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Cubby
01-13-2011, 08:11 AM
I opened a new thread for the news Annasmom has shared regarding Joe Ford. See Annasmoms post #3 below.

Annasmom, Thank you for sharing the news about Joe Ford. I have tears in my eyes. I will certainly keep him in my prayers. Joe Ford has always been an inspiration to me, like yourself Annasmom, for keeping the search for Anna alive for so long. He is the example of what a father is, imo and I've always thought of Joe as Annas father. He is the one who was there for her, searched for her, and has her deep in his heart.

Joe we are praying for you.

Cubby and J'

MagicRose99
01-14-2011, 05:44 PM
There are two Facebook pages for Anna. The one titled Anna Christian Waters is managed by SherlockJr, and the one called Anna Christian Waters Missing is managed by Sidekick.

I have very sad news about Joe Ford and would like to ask Websleuthers to pray for him. He has Stage Three cancer and is being moved into a nursing home. I am sure that your prayers will ease his suffering. Certainly he has spent a large part of his life searching for Anna, who was like a daughter to him.

God bless Joe Ford and my prayers are going out to him.

Joe has always been a hero in my eyes, treating Anna as if she were his very own... that makes Joe is a very special man, indeed to me.

Annasmom
01-14-2011, 05:49 PM
I mentioned this in a previous post, but I would like to alert all of you that Joe is very ill with Stage 3 cancer. Your prayers would help ease his suffering. Joe gave much of his life to the search for Anna, who was like a daughter to him, and this is an important transitional time for him.

smile22
01-14-2011, 07:29 PM
Prayers go out to joe. he loved anna as if she were his own and went above and beyond when she went missing to find her.

Kimster
01-14-2011, 07:53 PM
:praying: May the Lord heal! :rose:

summer_breeze
01-15-2011, 04:27 PM
Prayers for Joe to be secure in the notion that he did all he could, and that someday his efforts will pay off.

Prayers for Joe to rest easy in his own moments of difficulty, and for him to find peace.

DewSeeker
01-15-2011, 04:51 PM
Thinking about you Joe!

GraceBlue
01-15-2011, 08:08 PM
Oh no. My thoughts are with you, Joe.

annemc2
01-16-2011, 01:42 AM
Sending love and light to Joe and your whole family during this difficult time. He is an amazing man and inspiration to many. I have always looked forward to his posts here in our tireless search for Anna. Please give him my wishes for peace and healing.

SideKick
01-16-2011, 08:16 AM
Warm wishes, prayers and love from our family to yours!
We're with ya Joe!!

Skully
01-16-2011, 11:12 AM
I am so sorry to hear of your illness Joe. I will ask God to give you what you need at this hard time of your life. I pray He will heal you and also give you the answers you need about Anna. Praying for all of you each day.

ProudGramma
01-18-2011, 06:43 PM
You are in my thoughts and prayers Joe. Praying for peace, love, and comfort during this difficult time.

Annasmom
01-21-2011, 10:17 PM
Joseph Edward Aloysius Ford, Sept. 17, 1942-January 21, 2011.

yosande
01-21-2011, 10:32 PM
God bless you and your boys, and all Joe's family.
Peace and comfort from God above be with you all.
God bless you Joe, rest in peace, arise to everlasting life.

Cubby
01-21-2011, 11:46 PM
God Bless you Joe. Sleep peacefully. You have the answers now that we all have wondered. My prayers and condolences to all who loved Joe.

Kimster
01-22-2011, 12:01 AM
:rose: Rest in peace, Joe. :rose:

MagicRose99
01-22-2011, 02:40 AM
God bless you Joe and rest in peace. Prayers to Joe's family and friends. Joe was and always will be a great hero.

believe09
01-22-2011, 09:30 AM
RIP Joe. The only comfort I can think of is that it is likely he knows what happened to little Anna now. :(

smile22
01-22-2011, 09:35 AM
:rose:rest in peace joe

ProudGramma
01-22-2011, 05:01 PM
Rest in peace Joe. Anna could not have had a better step daddy than you.

Dr. Doogie
01-23-2011, 01:02 PM
God bless, Joe. Rest in peace.

Dr. Doogie
01-23-2011, 05:41 PM
When anyone passes, there is always a question about legacy - what will be remembered about him. My first impression when I think of Joe is fishing with Joe, Nonda and Ed on the rocks off of Montara. I am grateful for the friendship that all of the family offered me at a time when friends were hard to find in my life. That's what I think of when I think of Joe.

