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Joseph Firecrow, Jr.

March 29, 1959 ~ July 11, 2017 (age 58)
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A candle was lit by Valerie Winslow on July 12, 2017 7:17 PM
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A candle was lit by Rick and Carolyn Hunt on July 12, 2017 9:00 PM
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A candle was lit by Faith and Shelly Ranney on July 12, 2017 9:03 PM
Message from Rick and Carolyn Hunt
July 12, 2017 9:05 PM

It was with tremendous sadness that we had learned of Joseph's passing back to the Land of Spirit. We did not know him well but the Joseph we did know was Gracious, Kind, Gentle and Genuine. He was one of the most loving souls we have ever had the honor of meeting. Please know that you all are in our prayers during this difficult time of transition and saying good-bye. He was a very rare and cherished being.
Message from Crawford Kilpatrick Sr "Tall bear"
July 12, 2017 11:14 PM

Mr. Firecrow was a very nice man, his flutes were beautiful. His music is one of a kind. I just want to thank him and his wife for coming to my dads service and playing the flute. I will always remember you for that. The respect you had for my dad, and his respect was the same for you. I will listen to your music for a long time to come. Thank you for your caring ways and beautiful music.
Message from Debbie Tall Birch Wiechecki
July 13, 2017 4:10 AM

Joanne, I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad we got to talk before Joe crossed over. It will be an honor for me to carry his picture with me at every lung walk and climb. He is a PF Warrior. I hope he is playing the flute for Clem and One Mocassin, who Joe named. Love you and am here for you
Message from Lisa Little Wolf
July 13, 2017 4:18 AM

As one of my own people enters the spirit world, I pray for his safe journey there. Maheo, ( creator) has blessed us with his time here, and now calls him home. Joanne, I am here for you always, sending you love and support.
Message from Lloyd & Kathi
July 13, 2017 10:17 AM

To Joseph FireCrow: Rest in Peace.
My Friend. My Brother. I will miss you physically, but I still see your smile and feel that bear hug, Wounded Bear hug, every time we crossed paths. These things, I will never forget. You drew your signature feather on a piece of paper so I could add it to a tattoo I was getting. I am honored and thankful. You are with me always. I am thankful to the Creator for bringing us together.
Creator will make you whole again. You will play, sing and dance again. Play on my Brother, play on.
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A candle was lit by Wayne & Maria Roundstone and family on July 13, 2017 10:22 AM
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A candle was lit by The Flying Monkees on July 13, 2017 10:51 AM
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A candle was lit by Dyron, Phylliss, Lilliana, Currie ShoulderBlade on July 13, 2017 11:09 AM
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A candle was lit by JOHN AND DONNA FEATHERS on July 13, 2017 11:19 AM
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A candle was lit by Tim and Brenda Smith on July 13, 2017 11:31 AM
Message from Ruth Risingsun-Phillips
July 13, 2017 12:28 PM

My deepest condolences to the family of this wonderful person. I was blessed to go to high school, and know Joe as friend in Busby Montana. He had such a contagious smile, and a very happy, and friendly personality. He made everyone feel as if they were his friend. His talent will be missed, but what he was able to leave us with will be listened to for all time. Haho to his family for sharing this wonderful person with us. May Maheo bless you all with peace, and comfort during this time of mourning.
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A candle was lit by Edith Pestana on July 13, 2017 3:02 PM
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A candle was lit by Rev. Larry and Debbie Elward on July 13, 2017 4:40 PM
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A candle was lit by Linda Lynne Wall from United Kingdom on July 13, 2017 5:01 PM
July 13, 2017 5:08 PM

Joseph we never met but when my son died you sent me some very kind words and i will never forget that kindness, your music filled my soul when grief left me bereft i send my love to your family you were and always will be part of my life, Fly high Warrior and may your music fill the skies xxx
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A candle was lit by Donna Crawford on July 13, 2017 5:37 PM
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A candle was lit by Lecia on July 13, 2017 5:37 PM
Message from Horseheads ny
July 13, 2017 5:49 PM

