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Celebrating the life of
Joseph Ronald Calabrese
January 10, 1964 - February 06, 2014
Cherished Sunrises, Sunsets, and Everything in Between
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 2:00pm - Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 1:00- 4:00pm - Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Your family is in my prayers.

James Cargas, Houston, TX

We will miss you much Joe. You were a great mentor, teacher and friend. Your sense of humor will forever be cherished. I remember you poking fun at my "maharajah shoes" that I had hand made from India. You were someone that led by example and was always selfless and willing to help. Thank for all your kindness, your steadfastness when things got rocky on projects. May god keep you in the palm of his hand and bless your family.

Ankur, Richmond, Tx

Tracy: I am so sorry for your loss. You and your daughters will be in my prayers.

Jaqueline Leguizamon, Houston, Texas

Tracy you and your family are in my prayers sorry for your loss.

Belinda Mata, Pasadena , Tx

I will always remember Joe "ran" me in the last mile of my first marathon, and how I enjoyed Friday evenings with Tracy and Joe at the West Alabama Ice House. What a great couple! I hope memories of good times shared bring comfort to your family during this difficult time.

Janet Schafer, The Woodlands, TX

Joe was an absolute joy to be around. Always ready with a humorous story, big smile, and a legendary laugh, Joe could lighten any difficult situation. He was a pleasure to work with and from the beginning, he seemed to be a friend rather than a colleague. He will be greatly missed.

Kim Sharp, Richmond, TX

I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times. May you find comfort in the memories of your husband.

Fabian Izaguirre, Houston, TX

Tracy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. This being an extremely difficult time in your life and your daughters, I know God can get you through this. I'm praying that He will grant all of you strength and peace in the days ahead and know that Joe is no longer suffering, but in a place where there is no more pain. God Bless. Drenda Wallace

drenda wallace, Houston, TX

Tracy, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I'm praying for strength and peace for you and the girls at this time. God bless you!

Evelyn Kimeu, Houston, TX

Tracy, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Danielle Folsom, Houston, TX

Joe was one of those rare people that made the mood lighter, the times happier, and the work easier. Always a pleasure to work with and be around, Joe just had a special way about him. To Tracy and the girls, we send prayers of comfort and our sincerest condolences.

Steve and Diane Wagstaff, Livonia, MI

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Marilyn Bates, Houston, Texas

Tracy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Evelyn GIlleland, Houston, TX

My condolences to Tracy, Caroline, Camille, and all of Joe’s family. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Joe’s spirit and life touched many, made this a better world, and changed us all for the better.

Brian Lee, Altlanta, GA

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you today. It was an honor to know and work with Joe during his time @ OpenText. It was a privilege to call him a friend. He always knew how to make me laugh and we shared many during his time @ OpenText. To Tracy, Caroline and Camille ( Joe's girls ) his love of life will always be your shining star.

Ted Gallant, Fredericton, NB

I still clearly remember meeting Joe and Tracy in St. Louis years ago. I liked Joe from the very beginning and had many good times with him. His spirit and attitude were terrific and he had many unique qualities. His sense of humor got me out of more than one funk over the years. There are several stories told by Joe that make me laugh whenever they are recalled. I will miss him greatly.

Scott Hardin, Carrollton, TX

Joe was so full of life and left us far too soon. I feel blessed to have known him. Tracy, Camille, and Caroline, our most sincere condolences.

Mike and Tina Hergenrader, Katy, TX

I am very grateful for having met Joe, he was a wonderful person and touched so many people in so many different ways and will be sadly missed. My condolences to his family.

Peter Gunzenhauser, San Francisco, CA

Tracy, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless,

Ray Bradford, Friendswood, TX

Tracey, Caroline and Camille, Joe meant so much to all of us. He, and his continuous smile, will be forever missed. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Call if we can be of service.

Steve Best & Wendy Nemer, Austin, TX

Tracy, Caroline, and Camille, We are so sorry for your loss and send you our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I was privileged enough to know Joe as both a colleague and a friend. Joe will always be remembered for his infectious smile and ability to find humor even in the most difficult situations. I consider myself to be honored and blessed to have gotten the opportunity to know him. May God bless you!

