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JOSEPH L. HICKEY III, 57, of Vero Beach passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home. He was born May 13, 1956 in Detroit, MI. He had been a resident of Vero Beach for 35years, coming from Detroit. He was a partner of Hickey, Collins & Beach Chartered CPA Firm of Vero Beach since 2005. Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in accounting from Michigan State University in September 1978 and joined the firm of Hamilton & Company, Chartered, in December 1978. He passed the certified public accounting exam in 1979 and has been a CPA since March 1980. Joe was a member of Saint Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, and was very involved with their Harvest Festival. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was known for his "green thumb" and his passion for gardening. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Robin Hickey; daughters, Melissa Hickey of Vero Beach, Erica (Gerrit) Klipstine of Vero Beach, Sabrina Torres of Melbourne; father, Joseph Lincoln Hickey Jr. of Harbor Springs, MI; sister, Susan H. (Greg) Campbell of Troy, MI; brother, Frederick (Irma) Hickey of Cancun, Mexico; one granddaughter and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou Hickey. Services: A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10AM on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Saint Helen Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Saint Helen Catholic Church Public Outreach at 2085 Tallahassee AveVero Beach, FL 32960. Online condolences may be sent at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com.
Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 12, 2013