Joe Eng

September 5, 1932 - February 2, 2009
Joe Eng

Joe Eng, 76, of Wilmington, died Monday, February 2, 2009 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Beloved by all who knew him, both new acquaintances and old friends, Joe is survived by his wife Sara; daughters Elizabeth and Emily; their husbands, David and Jeremy; and four grandchildren, Evan, Theo, Riley, and Amy.

Joe was an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

He retired from the US Army as a Lt. Col. in 1974 and then resided in Tucson, AZ where he earned a Ph.D. in Chinese History and touched the lives of many students and faculty. Later, he became an investigator for the Legal Defender of Pima County. More recently, he served as a
Stephen Minister, sharing his compassionate nature with those in great need.

He always loved meeting new people and adored children and
animals.

His roaring laugh and wide smile will be forever dear.

The family is planning a celebration of his life to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA, 91607-3421 or the charity closest to your heart.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • February 05, 2009
    Karen and Ken Jones says:
    Dear Sara We shared a tour of the State Port with you and Joe a couple of years ago. It was through UNCW and led by Wilbur Jones. We had a very enjoyable day sharing the van. We are sorry for your loss.

  • February 04, 2009
    Kayla Autry-NHRMC Rehab Svcs says:
    Sara and family my condolences goes out to you and your family in your time of bereavment. It was a great pleasure of getting to know Mr. Eng.Talking and laughing with him for the very short time he was in my presence. May God Bless you.

  • February 04, 2009
    Faye Bell says:
    Dear Sara, I am so sorry for your loss. I share with you how broken hearted you are. It has only been 2 months since I lost George to multiple myeloma. George and Joe shared a special friendship.My condolences go out to all your family. Love Faye Bell

  • February 04, 2009
    Kay Davis says:
    Dear Eng family, I wish to express my condolences in your great loss of Joe. It was a privilege to have known him! I was a co-worker at MI. His unique laugh was magnetic to all, his love of life was so very evident, and his humble nature was refreshing. He was missed when he left. Joe spoke of you, Sara, and your family with much affection and with a huge smile. He made a difference in life in a big way. This world was a better place with Joe in it. Your family is in my prayers and Joe will be forever remembered! My Deepest, Sympathy, Kay Davis

  • February 04, 2009
    Judy and Skip Kelley says:
    We were so sorry to read of Joe's death in the newspaper. He was such a terrific guy and we enjoyed knowing him when we lived in Wilmington.