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Joel Austin, Sr
  • September 07, 1954
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  • May 18, 2013

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      Joel T. Austin, 58, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died unexpectedly May 18. He was the son of the late Dilton V. (Tex) and Carolyn Austin. Joel was a 1972 graduate of Wareham High School and a 1976 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Born in Wareham, Joel moved to New Smyrna Beach shortly after graduating from Mass Maritime. Joel was a captain in the Merchant Marine and had sailed on many vessels over his 30-year career, until his retirement in 2005. One of Joel's pleasures when home from shipping out was spending time fishing the backwaters of New Smyrna and spending time with his family and friends. He had forged many lifelong friendships with  his fellow shipmates. Joel always had a knack to break into a sea story and make everyone laugh. Although a Floridian for many years, Joel loved coming back to Cape Cod to visit family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with his brothers. Survivors include his wife, Janet, and his two children, Valerie of Riviera Beach, FL, and Joel Jr. of New Smyrna, FL; his three brothers, Raymond of San Diego, CA, Billy of Wareham, and Jimmy and his wife Melissa of Rochester;  nephews, Sam and Ben of Rochester, MA and Scott Sanchez of South Easton, MA, and nieces Kristan Khan of Orlando, FL and Alexandra Baker of Falmouth, MA. A celebration of his life will take place Thursday May 30th, 4pm at Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society Chapel, New Smyrna Beach. 

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  1. Madison says:
    29 May 2013
    I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's Word where He promises soon that "death will be no more." (Revelation 21:4)

  2. Stephanie Levandoski says:
    28 May 2013
    No words can express my sadness....my deepest sympathy to Joel's family. I will always carry nothing but fond and fun memories of Joel. Whether it be working at KFC, exploring France with Mark and Deanna on our class trip, or sharing the superlative as Class Clown with Joel ....there were nothing but clean, fun times. He left this earth too soon, but I know he's still smiling. God Bless

  3. Bill Berl says:
    27 May 2013
    May Joel rest in peace & have a heavenly journey. Our thought, prayers & love to each of you.
    Bill & Cindy Berl

  4. Mark & Cyndi Hallahan says:
    27 May 2013
    We are still in shock. He was a great friend, husband, and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. paul winberg says:
    26 May 2013
    I was very saddened to learn of Joel's passing.
    It's been a long time since I have seen my friend but the memories of my teammate at Wareham High School will last forever.
    Tough as nails yet always there with that smile and something to make you laugh.
    My condolences to you Ray-my good friend and Jim and Melissa and Billy.
    Your brother has left this world but his memeory will be with us forever.
    Thanks for the memories and good times Joel.
    With deepest sympathy to all the family
    Paul Winberg

  6. Steve Maloney says:
    26 May 2013
    So sad to read this news. Joel was a good guy with a great sense of humor. The many fun times we spent in junior high and high school still make me smile. I'm gald that I was able to be a part of those shenanigans - a real character and always fun to be around!

    Though too soon for him to go, Joel managed to bring many years' worth of smiles, laughter, and good stories while here. He will be missed by all of us but not forgotten.

    My sincere condolences to his wife and children - and to his brothers as well.

    God bless you, Joel - thanks for the laughter -

    Steve Maloney

  7. Dennis & Marilyn Hackett says:
    26 May 2013
    We are in shock and so sad to see that our friend has left us so early. Our condolences to Janet, Valerie, Joel Jr, Ray, Jim and Billy and families. We will miss our visits with Joel when he would come back home. We will treasure our memories of spending time with Joel and family in FL. We had nights that Joel would come by and we would sit at our dining room table laughing for many of hours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Love to each one of you and Rest in Peace our friend Joel.

  8. Jean Gay says:
    25 May 2013
    To Janet & Family, Ray, Jimmy, & Billy,
    Our deepest sympathy to you all. Riverside has lost a brother. May the good memories be with you always.
    Jean, Laurie, John & Lisa

  9. Tommy Donahue - Winthrop says:
    24 May 2013
    Janet, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Joel was a great classmate and friend to all of us with so many memories at MMA 76. I've known you and your brother Tiny all thru HS and I just wanted to pay my respects and say Joel was a great guy and we will all at MMA truly miss him. God Bless, Tom

  10. thomas c forend says:
    24 May 2013
    To my friend the times at Riverside were the best RIP JOEL

  11. Capt. Stephen Kosinski says:
    23 May 2013
    Fair winds and calm seas on your journey to Fiddlers Green classmate (last of "Old School"), shipmate, and friend.


  12. Mary Ann and Jack Silva says:
    23 May 2013
    When we read that Joel had left this world, we were so surprised. Memories of high school with Joel were great - he really knew how to make you laugh. To his wife, Janet, and children, our deepest sympathies. Ray, Billy, Jim and family, may God Bless you at this most difficult time. May Joel rest in the Arms of Our Lord and find everlasting peace. God Bless you all!!!

  13. Tom & Mary Joyce says:
    23 May 2013
    On behalf of myself and my mother - our condolences to Janet, Valerie & Joel. Ray, Billy & Jim - we are very sorry. The memories of growing up together and all of the mischief we got ourselves into seems like just yesterday. Besides his humor, he really loved his family and talked about you whenever I saw him. May his memories and antics keep us all smiling for years to come.

  14. Mary McCoy says:
    23 May 2013
    I am extremely sadden to hear Joel's journey in life has come to rest. What a sense of humor! May God guide and bless his family through these difficult days of mourning ,

  15. Marjory Tripp Rakoski says:
    22 May 2013
    I am at a loss of words. I am so sorry to hear about Joel. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. My love to all of you.

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