JOSEPH RONALD CALABRESE (50) died at home in the early morning on February 6, 2014, from an extremely aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. His wife, Tracy, and daughters, Caroline (15) and Camille (13), were with Joe when he died and are very grateful to have been with him until his last breath. Tracy and Joe had a fantastic marriage and they truly appreciated their life together with their girls. |
Joe was born on January 10, 1964, in Bridgeport, CT, to J. Ronald Calabrese and Pauline (Polly) Piper Calabrese. Joe was preceded in death by his mother and his slightly crazy dog Coker. He is survived by his wife, Tracy, his beloved daughters, Caroline and Camille, his father, Ron Calabrese, his sister, Jayne C. Behlau, his brother, John Calabrese, and many other family members and friends.
Joe graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the U.S. Navy and served as a submarine officer on active duty from 1986 - 1992. He was in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 16 years. Joe earned an MBA from Brenau University while he was on active duty. In 1992, Joe moved to Houston where he began a successful career as a management consultant, first with Accenture and then OpenText, Inc. In 1995, Joe married his best friend, Tracy Renee Briggs. In 1998, Caroline was born, followed by Camille in 2000.
Joe was a warm, smart, funny, kind, honest, and fun-loving person who cherished sunrises, sunsets, and just about everything in between. He loved golfing, fishing, playing and watching sports (especially his Florida Gators), grilling, drinking beer, and mowing the lawn. Joe enjoyed weekends at the beach and traveling. But most of all, Joe loved people. He was always smiling, and made friends easily. Joe's happiest times were spent outside with his family and his many friends. Everyone who knew him has their "Joe" stories, and the stories are always funny. Joe had the unique gift of living in the moment and enjoying life, whatever he was doing, even if he was just pulling weeds in the back yard.
The family thanks Joe's doctors for the excellent care he received at Methodist and Baylor: Drs. Hutton, Leveque, Sigworth, Ayyar, Khavari, and Amaratunge. Many thanks to Dr. Sigworth's nurse Susan, to Joe's physical therapists, and to his caregivers, Anna, Missy, and Sylvia. Finally, words cannot adequately express our appreciation for Patrick and Carolyn from Vitas Hospice, for their grace, dignity, and compassion during Joe's final days.
A memorial service for Joe will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama, Houston, TX. A reception will begin at one o'clock in the afternoon, with the service and celebration of Joe's life beginning at two o'clock.
In lieu of customary remembrances, donations in Joe's memory may be directed to the MS 150; Caroline and Camille's college savings account (directed to Tracy and made out to USAA College Savings Plan); or to a
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 9, 2014