Tally Ho! Joe Stewart!
Joe and Rachel Stewart
A good friend of mine died last week. Joe Stewart. Joe and I have never met face to face. But we knew each other well by our emails and blogs. His blog was Talley Ho and mine is Chicken-fat. Before Joe, I communicated with his brother Bhob Stewart for years. Bhob was a critic, sometimes TV Guide reviewer, and sometimes editor and compiler of books about comicbooks. About 1990 or so Bhob and I locked horns over the facts and stats of MAD comic book. Over the years Bhob developed a friendship, then somehow his brother Joe Stewart joined. He and I discovered we both were obsessed with, the South, Ragtime and blues fans, and both were crazy, if not obsessive, over the New Orleans street band TUBA SKINNY.
Three years ago Bhob Stewart died. The next day Joe's wife Rachel died. It was almost more than Joe could take. In his blog he loved to show pictures of he and Rachel together on trips. I think that helped get him through the painful time of accepting her death. I believe their children helped him get back into life as well.
As you will read below, Joe died three years to the day after Rachel left this earth. Joe was about 80.
Life is short.
Below is the email I received announcing Joe's death:
Joe passed away on March 8, 2017, three years to the day after he lost his wife Rachel. He went peacefully, surrounded by family. There will be a jazz funeral this weekend, on March 18, 2017 at 1pm at the Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA.