Rest in Peace cousin Joe. Glad you're feeling better and reuniting with family and friends.
Dan McCain, January 14, 2019 Joe & I just spoke on Saturday January 5th when I called to rib him about the Indianapolis, Colts putting a hurtin' on the Houston team. We talked about how excited he was that Rachel would be graduating & becoming Pediatric doctor, she was engaged & coming home to make plans to be married in March. Joe was responsible for encouraging me to form & host the first McCain family reunion. Something that the Baby Boomer generation had not done. The last time we were together as a family was at Henry & Elizabeth Anniversary in New Orleans. My sister texted me Tuesday morning of Joe's passing. I often reflected on how my mother managed to raise three of us in diapers at one time. I was born in 1955, my two younger twin brothers John & Joe were born in December the following year. A lot of memories & photos went through my head when I heard the news, it's all part of the mourning process, I guess. Joe was always passionate about trains, electronics, computers etc. Joe was the stereotypical grade school/high school science & electronics geek. When we were in high school Joe was already way ahead of me working on electronic circuits design etc. Something that would later open the door for him at Texas Instruments. It was not until recently that I found out that Joe held patents for things and processes he had invented. As children, we were active in Scouting, hiking, camping, & the outdoors. When we were in High School, Joe was on the Swim team. After graduation, life gets in the way with work, more school, moving etc. & I did not keep in touch with my brothers as often as I would have liked to. From time to time we would communicate about projects we were working on & possible solution scenarios. Joe had a quick wit & sarcasm about not taking life too seriously. From what I could observe, Joe & Dixie were successful as a great parental team & raised three smart children who will miss him dearly. Their shared love & devotion for "being there" was (& still is) important. It has been a decade since I saw my brother face to face. I am excited & hold onto the hope to know that we will see each other again with glorified bodies! Joe would want us to know that life is short, & all we are is "Dust In The Wind". Live & love passionately every day, & don't take stuff so seriously. Take the time to know Jesus on a personal level. Keep in touch with your family. My condolences to Dixie & family during this time.
Patrick and Pamela McCain, January 14, 2019 I’ve worked with Joe every Thursday morning as we volunteered at the TrainTopia model train layout in Frisco, since last July. We had a lot of fun together, and I depended on his knowledge and experience about LGB trains so much. He shared his videos of his awesome outdoor layout, and was so helpful on our Monday workdays, bringing the layout to life! I loved his dry sense of humor (I think he appreciated that I “got” it), and we had many a laugh about many things in the world. I am saddened that our time together was short, but I’m grateful that I got to know him, and called him my friend. Sending sincere thoughts & support to his family and friends. Cheri Neil, January 10, 2019