sons have a Mother in heaven, not only better than you and I, she's the best of all. I'm all for you in my persistent prayers beseeching God to keep you safe with all your family and to console you with forbearance and patience.
May he rest in peace and may God bestow on you all the solace you need.
Roger, May and family,
There are no words which can express our feelings for the lost you have suffered.Our thoughts and our prayers are with you in this time of grief. May God give you strength to continue your life. joe is in heaven and he will always watch over you.
Sophie and Jamil Salloum.
Dear Roger and family,
We are shocked and deeply saddened by your big loss.
In our thoughts we will remember
Joey as the smart and friendly teenager we had the chance to meet in 1994.
Words cannot express our feelings, but our thoughts are always with you.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Roger and May,
Please accept my sincere sympathies to your family at this time. I just heard about your loss from Victoria. Please know that I would have made the services if I had known.
Joey was an amazing man and friend. Always there for me to listen, bounce ideas off of and share special memories with.
I will hold him and your family close to my heart. He will be missed.
Helen and Family
I was shocked when I heard the news and still can not believe it. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God rest his soul. Joe and George were great friends. He was like another brother to me. He will be greatly missed and always remembered in my heart and many others. God Bless you all.
I CANT BELIEVE YOU ARE GONE AND WE WERE JUST WITH EACH OTHER DAYS BEFORE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILT. I WILL MISS AND LOVE YOU ALWAYS.
Mr. and Mrs. Abboud, Helen, Lara, Georgie, Jude and Family,
My family and Chris and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Weeks have gone by, but you and your family are always in thought and prayer, and will continue to be.
If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
God bless always.
I an very sorry for your loss! May God give you strength and may his soul rest in peace.
Dear Abboud Family,
Your family has been in my thoughts and prayer. Just know he'll always be in your hearts and that his memories will last forever. God is taking care of him in a peaceful place.
Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
All my love ,
Dear Abboud Family,
My heart and prayers are with you during this tremendous time of sorrow and grief. May God surround you with love and peace.
Love, Bonnie Yoder
Dear Helen and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear about Joe's passing. My thoughts are always with you.
I am very saddened by the loss of your brother Joe!! I am praying and will continue to pray for God to give you the strength to get through this tough period.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family...
Tarek, May and Baby Daniel.
To Joseph's loved ones,
I am very sorry for your loss.
Although I don't know all of you, but having talked to my cousin Marcelle and read through this guest book, it is undeniable that the passing of Joseph has been a very painful experience.
May his soul rest in peace, and may the prayers gradually bring to your hearts the peace, solace, and acceptance to live through the hard times.
Roger, May, Helen, Lara, George:
I was shocked by the tremendous loss you had and my words can't express my deepest feelings for your great loss. I had the opportunity to know joe more when we spent easter together at fadi's house. He was such a nice guy with a lovely smile on his face. He woke me up on the early morning he was going to cleveland to say goodbye as if he knew it is going to be our last. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief and I ask God to help you to carry on and continue your life journey without joe knowing that he's going to be in heaven with the angels.
Dear Roger and May,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family as you go through this tragic time. May God rest his soul and his memory be eternel.
Helen and Family,
I have been so deeply saddened by your loss ever since hearing about it. My heart aches for what your family is going through. I have been praying for all of you and will continue doing so. You are in my thoughts everyday.
With deepest sympathy,
Michele Schneider and Family
Dear Abboud Family,
I am immensely sorry for your great loss and was shocked to have learned of this surreal and sad news. I did not know Joe for more than what seems like just a minute, but in that short time, he touched my life, and it was so easy to see what a remarkable, proud and beautiful soul he was -- so much so, that I had recently told him I wanted to write to his parents and thank them for raising such a special and fine young man, that he displayed to me so proudly in his youthful tales of his years as an alter boy, in which any parent should be SO proud of… this of course made Joe laugh, however, I meant it… so in his honor – I will say “Thank You” … for blessing this world with his contagious soul of life, love and happiness. My heart and prayers go out to you, and all your family, and all of Joe’s friends. It is with lit candles and prayers that I ask God to grant you all the strength needed to get through these hard times and bring you comfort in knowing that Joe is now in the hands of God, our blessed Lord, and shall be granted wings to watch over you always. Joe will truly be missed here on earth, but will live on forever in all those that have known him, no matter how long or brief. God Bless his soul and may he rest in peace for all eternity…Joe we will “chat soon”.