Will miss you very much Joesph Firecrow ...........
I remember the first time I met you an Joanne Moore.
It was at a powwow in ct......I had given you a old wooden handled knife that had been my grandma's an I asked if you would be my teacher.
You said no, an instead you an Joanne Moore became very dear friends..........
I'll cherish every memory an will burn sage in your honor.
Till we meet again...
Love an lasting higs
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A candle was lit by Cindy Biggs on July 13, 2017 6:32 PM
Message from Mike Mitchell
July 13, 2017 6:49 PM

Joe was and always will be my friend. Whether ice skating, being in school, hanging out on Main Street or being at Boys State, he was always smiling and happy. You live on beyond the veil and in my heart forever brother.
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A candle was lit by Clair and Jim wiley on July 13, 2017 6:57 PM
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A candle was lit by Gloria Freeman on July 13, 2017 7:04 PM
Message from Gloria Freeman
July 13, 2017 7:10 PM

Wolf Cry Singers so enjoyed listening to Joseph sing and play his flutes. He always acknowledged us when we sang and was so thoughtful and kind. His smile really did light up the world. We will miss him so much. Our prayers and condolences to his lovely wife, Joann and to his entire family.
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A candle was lit by Cheryl on July 13, 2017 7:34 PM
Message from Nikki Milne
July 13, 2017 7:58 PM

To a man who I will miss dearly. I will miss your music when I saw it live the most! I met you and your wife 3 years ago on a Pagan camping trip and you Joe changed my life forever! I was just getting into meditation and your amazing flute music help me flourish into a calm and peaceful world I never knew before. My family has welcomed you and Joanne ever since! I will never forget the day you came to our house for a cookout and we hoped you would play and when you did it was paradise! Thank you for changing my life forever! I play your music and listen to your stories and I will never forget you. My heart is sad that you are gone but you will forever live in my memories and I will always tell your stories. Forever in my heart Joe hope you are with your Mom
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A candle was lit by Chris Wheeler and Joseph Clair on July 13, 2017 7:59 PM
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A candle was lit by The palagonia family on July 13, 2017 8:05 PM
Message from Ellen Bello
July 13, 2017 8:18 PM

Joseph was one of the most humble and genuine artists from the Native music community. His big, beautiful smile, sincere kindness and undeniable talent touched and influenced everyone in his path. I am heartbroken.  Not only was he one of our leading Award winners, but even more than that, he was an incredible human being who was truly loved by all.  On behalf of my family and the entire NAMA family, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Joann, and to their family.  We will all miss him dearly and deeply. He will remain one of the most influential flute players and musicians in the Native music community whose work will continue to inspire many. 
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A candle was lit by Billy and Sharon Lacy on July 13, 2017 8:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Nancy Allen on July 13, 2017 8:25 PM
Message from Nancy Allen
July 13, 2017 8:27 PM

Joe touched many lives including mine. He was a great man who will be missed.
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A candle was lit by Deb Bentley on July 13, 2017 8:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Lisa and John Kennedy on July 13, 2017 8:47 PM
Message from John Kane
July 13, 2017 8:47 PM

We are told that the grief from the death of a loved one scatters the logs of our fire and leaves our heads lying on the ground. May the warm sentiments from all those who cared about this man of many talents help to rebuild that fire and lift your heads. We were honored by his life.
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A candle was lit by Harellcooper- Hemlock on July 13, 2017 8:49 PM
Message from Deb Bentley
July 13, 2017 8:51 PM

My dear friend and sister Joann, I will always treasure the precious times spent with you and Joe . I find it surreal that I am even writing this ,,, that our last visit was just 2 weeks ago and filled with hope and optimism,,, Creator had other plans,,, Joes life was a blessing to all that had the opportunity to speak with him. His steadfast love for you was rare and so beautiful. To his family, I send my deepest hopes and wishes that your time of sorrow will be eased with comfort and grace ,,, that you will feel Joes warm and loving spirit as he loved you all. The world has lost an amazing man,,, the ancestors have welcomed him back home and he has taken a piece of everyone's heart with him.
Much love to you all,
Deb Bentley
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Message from Deborah Cartelli
July 13, 2017 8:54 PM

May your songs of the winds and clouds sweep the pain and sadness out of my friends' hearts; as they hear those songs, let them know the spirits who are with those songs are at peace.
May the Great Spirit watch over you, and may you be at peace Joe Firecrow Jr. your greatness will live on forever.
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A candle was lit by Alesia, Morgan and Hunter Kennerson on July 13, 2017 8:54 PM
Message from Jackijoy andmichaellongrider
July 13, 2017 9:22 PM

