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Condolence From: Linda Piro
Condolence: So sorry for you loss. She was my gym teacher and over the years became even better friends. Always had a smile for everyone.
Wednesday April 19, 2017
Condolence From: Garth Griffin
Condolence: My sincere condolences for your loss. I worked with Jo-Anne at NCCC when I was Dir of CRJ. I always enjoyed her presence and all the students I knew who had her as an instructor thought very much of her. I recall both of you, Mike and Jeff, and I am sorry to hear of her passing.
Tuesday April 18, 2017
Condolence From: RICKA Sea Kayakers
Condolence: The Rhode Island sea kayakers send our thoughts and prayers to our friend Gary Branch and his family. We are so sorry for your loss. We wish we had met Joey, she sounds wonderful, and we see where Gary gets his energy, kindness, and love of outdoors.
Friday April 14, 2017
Condolence From: Linda lippacher
Condolence: I was so sorry hear of Jo-Anne's passing. My condolences to the family.
Friday April 14, 2017
Condolence From: Peter and Debbie Biddle
Condolence: Our condolences to the family of Joey Branch. We knew her as a respected colleague and friend at NCCC for 25 and 9 years respectively. She was a doer and student advocate. As an instructor she was someone to confidentially work with to help students in need. She will be missed.
Friday April 14, 2017
Condolence From: Claire Doyle
Condolence: Joey was a model for me as a young teacher. I watched her patience, humor, strength and softness with students and with all others. She made an impact on so many and started many on their paths, always nudging in the right direction. Her lovely smile lingers in the air, the trees and the waters she loved.
Friday April 14, 2017
Condolence From: Ken Youngblood
Condolence: Gentle giant might seem odd to think of Joey, not that anyone who knew her would deny her gentle nature. Soft spoken, nurturing, born to teach the young and devoted to shaping their course in life. Never one to explode or condemn, Joey was measured in all her responses. But giant? Yes, Joey-- strong, solid, sturdy-- was every bit a formidable athlete. I thank her for teaching me to downhill ski back when we used leather and spring bindings, and how to tackle white water in a kayak. But taken all together, who she was makes her big in my remembrance, not in size, but in human unassuming, we forget how great a model she was for all of us privileged by her being in our lives, forget until she is gone and realize then how much we have lost.
Thursday April 13, 2017
Condolence From: Lora Brown, Sarasota FL
Condolence: Prayers to our community and from all the class of NCCC 1985 as Jo-Anne as touched the lives of everyone she met. She went above and beyond the call of being a teacher and was always there to help her students in anyway she could. She opened her heart and her home to many and her kindness will live forever in our memory.
Wednesday April 12, 2017
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