May the memories of your brother, uncle, and friend continue to comfort you as you grieve.
Dear Abboud Family,
You have been in our thoughts and prayers since Joe's death. We hope that you take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
With our love and deepest sympathy,
The Helou Family
Helen, George and the rest of the Abboud family,
Kym and I have lit a candle as a tribute to your dear brother. We love you all and we grieve with you. May your brothers spirit live on in all of us.
Dear Abboud Family,
We are very sorry for your loss, you and Joe are in our prayers. May God bless everyone.
You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers since the news of this tragedy spread. From the words I've read, your brother touched lives around the world and made an indelible difference in the hearts of so many. The pain of your loss is shared by all of us and we are deeply saddened. Time is unfortunately the only treatment for your pain, and even that will ultimately fall short of a cure. Please accept my sincerest sympathy and my heartfelt concern for you and your family.
Amou Roger, Amto May, Helen, Lara & Georgie -
My dear cousin Joey was taken away from us tragically. It was totally unexpected to hear of the passing of your brother, however, I will always remember every moment that I spent with him. We grew up together. I can't remember a single argument I had with him (and I love to argue) and that's because Joey wasn't the confrontational type. He made his point and stood strong behind it. He loved you all in his own way and I know that he never meant any harm towards any of us because he loved his family so much. Even after attending his funeral I still can't believe it. It's like I've lost an older brother.
I want you to focus on the great memories he gave us all. Cherish the memories and remember how he wanted you to live. He was a wise man and always spoke highly of his family. I can recall many memories of Joey defending me and my cousins & siblings (He was the oldest boy between 8 girls so he always was the one to defend us) Joey was our protector and now he's protecting us from Heaven. I will love you always my dear cousin. Until we meet again in heaven :) Love Salwa & Joe Ricart
Dear Abboud Family,
I am so sorry for this tragic loss. I have been keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. May peace in your hearts knowing that he is watching over you now.
Much love and deepest sympathy,
Grace Abi-Najm Shea
Dear Aboud family,
We pray that the Lord be with you and bring the best of you during this time. May the most beautiful memories of Joey bless your days.
You are in our prayers.
The Abboud Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Throughout the years of knowing Joe I saw what an awesome guy he was. He knew how to have fun and at the same time live a wonderful life. I'm so sorry and you are all in my prayers.
With heartfelt sympathies and condolesences I like to quote: ""The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities." -Gibran K. Gibran- Joe's radiant personality will never extinguish eventhough his body may have.
To Joey's Family,
I know your loss has been great. I pray that your pain will be eased by the sweet memories you will always have of your time with Joey. I know his family meant the world to him.
With much love, Jenifer AbiNajm
Dear Abboud Family:
I am truly sorry for your loss. Joe was an amazing person. His heart so big and warm. He always knew how to make you smile and light up a room. My thoughts and prayers and with all of you during this difficult time.
Dear Helen & family,
My prayers and heart are with you and your family. May Joseph’s soul rest in peace. He’s sure in a better place than all of us and his star will shine in the sky and God’s heart forever. We pray that God grants you and your parents the strength and faith to know that one day you will all be reunited again.
Love, Tania, mom, dad, Dani, Marina, & Simon
Dear Helen & family,
My prayers and heart are with you and your family. May Joseph’s soul rest in peace. He’s sure in a better place than all of us and his star will shine in the sky and God’s heart forever. We pray that God grants you and your parents the strength and faith to know that one day you will all be reunited again.
