He was surrounded by his loving family.
Joe is survived by his angel of a wife of 57 years, Connie, who was his high school sweetheart in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
Other survivors include daughter, Diane Kirchen and sons, Joe Jr. (Rita) and Bob, and sister, Grace Tarascavage. Joe had eight grandchildren, Lauren Cole, Spencer Kirchen, Dominic Avento, Carli Kirchen, Nicole Kirchen, Nicholas Avento, Vanessa Kirchen and Natalie Avento, and one great-granddaughter, Aislynn Seagroves.
Joe served as president of Bristol Metals and managing director at Outokumpu for years and was a major figure in the world of stainless pipe. He was also an accomplished musician who appeared on American Bandstand, and he passed his love of music on to his kids and grandkids.
A lover of all sports, he was an avid golfer and could often be found on the links at the Country Club of Bristol with his friends in the “Herd.”
He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed having family and friends gather at his home as often as possible. Connie’s cooking, music and the dogs were usually the main attractions. Joe was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bristol, Virginia.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at St. Anne Catholic Church, Bristol, Va., with Father Eric Balfour Asamoah officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 until 5 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorial donations can be made in Joe’s name to Chainfree Bristol (chainfreebristol.org), PO Box 681 Bristol, TN 37621, a group whose work “banning the lifetime, unattended chaining or tethering of dogs” was close to his heart.
Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.