On Friday, March 26, 2021, the bright shining light of Joseph E. Cassella Jr. faded from this universe. The man - this amazing man - was cut down in his prime by a form of dementia called FTD. This devastating disease robbed him of his beautiful mind, but not his beautiful soul. Right to the very end he shared his gentle loving side by holding hands and hugging his wife and sons. Joe was known by all as a kind and compassionate man who was honest and loyal to a fault. His passing has left his family and friends with a large void in their lives that can never be filled. It wasn’t just Joe’s personality that set him apart from most - it was also his talent as a master carpenter, stair builder and trumpet player. In fact, he had an extraordinary gift for seeing - as well as creating - a greatness and beauty in all things. Music and carpentry were just two of his passions. He loved the great outdoors. Whether it be hiking, kayaking, playing soccer, gardening, splitting wood or just watching the sunset over the Moodus Reservoir, there was always a smile on his face and a joy in his heart that he loved to share with family, friends and all 4-legged friends. Joe will be forever remembered by his adoring wife Jenn who says the greatest gift of her life was to have been loved and cherished by Joe. His two beloved sons, Ryan and Nick, whom he was always so very proud of and their lovely wives KJ and Taleia. His dearest lifelong friends whom he considered to be his brothers - Cliff Baker, Paul Batista, Tom & Jim Carlone and Gino Marcantonio - and his sister, Diane Ohanesian. Joe touched a lot of peoples’ lives in his short 59 years, he will be missed by all. There will be a celebration of Joe’s life on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at his home in Moodus. In lieu of flowers and cards the family requests that donations are made in Joe’s honor to Change A Life Dog Rescue of East Haddam. Donations can be mailed to 9 Ridge Road, East Haddam, CT 06423. Farewell.