Joseph Benjamin Morua passed away on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 at his home in Antioch, in the loving arms of his wife, Joanne Perez Morua. In the last week of his life he proudly celebrated his 82nd birthday surrounded by his beloved family.
Joe was born in 1939 in Martinez, California to Joseph Sr. and Dorothy Morua. He briefly resided in Antioch but was a true son of Niles, California where he spent his adventurous childhood years making his mark on the canyon. Joe was a friend to everyone and with his duchenne smile it was easy to remember our friend, “Joe from Niles.” There was never a dull moment in the life of Joe Morua and he was always searching for the next adventure.
The open road was always calling Joe, whether it was in his corvette, the Harley Davidson, or on his boat. He always had somewhere to go and ALWAYS knew of the best spot for an amazing meal. He loved fine dining, a good pair of boots, fine wine and was a true tequila connoisseur, bringing rise to the name, "Tequila Joe." In 2002, Joe married his best friend and love of his life, Joanne, and spent the next 19 years sharing his love for adventure.
Joe was very proud of his work life. He was very dedicated and dependable employee. He worked 15 years at his first job at Pacific Steel. He then moved on to become a packing supervisor at Bonner Packing Company, worked at Mac Truck for many years and eventually ended his hard working and successful career at Schlage Lock in San Francisco, as a fabrication Supervisor.
Family was everything to him. He loved visiting, “the old folks,” when he was out and about cruising his corvette. He lived his dream for several years on his boat at Oyster Point near San Francisco and at the Pittsburg Marina. “My Guy,” settled back in Antioch with his best friend, Joanne Perez Morua to continue his dream.
Joe’s grandchildren were his pride and joy. From teaching his first grandchildren how to correctly spit off the many bridges of Niles to teaching them the ins and outs of driving a car, he always had the time and patience for each and every one of them. Time spent at Papa’s house was very special for his grandkids and not a single one every left without the words, “Papa loves you,” falling on their ears.
Proceeded in death by his son, Joseph Morua III in 2016, his brother Louis and Sister Annette, he is survived by his devoted wife of 19 years, Joanne, brother Dan (Josette) of Oakdale, Loving daughters Dorothy Hernandez (Armando) of Hayward, Janine Tapia, Jenna Gibbons and Joanna Garner of Antioch. He was the, "Worlds Greatest Grandpa," to Armando and Richard Hernandez and his remaining grandchildren who filled him with smiles through out the years. In addition to his 13 grandchildren, he was blessed with 4 great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in and around the Tracy area. He especially looked forward to his conversations with his cousin, Johnny Abelar, in the last few months of his life.
We will be gathering to share some of our favorite memories back where it all started, at "Joe's Corner," 37113 Niles Blvd, in Fremont on April 29th. The family will greet friends from 4pm-6pm. He will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch at a later date.
As our family mourns his loss, we send out warmest thanks to everyone for their love & support. He was a beloved husband and Papa to us, and everyone's friend. Goodnight, "Joe from Niles," and "Salute a tutti."
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