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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC

OBITUARY

Joseph Anthony Bilodeau

February 3, 1960August 9, 2019

Joseph Anthony Bilodeau died unexpectedly on August 9, 2019 from natural causes. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend and will be greatly missed. Joe was born on February 3, 1960 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was the oldest of five children and from a young age, took that role very seriously and always tried to make life easier for his younger brothers and sister. When the family moved to Hockessin, Delaware, he made friends quickly and enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball. He chose the position of catcher to emulate his hero, Johnny Bench. While in Delaware the entire family enjoyed being a short distance from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. That period also marked the beginning of his love of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was thrilled when the Eagles finally won a Super Bowl in 2018. The family relocated to North Carolina Joe’s junior year of high school and subsequently relocated to Raleigh, NC for his senior year of high school. Joe made the best of the move and immersed himself in his new state. He graduated from Sanderson High School and attended NC State and community college before embarking in his career as a Quality Engineer.

Known for his huge heart and generous nature, if Joe called you friend, he was always there for you. His closest circle of friends, known as the Lodge Brothers of the FOGP, gathered for weekly poker games at his house.

Joe loved nature and spent as much time as he could hiking and fishing. He generally out-fished anyone he was with, but always made you feel like your catch was the best one. Joe was most at home fly fishing for trout and loved his trips to the North Carolina mountains with friends, family and especially his beloved step-grandson Cam. He also cherished trips with his friend Dan to National Parks across the nation. He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Jean Bilodeau. He is survived by his brothers Tom Bilodeau and his wife Elaine, nephew Justin and nieces Jennifer and Lindsey, Rob Bilodeau and niece Layla, Andy Bilodeau and his wife Julie and niece Davis Ann, and his sister Janine Powell and her husband Sterling. He is also survived by his step-grandson, Cameron Vodde and leaves behind cherished friend, Tracy Haye.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Joe’s honor to: NC Council of Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 2351, Brevard, NC 28712 or Wake County SPCA, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603 An informal gathering of friends and memorial service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Beaver Dam at Falls Lake Shelter # 26. Attendees are encouraged to carpool.

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Camille Nemanic

August 13, 2019

Joe was our smiling, gentle, kind-hearted cousin. I have so many wonderful memories of the time our families spent together during our growing up years. I remember the family home in Poughkeepsie, then Delaware, then North Carolina. It gave me such a kick when our northern cousins eventually took on the southern NC drawl. I loved it! I’ll never forget the reunion at Uncle Lou’s and Aunt Jean’s when Joe was in charge of roasting the pig. My family stayed at Joe’s house and experienced something new with a pig on ice in the bathroom! Joe tended to that pig in the scorching summer heat and made sure we had good eats at that reunion. Sending love from my family to all the NC Bilodeaus.

Dan Habig

August 13, 2019

I first met Joe in 1979 while I was working with his roommate at the time. We pretty quickly learned about each others love of fishing. That shared passion resulted in a multitude of fishing trips over the intervening decades. They started with trips to local bass ponds and lakes, then evolved into weekend trips to the North Carolina Mountains for trout fishing. We eventually managed to take 3 amazing trips to Yellowstone National Park between 1994 and 2004. I cherish the memories of those fishing trips, and so wish there were more yet to come.

Joe was as good of a friend as anyone could ever hope to have. He cared and he let you know it. His joy at spending time with his friends was genuine, and insured that good times were always had when he was around.

I will miss Joe greatly. His loss stings my soul. My condolences to his family and to all those who knew him. RIP my brother.

Walter Roberson

August 13, 2019

Although Joe was a Philadelphia Eagles fan and I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan we always found a way to get along. Working with him the past few years has been great! He had a very kind heart and would always check in on my wife and kids. The news of his passing weighs on me with a heavy heart and my condolences goes out to his friends and family.

Tracy Parks

August 13, 2019

Joe has been a dear friend for years and years. We worked together through our Nortel, Solectron and Sanmina careers. He always had a smile and a friendly hug to make my day better. As we diverged in our career paths, we stayed in touch. Even if 6 months had passed, the 1st conversation always felt like no time had passed. He was a bright soul with nothing but goodness in his heart.

He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.

Rick Holmes

August 13, 2019

I met Joe over 20 years ago while working for Nortel, and quickly realized what a great guy Joe was. Thoughtful, intelligent, funny, environmentally conscious, and an avid fisherman, Joe was all of those things and more. He could pull off a good-natured prank with a perfectly straight face, and then smile and laugh heartily! I'll miss talking about fishing and life in general with my friend. My condolences to the family.

Laura Pressley

August 12, 2019

I was deeply saddened to hear about Joe's passing. I've had the pleasure of working with Joe these past 3 years. I loved his sense of humor and was always enamoured by his giving spirit. My condolences to the family and for all those who loved him. I pray for God's comfort during this difficult time.

Tammy Rezas

August 12, 2019

I have had the pleasure of working with Joe the past few years. An amazing intellectual with the ability to find humor in anything. His wealth of knowledge and wisdom, moreover, his friendship, will be missed by many. My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Sincerely, Tammy Rezas

DJ Rhew

August 12, 2019

I worked with Joe at Nortel, Solectron and Lenovo. While he taught me a lot about my job, what I learned most from him was how to appreciate life, conservation and the joy of bream on a light fly rod. He was a GREAT guy and I am lucky to have known him. My condolences to the family. I am sorry to hear that he has left us.

-DJ Rhew
Saxapahaw, NC