We are sending prayers and hugs to you all. Thank you Joe for all your magic. We were blessed to know you.
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A candle was lit by The Jaromin family Alicia Drew and Nikki on July 13, 2017 9:38 PM
Message from Sandi
July 13, 2017 9:41 PM

So sorry for your loss to his family. Prayers to his family.
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A candle was lit by Susan Ruiz on July 13, 2017 9:54 PM
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A candle was lit by Cathy MorningHawk Dishon on July 13, 2017 9:55 PM
Message from Pamela premo
July 13, 2017 9:57 PM

Many Blessings ,were the spirit world welcomes you, Brother rest at peace with the great one!
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A candle was lit by Donna Redfeather on July 13, 2017 9:59 PM
Message from Darryl, Joy and Katelynn Case
July 13, 2017 10:00 PM

Dear family we were very saddened to hear of Joseph,Firecrows new journey. We were honored to hear and meet him at our daughters school on Colebrook, CT . After that first introduction we were hooked , we would see him a few times there after for performances. What a beautiful soul. He will be missed but he left a great impact. Blessing to the family.
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A candle was lit by Dennis Laughlin--Guthrie, OK on July 13, 2017 10:15 PM
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A candle was lit by Brian and Janelle Jones on July 13, 2017 10:15 PM
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A candle was lit by Georgia Ann Burns on July 13, 2017 10:36 PM
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A candle was lit by Windsong Hodges on July 13, 2017 10:58 PM
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A candle was lit by Sharleen Skelly on July 13, 2017 11:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Duane & Melissa Reagan on July 13, 2017 11:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Kathy Sohler on July 13, 2017 11:36 PM
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A candle was lit by Lynne Allison ~ Feather on July 13, 2017 11:38 PM
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A candle was lit by April & Dave on July 13, 2017 11:42 PM
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A candle was lit by Donald Blackfox on July 14, 2017 12:07 AM
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A candle was lit by Buddy and Diana Big Mountain on July 14, 2017 12:20 AM
Message from Suzanne Cole
July 14, 2017 1:46 AM

I send prayers and condolences to Joseph Firecrow, Jrs. Family. Music always heals the heart.
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A candle was lit by Anonymous on July 14, 2017 1:49 AM
Message from Debi Newquist
July 14, 2017 1:56 AM

I had the honor of meeting and speaking with Joseph when he came to Farmington PA for the Buffalo Nation Powwow in 2009 and when he came back to play his flute, again, at Nemacolin Woodlands. His music is awe inspiring and he was so gracious and took time with everyone who wanted to speak with him. He will be greatly missed by all who had the chance to meet him. I pray for a gentle transition for Joseph as he moves to the next part of his journey and comfort and peace for everyone who loves him.
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A candle was lit by Davi Trusty on July 14, 2017 2:07 AM
Message from Davi Trusty
July 14, 2017 2:09 AM

May the Creator of all natural things bring comfort to all of us left behind during this time of change. I will miss that million dollar smile and they way you shared your time and your gift with me. I will always love and admire you big brother.
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A candle was lit by Nicole and Joe Girrbach on July 14, 2017 2:18 AM
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A candle was lit by Thayenga on July 14, 2017 2:42 AM
Message from Thayenga
July 14, 2017 2:46 AM

It is with great sadness to have learned that one of the greatest flutists has changed worlds.
His music and his amazing smile will live on forever.
My sincere condolences to his family, along with my prayers.
May Maheo walk with you.
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A candle was lit by May the stars shine bright above us knowing you are there.UK on July 14, 2017 6:18 AM
Message from Australia
July 14, 2017 6:21 AM

Sincerest condolences for a great musician who will be sadly missed...
from Jo (presently in Australia) & Graywolf (Nthn Cheyenne) presently in Florida...
Message from Leslie Gordon
July 14, 2017 6:59 AM

I admired Joseph's connection to something greater than himself and his ability to share that so graciously and lovingly. I will miss him. His suffering was difficult to watch. May He be blessed on his journey. Love to you Joann. Leslie and Kevin
Message from Turi Rostad
July 14, 2017 7:05 AM

