My sincere sympathy to Joe's wonderful family.
I had the opportunity to get to know Joe through my work which averaged spending 2 - 4 hours a week with him. He was fun, funny, engaging, smart, articulate, feisty and gentle. He talked often of his family, his music and his desire to help people. I'm happy he was able to see Obama elected and gas prices come down a bit.
I know I will miss sparing with him and I know his family will miss him many times over. Hopefully, knowing others care will help you through this celebration of his life.