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On Good Friday (Western observance): Memory eternal, Joe McKamey

There are days where virtually everything is different at the end of it. Today was one of those days. Joe McKamey passed away this morning at approximately 1:45am Pacific Standard Time in the presence of his wife, Donna. We were there by about 3:15am. It was a remarkable morning/mourning on several levels. Its occurrence on Good Friday has a particular resonance for Megan’s family as Catholics which will be pondered for some time to come.

Memory eternal, Joe. Thank you for being such a wonderful dad to all your kids, and for helping to bring such a wonderful daughter into the world as Megan.

More when things calm down.

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1 Response to “On Good Friday (Western observance): Memory eternal, Joe McKamey”


  1. 1 Jeanie Tolcacher 13 April 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I was searching for an obituary on Joe and found your blog. I am an attorney in Yakima, Washington and met Joe at a school attorney’s meeting about 15 years ago. I was a new school attorney and had some big shoes to fill. I started calling Joe regularly for advice. I don’t know why I picked him to bother with my silly questions…I guess he had a friendly face and we hit if off. I didn’t want to ask anyone in my own back yard because I was afraid they would try to steal my clients away. Joe and I only saw each other twice a year or so at our school meetings; sometimes less. But for 15 years Joe took my calls and read my e-mails and patiently walked me through whatever I was working on. If he was busy, he always called me back. The last time we spoke was a few weeks ago. He was as gracious as usual and told me I could come visit. Unfortunately I didn’t make it over. Joe was a class act and I will miss him terribly. My husband and I will attend his service on Saturday…perhaps we will meet. If that is not meant to be, I hope your memories of Joe will comfort you. They do me.


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