OLD TOWN – Joseph J. Shorette Jr. of Old Town, died Aug. 9, 2004, doing what he loved, working on his home. He was born Jan. 19, 1931, in Waterville, the second child of Joseph Shorette Sr. and Annie (McAleer) Shorette. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Agnes (Robinson) Shorette; and five children, Louise Shorette of Jackson, Myrle Stevens and husband, Daniel, of Newport, Jay Shorette and wife, Heidi, of Milford, Michele Shorette of Milford, and Tina Shorette of Harwich, Mass. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Samantha Shorette, Scott Stevens and Ryan Shorette; a sister, Elizabeth Duncan of El Paso, Texas; a brother, Peter Shorette Sr. and Betty of Skowhegan; several nieces and nephews; and an extensive network of friends, including Don Ouellette. Joe was predeceased by his daughter, Laura (Shorette) Krohn; and a sister, Louise Marie Shorette. Joe lived by a motto, “You only go down the highway of life once; enjoy the ride.” Not only did he enjoy the ride, he made sure others did too. In 1952, Joe and his family moved to Old Town, when they bought Shorette’s Diner (formerly known as Towle’s Restaurant). Joe developed a passion for cooking and the community he lived in. He took that work ethic with him to the University of Maine, where he was an Administrative Chef. He retired after 27 years of service and was awarded “Employee of the Year” in 1989. He was more than a chef, he was a mentor to those he worked with. Upon retiring, Joe focused on things he loved: family, friends, auto restoration, home improvement and community service. Joe was a long standing volunteer at EMMC’s Heart to Heart program and was instrumental in the development of the Cardiac Rehab program at the Old Town/Orono YMCA. He had been a member of Maine Action Coalition and a supporter of the Special Olympics. He was a member of the Old Town Senior Center. He delivered “Meals for Me” and always took an extra moment to touch a life. Joe’s cars were routinely seen in local parades, show and shines, or just out turning heads in the neighborhood. Reactions were worth more than his case full of trophies. No matter what Joe was doing, he always took time to share a smile, give a needed hug and tell a joke. His strength, his passion for life and his humor will live on in the hearts those who knew him. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Parish, with the Rev. Normand Richard, celebrant. Private interment services will conducted at Lawndale Cemetery. Immediately following the service all are invited to the Holy Family Parish Center for a light luncheon and continued fellowship. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Special Olympics of Maine, 125 John Roberts Road No. 19, South Portland, ME 04106, (207) 879-0489 or www.specialolympicsmaine.org www.dignitymemorial.com