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Joe McCoy, a long time resident of Niagara Falls, passed away at the age of 94, on August 12, 2016. He was born in Turrell, AR on May 5, 1922, the second oldest of seven children. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army at age 20 and retired after 22 years. He served at various US Army bases as well as at bases in Japan, Germany and the Philippines.
Upon his retirement in 1964, he relocated his family to Niagara Falls. He began working as an auto mechanic at a car dealership, was promoted to Parts Manager and eventually became the General Manager. Ultimately, he began a long career in real estate, owning various rental properties in Niagara Falls.
Joe had a long history of serving the community in Niagara Falls. His two most passionate roles were at Rotary International, where he served as President on a number of occasions, and the Niagara Falls Housing Authority where he served on the Board of Directors. He was most happy about his efforts as part of a team which was successful in having Niagara Falls named as an All American City. He served on over 20 boards and was a driving force in obtaining grant money for the city.
In his later years, Joe volunteered his time driving cancer patients from several cities in Niagara County to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Joe is survived by his wife, Kimiyo McCoy; daughters, Theresa Thomas and Barbara Jaycox; sons-in-law, Allen Thomas and Kevin Jaycox; grandsons, James Jaycox and Justin Jaycox; twin brothers, Alcuis and Albert McCoy; brothers, Alfonzo and Clarence McCoy (both pre-deceased); sisters, Virgie Gamble, Marie Trotter and many nieces and nephews.
Donations honoring Joe McCoy may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Rotary International.
Published on August 17, 2016
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