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Barry@4Wheeler's Supply
06-15-2016, 01:18 PM
This guy, this guy who has worked at 4 Wheelers Supply since 1964, this guy who has done more gears and jeep tranny and tcase than anyone in the Southwest USA, this guy who is just a swell guy. He may have worked on your rear end. Well he needs some help. Joe is in the hospital right now not doing real good. Please send your thoughts and prayers out to Joe. I know this is in the old jeep and restore section but it is pretty fitting IMO

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Huck
06-15-2016, 01:21 PM
Keeping Joe in my thoughts. Was down at the shop today and hoping he pulls through.

ShmUDE
06-15-2016, 01:25 PM
if he is at the desert banner ER, i can have rachael make sure he is taken care of.

Will E
06-15-2016, 01:30 PM
I am praying for ya Joe!

shortestbus
06-15-2016, 01:37 PM
Are prayers are with you Joe.

Chili
06-15-2016, 01:38 PM
So sorry to hear. I will light a candle for Joe as soon as I get home.

Barry@4Wheeler's Supply
06-15-2016, 02:19 PM
if he is at the desert banner ER, i can have rachael make sure he is taken care of.
He is at Good Sam

LO PHAT
06-15-2016, 02:40 PM
This guy, this guy who has worked at 4 Wheelers Supply since 1964, this guy who has done more gears and jeep tranny and tcase than anyone in the Southwest USA, this guy who is just a swell guy. Well he needs some help. Joe is in the hospital right now not doing real good. Please send your thoughts and prayers out to Joe.

Thank you for posting this, Barry. We will keep Joe in our thoughts and prayers.


I know this is in the old jeep and restore section but it is pretty fitting IMO

Agreed...

JKJeeper
06-15-2016, 02:40 PM
Thoughts and prayers sent.

OTR-93YJ
06-15-2016, 02:51 PM
Prayers sent.

rmbk-over-pls
06-15-2016, 03:00 PM
Get well soon Joe : -)
Thanks to Joe, my gears are perrrrrfect !
Thoughts and prayers are coming your way Joe.

TreeKiller
06-15-2016, 03:28 PM
Joe has touched a lot of our rigs -- and lives. My prayers are with him for sure.

Scott

Cactus Ed
06-15-2016, 04:15 PM
He is at Good Sam

Fitting. That and St. Joe's the only hospitals been around as long as he's been doing gears I bet.

Praying for Joe and the folks providing his care.

greyst
06-15-2016, 05:12 PM
Get well soon Joe! Another jeeper here with properly set gears, thanks to Joe.

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aribelin
06-15-2016, 05:14 PM
Sending thoughts and prayers his way, I'm riding on his gear set too!

ob1jeeper
06-15-2016, 08:19 PM
Prayers for Joe, Joe's family, and all friends... ;)

Locked & Loaded
06-15-2016, 09:55 PM
Prayers sent.

DanFelix
06-15-2016, 10:23 PM
Thoughts and prayers for you Joe.

btfive73
06-15-2016, 10:38 PM
Thoughts and prayers for Joe and his family.


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NickP3d
06-15-2016, 10:44 PM
Sad to hear. When I worked at 4Wheelers Joe came in every single day on time, never complained about anything, and was one of the best guys I have ever worked with. He would always let me borrow his tools and taught me so much. Im sure he will pull through he is one tough old man.

Bugs
06-16-2016, 06:58 AM
On man!:(
Thoughts and prayers his way!


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TRLNGRL
06-16-2016, 07:40 AM
Thoughts and prayers being sent. Get well Joe!!!


:angel:

capsul
06-16-2016, 08:34 AM
Joe worked on my FSJ wagon in the 80's, my ZJ in the 90's, my WJ and others inbetween. Tremendous respect for his knowledge and advice and what a great guy. Get well soon Joe!!

Morty
06-17-2016, 11:40 AM
Prayers for Joe.

TAZ TJ
06-17-2016, 12:54 PM
Please get well soon Joe. We all need you :Angel_anim:

Barry@4Wheeler's Supply
06-17-2016, 03:49 PM
As Simon stated on FB. Things are taking a bad turn on Joe. Will keep you posted.

