Joe Callahan passed away peacefully on November 1st, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband, father of six, and “Poppy” to seven beautiful grandchildren. Joe was an avid boater, fisherman, reader, and storyteller. He enjoyed hiking, camping, and most of all just relaxing with his family.
Joe’s first-born grandchild, Jack, was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of three. Without hesitation, Joe became a staunch advocate for Jack, and others like him, working diligently to understand the diagnosis and how he could best support Jack’s development. “Poppy” was Jack’s biggest fan; their adventures included countless stories, learning the harmonica together, devouring many donuts, and telling tales of the dreaded “pinchy crabs”. Joe’s gentleness, encouragement, and most of all steadfast love for Jack and his parents will never be forgotten. Joe’s wish was, in lieu of flowers or other remembrances, that donations be directed toward Cooking Autism, a non-profit organization that funds development programs for children on the Autism Spectrum.