Joseph E. Fulford Jr.

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Joseph E. Fulford, Jr. passed away peacefully November, 20, 2008, at the Veteran's Hospital in Gainesville after a brief illness.

Joe was born on June 4, 1924, in Tampa, Florida to Joseph E. Fulford, and Alfonsa (Rose) Torregiante Fulford.

He began a life long love of flying as he proudly served his country in WWII in the Army Air Corps. He always said he was privileged to fly the "Cadillac of the Skies", the P-51 D Mustang. Joe became a flight instructor and taught many the joy of flying.

He returned to Evansville College (Evansville, IN) in 1945 and graduated from St. Louis University School of Dentistry in 1952 The dentistry he was most proud of was providing dental care for the profoundly mentally and physically handicapped clients at Sunland-Center, Orlando, FL. He received the V.I.P. Award in 1983 from the State of Florida Mental Retardation Human Rights Advocacy Committee, District VII.

Joe is survived by his wife, Susan, of Gainesville; his daughters and their husbands, Kathleen and Jerry McElwee of Coto de Caza, CA; Sally and Doug Wood of Renfrew, PA; his son, Daniel J. Fulford of Winter Park, FL; his grandson, Tyler Wood of Renfrew, PA and his sister, Violet Rodriguez of Tampa, FL.

He will forever be in our hearts.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Baughman Center, 982 Museum Road, Gainesville, FL on Sunday, January 11, 2009, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial donation to the charity of their choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Williams-Thomas Downtown Funeral Home, 404 North Main Street.




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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2009