Joey (Joe) Drapela
April 30, 1961 – February 6, 2019
Henry Joseph Drapela III, age 57, of Houston, Texas, passed away February 6, 2019 surrounded by family.
Joey owned two car dealerships and invested in real estate. He was a member of, or made regular contributions to, many associations including Heights Rotary, The 100 Club, Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association, Houston Independent Automobile Dealers Association, HLSR, Fisher House Foundation, March of Dimes, USA Cares, Inc., Wounded Warriors Project, American Civil Rights Union, Binglewood Civic Club, George W. Bush Presidential Center, NRA, Sheriff’s Association of Texas, Texans for Greg Abbott, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Trump Make America Great Again Committee.
He had a passion for travelling the world, visiting 22 counties, some up to three times, and he had family and friends accompany him on his travels.
Joey is survived by his mother, Judy Drapela; father, Henry Joseph Drapela, Jr. (Paula); brother, William Drapela; niece and nephew, Jessica and Julian Drapela; brother, David Drapela (Emily); nephew, Charles Drapela; former stepmother, Betsy Drapela; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A visitation will be at Pat H. Foley & Co., located at 1200 W 34th St. Houston, Texas, on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm. The funeral service will be at Pat H. Foley & Co. on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1 pm. The committal service will be at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, located at 13001 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas, on Monday, February 11, 2019 following the service.
- Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
- Celebration of Life Monday, February 11, 2019
- Committal Service Monday, February 11, 2019
Joey (Joe) Drapela
February 11, 2019
I've known you the better part of my life, as I met you when I was 13 or 14 years old. I knew from the day I met you what a great guy you were, and I'm glad I got to know you over the last 12 or 13 years.
I'm going to really miss your stories you would share of your travels, your shenanigans, and your experiences in life. You were the very best story teller I've ever come across, and the absolute "King of Cliffhangers."
Your ability to talk a story up to great excitement and suspense, only to pause mid-sentence, sprint into the auction lane to raise your hand on a car, and leave me hanging on the edge of my seat was one of the greatest things about being out at the auto auction. I'm going to really miss that.
I will also miss our occasional bid battle we would have at the auction. There were few, as we had great respect and love for one another out there, but you absolutely made me pay for that little Red Mazda 3 Hatchback that one night. I'll never forget that one, as it still stings.
I'm glad we were able to hang out a couple of times over the last few months, and I will really cherish those moments.
You left us too soon, however you leave behind a legacy of laughter, memories, stories, and great friendship to all those who had the opportunity to meet you.
See you someday again, my friend!
February 10, 2019
Well my brother,the journey has ended here on Earth. I have known you Since I was about8 years old. I remember the old townhouse y'all used to live in.Going up to Kerrville and hanging out in the sticks.I bought my oldest daughters first car from you on one of those "Brother in law deals".May you rest in peace.One day we'll see each other again.
February 9, 2019
Joey D, you lived a good life brother. You brought joy to hearts and smiles to faces. Job well done.
February 8, 2019
February 8, 2019
I feel so fortunate to have known Joey. He was a truly amazing man, loving, kind and considerate. Although many years have passed, fond memories remain. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family during this sad time.
February 7, 2019
Where do I start?
You were a gentle, kind, authentic friend and soul. You were there for me from the time I was 23- now-56. I will never forget your laughter, your eyes, nor your infectious personality. You loved people. You loved your friends. You loved your family. You lived your life to the fullest, and Earth will be a different place without you here, with us.
Fly high in Heaven!!!
I can't wait to see you again.
I love you forever, my friend.