Love, Tania, mom, dad, Dani, Marina, & Simon
Dear Dad, Mom, Helen, and Georgie,
Joey is now in heaven and he is resting in peace. We must keep his legacy alive and not just exist, but live our lives to the fullest. As hard as it may be we must do as he wished and make his smile shine down upon us. Joey would want us to never take a second for granted. Our life with Joey in it has ended, but our life remembering and honoring Joey never will end. We must make him proud and be strong. Living our life the best and happiest way we know how is the only way we can truly show him the effect he had on all lives he touched. We love you Joey and we will miss you endlessly.
I grew up living in a home with three brothers. Two of whom were of my blood and one that grew near to my heart. We often exchanged words and we often had moments of silence. As time passed on I began to admire and respect his zest for life, because he brought a different light into our home. I began to see that he protected and loved us as his own. His name was, Joesph Roger Abboud. He may have a different last name and his blood was not of our own. But he was my brother and I mourn him as my own. I will always carry him in my memories and
To say farewell is the hardest thing for me to do, so I sing this to you Joey:
" Good-bye is the saddest word I will every hear....good-bye is the last time I will hold you near....until we meet again...until then, Gpod-bye..."
Thank you Joey for loving us! Love you always-
Dear Abboud Family,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Joe was a sweet soft spoken boy when I knew him in high school and I thought the world of him. I am so sorry to hear of such a young life being shortened. Joe always had a smile on his handsome face and a wonderful family by his side. God Bless you all during this difficult time and may the goodness of new life that Helen brought into this world, comfort your sudden loss. Much love to all of your family.
Dearest Helen and Family,
My heart hurts so much for your pain because I can only imagine how hard it is to miss your precious brother and son so much and ache for his presence. No words can truly comfort those left behind.
I am so blessed that I was able to meet Joe last year and found him to be a very handsome, outgoing, strong, smart, young man. May and Roger, you raised a remarkable young man. I will always have that wonderful memory of Joe chatting away with us on the deck of the beach house. I think Semaan and Joe could have talked forever.
Please know that we are praying for your continued strength as you try to resume your normal lives. Also know that we are here for you all in whatever way we may be needed. You are a beautiful family and I am so happy to be a part of your lives!
May God Bless and comfort you with a peace only He can provide.
Despite suffering and tragedy God works in all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)
Love and Blessings,
Mr. and Mrs. Abboud, Helen, Lara, and Georgie, I am still in disbelief of, and saddened by, the loss of your son and brother, Joe. I am so very sorry. There is nothing that I or anyone else could say or do to take that pain away. May God be with you in your time of grief and grant you the strength to get through this sad time. May all your memories of Joe bring you comfort and peace. And know that all of you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
Joe~ you will always be in my heart! we had so many fun times and great memories how could I forget the perfect prom date:) my deepest sympathy goes out to your family and friends... you will be missed!
Dearest Abboud Family,
I am deeply saddened for your loss. Eventhough I never knew Joey, I've heard so many wonderful stories about him now and when he was a little boy. Please always know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers, always.
Roger, May, Helen, Lara, and Georgie, I still can't find the words to express the sadness I feel for you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for the loss of your son/brother. There is nothing we could say or do to take that tremendous pain away but know that you are in our hearts and prayers. May God grant you the peace within and the strength to get through this sad time. Joe will never be forgotten.
I did not know the gentleman but have the honor of knowing Helen. As good comes from good, Joseph must have been a good man. Please accept my sympathies.
To Roger, May, Georgie, Helen, Lara and family. I just wanted to say I'am sorry for the loss of Joe. Joe meant so much to me and was my bestfriend throughout the years I have known him. He was such a caring guy who always was there for you no matter what happened. I shared and have so many memories of Joe from the past two Fl trips he came on to see me. The last trip was the best vacation I have ever had and I'am glad I got to spend it with Joe. I have so many pictures that will be with me for the rest of my life and I will never forget my best friend, JOE. I have so many stories and mememories of all the good times I have shared with him and I will never forget them. Once again I'am sorry for the loss and Joe is in my prayers along with each of you.
Lara and Family I am so sorry of your loss. I want you all to know that We are all thinking about you in these hard times. Lara we miss you and love you so much. See you soon.
Roger and Family, I worked with Joe briefly at the Roadhouse and he was always soo gentle and kind to everyone. These are the memories that will keep his spirit alive in all that he touched. I am deeply sorry for your families loss and very sadden that he was taken away at such an early age. My heart is going out to you all.
Joe, you are my true best friend and always will be. I will never forget are friendship for as long as i live. You are in a better place and God is with you now. I will do my best to carry your memory forever. I hope i never feel the pain like the pain i felt when you left this earth. Always carry you in my heart, my friend!
Love- George David Saade
Dear Roger, May, Helen, Lara and Georgie,
We are still in disbelief and are deeply saddened by the loss of your son and brother Joe. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in your time of grief and always.
Even We could not be Physically with you in this sad time, we are present with you in emotions. our sympathies to May, Roger and the rest of the family.
To all of my salloum cousins and to the abbouds. From the salloums in Palm Beach Fl.
Dear George & Helen,
I was deeply stunned and shocked at your big loss. Words in terrible times are not enough to express my deepest sympathy and sorrow. May god give you all the strength in this world. I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Abboud family. My prayer will always be with you. God bless you all
We are terribly sorry for your tremendous loss. We hope that Joe rests peacefully in God's heavenly kingdom and may God grant you the wisdom to accept His will. We extend to you our deepest condolences and promise to keep Joe and your family in our prayers.
HELEN AND FAMILY, SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BROTHER/SON/. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS...
Roger, May, Helen, Lara, and George,
Our hearts have been saddened by the painful news of your loss. What a tremendous loss for those he left behind. Words cannot express how moved we are by this tragedy. Joe will always be remembered. May God give you and all those who loved him the strength to get through this difficult time. Our deepest condolences go out to you in your time of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mom, Dad, Lara, and Georgie, after all is said and done, we are still in great disbelief that our brother, your son, is gone. We are still waiting for him to walk through the door after sleeping over someone's house from the night before. We don't know what to say because it won't bring him back, but the main thing that brings me comfort is knowing that so many people have and are praying for him and that he is with God and Christ Jesus. We are also comforted in knowing that from now on, his sleep will always be a peaceful sleep and he will no longer have to endure the seizures that have once kept him and us on pins and needles as he slept. We love you so much and we will never, ever, ever forget Joey, our brother and khalo. Please find peace in knowing that just like he loved for us to all get together, we will all be together again. He would want us to live our life to the fullest; let's make him proud of us as he has made us proud of him. We love you so much! Rest in peace, brother.
Dear George & Helen,
I am deeply saddened for your loss. Our thougths and prayer go out to you two and your entire family.
Jamie & Jodi
Dear George & Helen,
We are tremendously sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy for you and your entire family in this time of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear George & Helen,
I am terribly sorry about your loss and was shocked to hear the news. I had only known Joe through his service at the RRBC. He showed show much passion for the task at hand and that is all you can ask from a man. My deepest condolences go out to both of you and the entire family.
Joe was a great guy with so much passion for life and has accomplished much more than what most people did in a lifetime. Our heartfelt wishes and regrets go out to his wonderful family for such a great loss. He will always be missed and remembered in our hearts and thoughts. God bless his family
How can we express our sorrow ? We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son/brother. You are in our prayers that God comfort you in your time of sorrow, and may God bless Joseph's soul.
I knew Joe for only a brief time..we met on his trip to Florida, but in such a brief time I knew he was one of a kind. He lit up the room with his handsome smile, and looked as if he had the world in his hands. He was sweet and sincere, and obviously knew what he liked and what he didn't..I only wish I could have been blessed to have had more time to know him, and possibly have had the honor of being one of his many adoring friends. I may not have known him well, as many of you do, but my heart is broken for all of his close friends and family at this sad time. I just wanted his family and friends to know, that in a moment he touched lives and will forever be remembered, and that prayers are being said for them as well as him...as he sits in the arms of the angels and watches over all of his loved ones. God Bless you and keep you safe. I am just so so sorry for your loss, and a great loss it is.
