What a devastating loss! Joe and Gayle invited me to accompany them on a "Chime Climb" in Lowell, Mass. a couple of years ago. It was a fascinating experience! Joe made a huge contribution to the knowledge of bells via his website, allchimes.org. He was a member of the American Bell Association.
May wonderful memories of Joe help Gayle and his family at this time. His spirit will always be with you.