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Joseph Gomes III Obituary


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“I volunteer with a group, Landmark Education, that would host meetings at the Sofitel Hotel where Joe worked. Our group has been meeting 4-5 times a...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Cynthia Barnett - Union City, CA

“Uncle Joe was always such a joy. I will always remember his wonderful smile and his kind heart! I remember the time that my mother and sister and I...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Vanessa Williams - College Park, MD

“My Uncle Joseph was such a great loving person. Every time I saw him he would give me a hug and a big wet kiss that would be planted on my right...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Vanita Williams - Conyers, GA

“I don't ever remember Uncle Joe calling me by my name. To him, I was and will always be: Juana Belt. I loved how he had nicknames for all of us (my...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Tujuana - Atlanta, GA - niece

“I first met Joe when I was eight yrs old. I was picking plums of his trees without asking. He caught me and told me he was gone tell my mama! after...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Valerie Williams - Conyers, GA


Joseph Anthony Gomes, III was born December 10, 1949, to parents Joseph and Cecile Gomes. He left to be with our Father on April 1, 2012. Married to his wife, Regina, for 38 years, they were blessed to raise four children; Starr, Joseph IV, Jonathan and Ja'Nai. To their absolute delight, they were further blessed with three healthy grandchildren: Michael, Kalijah and Jeremiah. Born and raised in San Mateo, CA, along with three brothers: Arnold, Robert and Stacey, and sister, Juanita. He attended Lawrence Elementary School, College Park Jr. High School, and San Mateo High School. He lived in his home town for over 50 years before he and his wife bought a home in Hayward, CA.

Joe loved his family! He loved children and especially babies; his eyes would light up whenever he saw a small child, relative or not. He took great pleasure in seeing his children's friends and his nieces/nephews. There were dozens of kids and he knew them all by name, but often gave them nick-names that stuck for many years later. Joe Gomes was an Icon. Everyone knew Joe and he made an indelible impression on everyone he met. Famous for his strong opinions and sometimes brutal honesty, he was known to open mouth and insert entire foot in a manner that was shocking and humorous and left people shaking their heads and laughing. His thick, expressive eyebrows spoke volumes without him saying a word and his children and nieces/nephews would often conspire to do things to irritate him just because he could be irascible and comical at the same time.

Everyone who knew Joe knew he loved the Beatles, even before they became a national hit. He told anyone who would listen, "Music has no color." He
collected every record ever recorded along with posters, magnets and anything that said Beatles. His enthusiasm and constant playing of their records (until the grooves turned gray and his backup) made Beatles fans out of hardcore rhythm and blues family and friends.

Joe found Jehovah in his forties and began to attend the Kingdom Hall in San Mateo. He changed his life drastically, became more spiritual and understood that his life had a greater purpose. He became an avid reader of the Bible surprising many with his correct quoting of scriptures. When he became ill, all of San Mateo came to visit him. People poured into his home; there were so many they had to visit his room in shifts. There were days when all the rooms in his house were filled to capacity with visitors. His co-workers of many years came to reminisce and pray; friends and family, young and old came in droves. Joe was surprised and humbled and said over and over: "I never knew so many people loved me." But, his greatest joy and blessing was that he had all of his family at home together.

The Almighty called Joe home shortly after his diagnosis, but not before Joe assured his loved ones that he was ready, that he'd lived a good life and he wanted what was left of his life to be of quality. His family came together from near and far to give him strength and love and all were deeply saddened, but relieved, that our Father took him into his arms and released him from suffering. Joe leaves behind his wife and children,
grandchildren, mother, brothers and sister; many aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers-in-law, and many, many nephews, nieces, cousins, and a town full of good friends. Joe would want us to be strong and remember him healthy with humor and love and that great wide smile showing all of his teeth.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3: 5, 6.