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John W. Joseph
  • Passed away on February 13, 2021

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of John W. Joseph on Saturday, February 13, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. He was 65 years young.

He is survived and will be loved always by his wife, Holly Joseph, of The Villages, Florida. Also cherishing his memory are his children Hillary Joseph, Gwen Passwaters, Kasey Hudock and husband Dylan Hudock, and Linda Sue Frick and his grandchildren Jasmine Passwaters, Alyssa Klaus, Trevor Moore and Lincoln Hudock, as well as many special friends.

John was born July 21, 1955 in Salisbury, MD. He spent most of his life in Milford, DE, Chincoteague, VA, and eventually retired to The Villages, FL in 2012. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed at Cape May, New Jersey. John worked for 23 years at Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus in Georgetown, DE.

John will be remembered by many parents, players, umpires and spectators as he coached softball for Milford Little League for over 20 years. He leaves behind many special friends on the Pennecamp loop, where he served as president of the PenneLoafers social group for 4 years. No matter how he chose to spend his time, whether it was coaching softball, fishing, boating, golfing, playing pickleball, traveling, beaching, or spending time with family and friends, John will be remembered for his “larger than life” personality.

The family will be honoring John’s wishes for a private ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in honor of John Joseph at www.stjude.org. Sentiments may be left online at www.BaldwinCremation.com.


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  1. Charlotte and John Zimmerman says:
    03 Mar 2021
    There's always a time to live and be free,
    A time to die and embrace eternity.
    A time to cherish one's memories,
    And a time to meet them someday.

    My Deepest Sympathy

    John you surely will be missed by your wife, family and friends. I was looking at many pictures of you after hearing about your death and it brought back lots of great memories. I enjoyed fishing, camping, motorcycle riding, boating, attending lots of events, going to college, and having lots of fun with you. Please give all our close friends in heaven a great big hug for me and enjoyed a cold one with them. Love you always your friend

  2. Bob and Barbara Pagel says:
    26 Feb 2021
    Holly and family,
    We were shocked an saddened to read John's obituary in "The Daily Sun" earlier this week. You may not remember us, but Bob and I lived at 1796 Pennecamp Drive (2010-2015) and were Penneloafer members. We knew you and John from all the social gatherings and activities in the neighborhood. He was larger than life--his height, his laugh, his booming voice. After we moved from Pennecamp we kept up on news of many of our former neighbors. We send our condolences, with thoughts and prayers for God's Peace. May good memories of John comfort you.
    Bob and Barbara Pagel

  3. John Cadarette lit a candle:
    24 Feb 2021
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    24 Feb 2021
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  5. Nancy Drew lit a candle:
    23 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 23, 2021 at 2:26:22 PM

  6. Nancy Drew says:
    23 Feb 2021
    My heart is heavy upon hearing of the loss of John. My mind has been doing nothing but going down memory lane upon hearing of it and ALL of those memories brings a smile...
    RIP my friend...Woman (Nancy)

  7. Nancy Drew says:
    23 Feb 2021
    My heart is heavy upon hearing of John’s passing. He had a wonderful sense of life and was a great friend. Thanks for making my memories ones that bring a smile to my face.
    RIP...Woman

  8. Nancy Drew says:
    23 Feb 2021
    My heart is heavy upon hearing the news of John’s passing. I have smiled and cried over the memories of a wonderful man. I’m blessed and lucky to have shared part of my youth with you...and your family. What a great sense of humor....
    RIP BROTHER, Nancy(aka”Woman”)

  9. Corky Eck says:
    23 Feb 2021
    Holly, I was so saddened to see the loss of John. I saw both of you at many of the car shows and had a chance to sit with you at some of the Vintage Car Club events. John always had that great smile that just made you feel welcome. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Corky & Lyn Eck

  10. Debbie Lloyd says:
    23 Feb 2021
    I met John when I began working at Delaware Tech in 1990. He was one of the nicest and kindest individuals I have ever known. He made sure to capture some pictures of me at graduation and I am so thankful to have them. I'm sure many people hold fond memories of him. Thinking of his family during this difficult time.
    With sympathy,
    Debbie

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    23 Feb 2021
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    23 Feb 2021
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  13. Ben and Connie says:
    23 Feb 2021
    We were so fortunate to spend so many wonderful times with Holly and John. Many fun travels and lots of laughter. These are memories that we will cherish forever.

    RIP dear friend!

    Ben and Connie

  14. Chris Antonik says:
    22 Feb 2021
    So sad and to learn of John's Passing. We were friends and colleagues at DTCC for over 20 years. We are both Viet Nam era vets and were Club brothers in VNV-MC... til we meet again "Longneck"...

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    22 Feb 2021
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    22 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 22, 2021 at 2:39:48 PM

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    22 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 22, 2021 at 2:10:20 PM

  18. Brenda says:
    22 Feb 2021
    Ted and I are sad to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your sweet memories give you comfort at this time.

  19. Ken and Jenna Brown says:
    20 Feb 2021
    John was such a wonderful and caring person. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:23:01 PM

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:06:18 PM

  22. Hank & Patti Raymond says:
    20 Feb 2021
    John will be greatly missed! He was a great friend and awesome neighbor. We have shared many great times together with you Holly and John. Glad we got to visit you guys in Chincoteague also. Many great memories.

  23. Holly Van Auken says:
    20 Feb 2021
    John was one of my favorite softball coaches. I will always cherish the memories of him and my Dad coaching together and us loading in the back of the truck to go for Blizzards after a Mustang win! Sending love and prayers to his family.

  24. Hank & Patti Raymond lit a candle:
    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:30:41 PM

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:29:34 PM

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    20 Feb 2021
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  27. Paige Cisar says:
    20 Feb 2021
    We are sorry to hear about John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  28. Stacey Artz lit a candle:
    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:39:49 PM

  29. Carol Scotton says:
    20 Feb 2021
    We are sorry to hear John passed away.
    Les and Carol Scotton

  30. Ann Batchelir lit a candle:
    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:31:23 PM

  31. Susan and Sandy Giampapa says:
    20 Feb 2021
    This kind and thoughtful man will be missed but will always be in our hearts! Special love to Holly and his family!

  32. Susan and Sandy Giampapa lit a candle:
    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:46:46 PM

  33. Ed Morris says:
    20 Feb 2021
    Having coached against and with John for many years, it was an honor to be considered his friend. I mourn his loss and offer love and prayers for his family. Rest easy, coach.

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:22:42 PM

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:37:05 AM

  36. Rob & Linda Guay says:
    20 Feb 2021
    Holly, John will be greatly missed from our Penneloafers (Pennecamp) family....Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you & your family...

  37. Rob & Linda Guay lit a candle:
    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:28:13 AM

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:20:35 AM

  39. Donna Spencer says:
    20 Feb 2021
    John was a special guy and he will be missed by many of us at Delaware Tech Community College. May we cherish the many memories we have of him.

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    20 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:09:28 AM

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