Together they would land in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There, their only son, Andrew, would arrive, and their family would begin.
A painter at heart, Joseph set his skills and creativity toward the betterment of his family. He worked in finance, sales, service industries and design, as an entrepreneur and manager, in as many industries as he had roles. He went from building models of camp grounds to building buildings (literally). In support of his son's pursuits, he became the executive producer of Cats Paying Dues first shows, and a founding member of the board of the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., alongside Gregory Hines.
From a public perspective, Joseph may not have been considered a successful artist. He had only one public showing of his own artwork. Nevertheless, he lived the life of an artist – attentive, sensitive, intentional, and creative – expressing these characteristics in meaningful interactions with others. Rooted in a deep and simple faith in Jesus Christ, Joseph believed in the integrated life. He didn't know how to not be a husband and father – a protector, provider, supporter, and teacher.
His life is remembered by the people who knew him, and in the work of this institute.