I am sorry to have missed the Mass for Coach Joseph as I would like to have paid my respects to a truly great coach and gentlemen. I played football at SMCC in 1964 and Coach Joseph was one of our coaches along Coach Powers. Coach Joseph was fair, honest and a great motivator, kind of a gentle giant with a big heart. I remember that we played El Camino College while his son, John (I believe that it was him) played at ECC and we lost 24 to 22 or something like, But it was something to play against ECC knowing that his son played on the opposite side. After playing at SMCC for the one year, I joined the Marine Corps and went off to Viet Nam and was almost killed by a gunshot wound to my femoral artery. When I got out of the Long Beach Naval Hospital, I went back to SMCC and took a swimming class from Coach Joseph as I could no longer play football, but the thing that I will always remember is that due to my injury it was very difficult to walk at the time and Coach Joseph took my mother around the SMCC campus and helped personally register me in all of my classes. It meant so much to me that he would take his time to do that, but it also showed his true character and his willingness to help others. I wish to extend my condolences to his family, as his passing is a great loss of true gentleman and friend. God Bless Coach Joseph.
Wishing you peace and rest,
John P. Kaper