Today Monday at 5:30am. My brother Joe ended his 10-year fight with cancer. There are no winners or losers in this fight. Only spectators who must sit on the sidelines and watch, knowing what the result will be. Joe and I may have been polar opposites in many ways, but we were still brothers and loved each other just the same. He has now gone to live with our mother and father.
I would like to recognize his daughters Jodi & Lauren and son in laws Mike & Brad and all his friends and family who kept in touch with Joe and myself through this ordeal. I would also like to say thank you to those who took the time to see him. His long-time friend Gail who came down from Kentucky, my son Matthew Turano who drove for 12 hours to stay overnight to see his uncle then drive another 12 hours back to New York. My son Marc and his wife (our adopted Daughter Renee) and our 2 grand daughters who would come to visit. Our grandchildren from New York who also called with their thoughts and prayers. But most of all my wife Mary Ann who loved Joe like her own brother. She is the one who has kept me sane through this process. I must also mention all my friends who lent their moral support and prayers.
Marc and I will be taking Joe for one last fishing trip on my boat to scatter his ashes on the sea. We will go to one of my favorite areas and rename the spot “Uncle Joe”. Probably not what he would have preferred. I think he would have rather a golf course but I have never stepped foot on one so I would not know what to do. Or maybe Wall Street. But there I would probably be arrested for littering. So, he will take one last trip on the “Game Changer”.
But he will not be forgotten, Mary Ann and I have decided to have his name and “Beloved Brother” added to the bench that marks our burial site. At Oleander Memorial Gardens here in Wilmington. In that way there will always be a remembrance of my brother Joe.
Rest in peace Joe. Your suffering has ended. I love you my brother.
A memorial mass will be held at 9:00am on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 6650 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington NC
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