|Joseph F. Wing Joseph (Joe) F. Wing, 72, of California, Md., passed away peacefully on Sept. 21 with his loving partner and devoted caretaker Carole O’Malley and his faithful cat Lily by his side. Joe was born on Jan. 5, 1950 to Mr. and Mrs. C. Burton Wing in Rochester, N.Y. Shortly after graduating from high school, he went on to join the Army. After graduation, he went into the Army, where he started a lifelong commitment of service. He served as a Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant from Jan. 1968-Oct. 1970, and gave support in the Republic of South Vietnam as a Sergeant of Field Operations for two years and 10 months. Following Joe’s return from service, he served as a Police Officer for the Prince George County Police Department for more than 25 years, with one year as a patrol detective. He then worked as a K9 Handler and Line Sergeant. After retirement, he worked for Legal Processor Services in Southern Maryland. Joe was a father, a son, a brother, a friend, a protector, a drummer, and a marvelous cook. He especially enjoyed Northern Italia recipes, and opportunities to make new and delicious cocktails. Joe was proceeded in death by grandparents, brothers David L. Wing, John Burton Wing, son Craig Wing, and nephew Jim MacLaren. He is survived by daughter Jordana Wing, sister Hillary Wing-Richards (husband Clint Richards), nephews John MacLaren (partner Kellie Bachiero), Neil MacLaren (wife Lenora), Chris Wing (wife Denise), and niece Jennifer Hippensteel. He is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews. His family is forever thankful for the loving kindness shown by his partner, Carole O’Malley, who was by his side through the illness he bravely fought until the very end. He is to be cremated, and his final wishes are for ashes to be scattered in a private location with family members present. Beall Funeral Home in Bowie, Md was in charge of final arrangements.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held Oct. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police 89, located at 2905 Old Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro, Md., 20773. Memories and stories are invited to be shared between 2-3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Sealkids, 6724 Perimeter Loop Rd., Suite 314, Dublin, Ohio 43017, or via website: sealkids.org/donate, this group in the past year has expanded to include children whose parents served in special forces – US Army. Donations may also be given to Hospice of St. Mary’s, 44724 Hospice Land, Callaway, Md. 20620.