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Joseph Girard Taffe, age 43

Joseph Girard Taffe, age 43, of Spring Lake, NC, passed away Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004. Joe was born March 28, 1961, son of Thomas G. and Shirley Setzer Taffe of Dushore.

Joe grew up in Dushore and was very active in sports. He was an archer, wrestler and boxer during his school years. He graduated from the Sullivan County High School, a member of the class of 1979. Joe married the former Debra Quail of Shunk on Feb. 14, 1981. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Staff Sergeant with a cannon crew in the infantry during Desert Storm. He was discharged at Ft. Bragg, NC after eight years of dedicated service to his country.

He and Debra settled in Spring Lake, NC where they own and operate a bottled water business.

Surviving in addition to his spouse and parents are two sons, Dylan G. and Elliot C. and a daughter, Kimberly Jo and her fianc?, Justin Crawford of Spring Lake; brothers, John Taffe of Dushore and Michael Taffe of Towanda; mother-in-law: Arlene Quail of Shunk; two brothers-in-law and spouse: Jerry and Debbie Quail of Canton and Scott Quail of Forksville; five sisters-in-law and spouses: Carol and Tom Sager of Sayre, Kathy Quail of Overton, Cheryl and Jim Bahr of Dushore, Susie and Floyd Masteller and Julie and Curt Leljedal, all of Estella; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Diane M. Taffe on Jan. 29, 1979 and a brother-in-law, Michael Quail of Overton in 1986.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Burt S. Kozen, Administrator, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore.

Friends may call on Friday, Aug. 20 at the Homer Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m.

The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be directed to the Sullivan County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1948 3rd St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or the Parkinson's disease Foundation, 650 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032.

Graveside military services will be accorded by members of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore. Members are asked to assemble and pass in review on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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