Thank you for your music.
Our paths will cross on the slopes.
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A candle was lit by Glenn & Lynn Daniel on July 14, 2017 7:19 AM
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A candle was lit by Anita Giaimo on July 14, 2017 7:22 AM
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A candle was lit by Bonnie Brusky on July 14, 2017 7:30 AM
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A candle was lit by Kim Burke on July 14, 2017 7:33 AM
Message from Brenda "Firestarter"
July 14, 2017 7:46 AM

My sincerest condolences to Joanne and family. Joseph Firecrow and I had many chats along the way, as our paths crossed many times - a man of sincerity and humble graciousness is an understatement. Creator called him home but while he was here he touched many souls in a profound way. His teachings and lessons will be his legacy. Fly high and free. Condolences from all of us with
"Spirit Of Thunderheart " women's drum.
It has been an honor!
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A candle was lit by David Rose on July 14, 2017 7:57 AM
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A candle was lit by Blue Moon Walking & Rainbow Wolf on July 14, 2017 9:01 AM
Message from Carol Mowrey
July 14, 2017 9:09 AM

Joanne and family,
Words can't express the sadness I felt when I read of Joseph's passing. Although I didn't know him, I felt as I did, listening to his beautiful music and hearing from Joanne of his ways in handling the trials in his life. May God be with you and comfort you in this time of need.
Message from Aquinnah Cultural Center (ACC)
July 14, 2017 9:10 AM

The Board of the ACC sends condolences and prayers. The people of Aquinnah were honored to be present at an amazing presentation by Joseph. Joseph will be missed and never forgotten
Message from Joe & Mary Ann Wueke
July 14, 2017 9:12 AM

Our hearts are heavy & broken upon learning of Joe's untimely passing.
He will remain in our hearts & prayers always.
We are privileged to have known him, and are better people for that fact.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Joann and the rest of Joe's family.
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A candle was lit by Gail (Sullivan)Leifert-Lymperopoulos on July 14, 2017 9:18 AM
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A candle was lit by Roland Mousaa on July 14, 2017 9:40 AM
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A candle was lit by PHYLLIS EARLEY on July 14, 2017 9:57 AM
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A candle was lit by New England Coastal Schaghticoke Intertribal Council on July 14, 2017 10:01 AM
Message from Jean "KicksTwice" Sforza
July 14, 2017 10:06 AM

Joanne my heart aches for you.. blessings for Joseph and you... I will miss him terribly, I love his music, and his smiling face...
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A candle was lit by Kathy Rand on July 14, 2017 10:21 AM
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A candle was lit by Jeanne and Aubrey Rose Michon on July 14, 2017 10:33 AM
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A candle was lit by Gary LaPlante on July 14, 2017 10:45 AM
Message from Tamara Kralick
July 14, 2017 10:55 AM

What a beautiful soul he was! One of the kindest people I've met. Fly free, my friend. ❤
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A candle was lit by Tamara Kralick and Samantha Berry on July 14, 2017 10:56 AM
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A candle was lit by Ira Sakolsky on July 14, 2017 11:01 AM
Message from Ira Sakolsky
July 14, 2017 11:03 AM

I'm stunned to hear this news. I had met Joseph earlier in the year and was so taken by both his beautiful playing and his warm presence. My deepest condolences to his beloved wife, children and family.
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A candle was lit by Volker Hansen, Flensburg, Germany on July 14, 2017 11:24 AM
Message from Dayna and India Arriola
July 14, 2017 12:15 PM

It is with great regret that we write this. Juan will represent us tomorrow, but please know that our thoughts and prayers will accompany him. We will all miss Joseph - he was a phenomenal performer, seamlessly threading music and culture and history and legend and poetry and prayer; and an exceptional person. His laughter was contagious, as was his humility and his humanness. In his presence, we always felt blessed, and blessed we feel now for the privilege of having known him.
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A candle was lit by Yvonne Dixon on July 14, 2017 12:31 PM
Message from Yvonne Dixon
July 14, 2017 12:33 PM

