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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On November 11, 2009 @ 11:32 am In Obituary | 1 Comment


Vales, Joseph (Joe)

Joseph (Joe) Vales, 59, devoted husband and father, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009 at his home. Joe, a Saint Mary’s High School and NAU Alumni, was a Phoenix Firefighter (Ret.) and Saint Mary’s football coach. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Pattie (Baker), son JJ, wife Ashley, daughter Megan, and grandson Robby. He is also survived by his siblings Bob and Jim Vales, Joanne Owens, their spouses and several nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Marcella Vales, and brothers Dick and Jack Vales. Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Saint Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. A reception and celebration of Joe’s life will follow at Saint Mary’s High School, 2525 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Mary High School, 2525 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 in memory of Joe Vales.

Condolences for the family of “VALES, JOSEPH”

Condolence from John D Moore on November 11th, 2009 4:58 pm

It’s been a revelation…….but i bought a black suite last year…..to replace all the others i gave to goodwill when i downsized into my Airstream….I figured if I need a suite just once a year “basic black covers everything” little did I know that I would be getting much use out of it, My buddy Joe Vales Funeral is this Saturday at my childhood parish ST Mary’s in Downtown Phoenix, Joe was part of our gang at St Marys, we were known as the Abram Smith gang named after 2 Phoenix Policemen that got to know us rather well!…I was the Wheelman because I was the first in my class to get a car and everybody had to chip in for gas or syphon some on the way to our designated party . One night Joe had started a small fire in the back of my 55 ford truck with some excess petro in the syphon can, it was a story we would relish telling for years,The Boys, driving down Central with a flaming Pick up bed and dancing Future Fire Fighters stomping out the blaze!
This past week Joe lost his short battle with Terminal Brain cancer and I am sad that I did not get to see more of Joe this last year.
I guess I am learning how fragile we are and how our plans for life are really not up to us, all we have is today and a few dear freinds to share these moments with.
John D Moore

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