Joseph Thomas Macozek
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YORK, Maine ; Attended by his wife and family, Joseph Thomas Macozek died at his home on Cider Hill Rd., York, on Saturday, May 10, 2008, over five years after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1926, in Everett, Mass., the son of Helen (Borowska) and Joseph Walter Macozek, and had lived in Milton, Mass., until he married his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Bobby; his daughters, Marie Macozek of Laconia and Miriam Wolfe of York; his grandchildren, Martin White of Louisville, Colo., Amy Etheridge of Avarda, Colo., and Tasha Wolfe of York; and one great-grandson, Gage Wolfe of York; a brother, John Macozek of Braintree, Mass.

A veteran of the Navy Submarine Service (but only after securing his father's signed permission for his enlistment ; for "patriotic reasons" ; at the age of 17), Joe served from 1943 to 1946, ultimately as radio-sonar operator on board the submarines USS CREVALLE (SS 291) and the USS BLACKBIRD (SS 221).

Soon after World War II and his honorable discharge from active duty, Joe married Barbara Jane Dekker of Manchester and embarked upon a successful career in a fascinating variety of fields.

Settling his young family in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, he began work in public relations and advertising, first at New Hampshire's oldest radio station, WLNH in Laconia, then the Newport Argus-Champion and finally WMUR-TV in Manchester. He was director of development for Belknap College for many years and taught himself management, economics and finance there. Later he directed all land acquisition in southern New Hampshire for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

After their daughters had left home, Joe and Bobbi spent two years sailing in the Caribbean Sea and living in Key West, Fla. Returning to New England, they settled in York, where Joe took the position of chief financial officer for the York County Health Services (visiting nurses) in Saco. At length he decided to work with his hands and joined Simplex Wire and Cable, Newington, N.H., where he rose to become quality control supervisor for IQS of the laying and ; especially ; the splicing of trans-oceanic cables, a job which several times took him literally around the world.

Besides his family and his unusually varied professional career, Joe pursued a plethora of interests and hobbies that might have overwhelmed a lesser man. He was an expert carpenter, cabinet maker and craftsman in wood and built his own 37' ocean-going ketch, the Artemisia<I>. </I>He and Bobbi sailed Artemisia around the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico from 1971 to 1973. Sailing was always a happy preoccupation and Joe was a longtime member and past commodore of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. He was an avid skier and coached the Belknap College ski team for several years. A natural outdoorsman, Joe loved freshwater fishing, and indeed, kept his young family from hunger a number of times by a night's work catching smelts in the first lean years after the war.

A true autodidact in business management and finance, Joe was equally remarkable as a builder and craftsman. He was a true Adept: not only quick to grasp principles and concepts, but equally able to do, to make, to create and to build. But he will be best remembered ; by all who knew him ; as an honest, forthright, amiable and enjoyable companion and an endlessly generous and helpful friend.

A celebration of life will be held mid-summer at the home of Marie Macozek, 66 Landing Lane, Unit 116, Laconia, N.H. 1-603-293-2399.

Memorial contributions may be made to York Hospital, 15 Hospital Dr., York, ME 03909.

Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, ME is directing arrangements. Visit

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Published in NULL from May 13 to May 14, 2008.
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May 29, 2008
Dear Bobbie, Marie and Mimi: I'm so sorry to learn of Joe's death. He was a great and good man and a wonderful mentor and friend. Having a few quiet moments with him at the recent reunion made the trip worthwhile to me. I will miss him very much but won't ever forget all the hours of joy we shared at Belknap. I suppose I had the greatest work-study job in history as his assistant in the Belknap PR Office.
Mick Terrone
May 20, 2008
Dear Aunt Bobby, Marie and Mimi
I was deeply saddened upon hearing about the passing of Uncle Joe. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Anne Marie Macozek
May 20, 2008
Dear Bobby, Marie and Mimi
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Joe will surely be missed.

All Our Love.
John and Peggy Macozek
May 16, 2008
Aunt Bobby,Marie and Mimi
I know it's a difficult time for you all but please know that even though time passes and us Macozek's don't see each other very often but please know that you all are always in our thoughts and prayers and know that we love you all and will miss Uncle Joe greatly and will forever be remembered by our family.
Ellen Macozek
May 14, 2008
Dear Bobby, Marie and Mimm and Family,

I am so sorry of hearing of Joe's passing. He was a good friend and mentor. I think of him often especially when on the water.

He will be remembered in my prayers.

Barry Hoare aka Patrick Barrie 71'
Patrick Barrie
May 14, 2008
Bobby, Marie & Miriam: Joe was a wonderful and caring man who loved life and who always reached out to help others. I shall always be gratefull for his mentoring while I attended Belknap. Joe's attendance at the reunion last October made the day extra special. Thank you for helping him attend. I will remember fondly seeing that big smile on his face. He did love Belknap and we all loved Joe! My deepest sympathy to you all.
Henry Scarfo - Class of '69
May 14, 2008
Marie, I am saddened to hear and read about your father's passing. I enjoyed getting to know Joe while at Belknap. He really was a nice man. God Bless you and your family at this difficult time. Gene. '68, Belknap.
Gene McCaffrey
May 14, 2008
Bobby, Marie and Mimi,
My thoughts are with you in your loss. In the short period of Joe's life while he was affiliated with Belknap College he had a tremendous impact on many lives. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed.
Jim Miller
May 13, 2008
Dearest Rie,
You and Miriam have been such good daughters and we know that your dad's been comforted by your devoted presence and affectionate care. David and I send our love -
Fredda Osman
May 13, 2008
Dear Bobby, Marie and Family...
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Marie, I was sad to see that Dad had passed away....We'll miss seeing him and Bobby. If you ever need us for anything, we're always here for you.
York Hospital Transportation
Charlie White
May 13, 2008
What a great man Joe was. What wonderful memories you have. I am sorry for your loss.
Biddy O'Brien Irwin
Class of 68
Biddy Irwin
May 13, 2008
My condolences to Mimi, Marie, Bobby and families. Joe was an important part of my life many years ago.. never forgot him!
Nick Kalfas
May 13, 2008
Bobby, we all will miss Joe, but hope your memories, along with ours of our days with him, will bring you consolation now and in the future.
Your sister, Cynie and "the kids"
Cynthia Molburg
May 13, 2008
Marie: We're very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I read about his interesting life in the on-line Citizen and he sounds like a fascinating man. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Sandy (Sanborn) and Bill Strait
Sandra Strait
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