Joseph "Joe" Junod
1947 - 2020
Joseph "Joe" Junod

February 15, 1947 - September 12, 2020

Joseph Victor Junod, 73, died on September 12, 2020, in Charlottesville, Va.

He was born in Pelham Manor, N.Y., to an advertising executive and an Episcopal Church activist, and lived most recently in Albemarle County, Va.

Junod graduated in 1969 from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C., with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He worked for more than 40 years as a reporter, line editor and top editor at newspapers in New York, Hawaii, Florida Tennessee, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. As Managing Editor, he headed the journalistic team at The Ithaca Journal, named Best of Gannett newspapers in 1981.

He retired in 2008 as Vice President/Customer Programs and Special Projects in the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc. He created and operated The Leadership Academy, a training program that identified future newspaper leaders, and immersed them in a rigorous program of preparation for promotion. In addition, he developed customer service, newspaper quality and best practices initiatives for the company.

He acted as Gannett liaison to the U.S. Bicentennial Commission of the Bill of Rights, headed by retired Chief Justice Warren Burger.

He was a former senior warden and Vestry member at Christ Episcopal Church in Spotsylvania, VA, where he also spearheaded a fund-raising campaign to build the church's $1.7 million parish hall.

He was known as a great story-teller and memoirist, publishing a book entitled INK . . . A Life in Letters, in 2016. He also wrote an award-winning Bicentennial play, American Balloons.

He is survived by his wife, j Marilyn Greene; sons, David Moran, Daniel Moran, and Patrick Moran; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Charles Junod of Cranston, R.I., and John Junod of Atkinson, N.H., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations can be made to Christ Church Spotsylvania or to a charity of choice.

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Published by Daily Progress on Sep. 15, 2020.
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Joe thoroughly enjoyed our high school reunions and his enthusiasm for dancing the night away always brings a smile. He will be missed
Betsy Cooney Kemble
September 21, 2020
Joe was loved and admired by his newspaper “family” at Gannett. He touched and led so many of us during his years in newsrooms and at corporate where he managed important initiatives that made our newspapers better. His management development programs helped advance the careers of countless newspaper men and women. Joe was kind, funny, passionate and a great storyteller. Condolences to Marilyn and the family.
Ellen aleifeld
September 17, 2020
My family lived in Pelham, N.Y. four of my "growing up" years, after which we moved south. During our time in Pelham, Joe's and my family became great friends, as did Joe and I. We even attended one of the high school proms together. Fast forward 50 years, when Joe and Marllyn moved to Virigina, not far from my husband and me. Thanks to Joe's efforts, we re-connected and have seen each other a handful of times since, with a few exchanges of emails as well. News of his passing was a shock, even though I knew he had experienced health issues of late. Joe was a bright, thoughtful, caring person. I will always be grateful for his desire to find me and my husband all these years later. May God bless his family as they adjust to life without him, and may God grant them peace equal to their need. Richie Hilbert
Richie Hilbert
September 16, 2020
Charles Junod
September 16, 2020
Joe was my younger brother post WW2. I was born on Pearl Harbor Day one year later. So as his older brother I had a wonderful youth enjoying being with Joe and my other brother John teaching them all about baseball among other things. As adults we have consulted each other on many of life's issues and have remained close despite geography all these years. I shall miss him deeply and will have many happy memories of our time together.
Charlie Junod
September 15, 2020