Eric S. Joseph 1968-2018

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Eric S. Joseph, 49, of Saint Augustine, Fla., formerly of Niles, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at 1:04 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Baptist Medical Center South.

He was born Dec. 31, 1968, in Concord, Calif., the son of Fred E. Joseph and Jeanann Harrison.

Eric was a lifelong resident of Niles before moving to Saint Augustine in 2014. Eric married his high school sweetheart, Jill Kistler, with whom he made his home, on April 15, 1989.

Eric and Jill spent their lives enjoying their blessings received in their two daughters, Brooke Joseph of Columbus and Jordan Joseph at home.

He was a 1987 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, received his electronic technology degree from ETI Technical College and was a member of St. Stephen Church in Niles. Eric was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked many years at Cattron, Inc. before becoming an RCL Manager for CSX Transportation in 2010.

Eric’s lifelong passions were his family, friends and his ongoing quest to put smiles on the faces of those he cherished. He enjoyed collecting antiques / coins, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Pittsburgh Steelers, cooking, music, singing and most importantly, Eric loved life. Eric dedicated his life to making a difference. Eric made a difference. We were all blessed to have him in our lives. The time he spent with Jill, Brooke, Jordan, his family and his friends were precious to him — the things that brought that unforgettable perfect smile to his face. Eric was loved and will be dearly missed, indeed.

Eric is survived by his one and only love, his beloved wife, Jill Kistler Joseph, formerly of Vienna; two cherished daughters, Brooke Joseph and Jordan Joseph; three brothers, Fred Joseph of Lucasville, Christopher (Ava) Joseph of Ashland, Pa., and Anthony (Alicia) Joseph of Niles; a sister, Robin (Donta) Gibson of Galt, Calif.; parents-in-law, Thomas and Joyce Kistler of Vienna; sisters in-law, Jane (Robert) Davidson and Lynda (Donald) Feren; mother, Jeanann Harrison; eight nieces; two nephews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that all loved and will miss Eric dearly.

Eric was preceded in death by his father, Fred E. Joseph, on April 24, 2016.

Family and friends may call 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Holloway-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 611 Robbins Ave., Niles. A Mass to celebrate the life of Eric will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at St. Stephen Church. The Rev. Richard Murphy will be the celebrant.

Family and friends may visit www.hollowaywilliamsfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

Eric, a veteran and dedicated leader, loved giving people a chance to grow themselves and support their families just like he did. The Joseph family requests that all material contribution be made, in Eric’s name, to Hire Heroes USA, www.hireheroesusa.org, to help make the world a better place for our veterans.

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