Joe started with the Woolwich Fire Company at a young age as a junior fireman and spent a lifetime in service with both the department and the ambulance squad. When the siren sounded many a dinner was cut short and many an evening’s rest interrupted to help his fellow residents in their darkest hours. He’d inspire two generations of firemen behind him. He kept the trucks in tip top shape; Joe could turn a wrench with the best of them. Probably dated back to his days doing small engine repair with his dad at the Homestead. He’d later move his repair shop behind his house. Often the shop was more of a social affair with dozens of people coming and going and hanging out. But, if it was broke, you knew Joe could fix it. He was proud of his service to our nation; he enlisted in the Navy just out of high school and served in Vietnam on an aircraft carrier. And yes, he kept everything running smooth there as well. If he got out of the area he’d most likely be heading off to the woods, shotgun in hand (he started the Tall Pines Gun Club in 1964) or off on his boat for a little angling. And in his later years he did a little snorkeling in the islands. As a grandfather he was always there with a little wisdom: “Here’s 20 bucks. I don’t push cars and I don’t do bail.” He would however change a flat from time to time with hardly a complaint. He cheered for the Phils but would commiserate about their losses with a few choice words. Joe was a graduate of the first class of Kingsway Regional and retired from the turnpike in 2002 after 33 years of service.
Freshman year at Swedesboro High he’d meet a pretty girl named Catherine. They’d share a 57 year marriage blessed by two children: Brian (Chrissy) and Kim Thompson (Tommy); his grandchildren, Renee (Bobby) Ferrell, Brianne Slusar, Joseph Slusar III, Nicholas Thompson and Zachary Thompson; and his siblings: Carol Dupper (Bill), Darlene Gage, Jerry (Marylou), and Kathleen Hurff (Edgar);
Come celebrate 78 great years Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 10-11 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio where there will be an 11 a.m. service. Interment Lake Park Cemetery.
RIP Joe! My prayers to his family.
Sending condolences and prayers to Cathy and family. I’m so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. My Dad enjoyed the time spent at the deer woods with Joe and the Tall Pines members..
Donna (Horner) Golt
Many an enjoyable time down the woods. Good man and wonderful cook. One shot/one kill is a phrase I will always associate with Joe.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. My condolences to the family.
Kathy and family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of Joe. I have fond memories of him during the Memorial Day Services and his ringing of the bell when we honored those we lost in battle. He was truly a community servant and giving of his time to the Woolwich Fire Co…. your job is now complete dear friend – rest eternally now with the angels.
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing I lived across the street from the Slusar family on Vanneman Ave he was in my Brothers class at St Joe’s remember Joe as a good fellow will keep you all in my prayers
God Bless Cousin Joe and his family. We live in Florida now and wish we could be there with his siblings. Darlene Kathy and I still keep in touch and I love our Slusars so much. Condolences from “Ms Pat” xoxo
Went to Swedesboro high school with joe and he worked on fixing my lawn mowers. So sorry to hear of his death
To Joes family
My condolences to you all. I have great memories of him having fun at uncle toms house fro family reunions. May he R. I.P.
Joe was a true true friend. His word was his bond. He was both mentor and a true confidant .
He would take the time to show and explain in detail how he was going to fix whatever we were going to fix. With a smile and the patience of a saint and a few cuss words.
Joe was a dear friend who will be surely missed. The tears I have shed for this man are of respect.
I will miss you old buddy. Rest in peace