Our beloved brother, uncle and friend Joseph (Joe) Primavera, was born on May 25, 1950 to Victor and Anna Primavera and died July 17, 2018 from complications from frontotemporal dementia.
Joe was such a good guy and had an interesting life.
During high school, Joe worked at the family business, The Star Store.
The store had been founded by his grandparents, Joseph and Martina Primavera in 1919. Joe graduated from Langley High in 1968 and earned a technical degree from Everett Community College in aircraft mechanics.
After working at Boeing, he decided to travel the world. First, he picked sugar cane in Hawaii, then decided to go to Australia. He bought a one-way ticket with no idea of where he was going to live or what he was going to do.
Being resourceful, he found both a place to live and a job as an aircraft mechanic.
It wasn’t long before he became homesick and came back to Whidbey Island. Joe worked for Nichols Brothers and was put in charge of launching boats across the road and tide flats, among other things.
Joe decided to stop working and invested in property across from the Porter Airport on Crawford Road. He sold that property to start traveling. Joe lived in Mexico, Albuquerque, California and Hawaii (again).
He loved living in New York City for five years, studying art before he came back to Langley to live with our mother.
Joe lived with our mother for 15 wonderful years. He was a great caregiver and she lived a long, healthy life because of his dedication to her. She was so happy.
Joe is survived by his sisters Joanne Primavera and Jeanine (Nina) Parkinson, and his nieces and nephews Allison Christoe, Reneé Rainey, Thomas V. Christoe, Emily Gantz, Julie Mincy, Ryan Parkinson and John Parkinson.
Joe was predeceased by his sister Janet Christoe. He was lovingly cared for during his illness by his sisters Joanne and Nina, his nephew Mark Rainey, his niece Allison, his cousin Don Scriven, and his friend Charlie Snelling.
A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Good Cheer, PO Box 144, Langley, WA 98260