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Joseph Christian Woodford

Port St. Lucie - "Even when the surface is calm, the water may be turbulent just beneath". On February 8, 2018, our witty, kind, gentle, wonderful, son and brother, Joseph Christian Woodford, 43, was struck by a motor vehicle and killed. Due to extenuating circumstances his mother wasn't notified immediately. Shortly thereafter, his Aunts Regina & Mary flew to Florida to help bring Joanne home, where the three of them broke the horrific news.

Joey was one of three children who spent the first half of his life in Keyport, NJ and later in S. Philadelphia, PA with his parents, Robert and Joanne, his eldest brother, Scott and his youngest brother, Robert. However, Joey lived all over the United States, as his father never stayed anywhere too long. Wherever Joey found himself, he always made friends very easily but especially when the family moved to South Philadelphia where he forged lifelong friendships.

Joey was a solid student (until High School) nevertheless he received his diploma in Bayonne, he was a decent athlete and extremely likable. Later in life, Joey moved to Fort Lauderdale to attend BCC. However, even with Joey's intelligence, college wasn't for him but college isn't for everyone. Joey was funny; generous to a fault, where he would give his last dollar to someone homeless; but perhaps, Joey's greatest attributes were his kind heart and gentle soul. He absolutely adored his mother and recently acted as her caregiver, doing things for his mother a lesser man would not. In addition, Joey and Scott shared a bond many brothers will never know but although he didn't adore Scott, as he did his mother, he endured him, as Scott can be demanding and always expected nothing less than perfection, which Joey would find difficult sometimes but he did do his very best. With his seemingly endless potential, Joey could have become an engineer or even a fighter pilot but unfortunately, as many of you know, Joey suffered from substance abuse problems and he was in many rehabs but one thing is for certain, Joey wasn't a quitter! Despite Joey's issues, he was killed in a tragic accident. Perhaps another reason it took so long to get Joseph's obituary written was because Scott was heartbroken but Joey made it clear, he didn't desire a funeral or people crying over him but instead he wanted his family and friends, to celebrate his life.

Joey has left behind his mother, Joanne Woodford; two brothers; Scott and Robert Woodford; one nephew he absolutely loved, Brandon Woodford and a niece he never had the opportunity to meet, Dawson Woodford. In addition, Joey leaves behind several Aunts & Uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. Joey is predeceased by his father Robert J. Woodford, grandparents Elizabeth & Vincent Tooker; his Aunt Christine, Uncle Vincent (Vinny), his cousins; John DeRosa, Melissa Tooker, and Christopher Connallon.

Where Joseph's struggle ends, ours just begins. Joey's smile and laugh will be replaced with loss and a never-ending longing. However, we know how proud he was to call Jesus his Lord and Saviour. Joey is finally at peace, no longer in pain and with his Heavenly Father.

We miss you dearly and will always love you dearly!

Good-bye my Son & my Brother, Mom, Scott and Robert.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 10, 2018
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