Joseph "Joe" R. Bravo, 73, died unexpectedly on December 10, 2019 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Memorial Service: 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Winscott Road Funeral Home, 1001 Winscott Road, Benbrook, Texas 76126. A Celebration of Life will be held following the service from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10429, 1000 Stevens Drive, Benbrook, Texas 76126.
Memorials: Donations may be made to the scholarship program: mikeroweworks.org, in lieu of flowers.
Joe was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 21, 1946. He enjoyed a life filled with laughter and the love of family and friends. Joe worked hard, played hard, and laughed and loved easily.
Joe served honorably in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance specialist. His fascination with all things aeronautical and mechanical became his lifelong occupation. He was a licensed Airframe & Power plant mechanic, former licensed Master Electrician, and hydraulics specialist.
Following his time in the Air Force, he worked for Downard Hydraulics in Princeton, West Virginia; Pratt & Whitney Aerospace in Jupiter, Florida; Transworld Airlines in Madrid, Spain; and Bell Helicopter in Esfahan, Iran. He also worked for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Joe retired on February 25, 2011 from his position at Lockheed Martin where he specialized in Foreign Object Detection (FOD).
In retirement Joe was never happier than when he was in the driver’s seat of his RV headed off on another cross country adventure with his wife Patty. When not traveling he usually could be found tinkering in the garage or his man cave, visiting friends or volunteering at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10429 in Benbrook, Texas.
Joe was a wonderful husband, soul mate and consummate best friend to his wife, Patty. Joe and his son David enjoyed a close and loving relationship. They shared a special sense of humor, a love of seafood and spending time together. Joe was a wonderful and true friend to many. He was compassionate, willing to lend a hand to anyone, and had a quick and easy smile. Joe loved jokes and loved laughter. He was an amateur herpetologist who delighted in showing his wife the latest creature he had discovered in the back yard.
Joe had an inquisitive spirit. He was a master fabricator and mechanic who could make anything out of almost nothing and fix just about everything. While passing a junkyard Joe would say, “Give me a week and a case of beer and I could drive anything in there, out of there.” We lost an encyclopedia of mechanical knowledge when we lost Joe.
Joe was a good man who gave his all. Our lives are richer from knowing him and loving him.
Joe is predeceased by his brother, John.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Patty; his son, David and much-loved daughter-in-law, Shannon; his sister-in-law, Susan; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
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