My condolences, prayers, love, and hugs go out to all family and friends.
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A candle was lit by The Pratt family, Marissa, Sharyn, Bryan and Scott on July 14, 2017 1:13 PM
Message from valerie winslow
July 14, 2017 1:26 PM

to Joanne and the family -- my sincerest sympathy to you. I have met Joseph on several occasions and he is the sweetest man (as is his wife) that anyone can meet. His smile radiates a room and his music is so powerful and healing. it is a very sad time for many. Hoping Joseph's journey will be free of the pain and the struggles he endured while here with us. the world has lost a beautiful man. his love, his laughter and great big smile, along with his music, will live on forever.
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A candle was lit by Kathy Corey and Jimmy on July 14, 2017 1:54 PM
Message from kathy corey and jimmy
July 14, 2017 1:57 PM

dear joanne and family we are so sorry for your loss of Joseph. Please know we are thinking of you and hold your heart in our thoughts and prayers.
Message from Randall Eating Bear (Yonv Alisdayahvsgv)
July 14, 2017 3:27 PM

I was blessed to speak to Joseph over the phone during a conference call once, many years ago. But, even through the phone, it was obvious he was a very special person. I followed his career through the years and I was inspired to be better at playing my flute by listening to his music. He was a major influence in my music as well as my life. Many times he was in my thoughts as I wrote the music for our native influenced band, Red All Over Project. Naturally, all our band members and families are so saddened by his passing. We are all in agreement that his music touched us all but, it was his influence on the world around him and our lives that was the most notable. He has spread a unique love and a wonderful sense of humor that could change the world. And he certainly changed us, for the better. All our love and prayers for comfort to the family. This man was a blessing to us all.
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A candle was lit by Randall Eating Bear on July 14, 2017 3:27 PM
Message from The Zajicek family from New York
July 14, 2017 3:39 PM

I am truly at a loss. I was fortunate to have become friends with Joseph over the past few years. He performed at a Native American festival twice for us and his stories and flute playing literally bought audience members to joyful tears. What a great man! He will be truly missed.
Message from April & Dave Bradbury
July 14, 2017 5:09 PM

Our sincere condolences and prayers of healing to Joann and family on the loss of Joe.
May he have a safe journey home. We will all miss him dearly.
We will miss his friendship, his contagious smile, his wonderful music,  his gentle being, and his joking around.
We love you Joann
Message from Joyce Gaskas
July 14, 2017 5:37 PM

Joanne and family, so sorry to hear about Joe. Every time I saw Joe, it was like a hallo was all around him, he just seemed to shine.
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A candle was lit by David and Deb Goraj on July 14, 2017 5:41 PM
Message from Karen Sargent
July 14, 2017 5:43 PM

"Warm summer sun Warm summer sun, shine kindly here; Warm southern wind, blow softly here; Green sod above, lie light, lie light – Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.” I am deeply saddened by earth's loss. I feel blessed to have had the good fortune to smile with Joseph and Joann, and to listen to Joseph's soul through his music. I will keep listening.
Message from Portugal
July 14, 2017 6:56 PM

From across the Great-Pond... respects!
A great man and a Brave has taken his last journey to the Endless Plains...
My heart is heavy and my eyes blurred with tears...
The world is not the same without him...
I'm sure his last song was the most beautiful one...
Joseph's music is as powerful as the Eagle's reaches the Creator!


A pale-face that weeps with the Family and Kola and the First Nation's People...

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A candle was lit by Rainbow and Joseph Shaer on July 14, 2017 7:16 PM
Message from Rainbow and Joseph Shaer
July 14, 2017 7:22 PM

Great Spirit's most sacred gift to us , life eternal. This is a new beginning of peace, laughter, joy and health as we have always longed for. Until we meet again, it won't be the same with out Joseph here, but, the ultimate journey awaits us all. I am /we are thankful for knowing our brother. You remain always in our hearts. Blessings. Bow and Joe.
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Message from Rainbow and Joseph Shaer
July 14, 2017 7:28 PM

Joann, (& family) we are sorry for this loss , somehow I expected Joe to be earthly much longer than this. We are holding you in our prayers for strength and peace to carry on with Divine guidance of our Creator, and that you and your family be blessed in an abundance of all good things. Again, we are so very sorry . Blessings, sister, and all family. love Rainbow and Joseph
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Message from Barry Lee & Barbara Christy
July 14, 2017 8:19 PM

