GSRNE recently received the very sad and shocking
news that one of our members, Joe Wex, passed away. Many of you
just saw Deb, Joe and Paxi (the GSRNE foster pup they adopted) at
GSRNE's summer members picnic.
Joe found GSRNE by watching a Boston community
television program interviewing GSRNE, complete with a beautiful GSD to
catch the eye. The program inspired Joe to volunteer to foster
for GSRNE. Joe and his family-- wife Deb and her adult daughter
Rebecca--filled a very needed position in our foster program for many years.
They have been our "premier" puppy foster family because someone in
the family is home most of the time given their work schedules. Joe,
Deb and Rebecca are great with training puppies (takes a special kind
of patience) and giving them the kind of socialization they need.
Sterling, Jada (Grace), Leo (Micah), Paxi and, most recently, Spirit (Uta) were among
the pups they fostered. Ella, their own lovely GSD, is excellent with
puppies. Joe spent countless hours giving his time and love to our
Victoria Abrams, GSRNE's previous Foster Home
Coordinator, shared a few of her memories of Joe.
"I picture him taking his own dogs along with one
of our rescue pups to the nearby dog park, in snow, rain or sunshine.
Another favorite image is Joe sitting in his living room with the 5
M-litter puppies running around him, multiple pups jumping up to lick
his face. Joe, Deb and Rebecca saved me by temporarily fostering
several of the M-litter puppies until I could place them in permanent
Joe was an all around terrific guy and wonderful
friend - you don't find them any better. I know that my life was
enriched by my friendship with Joe, and that he will surely be missed by me
and many of you, too. I cannot begin to express how sorry I am
for Deb and Rebecca's loss."
All of us at GSRNE that knew Joe, echo those sentiments and sorrow. You'll
be missed, Joe.