Through the good and bad times no matter what I will always remember Joe in my heart and soul as an angel.
He sleeps for a while
But then will arise
And you'll welcome him back
In the promised paradise.
(John 5:28, 29)
I met Joe when he was driving his new red sports car (years ago) and had a zest for life that will always stay with me. He was a wonderful person, and a real human being. He spoke things as they were, and was always there for his friends. He couldn't not say something if someone was hurting themselves. He was a blessing to know, and I will always remember him. The summers with Joseph Abboud, and his charming ways, are great memories to me that leave me honored to have been able to call him a good friend. To all the "boys" of his group those summers, God bless.
To his family , thankyou for raising such a great , kind, respectful man.
May you gently grieve, and find peace in Gods embrace @-}---
Joe meant more to me then anyone will ever know. He was my friend for about 10 years and he gave me guidance that I will never be able to get from anyone else. He gave me the tough love that I needed and I love him for that. I will never stop loving him, for he was one of my dearest friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. No bond is as great as that between a parent and a child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Joe was a great person, and will be missed.
We are very sorry for your tragic loss
and all of our prayers will be for you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all...with Joe...and with all those who loved him. Very Respectfully, BG Ed Cardon
Roger and family
I am sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for your loss. Joe will be greatly missed.
I saw you walking and I knew had a heavy load on your heart. It was too tragic to speak of, too hard to mention, but that I was praying for you and your family. Our children define us so, because they show us happiness and give us so much pride. They make us smile when we can’t and they make us laugh when we don’t want to. I am so sadden for you and your family’s loss and will keep all of you in my prayers.
Major Ingrid A. Parker, United States Army
To The Family of Joe Abboud;
May the memories you share together of Joe bring you strength and peace.
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. I have so many fun memories of Joe. He was a great person, and I feel lucky to have known him.
Dear Roger, May and family
Our deepest condolences to you and your family as you go through this tragic time. May God rest Joseph's soul and his memory be eternal.
Dear May and Roger,
We are shocked,
Joe is a big loss, I remember him as a baby, a child, a teenager as well as a nice looking young man, and seeing him with you Roger, you were so proud of him.
I can’t take him of my mind, my prayer are with you.
Every one in my family is sad, and I am sure he is now with the Angels and next to all the Saints.
May god bless you and give you the strength to handle this painful tragedy.
Mahmoud (Mike) Aboumerhi and family
I have know Joe since High School. He was such a great friend then and always. He once told me that I could call him any time and he would be there, that he would always have time for me, and that I would never be alone. Joe was that kind of man and friend to all. He will be greatly missed!
To The Abboud Family,
Joe was very much a part of our family,and our hearts are broken with sadness. My prayers are with all of you. Joe may have left this earth but he gave all of us great memories to keep. He loved his family with all his heart. From one mother to another I pray that you hold on to the fact that Joe touched so may lifes,and he will be forever remembered. God Bless
The meaning of life is a question that has been answered thousands of years ago…happiness, but what happiness is..shall be a question that will be argued for thousands of years to come. I have come to realize through my own experiences that happiness does not have a universal definition but one that is accepted by the questioner. I have defined happiness as my laughter, my joy, my anger and my pain that I have shared with the special person(s) in my life…Joe Abboud is my HAPPINESS!
I love you my Friend!
While we are mourning the loss of Joe, angels are rejoices to meet him.
I have so many wonderful memories of Joe running through my head every time I think of him. He was such a good person. He will be missed.
My thoughts go out to every person mourning this loss.
Joe loved, laughed, and brought happiness and friends together wherever he would go. His smile was contageous. To lose him at such a young age is tragic, but the number of lives he had an impact on is staggering.
When I first met Joe, he was a bouncer at The Basement, in the flats. He had gotten his nose broken and asked me to drive him to Lakewood Hospital where he'd meet up with his mother. Even then, he was smiling. Thanks to whomever punched him!! You gave me a great friend! :)
I never knew him to have lengthy serious relationships with women and I did ask about it, since he had/has so many female friends. Joe told me that he believed he'd know when he met the right girl and until then, why should people go through break-ups, when someone would get their heart broken.