Bugs
06-17-2016, 07:30 PM
Anything we can do here, please let us know! :(

OlneyJeeps
06-18-2016, 06:41 PM
Wow. Joe is beyond the best- as a mechanic and as a person. I wish I could know half of what he has forgoten. Best wishes from me.

Simon@4Wheeler's Supply
06-20-2016, 07:59 AM
Well, last night they took Joe off of life support, he is not expected to make it. :(

Estrada
06-20-2016, 08:06 AM
Oh no :(. Sorry to hear this sad news.

Bugs
06-20-2016, 08:09 AM
Damn! :no:

LO PHAT
06-20-2016, 08:15 AM
............ :(

TreeKiller
06-20-2016, 08:50 AM
Oh, wow man. No bueno. Was hoping for better news. Still praying for him.....

Cactus Ed
06-20-2016, 09:20 AM
Well, last night they took Joe off of life support, he is not expected to make it. :(

So, so , so sad to hear that. I feel for his family.

aribelin
06-20-2016, 09:54 AM
Well, last night they took Joe off of life support, he is not expected to make it. :(

So very sorry to hear this.

JGzCrush
06-20-2016, 10:05 AM
Will continue to pray. Miracles can happen.

OTR-93YJ
06-20-2016, 10:20 AM
Hang in there Joe!!

Prayers sent!

jhart
06-20-2016, 01:32 PM
Sorry to hear it's not going well. My thoughts are with Joe and his family.

OlneyJeeps
06-20-2016, 05:57 PM
Having first met Joe over 35 years ago, I got to know him as a pillar of knowlege and honest hard work. Those that know me now that he is the only mechanic I have ever trusted with my Jeep and the only one ( to the best of my memory) I have ever recommended. Simon will tell you how I (even recently) would seek his help / advise...he always seemed to know the answer before I could finish with the symptoms. More impressive was how in the very rare event he was stumped, he would not hesitate to admit it.


I still remember when I forst met him to rebuild my CJ2a t90 and D18 transferrcase. I was 16 and had vary little money. After giving me what was an out of possible estimate to "do it right" (it had sat 4 years full of rust / water), he asked if a little noise would bother me. "Heck no" I replied.. Woth parts and labor, he got them fixed for under $300 . Both are still in the Jeep, working great.


I As much as I would like to see him pull through this, above all I wish him peace.

CRAZYCASEY
06-20-2016, 07:19 PM
This is very sad news. He just upgraded the out put shafts on my D300 a few weeks ago. While I didn't know him everyone in this community had the higher praise for him and he was the only one I wanted to have do the work.

Prayers to his family and this entire community who loved him so much.


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djui5
06-20-2016, 09:52 PM
Godspeed Joe! Godspeed.

azgypsy
06-20-2016, 10:04 PM
Prayers said!

Dave and kristen

OlneyJeeps
06-20-2016, 10:33 PM
Will continue to pray. Miracles can happen.

Getting to meet / know Joe was miracle for me ( and everyone who got to meet / know him imho)

Could never say it enough... thanks Joe

Barry@4Wheeler's Supply
06-22-2016, 10:02 AM
Well, Joe decided to go work on old jeeps elsewhere. He will no longer be available to help all you jeepers with tranny or rear end issues. We have truly lost an Icon in the jeep world and most likely will never see another one like Joe.

aheath4
06-22-2016, 10:06 AM
Sad to hear it

OTR-93YJ
06-22-2016, 10:31 AM
Sorry to hear.

jhart
06-22-2016, 10:37 AM
That sucks! Truly a sad day for the AZ off road community.

JoesJK
06-22-2016, 10:40 AM
Sad to hear.

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willygoat
06-22-2016, 11:07 AM
Deepest sympathy to his family. I hope there are Jeeps in Heaven.

TAZ TJ
06-22-2016, 11:27 AM
R.I.P Joe ................................................

rmbk-over-pls
06-22-2016, 12:05 PM
A very sad day : -( for the AZ off road community, my deepest sympathy to his family. RIP

aribelin
06-22-2016, 03:29 PM
Sad news indeed, R.I.P.

cecil
06-22-2016, 03:30 PM
Most sincere condolences to Joe's family. My fondest memory of Joe is when I went in to pick up my T90/Dana 18 boxes from Him. He looked at me and said "Take care of these. Shift them easy." Thank you Joe for your passion and love for all that is Jeep. I'll always shift them easy.....