Mike & Glenda Bolte, Oswego, IL

Tracy and girls, My mom (Gail Pennington) has kept us updated. We are so terribly sorry. I can assure you many prayers have been and will continue to be lifted on your behalf. Much love! Laura & family

Laura Pennington Lockwood, Hot Springs, AR

JOSEPH RONALD CALABRESE (50) died at home in the early morning on February 6, 2014, from an extremely aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. His wife, Tracy, and daughters, Caroline (15) and Camille (13), were with Joe when he died and are very grateful to have been with him until his last breath. Tracy and Joe had a fantastic marriage and they truly appreciated their life together with their girls.

Joe was born on January 10, 1964, in Bridgeport, CT, to J. Ronald Calabrese and Pauline (Polly) Piper Calabrese. Joe was preceded in death by his mother and his slightly crazy dog Coker. He is survived by his wife, Tracy, his beloved daughters, Caroline and Camille, his father, Ron Calabrese, his sister, Jayne C. Behlau, his brother, John Calabrese, and many other family members and friends.

Joe graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the U.S. Navy and served as a submarine officer on active duty from 1986 - 1992. He was in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 16 years. Joe earned an MBA from Brenau University while he was on active duty. In 1992, Joe moved to Houston where he began a successful career as a management consultant, first with Accenture and then OpenText, Inc. In 1995, Joe married his best friend, Tracy Renee Briggs. In 1998, Caroline was born, followed by Camille in 2000.

Joe was a warm, smart, funny, kind, honest, and fun-loving person who cherished sunrises, sunsets, and just about everything in between. He loved golfing, fishing, playing and watching sports (especially his Florida Gators), grilling, drinking beer, and mowing the lawn. Joe enjoyed weekends at the beach and traveling. But most of all, Joe loved people. He was always smiling, and made friends easily. Joe’s happiest times were spent outside with his family and his many friends. Everyone who knew him has their “Joe” stories, and the stories are always funny. Joe had the unique gift of living in the moment and enjoying life, whatever he was doing, even if he was just pulling weeds in the back yard.

The family thanks Joe’s doctors for the excellent care he received at Methodist and Baylor: Drs. Hutton, Leveque, Sigworth, Ayyar, Khavari, and Amaratunge. Many thanks to Dr. Sigworth's nurse Susan, to Joe's physical therapists, and to his caregivers, Anna, Missy, and Sylvia. Finally, words cannot adequately express our appreciation for Patrick and Carolyn from Vitas Hospice, for their grace, dignity, and compassion during Joe's final days.

A memorial service for Joe will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama, Houston, TX. A reception will begin at one o’clock in the afternoon, with the service and celebration of Joe’s life beginning at two o’clock.
In lieu of customary remembrances, donations in Joe’s memory may be directed to the MS 150; Caroline and Camille’s college savings account (directed to Tracy and made out to USAA College Savings Plan); or to a charity of your choice.

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Candle tribute lit by Camille Routt — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Dave Sarjeant — Illinois

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Your family is in my prayers.

James Cargas, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Steve Krafft — Delaware

We will miss you much Joe. You were a great mentor, teacher and friend. Your sense of humor will forever be cherished. I remember you poking fun at my "maharajah shoes" that I had hand made from India. You were someone that led by example and was always selfless and willing to help. Thank for all your kindness, your steadfastness when things got rocky on projects. May god keep you in the palm of his hand and bless your family.

Ankur, Richmond, Tx

Tracy: I am so sorry for your loss. You and your daughters will be in my prayers.

Jaqueline Leguizamon, Houston, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Yushan Chang — Texas

Tracy you and your family are in my prayers sorry for your loss.

Belinda Mata, Pasadena , Tx

I will always remember Joe "ran" me in the last mile of my first marathon, and how I enjoyed Friday evenings with Tracy and Joe at the West Alabama Ice House. What a great couple! I hope memories of good times shared bring comfort to your family during this difficult time.