Joe's in outstanding human being and a good friend. Prayers for his family, for Joann who was always supported by his side. We listen to this music and we see you smile.
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A candle was lit by Beverly Jeffries on July 14, 2017 9:59 PM
Message from david carotenuti
July 14, 2017 11:03 PM

it feels like a part of my spirit is gone, i will miss him very much. Winsted has lost one of its most talented residents. i extend my sympathy to all his family and friends.
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A candle was lit by linda hosch on July 14, 2017 11:04 PM
Message from Jeff Wandering Raven
July 14, 2017 11:09 PM

It was a great honor to know and befriend Joe, and to hear his inspiring music. Turtle Island will not be the same without his presence, and he will be greatly missed by all that have been touched by his presence and music. May Maheo embrace him with loving arms, and never let him to be forgotten in our mortal existence.

Our deepest condolences to Joann and all the family.

Jeff, Kitty, and Quiet Fox
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A candle was lit by Jeff WanderingRaven on July 14, 2017 11:13 PM
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A candle was lit by The Whittaker Family, Scott, Lynn, Elijah and Arienne <3 on July 15, 2017 12:49 AM
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A candle was lit by Martina Knutzen on July 15, 2017 5:24 AM
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A candle was lit by Amanda John on July 15, 2017 5:58 AM
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A candle was lit by Softwalker on July 15, 2017 6:33 AM
Message from Softwalker
July 15, 2017 6:38 AM

May your flute be heard forever in the wind my friend. Til we all meet again. A'ho
Message from Kristina Zallinger
July 15, 2017 6:42 AM

Joseph leaves his flute in a quiet place but it's spirit and his life live on. I love his music and the flute sings around me.
I think fondly of Joann and his family. They will be with him forever.
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A candle was lit by Kara Bradstreet on July 15, 2017 8:31 AM
Message from John Allen
July 15, 2017 8:39 AM

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. I feel so lucky to have met Joe and Joann. You were both always so kind. I will miss him.
Message from David and Shirley VerStraete
July 15, 2017 8:54 AM

Joann, Shirley and I will surely miss seeing you and Joesph at the different venues - Hammondsport, Falling Leaves Festival in Painted Post. We felt like you and Joann were part of our Family. Joseph's music, stories and smile will always remain with us. Rest indescribably our Friend.
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A candle was lit by David and Shirley VerStraete on July 15, 2017 9:02 AM
Message from Roger Mitchell
July 15, 2017 11:46 AM

He was an amazing man.My wife and I met him once in Watertown. We were hooked on his playing of the flute and him as a warm and real person. My wife passed away peacefully July 5 listening to his c-d Fire Crow(her last request) .I would like to thank him and all his family for sharing him . My deepest sympathy and prayers on his passing,he will be greatly missed.
Message from Betty Ann Ward-Pfaefflin & Ron Pfaefflin
July 15, 2017 12:18 PM

Hello My Friend,
We know you have walked on.
When you were here, you buildup a fine canoe. And made sure, your loves ones were
taken care of.
Yes, we will miss you, but we have your songs from your heart to have, that is good.
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A candle was lit by Caroline Eveningstorm on July 15, 2017 1:23 PM
Message from Caroline Eveningstorm
July 15, 2017 1:27 PM

Comfort and love to your family for your loss. The gift of Joseph Firecrow's music will be in our hearts forever.
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A candle was lit by Kathy Forte on July 15, 2017 1:53 PM
Message from Leslie & Mary Thunder Hawk
July 15, 2017 2:07 PM

Sending our prayers and condolences for Texas. We know that Joseph is with his relatives and they and Mahoe has welcomed him home. He has touched many lives and will be missed by many.
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A candle was lit by Roger and Contessa (Big Crow) Jenkins on July 15, 2017 2:25 PM
Message from Priscilla Sappier Freeman
July 15, 2017 4:14 PM

You have started your spirit walk. Your walk will be grand, as was your earth walk. And we will hear your flute over the trees with the splendor of such a sweet sound.
Much love & comfort to Joann, children, family and friends.
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A candle was lit by Hotdog lady at norfolk farmers market on July 15, 2017 5:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Francis OldDwarf (nephew) and Lisa OldDwarf (sister in law) on July 15, 2017 8:55 PM
Message from Sandy Spang
July 15, 2017 9:08 PM

