Joseph Curtis Briggs
Rochester - January 22, 2021 after a life well lived. Born August 22, 1930 in Rochester, NY, to Theodore Clement and Ruth Curtis Briggs. Predeceased by his son, Jim Briggs; grandson, Mark von Bucher; brother, Bill Briggs, who died serving his country in WWII; sisters, Katie Pratt and Bobbie Trimble.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years,
Nancy Pierce Briggs; two daughters, Judy von Bucher (Erik) and Susan Kitchen (Donald); daughter-in-law, Paula Briggs; seven grandchildren, Peter Briggs (Lauren), Andrew Briggs (Jana), Julia Briggs, Peter von Bucher (Heidi), Lilly Kesner (Matt), Teddy Kitchen (Gaby), Sally Kitchen; four great-grandchildren, Jamie and William Briggs, Raya and Lucas Kesner.
Joe grew up in Pittsford, attended early grades at Pittsford, Harley and graduated from the Kent School in 1949. In spite of many diversions, (Nancy Pierce being the primary one), he managed to eke out an Economics degree with Honors from Princeton University in 1953. He retired as the Vice President of Marketing for Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing Co. Joe served many community organizations over the years, including: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Harley School, Planned Parenthood, and numerous others. His true passion was to lift up those less fortunate primarily through education. This is evidenced by Joe and Nancy's support of the Jasco college sponsorship program for East High students, their help in establishing the Horizons Summer Learning program for inner city youth, the Goodwill Excel Centers for adults with education gaps, and the Briggs Family Scholarship Fund at RIT to help mostly first generation college students. His other source of pride at RIT, where he served as a Trustee since 1990, was his major role in establishing a varsity crew program with the purchase of numerous shells and participation in the building of the RIT boathouse. Not one to rest in his "golden years", Joe worked with Habitat for Humanity near their home in Vero Beach, FL, until it was a little dicey to be up on the rooftops!
In the summer of 1975, Joe and his "first mate", Nancy, began an ocean sailing adventure which was to last for 17 years and cover some 50,000 miles in their sloop, Sundowner. After several years cruising this country, the Bahamas, Caribbean and Venezuela, they made their first transatlantic passage to the Azores, Gibraltar in 1982. They spent 4 years exploring the Mediterranean, then took the masts down, and went up the Rhone River and the French and Dutch canals. From there, they headed to the Baltic and cruised Norway, Sweden and Finland, with a side trip to Russia, ending up in Denmark. The following spring they crossed the North Sea to England and prepared for the return Atlantic passage to Antigua, via Portugal, and the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. With incredible foresight, and with sailing in his blood, he captured hours of video "just sailing the open seas", for possibly watching one day from a hospital bed, long in the future. Thankfully, Hospice enabled him to experience his sailing videos from the comfort of his home with his first mate, Nancy, by his side. Joe and Nancy "sailed through life", both literally and figuratively, with both sunny days and rough weather. His was truly a life well lived.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held at some time in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Rochester Institute of Technology, University Advancement, P.O. Box 92765, Rochester, 14692-8865 or to a charity of your choice
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