Joseph Alfred Prive´ (1914 - 2014)

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Joseph Alfred Prive´, 99, died March 20, 2014, at his home in Inverness, Fla. Joe was born Nov. 9, 1914, in Masonville, Quebec, Canada to the late Joseph and Josephine Prive´. He served his country in the U.S. Army, Company B, 2nd Armored Replacement Battalion as a tank mechanic. He was originally assigned under General Patton, but literally missed the boat and ended up following him through North Africa and Europe. After the war he married the late Carmen Florence Kane, a marriage that lasted 63 years. They moved to Tampa from St. Albans, Vt., in 1963 where Joe worked as a master plumber and technician. Upon retirement, Joe moved to Inverness and continued helping neighbors and family with his many do-it-yourself skills. He also ran a small lawn care business for many years. Joe liked to attend the VFW. He also enjoyed boating and fishing in his beloved lake.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Alice, Seffner, Fla., and Jane and her husband Bruce Giller, Silver Spring, Md.; five sons, David and his wife Diane Handley, Tampa, Paul and his partner Keith Langford, Seffner, Steven, John and James, Inverness. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren, Jeanne, Brian, Erin, Nikki, Greg, Jesse, Amanda, Loren, Janelle, and Juliann; and ten great-grandchildren. One of eight siblings, he is survived by his sister, Theresa and was preceded in death by brothers, George and Raymond, and sisters, Antoinette, Biola, Alexina, and Gertrude.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
3075 S. Florida Ave.
Inverness, FL 34450
(352) 726-8323
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 22, 2014