OlneyJeeps
06-22-2016, 04:13 PM
As he was beyond an icon I am saddened . Condolences to his famly.

TRLNGRL
06-22-2016, 04:19 PM
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

:angel:

Morty
06-22-2016, 04:27 PM
Sad to read this, my condolences to his family.

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Estrada
06-22-2016, 04:31 PM
Rip

Bugs
06-22-2016, 04:56 PM
It's cool that he had such a great family at 4WS!
Joe told me last year that he would probably be doing what he does until the day he died, he said he loved it all!

Rest in peace Joe!

shortestbus
06-22-2016, 06:01 PM
R.I.P. Joe !

purpleTJ
06-22-2016, 06:20 PM
Unforgettable.....irreplaceable........R.I.P.

ob1jeeper
06-22-2016, 10:31 PM
Condolences to the family and friends.. Jeep heaven just welcomed one of the best... :angel:

macinyart
06-22-2016, 11:36 PM
Well, Joe decided to go work on old jeeps elsewhere. He will no longer be available to help all you jeepers with tranny or rear end issues. We have truly lost an Icon in the jeep world and most likely will never see another one like Joe.

This is so sad. Every jeep driver in the valley knew Joe and marveled at his skill and honesty. He will be sorely missed. Peace to you Joe.

TreeKiller
06-23-2016, 01:27 PM
I remember bringing my old Warn in a few years ago when the original motor wasn't working properly and the brake would no longer hold. I think I said "it needs to be rebuilt".

Barry later called me to tell me it was ready.

When I came back in to pick it up, Joe came up front and took me back to where he had been working on it. He had the whole thing laying there on the bench opened up and apart, had already corrected the problem with the brake, and pointed at a few specific spots on the wiring terminals and said, see this here, this motor is in great shape, this winch doesn't need a new motor and it doesn't need to be rebuilt but this here, this is corrosion. This is your problem.

So I ask if I should come back the next day to get it and he just looks at me like I'm an idiot, then turns around and literally in less than 10 minutes while I stand there looking over his shoulder, he replaces a few wires and terminals, cleans it all up, re-assembles everything, like bam bam bam perfect reassembly. He picks it up and just walks past me with my heavy *** Warn. Doesn't even say anything else to me. I'm not really sure what's happening right now, so I sort of look around, realize nobody is paying attention to any of this, and then silently follow a few feet behind him back into the showroom where he just puts the winch down on the counter and walks away without even looking at me, maybe even shaking his head a little. LOL! And, as I recall, Barry smiles and has already got it rung up for nothing more than the brake repair which didn't cost much.

It occurred to me later that I probably offended Joe a little by asking him if I should come back tomorrow for something that he was perfectly capable of doing in Guinness World Record time right there on the spot. Always made sure to chat with him a little bit whenever I saw him in the shop after that, even though I could never tell if he remembered me or was thinking "who the hell is this kid?". The guy was more than an incredibly capable mechanic and I'm glad I got to interact with him a little while he was here.

I hope Joe is logged in up in VJC heaven and is reading this chuckling a little right now, thinking "yeah I remember that kid, and he was kind of an idiot". :)


Scott

Simon@4Wheeler's Supply
06-23-2016, 01:55 PM
I remember bringing my old Warn in a few years ago when the original motor wasn't working properly and the brake would no longer hold. I think I said "it needs to be rebuilt".

Barry later called me to tell me it was ready.

When I came back in to pick it up, Joe came up front and took me back to where he had been working on it. He had the whole thing laying there on the bench opened up and apart, had already corrected the problem with the brake, and pointed at a few specific spots on the wiring terminals and said, see this here, this motor is in great shape, this winch doesn't need a new motor and it doesn't need to be rebuilt but this here, this is corrosion. This is your problem.

So I ask if I should come back the next day to get it and he just looks at me like I'm an idiot, then turns around and literally in less than 10 minutes while I stand there looking over his shoulder, he replaces a few wires and terminals, cleans it all up, re-assembles everything, like bam bam bam perfect reassembly. He picks it up and just walks past me with my heavy *** Warn. Doesn't even say anything else to me. I'm not really sure what's happening right now, so I sort of look around, realize nobody is paying attention to any of this, and then silently follow a few feet behind him back into the showroom where he just puts the winch down on the counter and walks away without even looking at me, maybe even shaking his head a little. LOL! And, as I recall, Barry smiles and has already got it rung up for nothing more than the brake repair which didn't cost much.

