Joseph Cuffe Van Gieson, 70, of Kingsland passed away Sept. 1, 2017.
Joe was born March 5, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Paul Van Gieson and Evelyn (Cuffe) Van Gieson and soon thereafter moved to Pearl River, N.Y., where they built their home on Cherry Brook.
He is survived by his brother, Jim and his wife Kathy of Foster, R.I.; his nephew, Ben and his wife Lindsey and their daughter Hadley of Sterling, Mass., and his nephew Mike of Lincoln, Vt.; his sister, Mary and her husband Richard Smith of Riegelsville, Pa., and their daughter Kate VG Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y.
After serving in the Army, he lived in Providence, R.I., and Norwich, Conn.
Joe worked for General Dynamics in St. Marys while living in Kingsland with the love of his life, Molly. Joe always cared deeply for Molly, but in the last few years of Molly’s life, he demonstrated unparalleled diligence and dedication to her comfort and care until her death seven years ago.
Joe was an avid reader and an advocate of literacy and the pursuit of objective knowledge over a wide variety of disciplines. His acute curiosity never waned. He was a music aficionado and enjoyed varied styles. He loved to cheer for the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby team and received an “MVP” patch from representatives of the team in August of this year.
Joe will be deeply missed by his family and the many friends, most recently those in Georgia and Florida who were blessed to know him.
Donations in Joe’s name to Journey4youth Inc. will be warmly welcomed. Joe’s good friends, Brian and Katie Ernst run this wonderful charity. Visit their website to make a donation. The organization helps rural villagers in southwestern Kenya create long-term sustainable change.