San Diegans Remember and Mourn Father Joe Carroll

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San Diegans proceed to mourn the decease of San Diego icon, Father Joe.

Father Joe Carroll built a nonprofit enactment to assistance the stateless successful San Diego for astir 40 years. He died astatine the property of 80 Sunday aft battling diabetes, Father Joe’s Villages confirmed successful a release.

Carroll died astatine a hospice attraction location the greeting of July 11 successful the East Village, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, who was the archetypal to study connected Sunday.

"Father Joe has been an icon successful the San Diego assemblage for years and years," Deacon Jim Vargas President and CEO of Father Joe's Villages said. "He started retired by handing retired peanut food and jelly sandwiches backmost successful 1982, truthful rather awhile ago, and earlier you knew it helium mustered up a batch of assemblage enactment and by 1987 wrong 5 years helium opened up his archetypal gathering which is called the Joan Kroc Center."

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Vargas told NBC 7 that though Carroll retired backmost successful 2011, the precocious icon was inactive precise overmuch a unit wrong the assemblage of San Diego.


"I’m conscionable precise arrogant arsenic the existent President and CEO to beryllium carrying connected his legacy," Vargas said. "There’s a gathering really that’s going to grant him successful its promenade and it’s 14-story gathering 407 units called St. Theresa of Calcutta Villa and we volition beryllium cutting that ribbon, God’s Willing, successful February of adjacent year."

San Diego Councilmember Chris Cate besides remembers Carroll for a particular, peculiar moment.

"Father Joe was idiosyncratic that was not lone cherished wrong San Diego and crossed the Country but helium was idiosyncratic that was peculiarly adjacent to my woman and I and our family, we had the pleasance of having him usher america done our wedding and our marriage," Cate said.

Maria and I were beyond blessed to cognize and emotion Father Joe. He was truthful gracious to usher america and done the sacrament of marriage, and play a relation successful our peculiar day. Whenever we were unneurotic helium was ever the 1 radical wanted to speech to, particularly astatine Filipino parties! (1/2)

— Chris Cate (@chrisjcate) July 11, 2021

Cate met Carroll successful 2009 erstwhile helium was moving for past City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. Cate told NBC 7 helium had the accidental to conscionable Carroll and enactment connected assorted issues with him.

"In 1 of our conversations with him I asked him if he’d beryllium consenting to officiate our wedding for my woman and I and helium chuckled a small spot and graciously agreed to bash it," Cate said.

Cate said done the process of getting married, helium and his woman got to beryllium down with Carroll, sermon their religion and what matrimony is astir and truly got to beryllium adjacent to him.

"We decidedly mislaid a dependable erstwhile it came to helping our homeless, idiosyncratic who is ever a guiding airy for San Diego and idiosyncratic erstwhile helium spoke we each listened," Cate said.

A backstage ceremonial wide volition beryllium held with Carroll's adjacent friends and family.

Father Joe’s Villages volition big a solemnisation of the beingness and enactment of Father Joe. Further details volition beryllium made disposable successful the coming days.

The nationalist tin permission flowers and messages betwixt 15th and 16th thoroughfare connected Imperial Avenue adjacent the Joan Kroc Center. Those who privation to permission condolences online oregon stock their stories tin bash so by going here or tin station stories connected societal media utilizing #FatherJoeLegacy.

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