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Joseph "Joe" Wozny Jr.
February 25, 1951 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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The bold granite rises with all its strength and might from the center of the valley floor, commanding the forest and all that visit the quiet grove. My dad helped me write a 10th grade English paper as an exercise in descriptive writing. That was the opening line. I still remember it to this day. Every time I think of my father, I think of that rock, strong, always in control, the center of our family, the granite our family was built on and the foundation that will last inside all of us and let our family grow for generations to come. As our rock, you made sure we weathered every storm. You were strong, reliable and never wavered from any adversity. You made sure we always made it through. You always managed to make sure we all had the answers we needed.
Joe was born on February 25, 1951 to father Joseph and mother Jane. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY with his older brother Chris and younger brother Ted. He proudly graduated St. Francis College and St. John's University Law School. He loved the grandchildren, Joey, Timmy, Faith, Alek and Sean. Setting up pirate treasure hunts and poker games with all the necessary details, as well as pool parties at his home in Bethpage, NY and later Boca Raton, FL. He enjoyed watching baseball games and dance recitals, enjoying their youthfulness and vigor.
When younger he and his son Joey loved the hours of rubber band army fights and cowboys and Indians, where he hand painted each and every little plastic guy to make it more realistic. The board games like Risk and Stratego always played out well fought battles for hours.
He might have been a lawyer, but we all knew there was a budding artist in there. Anyone who saw his covered bridge chalk drawings or Hawaii murals painted on an 8 foot sheet rock slabs of parrots and sunsets knew he drew pleasure from art. He loved framing amazing pictures taken by Mary in far off places and immersing himself in their beauty.
Visiting Hawaii several times, first when he honeymooned with his wife of 47 years Judy and later on a couple of return trips, he fell in love with both her and the Hawaiian culture, throwing luaus and having authentic wedding pictures of a Hawaiian bride and groom adorning his walls for as long as anyone can remember.
As a lawyer and history buff, he had quite the inquisitive nature and love of knowledge. He passed this down to his daughter Mary and granddaughter Faith. Both are incredible academics that are tops in their fields and classes. Both love travel, discovery and they endeavor to explore the world and understand nature and all its wonders. Dad lived vicariously through all his daughter's travels, examining vivid pictures and exploring through Mary's accounts of the adventures.
Joe was a terrific brother to Chris and Teddy. They all enjoyed spring training trips, the ball games and afternoons by the pool together in the Florida sun. Joe loved his wife of 47 years Judy. They both raised a terrific family together, enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and Atlantic City, and were always there to back each other up and support each other no matter what the need. True love was evident in every quiet moment they shared together, walking their dogs, watching some jeopardy and living out a well-earned retirement in Boca Raton, FL.
Joe will be greatly missed by all and everyone is saddened this day, but we realize he is in a better place, free of pain, free of suffering, free to run and explore as a child again. Joe, dad, granddad and brother will live on as we continue to experience those things which brought him excitement and pleasure as well.
Dad, you have been our rock. Although you have passed, what you have passed on will last as long as that stone in that picture. When we want, we just have reach down within ourselves to find the strength you gave us. We love you forever and you will forever live in our hearts. May you rest in peace.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 9:30am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Boca Raton.
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487