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Wilmington lost a great one on August 8. Joe Horwitz passed peacefully at 89 years old surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Wilmington, Joe was well known in town. His parents, Sam and Sadie, ran Horwitz Market on the corner of 4th and Harrison where the family also lived. He was a great character, a good friend, fun to be with and beloved and appreciated by many. Joe was a warm and caring person, everyone who met him sensed that good spirit and sense of fun which was the essence of Joe. A story, a song he would sing to you, a great quote, a magic trick, a funny email, a true caring of how you were doing, were all part of his very being. He always looked at the brighter side of life; people were just naturally attracted to him as he was to them.

Joe graduated from Wilmington High in 1945 and from the University of Miami in 1949 where he majored in Mathematics. He joined the Navy in 1951. He became a naval pilot and served until 1953.

Joe contributed greatly to the city. He owned and operated Allied Corrugated Container from the late 50's thru the early 90's. He acquired the Wilmington Blue Bombers, a professional basketball team, in 1969 and with that brought a sense of fun and excitement to the town. For over 10 years as a volunteer Joe taught computer classes to seniors at the University of Delaware's Osher Life-Long Learning Center, a highlight of his later years.

His interests were wide. He was a businessman, an instrument-rated pilot, a competitive bridge player and an avid tennis player. He was a member of the Brandywine Country Club for many years where he also served as President. He owned and flew a PT-19 World War 2 vintage airplane. He even made and flew his own model RC planes. He loved his cars, boats and planes, and was always the first with the latest technological gadgets.

His presence made the world a better place. He was a great guy who lived a great life, surrounded by those he loved and who loved him. He lived life to the fullest.

Joe leaves behind his wife and partner of 46 years, Sandy Matthews; his 6 children, Michael Horwitz (wife Gail Seltzer and their daughter Alena Horwitz), Cheryl Horwitz, Dean Horwitz, Donna Matthews, Paul Matthews, and Tina Matthews; Joe's sister, Estelle Berger; his former wife, Margaret Horwitz; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Harry and Charles.

A celebration of Joe's life will be scheduled for a later date.


Published in The News Journal on Aug. 14, 2017
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