Joseph J. Vincent Sr.

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Joseph J. Vincent, Sr. Mr. Joseph J. Vincent, Sr. died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from cancer. Joe was born January 15, 1933, in Providence, RI to Joseph and Irene (Richer) Vincent, where he developed a love of the water and the outdoors. He became an accomplished athlete and participated competitively well into his 40s. Joe served in the Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in California, where he eventually met and married the love of his life, Patty. They had two children, Joey and Sheri, and in 1972, that love of the outdoors brought them to their little bit of paradise on Pickering Road in Shelton, WA, where he lived the rest of his life, very happily. That life included flailing every trickle of water in the Olympic Region for fish, chasing game birds with his beloved dogs, rarely missing a sporting event for his children and grandchildren, telling the occasional joke, cooking, dancing, singing, gardening, tending to his chickens and peacocks,...and pretty much doing everything all the way. To support all of this, he tried his hand at selling cars and discovered he was pretty good at it. Many people in the area still comment that they bought their first car from Joe, and re-live the experience with him. To sum it up, Joe loved life, his family, and many friends, and it was evident to anyone who met him. Joe is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Joe Jr. (Kim) of Rainier; daughter, Sheri Staley (Dan) of Shelton; sister, Lorraine Diana of Fountain Valley, CA; sister-in-law, Kay Kleven of Bremerton; granddaughters, Nikki Cope (Christopher), Kasey Reeves, and Sarah Vincent; grandsons, Daniel Staley and Robert Staley; great-grandsons, Carter and Camden Cope; nephews, James Shaw, John Diana, and Kevin and Dan Skomsvold; and nieces, Audrey Orcutt, Susi Alan, and Jessica Kleven; and, of course, his "adopted daughter," Louise Wright. He was predeceased by his mother, Irene (Richer) Vincent; and father, Joseph Vincent. A celebration of life is planned for July 12, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at Little Skookum Community Hall, 3480 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton, WA.

Published in The Olympian on June 6, 2014
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