Joseph Palmer, Jr.
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Virginia Beach - From the waters of the Chesapeake to the Seas of the Caribbean, fish will breathe easier but friends will not. The fisherman has cast his last line...
Joseph Palmer, Jr. passed peacefully at home on July 11, 2013 at the age of 58 after a long, valiant battle with cancer. Joe is survived by his wife Jizel, the love of his life and best friend; his parents Joe and Delores; his daughter, Tammy Pond and her husband Ryan and grandchildren, Matthew, William, Katherine and Andrew; his son Joseph Palmer, III and his wife Emily; his brother Anthony Palmer and his wife Doreen; his niece Christine Barlow-Spry and her husband, Bran; his niece Jennifer Palmer and fiancé, Dan; his nephew Jacob Palmer and their mother Debbie Palmer; his mother-in-law, Jozefin Salmons; his sister-in-law, Velvet Marshall and her partner, Billy Ray Smith, Jr. and niece Austann Rae-Nicole Smith; his sister-in-law, Una Lisa Cichacki and her husband Ed, and nephew Cole Cichacki.
Joe was born on June 15th, 1955 in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in Queens, New York. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. He was a natural born leader and dedicated his life to public service. In 1978, Joe moved to Virginia Beach after being hired by the Virginia Beach Police Department. During his distinguished career Joe, received many honors including the Human Rights Award in 1998 from the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, the City Manager's Award in 1999, was recognized as Police Officer of the Year by the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association in 2000, and the received the Community Service Award in 2002 from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. He retired as a sergeant in 2005 after 27 years of service.
Joe was a consummate fisherman, loved the water, crabbing and was the owner of Joey's Crab Co., Inc. In 2011, Joe was appointed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell as an Associate Commissioner on the Virginia Marine Resource Commission. He also served as Chairman of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and on various subcommittees for fisheries.
Joe held a 4th degree black belt in Karate and was a superb instructor of the discipline.
He loved the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines. After his retirement from the police department, Joe built a house there where he and Jizel made many dear friends, including Joe's Carriacou brother, Cuthbert Snagg, and enjoyed memorable times. Joe loved to cook and was a fine chef. We will miss the feast of the seven fishes that he served every Christmas Eve.
Joe was husband, father, friend and mentor. He was a straight talker who said what he meant and meant what he said. He had humor, wit and was willing and eager to help anyone in need. Finally, he was an inspiration to all who knew him and loyal to all he held dear.
On Joe's behalf, Jizel would like to thank all of their caring, wonderful friends and a profound thanks to Andy Spiess, Joe's best friend.
A special thanks to Dr. Grosh and his team at the University of Virginia for their dedication and care for Joe during the years.
Viewing will take place on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Hollomon-Brown Great Neck Chapel, 1264 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach from 5 to 8 p.m. A service will take place on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th Street, Virginia Beach and a reception celebration of Joe's life will follow immediately at the Virginia Beach FOP Lodge No. 8, 961 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation at www.melanoma.org
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 14, 2013