"Take care of yourselves and each other, and always remember my motto:
Itís ok to work hard, as long as you play harder."

-Joe Milligan,
in an email to his parents 7/02

Rich Condon
November 29, 2002
5:03 AM

My mind has been flooded with random memories since I first learned of this untimely tragedy. The one image that repeats is of Joey's big warm smile and that unique, infectious laugh. I was fortunate enough to spend all of my high school years with Joe as my great friend. My ribs still hurt from some of the laughs we had. Who could forget the best house parties at Joe's, my apologies and thanks to Mr and Mrs Milligan. Being a city boy I was never exposed to the surf, but Joe and I shared another passion, the love of music. We were constantly swapping the CDs we got a hold of, and I gave him my early mixtapes for his critiquing. He was the one that would go to the late night clubs we probably shouldn't have been at. He had that one dance move and he would work it, kinda looked like a paddle out which is probably why it fit. I have gone on to make a living from that same dance music we loved, it seems bittersweet that his final moments were spent at the club.

Joey was one of the most laid back, easy-going people I have ever met. There is no doubt that he lived life to the fullest and touched a lot of others on his way. Joey, you will be well missed by all. I love you bro, may you rest in peace.

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