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In Memory of Joe Esmer

It’s been a couple of weeks now, since we had to say good bye to one of our own. Of course, he wasn’t really “ours”, that distinction forever rests with his family, but we’d like to think our club had a little space reserved in Joe’s mind, as he had in ours. We all know we’re headed down the same road, but the tragedy is more profound when someone leaves us suddenly, unexpectedly, as it happened in this instance. Someone who was still in the game, so to speak, active, working, playing. He wasn’t done yet, that’s how it feels to us, and I’m sure that’s how it feels to his family, as well.

We have become a sizable group, with corresponding growth in the diversity of people that are attracted to our midst, but one thing we don’t seem to have is a lot of “big shots”. Maybe it’s just that we don’t tolerate them all that well. I’d guess that the core of the matter is that in a volunteer organization, where we all have a choice, we’d mostly just as soon be in the company of our peers, people that are somewhat like ourselves. Not many stuffed shirts here, not even many white ones, but lots of us blue collar types. People that move dirt, grow crops, haul stuff, fix things, real world kind of folks, like Joe. Without a doubt he could have succeeded in many other careers or organizations, but he found the ones that were a good fit for him. And we were glad to have him with us, as one of us. You can certainly measure his impact by the number of friends he left behind.

It’s kind of a cliché, and in some circles maybe it’s not a compliment, but one often hears a person who fits in well referred to as a “regular Joe”. Around here, that’s pretty high praise, indeed.

Rest in Peace, Joe.

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