From my grandfather's obituary: Joe began working at age 13 as a shrimper alongside his father. He worked in the piping department at Ingall's during World War II. He also Salmon Fished in Bellingham, Washington. After spending time Roughnecking for Rowan Drilling Company and Noble Drilling, he worked for and retired from Avondale's Shipyard in Louisiana as a pipefitter. He was a 3rd Degree of the Knights of Columbus.
Joe enjoyed playing the harmonica, being a "master whistler" and kidding with folks to make them smile and brighten their day. In his love of the outdoors, he enjoyed grafting pecan and persimmon trees, raising chickens and turkeys (donating the turkeys to the Sheriff's department for the soup kitchen). His favorite and most life-affecting trip was to Medjugorje, Croatia (Yugoslavia). His family always enjoyed his mischievous grin along with his claim to be the "Godfather" of the Coast Mafia.
His deepest devotions were to his family and praying the Rosary. One of his great joys was sitting with the Eucharist at Church. Though, eventually, his health prevented him from sitting with the Eucharist, he continued to pray the rosary daily at home.