63, Farmville, passed away February 20, 2019 at the South Shore Regional Hospital, with loving family by his side. Born July 20, 1955, he was a son of the late Joseph and Blanche (MacLeod) Verge. He was employed at the hardboard plant, East River (Louisiana Pacific) for 44 years, where he made many lasting friendships and was planning to retire this year to spend more time with family. Joe grew up on Long Island, NY, moving to Nova Scotia in his teens with parents and a sister. He met and married his wife of 44 years, Judith (Judy Nauss). He is survived by and leaves to mourn, his wife and two daughters: Barbara MacKinnon (Jason), Halifax, and Margaret Capone (Nick), Toronto, ON; two treasured grandchildren: Sara and Margaret MacKinnon; two sisters: Valerie Suuban (Arnold), NY, Leanora Fisher (Brian), Port Mouton; sisters-in-law, Diane Laking (David), Linda Parnall (Brian), and Gail Nauss; brother-in-law, Ronald Nauss; five nieces and eight nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and grandson, John. Joe will be terribly missed by his loving family and all who knew and loved him. He was generous and kind. He enjoyed his children, the opportunity to make visits to Toronto periodically and welcomed the opportunity to spoil his grandchildren. He was their "Pa" and they could do no wrong in his eyes! He looked forward to spending more time with them in his retirement. Joe loved history, science, music and was a fountain of information on so may topics. He took an interest in all things military, aircraft, current events, past events - everything! He loved movies (especially old movies) and sci-fi. He was the family "go-to" guy for so many things. There is a hole in the family that can never be refilled. Funeral service was held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Mahone Bay, on Tuesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. and a private family burial of ashes will take place in the spring. Donations are welcome to St. John's Lutheran Church or SHAID Animal Shelter. Many thanks to Pastor Adam Snook, Rebecca Rock (organist) and St. John's choir for their musical offering. It was greatly appreciated.