The first thing you would notice when you met our Joe would likely be his voice. He was loud and not someone to be ignored. And you would be right to not only take notice of him, but to befriend him. For once Joe entered your life, he would become a force within it.
Our Joe was funny and he enjoyed life. His ability to find humor in most situations, good or bad, was a skill he passed along to his only son and grandsons. His laugh could be heard above the crowd at any gathering. In its absence, he might shake his head with a chuckle and twinkle of mischief in his eye, and you knew a come-back was sure to follow.
If you took the time to know him more, the next thing you would notice about our Joe would be his family. He would find a way to weave them into just about any conversation. His wife, Karen, was the love of his life. They shared over 45 years of marriage together. About Karen, Joe was known to say, “She is the heart of our family. Without her, I would be lost.” Joe took great pride in his only daughter, Andria’s, unique view of the world and the people in it. Of Andria, Joe would always say that she was the true test of a good person. If Andria liked you, you had a good heart. He spent a lifetime protecting her's.
Joe’s only son Brian, evolved into a close friend and confidant over the years. He was not only proud of him, but he enjoyed being with him. Whether it was chatting over dinner or spending a Saturday mending a fence, attending a playoff game, their time together filled his heart in ways that he couldn’t always express with words. He showed it in the way he always showed up. And always with a smile. Once he and Brian designed and constructed working air canons to serve as props for Brian's 5th grade's class musical. When fired the canons shot candy into the audience. “I’ll be right there” are words we will greatly miss.
One of Joe’s greatest joys in life were his three grandchildren, Ashton, Larissa and Luca. Present in their lives every day after school, Joe found ways to connect with each one of them in a special way. His presence at the side of the hockey rink, soccer field, basketball court or front row of the theatre was a constant they could depend on. And his cheers and applause were always the loudest. His final act of love, in days when his strength was minimal, we’re the beginnings of a batting cage for Luca.
Our Joe was a friend to many, a supporting Uncle, a treasured brother, devoted grandfather, loved being a father-in-law, proud dad, and loving husband. A devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, he was always ready to discuss their successes, misses and attend a game. He often took his grandkids to games and enjoyed spoiling them while purchasing all the "food" they requested. His calls asking if Brian or one of the grandkids want to attend a game will be sorely missed.This man’s great legacy lives on in the hearts of those who loved him.
Joe would be the first person to thank you for making any donation in his memory for Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, He knew first-hand the day-to--day challenges of those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Knowing that your generosity would help provide a more inclusive environment, help to build their self esteem, and show others what joy and enthusiasm they bring to their workplace would have made his day!Thank you for your donation!
The Parson Family