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Opinion: ‘Joey possessed a gift that made people happy’


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A 1968 photo of the Alaska Highway Birthquakes, featuring the Moss family. Joey Moss is in the centre, wearing a hat. Photo by Supplied /Postmedia

Joey had a love for movies. He could recite Rockys one through four, and re-enact all of the boxing scenes. Perhaps his favourite were James Bond movies. He had every VHS, and recorded VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, and boy, did he love the soundtrack! He was known to put on headphones and belt out “Goldfinger,” making family road trips feel excruciatingly long. Joey also loved watching wrestling videos and was very excited to meet his hero, Hulk Hogan. Even a hero has heroes. Other Joey favourites: mustard, hot dogs, beer, a box of Old Dutch chips — regular, cologne, bocce ball, singing, funny slippers, La Bamba, and rubbing backs. He was a very affectionate and compassionate man.

As a person with Down syndrome, Joey was an inspiration to parents of children with disabilities across North America. He was an active member in the community and helped pave the way for people with disabilities to not only be accepted, but also be contributing members in the workplace and society.

A few years ago, Joey was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While dancing at home in July 2020, he fell and broke his hip. But Joey’s love of life didn’t end there. Lying on the ambulance stretcher, Joey laughed and flirted with the female attendant and blew kisses to everyone as they were strapping him in. On Oct. 26, 2020 Joey passed away peacefully from natural causes with his family by his side.

The Moss family would like to send their thanks and gratitude to the staff of the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Winnifred Stewart Foundation for all of their support and care.



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