Janet Schafer, The Woodlands, TX

Joe was an absolute joy to be around. Always ready with a humorous story, big smile, and a legendary laugh, Joe could lighten any difficult situation. He was a pleasure to work with and from the beginning, he seemed to be a friend rather than a colleague. He will be greatly missed.

Kim Sharp, Richmond, TX

Candle tribute lit by Henri Merceron — Texas

I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times. May you find comfort in the memories of your husband.

Fabian Izaguirre, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Ted Gallant — Maine

Tracy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. This being an extremely difficult time in your life and your daughters, I know God can get you through this. I'm praying that He will grant all of you strength and peace in the days ahead and know that Joe is no longer suffering, but in a place where there is no more pain. God Bless. Drenda Wallace

drenda wallace, Houston, TX

Tracy, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I'm praying for strength and peace for you and the girls at this time. God bless you!

Evelyn Kimeu, Houston, TX

Tracy, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Danielle Folsom, Houston, TX

Joe was one of those rare people that made the mood lighter, the times happier, and the work easier. Always a pleasure to work with and be around, Joe just had a special way about him. To Tracy and the girls, we send prayers of comfort and our sincerest condolences.

Steve and Diane Wagstaff, Livonia, MI

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Marilyn Bates, Houston, Texas

Tracy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Evelyn GIlleland, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Evelyn Gilleland — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Robin Curtis — Texas

My condolences to Tracy, Caroline, Camille, and all of Joe’s family. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Joe’s spirit and life touched many, made this a better world, and changed us all for the better.

Brian Lee, Altlanta, GA

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you today. It was an honor to know and work with Joe during his time @ OpenText. It was a privilege to call him a friend. He always knew how to make me laugh and we shared many during his time @ OpenText. To Tracy, Caroline and Camille ( Joe's girls ) his love of life will always be your shining star.

Ted Gallant, Fredericton, NB

Candle tribute lit by Randy Muck — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Marla and Scott Hardin — Texas

I still clearly remember meeting Joe and Tracy in St. Louis years ago. I liked Joe from the very beginning and had many good times with him. His spirit and attitude were terrific and he had many unique qualities. His sense of humor got me out of more than one funk over the years. There are several stories told by Joe that make me laugh whenever they are recalled. I will miss him greatly.

Scott Hardin, Carrollton, TX

Joe was so full of life and left us far too soon. I feel blessed to have known him. Tracy, Camille, and Caroline, our most sincere condolences.

Mike and Tina Hergenrader, Katy, TX

Candle tribute lit by Gilbert and Joan Douglas — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Don and Lori Brown — Michigan

I am very grateful for having met Joe, he was a wonderful person and touched so many people in so many different ways and will be sadly missed. My condolences to his family.

Peter Gunzenhauser, San Francisco, CA

Tracy, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless,

Ray Bradford, Friendswood, TX

Candle tribute lit by Kristen Pettersen — Illinois

Candle tribute lit by Nicole Redford — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by David and Christine Reardon — New Jersey

Tracey, Caroline and Camille, Joe meant so much to all of us. He, and his continuous smile, will be forever missed. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Call if we can be of service.

Steve Best & Wendy Nemer, Austin, TX

Candle tribute lit by Lynn Thibert — California

Tracy, Caroline, and Camille, We are so sorry for your loss and send you our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I was privileged enough to know Joe as both a colleague and a friend. Joe will always be remembered for his infectious smile and ability to find humor even in the most difficult situations. I consider myself to be honored and blessed to have gotten the opportunity to know him. May God bless you!

Mike & Glenda Bolte, Oswego, IL

Candle tribute lit by Tracy Calabrese — Texas

Tracy and girls, My mom (Gail Pennington) has kept us updated. We are so terribly sorry. I can assure you many prayers have been and will continue to be lifted on your behalf. Much love! Laura & family

Laura Pennington Lockwood, Hot Springs, AR


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