RIP Uncle Joe

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  1. FLYBOYJ

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    #1 FLYBOYJ, Apr 29, 2010
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    Joseph Colon Sr. was born in San Juan Puerto Rico in 1924. His father, a US Army enlisted man moved his family to New York after being discharged from the Army. "Joe" grew up in the Bronx and was an avid baseball fan and loved the NY Giants. When WW2 started Joe found himself in the AAF and eventually found himself in pilot training. He soon realized he was not cut out to be a pilot so trained to be a B-24 flight engineer and then eventually was sent to bombardier school. It was there where he was the only survivor of a B-24 crash that left him in a coma for a number of months and paralyzed from the neck down. With spirit and determination he amazed all his doctors and not only taught himself to walk again, but went from a 100% disabled veteran to a 10% DAV. After the war he was married and had two sons. Joe was an extremely handsome man and managed to do some acting and extra work after settling in California. The tradition continues as his son Gary is an accomplished stage and short film actor.

    Joe was a classic jokester and was always laughing or playing tricks on his family and friends. His cheerful and positive demeanor rubbed off on everyone he met.

    I just happen to be working in California this week when I got this news. I'm on my way to visit with my Aunt and cousin and to pay my last respects. Uncle Joe was always proud of his time on the B-24 despite his terrible accident. he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

    RIP Uncle Joe!
     

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    Pretty cool. Sounds like he had a pretty good life. 86 years is very good. Congrats to him!
     
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    Sounds like a hell of a guy

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    May he Rest in Peace. Sounds like he lead a long and happy life.
     
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    R.I.P. Joe and thank you for your service!
     
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    "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
    Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but onto all of them also that love his appearing."

    I quoted this verses at my grandfathers funeral last year (he passed away at age of 91) and these words also can be rightfully applied to this man here. May he rest in peace.

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    Sorry to hear this Joe.

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    Sorry to hear of your family's loss, Joe. Sounds like he was a helluva lot of fun!
     
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    Sorry for your loss Joe. I'm sure your uncle was a heck of a guy to be around and he will by missed by your family and friends.
     
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    Sorry to hear this my friend!

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    Joe

    many condolances from all of us. sweet pics of the man and his luv ~

    he will be missed

    E ~
     
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    Sorry about the loss it certainly has been a rough year for you
     
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    With all here. Sorry about the loss Joe.

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    Sorry for ur loss Joe, looks like he had a great life...
     
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    With all, great man, great life...may he rest in peace. And to you and your family, Joe, my condolences - you're all in my prayers.

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