JOE (ROGER JOSEPH) NEWMAN

JOE (ROGER JOSEPH) NEWMAN

North Port Florida- Joe (Roger Joseph) Newman, 45, died in his home surrounded by his most cherished. Having lived beyond his expectancy with cancer, he took pride in his strength to survive and desire to preserve hope. With palm trees out his window and a warm breeze hugging those he loved most, his heroic fight with illness came to an end on January 19th, in the home that he longed to have in the sunny south. Joe was born on April 13th 1967 in Machias, Maine. He grew up on Campobello Island where his most valued friendships were created. Joe’s children inherited his fascination for music and love of the outdoors. Whether it was drumming in a rock band, mowing a lawn “just perfect”, touring on his Harley, hunting, fishing, basking in the sun, he always surrounded his life with music and the outdoors. He graduated from CICS and went on to receive an associate’s degree in plumbing and heating where he worked for several years until deciding to work with his devoted parents, Donny and Gert in various family businesses. Of all the jobs he had over the years, Joe loved his job at DL Newman Trucking most, and considered himself fortunate to spend time with his mom, whom he deeply loved, and working at his supportive father’s side.  Joe was a remarkably inspiring family man. He was most content when his children, and their friends, filled the home.  He loved to joke and laugh with them, attend their every function, get involved with their every interest, provide their every need and love on them like no other. He will be deeply missed by his treasures: Darcy of South Portland, ME, Zachari of Alexander, ME along with Keegan and Grady of North Port, Fl. Joe will forever fill the heart of the woman he called his soul-mate, wife, Mary Beth. Together, the couple shared an inspirational and motivational love for one another; as witnessed by family and friends in an uplifting vow renewal ceremony/sacrament of marriage on the island of Boca Grande, Florida, last fall. Beside him that day was best friend, and in Joe’s words “brother by choice,” Richard Brown. Joe loved his nieces and nephews and created prized memories through stories, videos and pictures with Bylea Joe, Brody, Cameron, and Molly.  

Joe loved to reminisce and chuckle about the “good ole days” with all who knew him, including childhood stories of his younger brother and sister, Don and Bridget of St Stephen NB. His siblings looked up to their big brother for his love and support. He often talked about his late grandparents Burdette and “Nana” Alice Brown whom he took pride in for his Irish heritage. He grew up closely with several cousins: Paula, Bub, Tommy, Wally, Fletch, Carleton and Jesse “on the hill” in Edmunds. He often recalled stories of family times on the island with his grandparents Verna and (late) Leon Newman. Joe was tremendously grateful to his family particularly: Abby (late Dennis) Downes (Fletcher, Carleton, Jesse), Billy (Wanda) Brown, Thelma, (Paula, Patrick), Bub,(Nicki and children), Tom (Brenda, Sam) and Wally (Jen). Anna Childs and family. Natalie (Dana) Barker (Danielle, Aimee, Dustin), Harvey (Brenda) Newman (Chris, Marcie). Kathy, Joey, and Uncle Tom Devine. Joanne, Gary Matthews and Michael, Tara Matthews. Joe was appreciative of the “yours, mine and ours” relationship with family Karen, Jim, and Carly Davis. Special friends include Bob, Mary Lou McGraw. Mike Andrews. John, Sheila Lapointe and family. He was extremely comforted to many for their thoughtful words, prayers and actions. 

A memorial mass was held in Boca Grande, Florida on January 21st. At Joe’s request, a joyful celebration of life will be held on Campobello Island this summer.