On October 17, 2013, Joel returned to the cosmos from whence he came. He lived a life of intelligence, curiosity, adventure, passion and dreams. His professional life as a business owner was defined by his honesty, stellar ethics and generosity. He was an excellent pilot, sailor, traveler and friend extraordinaire. His sense of humor was legend. He delighted in the opera, T. S. Eliot and Tom Lehrer.
The three things that always brought a smile to his face were Barbara, Beethoven and bacon. Beginning his life in Minneapolis, he completed it in his tranquil home in La Jolla, California. His wife of 37 years, Barbara, feels it her good fortune and an honor to have been such a big part of that life and to share loving bonds with this unique man.
In addition to Barbara, he held his children, Lynn (Jay) Stein and Deborah (Lon Riesberg) Fryer; and his adored granddaughters, Miriam and Rebekah Stein; as invaluable treasures in his life. He loved being a husband, father and grandfather.
Joel will be memorialized on October 23, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego, CA 92106.
Donations in Joel's honor may be sent to the San Diego Symphony or Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.