Joseph George  Waters


RICHMOND, Va. - Joseph George Waters, 89, passed away on Aug. 17, 2019, in Richmond, Virginia, where he moved in 2016 from Oneonta, to be near his daughter and son-in-law.
He was born on May 3, 1930, in Oneonta, to parents, George H. and Marguerite (Dumond) Waters.
Joe married the former Barbara Roach of Plattsburgh, on Aug. 16, 1952. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Joe was a graduate of St. Mary's School, Oneonta High School and Hartwick College, all located in Oneonta, in addition to Albany State University.
He also was a member of the School Administrators Association of New York, National Association of Secondary Schools Principals and had a long association with the Central New York State Study Council at Syracuse University.
Joe began his career in education at Fleischmanns High School as a history teacher and later moved to Herkimer High School where he continued teaching social studies, in addition to serving as the varsity baseball coach. He then moved into the role of vice principal at Ilion High School for two years before returning to his hometown and served one year as vice principal and then principal of Oneonta Junior High, a role he served in for 21 years.
Following his retirement from the Oneonta School System, Joe moved into the role of associate director of admissions at Hartwick College for the next seven years. There he developed the Hartwick Alumni Recruitment Team (HART) getting some 300 alumni to aid the admissions staff. Following that he served as director of student teaching at Hartwick College.
One important priority in Joe's life was helping the poor and underprivileged. Joe was heavily involved in his community, serving as a member of the College Newman Foundation, president of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, the advisory committee for the new St. Mary's Church and president of the Oneonta Kiwanis Club. He was awarded the Hixon award for his contributions to the local Kiwanis Club in 1986. He also was a member of the Executive Service Corps as a volunteer on the evaluation committee and was elected to the ESC Board of Directors in May 2006.
Joe's greatest joy was sharing time with his wife, Barb, and all the traveling they did together and traveling to visit family that included his many grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time each summer at the family camp on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh. Joe was an avid reader of historical nonfiction and never lost his passion for learning and teaching others about American history.
He took special pride in helping Barb exhibit her paintings and did all the matting and framing himself allowing her to be able to show them at many art shows.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; and sister, Marguerite "Peg."
Joe is survived by Barbara; his daughter, Nancy Stiebel (Chris), Glen Allen, Virginia; and sons, Daniel (Lynn), Griffin, Georgia, Terry (Linda), Gaithersburg, Maryland, Robert, Nashville, Tennessee and John (Sharon) Saugerties; along with 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Peg Waters, New Jersey, Joan Amell, Connecticut and Doreen Ryan (Jim), Colorado; many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, Virginia, at noon, Saturday, Aug. 24. A funeral mass will follow at 1 p.m..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to hospice, or the Parkinson's Foundation.
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Cindy (Mollison) Lent
Sep 05, 2019
I remember Mr Waters from when I attended Oneonta High School. He was always friendly and kind which I appreciated greatly. When thinking back to the HS year, I always thought of him fondly. God bless to you and your family.
Carol Kiehn Kirkey
Aug 27, 2019
I am forever indebted to Joe for hiring me to teach at Oneonta Jr./Sr. High Schools. He was an able leader, cherished friend and will be missed by many. Prayers for peace and comfort for his family.
Judy Campbell
Aug 24, 2019
I had the privilege of teaching art in Joe's junior high for many years.
I have had many supervisors since but none as good. He was a carrying, intellegent , thoughtful man who kept in the background but always was there when one needed him. He ran a great school.
I have always missed our conversations. My condolences to you, his family.
Judy Campbell
Susie Stepp
Aug 24, 2019
I am sad to see that Joe passed . My best wishes for the family. I surely enjoyed working withJoe at the Oneonta Junior high years ago.
Love to all,
John Higgins
Aug 22, 2019
To Barb & family, my deepest heartfelt sympathy go out to you. I enjoyed working with Joe throughout the years. Joe was a wonderful man & a good friend.
Jim & Cindy Barr
Aug 21, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers to your family at this time. So glad we were able to meet Joe a few times.
May he Rest In Peace.
Janice Sperbeck
Aug 21, 2019
Barb, So sorry to hear about Joe. He always was a good neighbor and friend at the Little Red School Community in past few years.
Hope you are doing well. Janice
Thomas Slavinsky
Aug 21, 2019
Barb & family- please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joe always treated me as a professional and gave me the support and freedom to work with the students as I saw fit. He was an important part of my life and I will always remember him fondly.
Find Peace soon.
Joy Sanchez
Aug 20, 2019
Terry, Bob and family,

I don't think there is anyone who didn't love your father. What a wonderful man he was. I am so sad for your loss.
Hawk Zagata
Aug 20, 2019
Waters Family
Clearly this man left a tremendous legacy and COUNTLESS individuals are better teachers, parents, co-workers and human beings for having been " In structed/mentored" with such class and elegance

Hawk & Dianne Zagata
Dee and Dick Picolla
Aug 20, 2019
Our sincerest condolences to Barbara and family. We spent many enjoyable evenings with Joe and
Barb. Joe was a gentle man, wonderful husband, Father, and friend. He had a positive impact on literally hundreds of young people of Oneonta.
Jody Zintel
Aug 20, 2019
John. I'm so very sorry to hear this. I always loved your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family..
Daniel Fancher
Aug 20, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to members of Joseph Waters.
Linda M Tracz
Aug 20, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Joe Waters. I knew him for many years in the Oneonta. My father taught school with him. He was a very special person.
Linda Short-Tracz