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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL

OBITUARY

Josef "Joe" Hajek

March 18, 1958June 4, 2019
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Josef “Joe” Hajek, 61, of Orlando, Florida passed away June 4, 2019.

Joe led a dynamic life, filled with family, passion and a wide array of experiences and accomplishments.

He was born March 18, 1958 to the late Antonin & Agnes Hajek in the town of Hluk in the Czech Republic.

Always a high achiever, Joe rose to become part of the Czechoslovakian national soccer team as a goalie for the Sparta League. Then, after defecting under communism, and spending a year in an Austrian refugee camp, Joe entered the United States in 1980 and continued his soccer career with the Chicago Sting.

While in Chicago, Joe worked as a D.J., went on to get his CPA at DePaul University, and met his beloved wife, Anne. Marrying his beautiful bride, Joe found business success with The Marmon Group and Price Waterhouse. And, soon after they started their family, he was hired by Tupperware Brands, moving them all to Florida in 1996. He traveled back and forth to complete his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University; and, became Tupperware’s Senior Vice President of Tax & Governmental Affairs, traveling all around the world, becoming affectionately known as “The Pope of Tax”.

Joe speaks five languages, aiding him not only in his work, but in his dry humor…eventually linking everything to a song. He still listens to punk music, along with the Rat Pack and Fox News. Joe attempted to begin most conversations with tough Republican politics! But, everyone knows his top passion is his family. He loved hunting quail and pheasant, or deep sea fishing with his three adored children, all grown and successful in their own rites. Tony says he may have liked driving the boat more than the fishing – his 2007 Carolina Classic, named the “Hook Shot”!

Joe was respected and loved, and we already miss him dearly…

He is survived by his dear wife, Anne; children, John, Anthony and Arianna; grandson, Lyric; and, brother, Antonin Hajek.

Please join us for Visitation on Thursday, June 13 from 5-8pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Gotha, Florida. A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held there on Saturday, June 15th at 2:30pm with burial and reception to follow.

Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his dear wife, Anne; children, John, Anthony and Arianna; grandson, Lyric; and, brother, Antonin Hajek.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Committal & Burial Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Josef "Joe" Hajek

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Mark Gasbarra

June 28, 2019

Dear Anne and Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathies on Josef’s passing. Joe and I worked together at Price Waterhouse, where he was highly regarded as a top performer. He always spoke about all of you. Our paths often crossed through the later years, especially during the annual TCPI meetings in DC. He made a significant impact on our profession and will be greatly missed.

Love,

Mark and Frances Gasbarra

Jiri Jakubicek

June 24, 2019

We would like to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved and honor your memory of Joseph.
Jirka Jakubicek and Alena Valkova, cousins

Antonín Hájek

June 15, 2019

Joško, my brother!

You left us so early. You were the best husband, father, brother and also uncle for my kids.
You will be missed to us!
Love you so much, still thinking of you!

Antonín

Ramina Hoarau

June 14, 2019

Anne,

Sincerest Sympathy for you and your family during this difficult time.


Our love to you ,
The Hoarau Family

Josephine Gomez

June 14, 2019

We are deeply sorry for your loss, may God be with you in this situation love Josie & Tony

Lawrence and Eileen Davis

June 12, 2019

Ann , we did not know Joe , but cannot imagine the sadness that you and your family are enduring . Please accept our deepest and sincerest condolences .

Paul Nolan

June 12, 2019

I had the pleasure and the honor of getting know Joe through The Tax Council, where he served in a leadership role and organized the Tax Vice Presidents in informal professional gatherings that were fun, informative and helped maintain and strengthen the network that comprises The Tax Council.

Joe was a truly, genuinely great guy in addition to be being a leader in our organization. He sought newcomers out - like me years ago - and welcomed them into the group. He was warm, engaging and amazingly attentive listener. He was a role model leader and will be missed.

Jim Carlisle

June 11, 2019

Had the privilege of knowing Joe in connection with his policy work in Washington on behalf of Tupperware. All of us who worked with Joe loved him. He was a great man and great friend. He will be missed.

Michael Young

June 11, 2019

Anne, I do not have the words to Express to you how sorry I am for the loss of Joseph. I didn know him but reading his obituary told me what a special man he was. I pray for you and your family's comfort during this time and always.

Gary Padgett

June 9, 2019

You were a great friend and hunting partner Joe. I will miss you.

You left us early but what you left behind is a tribute to what you loved and cherished which is your family. We will always remember you.

Love you Joe
Gary

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