FULTON – Joseph M. La Beef, 50, of Fulton, New York, died Thursday, Jan. 13, at University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, after bravely battling an illness for three weeks.
Joseph was born in Fulton to the late Joseph and Millie (Smith) La Beef. He remained a permanent resident of Fulton and graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School. He also attended Cazenovia College where he studied graphic design and interior design. Joe worked as an operations manager at Sherwin Williams, East Syracuse for over 20 years.
In his early years, Joseph was a member of a band playing drums and singing. He loved drawing, photography and music and shared this love with his family, colleagues and friends with home photo shows, drawing personal caricatures and offering a story behind the individual drawings. Joe really liked to eat and joke with others.
He was also a huge superhero and sports fanatic enjoying both Marvel and DC and being an avid Mets, Dolphins and Knicks fan. Joseph loved decorating for Halloween and he won third place in the 2021 Fulton Home Halloween Decorating competition. him for a trick or a treat.
Joseph was a true believer in God, and he showed his community his devoted beliefs not just by being a member of All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Fulton, but through his actions. He was an avid volunteer with church fundraisers such as the annual garage sale, monthly community dinners, participating in Vestry ministry and instilling the ethic of volunteerism in his growing boys by being available to paint , move heavy objects and maintain the building, including the roof. Joseph coached for a decade with the Fulton Little League program and the Fulton Knee High Basketball and Travel teams. One of her fondest memories was watching her two sons play together on the Fulton Varsity baseball team.
Joe was a caring and loving man who was always willing to lend a helping hand and open his home to his friends and family. He decided long ago that the best time was “family time”, but that didn’t just include his sons, but also welcomed his son’s friends. He chose to be a positive role model who many of his sons’ friends also looked up to. Joe wanted them to be part of his extended family and know they had someone there if they needed him. He did this while helping his sons navigate their future, including encouraging them to succeed in their work and education. One of her greatest memories was watching her eldest son graduate from college.
Joe was also a dreamer and recently fulfilled his dream of traveling to the Grand Canyon. He’s also enjoyed helping others achieve their “bucket list items,” like helping fund a family member’s trip to Hawaii and a recent “The Christmas Story” trip home last year. .
Along with his parents, Joseph was predeceased by his brother Michael La Beef.
He is survived by his two devoted sons: Koda La Beef (and girlfriend Anastasia) of Baldwinsville, NY; and Kirby La Beef of Fulton, NY; his loving companion of 2 years: Sherry Fraser of Syracuse, NY; his brother Steven La Beef of Fulton, NY; his in-laws: Burton and Doris Matott of Norwich, NY and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sugar Funeral Home Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at Sugar Funeral Home Inc.
Interment will be privately in the Memorial Garden at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Fulton, NY.
As per NYS mandates: face masks will be required for entry.