I lived in the Fazakerley Cottage homes with Joe for a few years, in Cottage 5 (I think). I think we both left in 1951, although he could have left a little earlier than me, say in 1950. He would be about 75 years old now.
Joe was a very popular lad and was always making jokes. He would never make jokes that hurt people, he was always considerate in that way. He had an infectious giggle that would begin in the dormitory at night, where about 8 or 10 people slept in beds lined up along the sides. The giggle would start over nothing that was particularly funny, but gradually, everyone would involuntarily join in. From then on, it was difficult to stop.
I will be writing a book about the Cottage Homes during the next year, and Joe will certainly be mentioned in it. He is one of the happier memories of a sometimes very sad place.
Rest in peace and pleasant merriment, Joe.
- Edward Schleising