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RIP Joe, I hardly got to know you. - the funcrunch files

Jan. 9th, 2010 08:48 pm RIP Joe, I hardly got to know you.

I hate to add to all the sadness of departures and illnesses I've been reading about in friends' blogs lately, I really do. Especially since I was all set to post about what a happy fun weekend I had. But today I learned that Joe, the drummer in my first and still-yet-to-be-named rock band, died suddenly this week. He had the flu, it worsened into pneumonia, he had a heart attack and died. He was only 40.

I'd only talked with Joe at the few rehearsals we'd had since forming the band in November, but I could tell he was a very talented, personable and fun guy. He was an amazing guitar player who'd majored in music and played in many bands already, but was now learning drums as well. He insisted if he joined our band that we only do originals, not covers. We had worked on three of Tim, our guitar player's, original songs before Joe died. I was looking forward to performing them. I'm sure we still will, but I'm very sad Joe won't be there.

Rest in peace, Joe Martin Delehanty. If there be angels, if there be devils, play your music for them.

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Date:March 1st, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)

Joe Delehanty

I hope you were able to keep your band going after Joe's death. Thank you for posting the cause of death. Joe was a friend of mine and band mate in Atlanta. I just learned of his death yesterday and needed to know what happened. Thanks to your journal entry I have that information. Although it doesn't make me feel that much better at least the question is answered. Joe was a great guy...funny,talented and he loved his dogs. Thank you
Date:March 1st, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Joe Delehanty

Very sorry that you lost a friend too. The band did not survive Joe's death, unfortunately; we all drifted our separate ways. But all of us are still involved in music, which is a very good thing.