Joseph Peter Marks

September 7, 1962October 25, 2020

Joseph “Big Joe” Marks, 58, died unexpectedly at his home in Salem CT on Sunday October 25, 2020. He was born on Sept 7, 1962 in Meriden CT to the late Frances Arrots Marks and Joseph Bruce Marks and was one three children. Joe graduated from H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in 1981 and was a Master Union Carpenter for Connecticut Carpenters Local 24. He specialized in large commercial projects throughout the state of Connecticut before retiring in 2018. Joe’s spirit was larger than life and he was a trusted servant and leader of men and women. Big Joe was a passionate part of many rooms and circles and was known to always be respectful and kind. He was unwavering and steadfast in his teachings, yet believed “that in order to see himself he needed to be able to see others”. Joe attained great comfort during his lifetime by developing a strong and personal relationship with a power greater than himself. He believed his primary purpose in life was to grow the fellowship that he craved and to live a life founded in the ideal that “love and truth need no protection.” Joe’s soul was nurtured by his connection to nature and bird watching but especially by the love of his life, his wife Joann. Big Joe was treasured and loved by many and will be missed by all. Joe’s friends and family will always remember him as a devoted and caring husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Joann Regan of Salem CT; his sister Susan (Mark) Marks of Southington CT; his brother John (Tanya) Marks and nephew Brenton of Higganum CT; and sisters and brothers-in-law Kathy (Roy) Regan-Pyne, Beth (Geri) Regan, Tim (Rachele) Regan, Susan (Rob) Meehan, and Joseph Comeau and several nieces and nephews. Due to the current health crisis, internment will be private at Shantok Burial Ground in Uncasville CT. A celebration of life will be held sometime in the future when gathering restrictions allow. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations in Joe’s name to Covenant Soup Kitchen, 220 Valley Street, Willimantic CT 06226 or to another humanitarian organization of your choice.



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Barbara Geltosky

November 7, 2020

Joe and I reconnected a few years ago before his mother’s 90th birthday. We had some long philosophical phone talks in the last two years. I am sorry we didn't get in touch sooner. Who would have known our last conversation would be after my Dad, his Uncle Joe, had died in June. He was very struck about how now we were the older generation. I know he tried to help my brother Chris and am grateful for that too. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Betsy Arots Jones

November 7, 2020

Joe is my cousin- a great memory was of the 4 younger cousins playing together at his parents pond. Running and being free to play in the great outdoors. And sneaking beer from a keg after another cousins wedding celebration. Good memories from childhood!

Steve Lorince

October 31, 2020

It was s reward to watch Joe grow and change. He will be missed and will always be remembered. RIP BROTHER!!!!!

Mary Morgan

October 31, 2020

Joanne and family.....
We are so very sorry for your loss. Joe was obviously a person who was "bigger than life". May your memories of him sustain you as you cope with this great loss.
Mary & Dave Morgan

joanne wozniak

October 30, 2020

"Big Joe" truly was a giant among men. Being of small statue myself, I would either have Joe sit in a chair or I would stand on a chair to give him a hug. He was definitely a gentle giant and will be missed by all the people whose life he touched. My deepest sympathy to his wife, Joann and his entire family, Special prayers, Joanne Wozniak

Heather Bernier

October 30, 2020


BIG JOE always had a smile on his face and always HAPPY to see people and you felt his warmth through his HUGS.

We are SO SORRY Joanne. Our prayers are always with you.

Sending hugs and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

Heather,Austin and Christopher 💛💛💛

stacy bernier

October 29, 2020

Big Joe,

Never enough words or time to exspress the love and joy, and encouragment you gave my kids and I . Our talks, the cold deads of winters and crisp nights of spring and fall. We’d sit by the fire and you would let your truth and love fill those trees and our hearts. I promise to care and be there for her as you both were for me. Joanne, it my turn to give you “ Fierce.” Sending all my love and strength,

Love Stacy, Andy, Madi Bernier❤️

David Uryga

October 28, 2020

Joe was a great guy. Back in the 80’s his brother John and I had great memories with Joe camping in Canada, drinking Canadian Beer, and touring the northern United States and Canada in my Subaru. Then south to Key West Florida. Where ever we went Joe was always a fun and interesting person. Skiing in Vermont was always the best. Many fond memories, too many to tell, of our younger years. He will be greatly missed.
With Sympathy,
The Uryga Family

Thomas Nemeth

October 27, 2020

Joe was so kind to my 2 year old son Adam, and let him play on his backhoe. He was a good neighbor and I wish JoAnn and family healing.

Greg W

October 27, 2020

To Joe's family and Joann, I was very sad to learn of Joe's passing. May he rest in peace, knowing that he has helped so many people along the Road of Happy Destiny. I am grateful to have witnessed his example and the sincere care and empathy he showed others (and me). God bless. With sympathy, Greg W.


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