Joseph Parker Amend of York, ME, formally of Portland, CT, and Deal NJ, passed away on April 11, 2023, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce, children Gregory (YoungHui) of NY, Brian (Molly) of NH, and Erik (Colleen) of VA. He is also survived by his granddaughter Jennifer Horne (Ryan) of MA, grandsons, Alex Amend of PA, Nathan and Zachary Amend of NH, sisters Martha Oberle of MD and Patricia Ellard of NJ. He was predeceased by his parents William H. Amend and Martha Parker Amend and brother William R. Amend.
Joe earned his MBA from the University of Connecticut and received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1962. He served 4 years with the Air Force and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant, before embarking on his civilian career. He was a Manager & Systems Analyst for the State of Connecticut and his assignments included work in Belgium as well as various state agencies throughout CT. He also held management positions at American Cyanamid, Colt Firearms, and Combustion Engineering.
Joe wore many different hats throughout his life. He was a methodical thinker and a true history buff, able to relate historical facts and stories from his memory at any given moment. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and sports enthusiast. In his younger days, he played baseball voraciously and was considered as a prospect for the San Francisco Giants.
Joe was a loving and kind person and expressed his feelings quietly and deeply. He was so proud of his children and their accomplishments and loved to watch his grandchildren participate in show productions, hockey, and lacrosse events. He was known for his quick wit and special kind of dry humor that was a notable and enjoyable feature of his personality.
Joe was a lifelong member of the Glastonbury CT Fish & Game club, where he held several leadership positions and participated actively in the club’s functions. He relocated to Maine after retirement and continued his love for hunting and fishing and joined local clubs where he practiced target shooting, entered, and won local competitions.
Joe will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
A private viewing was held for his immediate family on Friday, April 14, 2023.
Interment with Military Honors will take place on Friday, July 21st, 2023 at 10:00 am in the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale, Maine.
A Celebration of Life will follow at a place to be announced.
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