OABA member and longtime NICA Member and Concessionaire, Joseph “Joe” Blume, 56, of Stuart, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2020.
Joe was born in Newark, New Jersey to Frederick and Jacqueline Blume where he was raised in Rockaway Township, NJ. He graduated from Morris Knolls High School and after graduation, Joe held the position of management in the food industries. In 1994 Joe decided to move to Florida and start a new beginning and met Todd Desgranges, his soul mate, in 1999. Joe’s career flourished when he began working with the Outdoor Amusement Business with Todd, Irvin and Evelyn Deggeller, operating Stuart Confections, Inc. which opened a whole new world to him for over 20 years.
Joe’s love of life and his larger-than-life personality was always a huge hit with all who knew him, along with every friendship he made during his journeys when traveling. His never-ending wit and humorous joking were continuously non-stop. Joe’s love of family became the glue to which he bonded with all. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying every single day and always with a smile on his face. Joe’s greatest passions were entertaining, cooking, and traveling. He loved to feed everyone, no one was a stranger at his table, and all were always welcomed. Joe and Todd LOVED their traveling from state to state especially New Jersey, Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and their many cruises they took.
Joe was a devoted member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Stuart, FL and Atlantic City, NJ. His mission was to help all those in need without any hesitation.
Joe is survived by his husband Todd, the “Love of his Life” along with his mentors in life, Evelyn Deggeller and her late husband Irvin, his three loving sisters; Debra Fiorello (and late husband Richie), Linda Miller and husband Lenny, Donna Hon and husband Michael, and his sister-in-law Joan Blume. Joe is also survived by his adoring nieces and nephews: Nicholas, Michelle, Pamela, Michael Jr., Amanda, Samantha, Jayden, and Jessie, his cousins, his Aunt Roxann Blume, his furry companions Lola and Leo and all his friends. He is predeceased by his parents Frederick and Jacqueline Blume and his loving brother Frederick Blume.
A “Celebration of Life” will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joseph Blume, to the Loyal Order of Moose, 2454 SE Indian Street, Stuart, Florida, 34997.