It occurred to me later that I probably offended Joe a little by asking him if I should come back tomorrow for something that he was perfectly capable of doing in Guinness World Record time right there on the spot. Always made sure to chat with him a little bit whenever I saw him in the shop after that, even though I could never tell if he remembered me or was thinking "who the hell is this kid?". The guy was more than an incredibly capable mechanic and I'm glad I got to interact with him a little while he was here.

I hope Joe is logged in up in VJC heaven and is reading this chuckling a little right now, thinking "yeah I remember that kid, and he was kind of an idiot". :)


Scott

Joe didn't know how to use a computer. Thanks for the nice thoughts. I have so many stories about Joe. I could talk for hours. :)

Symon623
06-23-2016, 02:06 PM
Condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Ole' Joe..... I only talked to him a coupla times but he was always cool and helpful......

Hope 4 Wheelers can survive without him....

OlneyJeeps
06-25-2016, 09:25 PM
Memorial services?

OlneyJeeps
07-04-2016, 10:11 AM
[QUOTE] Joseph W. Wesolowski (Joe), 70, passed away June 21, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. Joe was born in Saugus, MA Sept 10, 1945. Joe was an employee of 4 Wheelers Supply for the past 53 years. He is survived by his brothers Frank and Steven; sisters Mary and Eleanor; sons Joseph and James; his three grandchildren Nikolas, Raven, and Morgane; plus his companion of 53 years Janet Martin. Joe did not want a memorial service. He preferred a Celebration of Life which his family will plan at a future date. Visit hansenmortuary.com for condolences. [ /QUOTE]

NickP3d
07-05-2016, 10:37 PM
I remember one day I brought in one of the Mio energy things that you squirt in your water to make it taste better. Joe tried it and loved it. The next day he brought in about 10 and we tried every flavor they had. Ended up sticking with his blue Powerade though.... Can't believe he is gone. Having a corona tonight for him (his favorite)


NP Fabrication

RokNRich
07-27-2016, 01:46 PM
R.i.p.

dzJeepChic
07-28-2016, 08:10 AM
Dude installed my T-case. Sorry I'm late to the party but I'll be sending well wishes his way.

dzJeepChic
07-28-2016, 08:11 AM
Dude installed my T-case. Sorry I'm late to the party but I'll be sending well wishes his way.

Oh sheesh, I'm so sorry. I just finished reading the whole thread. RIP Joe. Prayers to friends and family.

OlneyJeeps
07-28-2016, 09:44 AM
Per Janet (wife /partner), "celebration of his life" (did not want funeral) sometime in September

Joe West
07-28-2016, 04:39 PM
Damn. Joe did the gears on my TJ and helped me take apart my 8274. He was a great guy. I remember he wanted to help me with my 8274 for free but I forced some money on him. Talk about an icon at 4 Wheeler's Supply... people just don't stay at a job that long anymore. Very VERY sad to hear.

Joe

J Wesolowski
08-04-2016, 04:52 PM
Hi everyone this is Jim Joe's son. My mother and I wanted to say thank you to everyone for the comments. It's been really hard without dad and we miss him alot.

We are planning his celebration to be on what would have been his 71st Birthday September 10th this year. It will be at his house but not really sure of what time yet. We are hoping as many of his friends can be there to tell stories about their experiences with him. With him working there his whole life many of you have so many stories about him that others don't even know and would love to hear.

Please message me to let us know if you can make it on that day. I would say call his house but my mom can only handle so much and it's still hard for her to deal with it all.

Thank you all again
Jim Wesolowski

Barry@4Wheeler's Supply
08-04-2016, 05:56 PM
Thank you Jim.

J Wesolowski
08-10-2016, 03:12 PM
After talking with some people and my mom we decided that we will have dad's celebration at 3:00 pm on Saturday 9-10-16. It will go on until whenever it ends that way if some people are still working at 3 they can stop by after and not miss it. We will have some food and drinks (still have a few cases of Corona at the house) I can get more if needed. Please message me for the address to the house if you need it.

Thank you all and see you there
Jim Wesolowski and family