Joseph Mark Geoffroy
Nov 11, 1925 - Feb 7, 2015
Joseph Mark Geoffroy, Sr.
Sunrise: November 11th, 1925 Sunset: February 7th, 2015
Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Friend.
When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found.
Joseph Mark Geoffroy, Sr. was born on the 11th of November 1925, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, WI. He and his twin brother Ashton were the first set of twins born to Rita Cherubin and Johnnie Geoffroy.
In his early years, Joseph garnered the love for electrical engineering. He fostered that love by gaining an apprenticeship with the American Base in Trinidad and Tobago. Shortly after his training he started working at Leon J. Ashay doing what he loved. Recognizing the new era in communications, he traveled to the United States to further educate himself in television repair. He went back to Trinidad and started working with Radio Fusion and Trinidad and Tobago Television (TT TV), helping to usher in the arrival of television to the island.
While cementing his career in engineering, at the tender age of 21, Joseph fell in love with and married Isa Francis. They started their family in 1947 to which they had ten children (Carol, Gloria, Sharol, Victoria, Garnet, Patrick, Maria, Valarie, Anthony and Joseph, Jr).
After Joseph travelled to the United States for training, he gave himself one year to move his entire family to the United States, because he knew that his wife and children would have better opportunities in the States. In 1969, he met his one-year deadline—a fete many cannot accomplish even without having a family of ten children! As he settled in New York with his family, Joseph began to work as a troubleshooter for Carroll Musical Instruments. There he assisted many artist such as Miles Davis with the tuning of pianos and guitars, as well as electrical maintenance and repair. He spent his life as a family man and provider but the passing of his beloved wife Isa on the 18th of December 1977 brought him his worst heartache ever.
Although the loss of his wife was the hardest thing he had to bear, Joseph soldiered on knowing that he was the patriarch of his family. He relocated to California for a better opportunity at an electrical company called Varian Inc., where he spent the remainder of his career, retiring at age 65.
A true adventurer, Joseph loved to travel. He lived in New York, California, Colorado and Georgia. He enjoyed the outdoors, taking solace in natural settings. He loved fishing, boating and gardening. He was a wonderful cook and loved to feed his family with both food and knowledge. He took great care in his appearance and loved fine cars. An independent spirit, Joseph was definitely one of a kind.
His final day was spent peacefully at his home in Sacramento, CA. He had a wonderful dinner of his favorite meal, Salmon, relaxed in his chair and drifted into heaven on the 7th of February 2015.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Tony, Victor, and Frank; and sister, Rosa. He is survived by his twin brother, Ashton, and sisters, Rosita and Joyce; his ten children Carol (Joseph), Gloria (Leroy), Sharol (Vernon), Victoria (Antonio), Garnet (Theresa), Patrick (Esther), Maria (Victor), Valarie (Edwardo), Anthony (Annmarie), Joseph, Jr (Tonya); his 21 grandchildren, Gerold, Garvin, Vernon, Jr, Monique, Isa, Neisha, Isa, Garnet, Jr., Ashley, Andre, Chenell, Nicole, Lia, Steven, Ganelle, Cameron, Anthony, Ashleigh, Angenique, Andre, and Joseph; his 12 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.
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