We think of him as a young man as we knew him in his earlier years on the reservation and cherished his dear mother, Elva and father, Joe Fire Crow. He came from a long line of distinguished Cheyennes, including John Stands in Timber whose memoirs are contained in the book, "Cheyenne Memories." He comes from kind, gentle people who cared about others - as he did about us during the terrible Ash Creek Fire, the worst in Montana's history, that took our home and many others. He held a benefit for us and gave us a generous award to help each of us back to recovery of home and possessions. Thank you dear friend for your beautiful heart. That is why your music was so beautiful. Thank you.
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A candle was lit by Kenneth G Jack Jr. on July 15, 2017 9:29 PM
Message from Kenneth
July 15, 2017 9:41 PM

I met Joseph at the Mount Grey Lock pow-wow. I got chance to talk to him and the one thing I noticed was his smile and his down to earth attitude. He inspired me to treat people more openly and with respect. He also inspired me to start playing the native American flute. I will miss him very much and I'm very sorry for your loss.
Message from michael warrior spirit brooks
July 15, 2017 10:33 PM

sorry to all thos left behind as i know i will miss him so much as if he was a brother to me ..this is the type of man he is to me as for when i walk i feel that he walk with me .. thanks again for opening it up to the public as it was great to be able to sit with the family and listen to some of the ways that he touch all hearts...the native in this whole world has truly lost a great heart that brought all our prays to the sky people
Message from Pam and Dave Katz
July 16, 2017 9:51 AM

Pam and I were privileged to be able to call Joseph a friend. We so very fortunate and blessed to have him perform at our wedding several years ago. May you rest in peace. Condolences to Joann and Joseph's entire family.

Dave and Pam
Message from 'Uncle' Joe Bello
July 16, 2017 10:22 AM

Joseph- I am sorry I could not be there to say goodbye, but I want to say that I will miss you, especially at all future NAMA shows. You were a very important part of the NAMA family. I valued our friendship through the years, and I always looked forward to seeing you there. Thank you for allowing me to perform with you in Ankorage, it was my privlege.
Joann - he was an exceptional man. He was always so polite and gentle like the air he breathed through his flutes. He had the most eloquent speaking voice. His flute playing was beyond compare. I know how much you will miss him, but this world is truly a better place because of him.
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A candle was lit by Vicky on July 16, 2017 2:14 PM
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A candle was lit by Bo Johnson on July 16, 2017 4:53 PM
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A candle was lit by Gini Squire on July 17, 2017 9:33 AM
Message from Gini in E Tennessee
July 17, 2017 9:42 AM

Such a beautiful soul passed too soon, but left such a mark on so many hearts. It was a pleasure and honor to call Joe my friend, I didn't get to spend much time with he and Joanne but I carried them with me and thought of you often. We'll miss your smile, your voice, your spirit but we will carry your memory with us always and forever. Walk in peace and know you are forever loved.
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A candle was lit by caylyn sitter on July 17, 2017 11:57 AM
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A candle was lit by Donna Sitter on July 17, 2017 12:14 PM
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A candle was lit by Jessica Constantine on July 17, 2017 12:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Diane Lee Bowers on July 17, 2017 2:04 PM
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A candle was lit by SpiritnSilver on July 17, 2017 6:29 PM
Message from Alberta Whitebody
July 17, 2017 6:31 PM

My heartfelt prayers and condolences to your family and loved ones at this time. May the Great Spirit hold you and comfort you! Have a Great Journey brother! Thank you for your gift you shared with us! A'ho
Message from James Simmons
July 17, 2017 7:34 PM

Joe, my heart is full today as I think of you and remember the many wonderful times we had together. Thank you for being a friend and brother and for sharing your life, your gifts and talents, and your smile and laughter that were bigger than life. Each time the eagles fly along the river over the farm I will draw strength from knowing you are near, and I will remember to laugh, to smile, and to love. Thank you brother! Joann, you and Joe were, and remain, family, because you received us. We'll be seeing Joe again real soon, almost as if it were, in a blink. Love you!
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A candle was lit by Marylillian Cartwright on July 17, 2017 7:59 PM
Message from Michael Red Sky and Sheila Weaver
July 17, 2017 9:02 PM