Unfortunately, there was a time when Joe's legacy would not have been so kind. Joe was never a bad guy, but there was a time when he was a good guy who had fallen victim to his bad life decisions. Having spent some time talking with him these last few years, Joe admitted his mistakes and made efforts to make amends to those offended. After years of bad feelings, Joe's admissions have allowed some level of healing and forgiveness. This required great strength by both the offender and the offended.

I believe that the renewed search for Anna here on WS has played a major role in rehabilitating Joe's legacy. It allowed Joe to reconnect with the most noble part of his life - his tireless effort to find his step-daughter. I think it reminded Joe of what he had been and could be again - someone worthy of respect.

In the search for Anna, Joe found the man that he had always been, but had forgotten. That is the man I now mourn. Rest in peace, Joe, knowing that the man that we all will remember is Joe Ford - the hero who never gave up. You have earned that legacy.

kyresearcher
01-23-2011, 08:22 PM
Joe, rest in peace. I will remember family and friends in my prayers.

Cubby
01-23-2011, 08:51 PM
Whatever shortcomings Joe had in his life, we all have them imo. We all fall short in some way. Joe is and will always be a hero in my eyes. Few men would have treated a child they were not biologically tied to to as their own. Few men would have had the courage to continue to participate in the search for Anna long after his ties to the family ended... after all, he had no 'blood' ties to Anna or her family. Blended families are never easy and with the disappearance of Anna and no answers, I am sure that took a heavy toll on everyone, Joe included. Regardless of what came after Annas disappearance, Joe was always and will always be the only daddy Anna ever knew while they were part of each others lives.

If by chance Anna is no longer with us and in heaven, I can envision Joe getting to the pearly gates having a conversation with God along the lines of "God, can we put that aside for a moment. Is Anna here? If so where is she"? Followed by Anna and Joe running to each other with open arms, Anna jumping up into Joes arms and him never letting her go until the time she can be greeted by the rest of her family who await those answers.

I find some peace in that, knowing if Anna left this world she did so before the fall out of what occured after her tragic disappearance and knowing she is not only in the loving arms of our Lord, but in the loving arms of Joe Ford, who was truly her daddy.

God Bless you Joe and thank you for all you did for Anna and your efforts to reconcile or make amends later in your life. Your efforts will continue to live on and be an example to all of us. You will always be in my heart.

Annasmom
01-23-2011, 10:20 PM
When anyone passes, there is always a question about legacy - what will be remembered about him. My first impression when I think of Joe is fishing with Joe, Nonda and Ed on the rocks off of Montara. I am grateful for the friendship that all of the family offered me at a time when friends were hard to find in my life. That's what I think of when I think of Joe.

Unfortunately, there was a time when Joe's legacy would not have been so kind. Joe was never a bad guy, but there was a time when he was a good guy who had fallen victim to his bad life decisions. Having spent some time talking with him these last few years, Joe admitted his mistakes and made efforts to make amends to those offended. After years of bad feelings, Joe's admissions have allowed some level of healing and forgiveness. This required great strength by both the offender and the offended.

I believe that the renewed search for Anna here on WS has played a major role in rehabilitating Joe's legacy. It allowed Joe to reconnect with the most noble part of his life - his tireless effort to find his step-daughter. I think it reminded Joe of what he had been and could be again - someone worthy of respect.

In the search for Anna, Joe found the man that he had always been, but had forgotten. That is the man I now mourn. Rest in peace, Joe, knowing that the man that we all will remember is Joe Ford - the hero who never gave up. You have earned that legacy.

Thank you so much, Doogie, for these understanding and generous words.

nanny2five
01-30-2011, 10:25 PM
i have followed anna's threads for a long time although i have never posted since i didn't really have anything to add. the story of the search for anna always touches me so much, i think because we are so close in age. i have read the threads and cried and prayed and cried. God bless you annasmom. you have shown such strength and loving kindness to everyone here. i pray that Joe Ford will rest in peace and in the grace of God.

Julessleuther
01-31-2011, 12:20 AM
My thoughts and prayers for Joe and all his family!

Firefly75
02-15-2011, 03:48 PM
RIP Joe Ford.

My thoughts are with Joe and everyone whose life he touched.

Cubby
01-21-2012, 06:30 PM
Thinking of Joe today on the first anniversary of his passing.
Knowing he is up in heaven still watching over our search for Anna.
Hoping he will guide us towards the answers he now has
that we are still seeking.

Happy 1st birthday in Heaven, Joe. We miss you.
You're not forgotten, nor are your efforts to find Anna forgotten.

:rose:

smile22
01-21-2012, 08:34 PM
happy first birthday in heaven. i know you are watching down over all of us as we continue the search for anna. if you could please send down some answers for us. you loved anna so much that you went to the ends of the earth to try and find her.

also say hi to all my family up there and all the rest of poster on ws who have family there