Joseph Wheeler Caw, Jr., 84, a longtime resident of Poolesville, MD, joined his beloved wife, Sally Ann Wilson Caw, in Heaven on November 26, 2018
Born on October 4, 1934 in Washington, DC, Joe was the son of the late Joseph W. and Mary Rosina (Barnes) Caw.
A lifelong athlete, Joe was a member of the “Fab 5” basketball team at McKinley Tech High School, and remained good friends with his teammates for the duration of his life. A multi-sport athlete, Joe was a member of both the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame – DC Metro Area where he excelled as a pitcher.
After graduating from college, Joe married his college sweetheart, Sally, on July 30, 1955, in a ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda.
Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as part of the first radar-guided artillery regiment. His duties took him to Germany for a time, where he and Sally honeymooned.
After an honorable discharge, Joe and Sally made their home in Wheaton, welcoming three children – Joseph, Rosemarie, and James.
Joe was an accomplished carpenter who never met something he couldn’t fix, and owned Caw-Peele, an appliance repair store. After retiring from Home Depot, he spent his free time in his shop, working on cars, fixing anything that was broken, or building heirlooms like a cradle for his grandchildren.
An enthusiastic Senator/Nationals and Redskins fan, Sundays were often spent in the kitchen, surrounded by food and family, watching the game. Joe also enjoyed spending time at the water and enjoyed boating and relaxing on the beach.
Perhaps what Joe loved most, however, was spending time with his family. The Caw clan has grown to include children Joseph W. Caw, III, his wife Sheri, Rosemarie Reader, her husband Michael, and James Caw, and his partner Colleen.
PopPop, as many knew him, will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Jessica, Jack, his wife Britney, Jill, her fiancé Tim, Mathew, his wife Kayla, Joseph, his wife Cheyenne, Joanne, her fiancée Cathryn, and Jake. PopPop was also a proud great-grandfather to four: Tripp, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and River.
Joe was preceded in death by three sisters: Elizabeth Peele, Gladys Ricker and Rosemary Fling.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday, Nov. 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, with a reception at St. Mary’s pavilion following internment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, PO Box 542, Poolesville, MD 21837-0542 (bcciwla.org).