He did love that 80's music but told me that he had once practiced "Black," by Pearl Jam for 5 straight hours in his room with the hope of singing it at Karaoke.
I hope you're smiling now, singing, having a cigar, raising one eyebrow at me. It's your turn to look out for me now, I could use a guardian angel.
Prayers for the family and Love for Joe, ALWAYS,
May and Family,
God bless you and your family during your time of sorrow.
Joe was a great friend. I was shocked to hear of your loss. Joe and I spoke just this week and its very sad to hear of what happened. My sympathys are with you all.
To my Best Friend Joey,
Where ever you may have been; where ever you may have gone, know that you have always been with me. To know that without you I will always remember you.
And as time vanished; know that it is all that I felt then and now that defines a love that continues to remain.
For your love and memories here on earth shall have no end. It will be the times once spent with you and I that will ultimately become my everlasting eternity.
I love you Joey.
Roger, May, Helen, Lara, and George,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, and brother. There is no other special bond than a son and a brother. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy to you all.
I am deeply saddened for your loss. Joe was a wonderful person. It is very hard to lose someone so young. You will be in my prayers.
Noelle Salloum (said)
Warm Summer Sun
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.
By Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)The Poetry Foundation
To The Abboud Family,
Joe made an incredible impact on my life and from the day we met, was a part of our family. His laughter and smile could bring light to any dark day and we will remember his kind spirit always. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Mr. & Mrs. Abboud, Helen, Lara and George-you are in my prayers and may God be at your side now and always.
With love and respect,
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and fellow friends of Joe. Joe always kept me smiling even when I wasn't in the best of moods. Keep rocking to that 80's music. You will be missed.
Roger & Family,
My deepest sympathy to your family. Joe was a wonderful and loyal person. I will cherish each memory I have with him, from cruises to hanging out he always made me & Olivia laugh. All my love.
May, my sincere sympathy in your loss. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you.
Joey was a very dear friend of mine. Just about every good memory I have has him in it. We must be greatful for the time we had with him. I feel blessed to have loved him.
Joe was one of the best and most loyal friends I ever had. I was proud to know him and glad we both achieved our dream of starting a business together. My thoughts and prayers are with his great family. Sleep well my friend. -Wireless Standard LLC-
I love you and my prayers are with all of you, god bless all of you and Joseph !!! Roger, Mae, Helen, George and family many hugs and kisses
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Roger and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Joe will be missed and remembered by all that knew him. He was a GREAT guy!!! Words cannot express our sorrow.
Patrick, Shirley & Bradley Hart
(patrons at Road House)
Joe always kept a smile on his face; over the years I can't point out a time when he was not smiling, even when he was not in the best of moods. I smile when I think of him, good memories for life. Keep smiling Joe
Roger and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Joe was a great guy and will be missed.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
My deepest sympathy...Joe was wonderful man to so many. He will always be remembered in such a beautiful light....my thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family and friends. All my love.
My deepest sympathy for the loss of such a great man. Joe was amazing...one of a kind.He is in my thoughts and prayers. May god bless him.
My dear friend Sam. Nothing I'll say to equal my deepest simpithy for your lost son.
May god gives you the strength, and your entire family in this hard time
Dear Roger and May!
Our deepest sympathy goes to you and the family, It was very difficult for us to comprehend the news, we wish you patience and strength, may god be with you always, we sincerely send you our love and condolences and we pray for his soul and may he rest in peace.
Ali and Mona Aziz and family
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FELLOW FRIENDS. I KNEW JOE TO LIVE LIFE WITH A SMILE AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE AROUND HIM WAS HAPPY AND SMILING TO.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
My prayers are with you and your family during your sorrow.
I read of your loss and I would like to extend my sympathies. Many have found comfort in the ressurection hope. It is found at Acts 24:15. I hope this brings your family some comfort.
my deepest condolences for your loss.
May God bless him .