A Eulogy for Daddy Joe

January 28, 2015 — 3 Comments

JaneJoeFather Abraham had many sons
Had many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them
And so are you
So let’s just praise the Lord

Abraham, the father of three of the major streams of faith in the world, is known in scholarly circles as a patriarch. He was, as the dictionary defines that term, a man who was revered by those of his tribe who followed him. Patriarchs are the rulers of a family — sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad — but they are honored for their position in the family, and more often than not they are respected for their wisdom and their management of the household. Their legacy is seen in the many children they leave behind (…many sons) who identify themselves with the tribe of the patriarch.

Joe Sadler (Daddy Joe) was the patriarch in my family. He was not the oldest child, but he was the one that the rest of the family turned to again and again as difficulties arose. He was my mother’s older brother, and throughout my years he was the rock who kept our family sane and functioning in troubling times. When I was a stupid punk of a teenage kid, he bailed me out of the mistakes I made along the way, and I am sure that I would not be the person I am today without his influence in my life.

Last night, my Uncle Joe’s body finally gave out, and he passed from this world into the world to come. Joe had been a walking miracle, for he had survived lung cancer (with the removal of part of a lung), heart disease, and a variety of other ailments in the past many years. The ability to push through those challenges and continue on made him almost appear invincible — and it’s been a struggle over the past couple of years as it became more and more clear that his body was wearing out. It’s hard to know how to respond when a patriarch becomes human and frail, and our family will mourn this loss deeply.

In Genesis 25, the author of the book tells us about the death of Abraham:

Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.

Daddy Joe lived 81 years (his birthday was this past Saturday), and last night he breathed his last. He too was a good man and full of years. And now, we have confidence that he has been gathered to his people in a place with no more sickness, death, and sorrow. He has been reunited with his beloved Evelyn, his brothers Bill, Don, and Ray, and his sister (my mom) Jane.

His legacy will be lived out in those of us left behind. He taught us wisdom and compassion, pragmatism and faith, and the belief that family ties are not easily broken. More than anything, he taught us that we should never give up in the face of adversity. Joe survived and made the best of life . . . and he wanted his “many sons” to do the same.

Good bye Daddy Joe. You are fiercely loved, and will be profoundly missed.

Daddy Joe had many sons
Had many sons had Daddy Joe
I am one of them
And so are you
So let’s just praise the Lord

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3 responses to A Eulogy for Daddy Joe

  1. 

    I am so sorry for your loss Jay. You live his legacy every day!

  2. 

    JOE’S FAMILY—
    LAST NIGHT ,WHEN I HEARD OF JOE’S HOME GOING , 2 VS. OF SCRIPTURE CAME TO MIND–JOSHUA 25:15—-“AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE-WE WILL SERVE THE LORD” AND MATTHEW 25: 34-40—(40)—“-TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE,EVEN THE LEAST OF THEM, YOU DID IT TO ME.” JOE TRIED TO ‘ WALK HIS TALK ‘ ACCORDING TO THE ‘WORD” NOT ONLY FOR HIS FAMILY BUT FRIENDS & BEYOND. HE AND HIS WAY OF LIFE WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY.
    MY LOVE, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
    MITZI

  3. 

    JOE’S FAMILY—
    LAST NIGHT WHEN I HEARD OF JOE’S GOING ‘HOME’ 2 VERSES OF SCRIPTURE CAME TO MY MIND. JOSHUA 24:15—-“AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE , WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.” AND MATTHEW 25:34-40—-(40)….”TRULY I SAY TO YOU, TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THESE BROTHERS OF MINE ,EVEN THE LEAST OF THEM,YOU DID IT TO ME.”
    JOE WAS TRULY A MAN WHO TRIED TO “WALK HIS TALK” TO FAMILY ,FRIENDS AND BEYOND. HE AND HIS WAY OF LIVING BY THE “WORD” WILL BE MISSED.
    THOUGHTS,PRAYERS AND LOVE TO YOU ALL!!
    MITZI

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