Joseph J. (Joe) Whitmore
Joseph J. Whitmore (Joe), age 76, completed his journey on earth on Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home of 13 years, The FASNY Firemen’s Home on the Hudson, Hudson, NY.
He was born on November 5, 1941 in Three Mile Bay, NY, the son of John and Elizabeth Whitmore. Joe attended Lyme Central School in Chaumont, NY. In 1961 Joe entered the United States Air Force from which he retired and received an Honorable Discharge after more than 21 years of service. On December 19, 1962, he married Elaine M. Hyde of Clayton, NY. A union that resulted in four children: Sons, Norris (Patricia) Whitmore, Lee Center, Doug Whitmore, Ava, Joseph Whitmore, Lee Center and daughter, Millie (Walter) Gawarecki, Lee Center, 6 grandchildren: Angela, Travis, Neena, Danielle, Haley, Keith and one great grandchild, Arden.
Joe happily served as a member of the Lee Center Fire Department for many years and the Lee Center Fire Dept. has always been a source of great pride and joy to him with many of his children and grandchildren following in his footsteps. He was active in the Town of Lee Little League program as well as the Boy Scouts of America and the Fresh Air Fund. After Joe’s retirement from the United States Air Force, he was employed at Bernie Bus for many years.
Joe is also survived by his sister, Alice Pond, Syracuse, NY and brother, Donald (Rose) Whitmore, North Olmsted, Ohio; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, George and Edward and sister, Dorothy.
The family would like to thank The Firemen’s Home on the Hudson for their care and all-encompassing love shown to Joe during his residency there. At the request of the family donations may be made to the FASNY Firemen’s Home on the Hudson, to assist in their continued effort to celebrate the longstanding tradition of brotherhood in the volunteer fire service by providing a home-like setting and compassionate personalized care for those volunteer firefighters who have served their communities, but can no longer care for themselves. Donations can be sent to The FASNY Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson NY 12534.