Joe has been with McKinlay Funeral Home since October 2012. Joe was born and raised in Elora, Ont. He attended Elora District High School and Conestoga College in Waterloo. He has been married to Mary Anne for 43 years. They moved to Ridgetown in 1977. They have two sons Joe Jr. (Jen) and Kevin (Kelly) and five grandchildren.
He worked for Zehrs (Loblaw) both in Guelph & Chatham as a meat cutter and in computer assisted ordering for 35 years retiring in 2010.
Joe has played in competition pipe bands since 1982. He has played in numerous bands from Toronto to Windsor and is currently the bass drummer for the Windsor Police Pipe Band.
At one point, Joe and his two sons played for St Andrews Society Pipe Band in London , a hobby for the whole family. His other hobbies include gardening and watching the grandchildren play hockey and lacrosse, and is a huge Boston Bruins Fan.