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Joseph G. Tamer
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“Joe” is at rest with the Lord after passing peacefully on June 30th, 2017 in Glendale, AZ.

Joe was born December 18, 1933, in Utica, NY to Assad and Hala (Harp) Tamer. He attended Brandagee School and later T.R. Proctor High School before joining the US Navy at age 17, where he served with valor during the Korean War. He returned home and married Catherine (Massoud) Tamer, his wife of 58 years. Initially Joe worked for Rome Electronics, and later operated Tamer Amusements, a vending machine service for much of Central New York. Over the years, Joe also enjoyed helping his siblings at Tamer's Supermarket in Whitesboro and his wife's family at Massoud's Oud Lounge in Washington Mills.

He was a great role model of love, spirit, and community service, as shown through his role as team manager within New Hartford and Whitestown hockey, as well as decades of service as church elder at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in New Hartford. Joe was a charter member of the New Hartford American Legion and a longtime member of the VFW Post 6001 in Yorkville. He moved to Arizona last Fall to address health issues, but will return to Utica’s St. Louis Gonzaga Church and Calvary Cemetery for his final resting place.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Catherine; his daughter, Doreen (Tamer) Williams and her husband, David Williams, of Maryland; and son, A. Joseph John Tamer and his wife, Nicole (Laudisio) Tamer, of Arizona; as well as his five grandchildren, Elizabeth and Caitlynn Williams, and Abigail, Christian, and Zachary Tamer. While he is the last of his siblings to go to rest with the Lord, he is also survived by his sister-in-law, Millie Tamer; and dozens of loving nieces, nephews, and cousins, in both the Tamer and Massoud families. He was predeceased by his siblings, John, Dominick, and Albert Tamer, Rose Acee, and twin sisters, Zaffa and Zekia Tamer.

The Divine Liturgy of the Faithful Departed will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Gonzaga Church celebrated by Chor-Bishop John Faris. US Navy Military Honors will be conferred at the end of mass. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at church from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In memory of Joe Tamer, please consider contributions to the St. Louis Gonzaga Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the service.
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Dear Kay Joe and Doreen and grandchildren.I am so sorry for your loss. We all loved Joe so very much, Kay you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so happy I got to see you and Joe at the house, God Bless you all at this time, Love, Marianne

Written by Marianne Boehlert-Mankad
2017-07-04 10:27:34 AM

My deepest sympathy to Catherine & family! Joe Rest In Peace ! Our Lady of Rosary will miss you ! Bertha Nogas

Written by Bertha Nogas
2017-07-04 12:53:26 PM

Our sympathy to Joe's beloved family. Joe was always a bright spot on our Sunday mornings at Our Lady of the Rosary. We will miss him. RIP Joe...

Written by Barb & Ed Paparella
2017-07-04 2:18:14 PM

Condolences and prayers for the Tamer family and Joe. I always enjoyed talking with Joe, when he talked he always had a smile. May he RIP.

Written by Bob Ollerenshaw
2017-07-05 10:39:45 AM

My sincere condolences! Some of my fondest memories of Joe were when I would be with my father at work and Joe would come to restock the vending machines at the Armory on Culver Ave. I could always count on Joe to hand me a six pack of soda and enough candy and chips for the week. Rest In Peace

Written by Nick Garcea
2017-07-05 12:39:29 PM

To the entire Tamer family, and sincere condolences to Kay, and her family. I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I know that I have not been in contact with him for so many years, but the memories are all still crystal clear. The many years at the lounge, and the many laughs we shared will not be forgotten. I still see him as well as the other bartenders dressed in their vests, and talking, and laughing with the customers, as well as myself. He was a man that you had to get to know and understand and appreciate his sense of humor, as well as his dedication to being a great gentleman. condolences to all. Sonny Dee

Written by Al Di Cesare Jr.
2017-07-06 12:00:24 AM

Deepest sympathy to Kate and entire family. Joe will miss him.

Written by Mike Vicki Cangello
2017-07-09 10:25:51 PM