We are so sorry for your loss we met you one New Year's Eve at a pow wow in Albany and it changed our life. Joseph's music is a wonderful legacy and will carry his memory on for future generations. I will never forget how kind and humble Joseph was to our family
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A candle was lit by Lynn Petrozzi on July 17, 2017 10:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Julie Lozano on July 18, 2017 12:53 AM
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A candle was lit by Debbie Moore on July 18, 2017 6:50 AM
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A candle was lit by Ricky Jones on July 18, 2017 8:52 AM
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A candle was lit by Paul Soaring Hawk Cameron. on July 18, 2017 5:13 PM
Message from Paul Soaring Hawk Cameron
July 18, 2017 5:16 PM

It is with great sadness to have learned about his crossing over. My condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed. A'ho.
Message from JD Running Fox
July 18, 2017 8:38 PM

My condolences to Joann and family . Last time my Brother , Dennis Pierce and I saw both of you was last November at the Bridgewater State U. Pow Wow . Even though Joseph was ailing , he spoke of tribal and flute heritage to the gathering and played heart felt songs . Joseph was the third friend I lost in three weeks . Last Sunday , as I rolled out my motorcycle , I found three hawk feathers in my driveway. I now take them as gifts from my friends . Today , I can listen to beautiful songs of my friend and mentor on recordings , but will have to wait , to laugh With him again .
Message from John "Night Eyes" Youngs
July 19, 2017 2:43 PM

It was a Great Pleasure to know him. He will be missed. I was blessed when he signed his DVD for me.
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A candle was lit by John"Night Eyes" Youngs on July 19, 2017 2:44 PM
Message from Shéénasha & Tim Warner & family
July 19, 2017 2:49 PM

Joann and family, our thoughts and prayers send out to you at this time. We will always remember the times when our families got together to sing and talk and laugh and feast around the table and around the fire. We still hold close and sing out the songs Joe shared with us at the drum. Blessings to all of you.
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A candle was lit by Maria Droska Germany on July 20, 2017 1:05 PM
Message from Kenneth Deschenes
July 20, 2017 4:07 PM

My heart and soul to you and your mom. Joe is a great guy.Firecrow will continue his life.
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A candle was lit by Shiakoda Qkalokqua on July 23, 2017 5:20 PM
Message from William Redhawk
July 25, 2017 12:32 PM

It was with extreme sadness that I learned of Josephs passing. He was a wonderful artist, my favorite Flute Player. But more important, he was kind, generous, humble and filled with spirit. I will miss seeing him at Powwow, but fortunately I have his music to keep his memory.
Message from Morris (Bud) Booth Jr
July 26, 2017 8:55 AM

Joann life always goes full Circle, we will all be together some day.

It was always a pleasure for me talking with Joe, his smile would always brighten up my Day. We will all miss him. Last time I was up to Winsted I missed talking to him.

You will always have your memories.

Joann I am so sorry for your loss.

Morris (Bud) Booth Jr Valdosta Georgia
Message from HasimbishHoma Cha^Ta
July 30, 2017 4:08 PM

We crossed this road of life long ago. He already an accomplished maker of beauty with sound. I , decades older and trying desperately to hold on to my "roots" via my flutes... The booming laugh I mentioned to him. He smiled a booming smile, and cautioned me to let the wood sing, allow the Great Spirit who fashioned us all to connect my heart to my brother in the wood. He also became my brother from his loving kind heart and changed my music and my flutes into Their expression and Their Heart... He taught so many like me to redirect our anger against the Newcomer into direct and open acceptance that we are still here and we must follow the Great Spirit's constant love of all...Illappa Moh^Mah "walk in Beauty Forever and Always...My Brother Sound Maker
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A candle was lit by Nathalie Torri on July 31, 2017 7:58 AM
Message from Nathalie Torri, Switzerland
July 31, 2017 8:03 AM

Mr. Firecrow was the first Flute Player I heard while I lived in Crow Agency. His wonderful playing reached my heart and since that time back in 1998 - I love to listen to his wonderful sound. Thank you for this amazing gift to all of us. My prayers goes to the family. Sending you warm thoughts from Switzerland. Nathalie
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A candle was lit by Mia Lindqvist on August 25, 2017 6:53 PM
Message from Mia Lindqvist, Sweden
August 25, 2017 7:11 PM

My sincere condoleance over a month late for which I apologize, I didn't see the sad news until today. I love his music. My thoughts are with family and friends,
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