Emil (Joe) Marques

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Emil (Joe) Marques, a cherished husband of 44 years, devoted father, beloved grandfather, esteemed veteran, and a man of many talents and passions, passed away peacefully at the age of 72 in his home on April 9, 2024, after bravely battling cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family, including his wife Joan (nee Salvesen), children Joey and Elizabeth, and his sister Rose Mary.

Joe’s life was a tapestry of dedication, service, and joy in various pursuits. Born to Emidio Marques and Jean (nee Bequette), he grew up alongside his sister Rose and brothers Albert, Michael, Manuel, and Louis, embracing a love for learning and a knack for fixing and building things that would define his adulthood.

Joe served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a proud member of various organizations, including the Adoniram Lodge #80 in NJ, American Legion #99 in NJ, Moose Lodge #1860 in AZ, Amvets #19 in AZ (as a life member), Elks Lodge #24 in NY, and former Elks Lodge #1050 in NJ.

An electrician by trade and 27-year veteran of NJ Transit, Joe’s skills extended far beyond his profession. He had a passion for darts, billiards, karaoke, and dancing, bringing laughter and camaraderie wherever he went. His love for fishing and gardening allowed him moments of peace and connection with nature, reflecting his deep appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.

As a self-taught individual at heart, Joe immersed himself in books, from classics to science fiction, finding inspiration and wonder in the pages he turned. His thirst for knowledge was matched only by his generosity, always ready to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors in need.

Joe’s love for music, especially country, added a soundtrack of joy to his life’s journey. His favorite artists, including Toby Keith and Blake Shelton, were a testament to his passion for this genre and its timeless appeal.

Joe’s legacy lives on through his family, including his son Joey (wife Lan), daughter Elizabeth Sefkow (husband Adam), sister Rose Mary, brother Manuel, and beloved wife Joan. He will always be “Pop-pop” to his grandchildren, Dean, Stella, Quinn and Blake.  They held a special place in his heart, and he made countless sacrifices to be close to them.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests considering a donation to Elks Against Cancer, a cause dear to Joe’s heart. His memory will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him, and his spirit of curiosity, kindness, and love will continue to inspire generations to come.

5 Condolences

  1. Georgi\ on April 12, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your father. Losing a loved one is never easy, and my heart goes out to you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.

    Emil must have been an extraordinary man, for he has left behind a legacy of love and cherished memories that will live on forever in the hearts of those who knew him. I hope that in the midst of your grief, you can find comfort in the thought that he is now in a better place, watching over all of you with a smile as radiant as the one captured in the photo.

    May the fond memories you shared bring you solace and strength in the days ahead. Know that you are surrounded by love and support, and if there is anything at all that I can do to help lighten your burden, please do not hesitate to reach out.

  2. Marianne Muller on April 12, 2024 at 1:24 pm

    Joe , didn’t think we would be writing to you in a “past tense” so we won’t…you are kind, have a heart of gold, lending your hand at the drop of a hat, a laugh a minute, you are an awesome cook,( sometimes we would wait and wait and wait for your delicious meal, only because everything had to be made to PERFECTION, and boy was it!) we could go on and on, about our friendship sadly though we only pass through this life but once . Until we meet again,
    Your friends from New Jersey,
    Bob Jenkins & Marianne Muller

  3. Rebecca Cummings on April 12, 2024 at 8:21 pm

    I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss and pray that God will grant you strength during this time of mourning. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  4. Pamela Corrado on April 17, 2024 at 6:18 pm

    I’m not as eloquent as the others. But anyone who knew Joe knows of his kindness and generosity will feel his loss. He as a very talented man who had many hobbies Gardening, cooking and even wine making all of which he excelled and shared with others. I like to believe he is in a better place. Much love to his family and many friends in his passing.

  5. Marty Kimball on April 25, 2024 at 9:27 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing; he was a man of talent, knowledge and determination who always kept an upbeat outlook and a zest for life. We traded many tales of our various adventures on on the highways and bi-ways of the world, and he will be sorely missed. Please accept my condolences.

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