Joe Bauer, as he was known by his friends, left this world Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
There will be no service, but if anyone so desires, please lift a thought for Joe, celebrate Joe and do something to help any animal cause you find and are willing to donate to. Joe's ashes will be carried to Mobile, Ala., where some will be sprinkled over the graves of Dot, Jack and Maurice Brigance while the remaining cremains will be buried with a prominent marker in the Brigance family plot in Mobile. There is no other place Joe or the Brigance family, alive or dead, would want Joe to be for eternity -- right beside his chosen family who certainly reciprocated his love for them, especially Peggy and Steve!
Joe was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and died in an Arlington hospital after an admirable fight with cancer, which he beat back with bravado with the help of his great doctors (thank you, especially Dr. Adams) up until his last few days.
He was predeceased by everyone in his family, including his partner and life-love of 23 years, Maurice Brigance III, who died Dec. 3, 1997, in Arlington; and his adopted and "forever changed" for the better parents, Dot and Jack Brigance of Mobile, Ala., who died in 2009. He was also predeceased by his adopted sister-in-law, Beth Bonner of Fairhope, Ala., and his many dogs he adopted over the years and whom he loved, cared for and grieved over. Joe loved animals passionately indeed! Joe was a veteran of the Air Force. Joe was a retired Freight Coordinator for American Airlines, going back to its days in NYC.
Survivors: He will be missed by all who knew and survive him, including neighbors and close friends, Alan and Joyce, Mary and Frank and Vicki; and, most passionately, his adopted and loving Brigance family, including his de facto godchildren, Brian, Jenny and Chris (forever the "Little Man"), their spouses, Heather and Aimee, and his de facto godgrandchildren, Jaedon, Sienna, Reese and Evie. He loved them all very much! For a young gay man living in the 1940s and ostracized by his own family, he sure had one hell of a family -- the way it should be for all.
Angel Hills Funeral Directors
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