Joseph Richard Ganem, 81, of Barkhamsted, CT passed away Friday, February 18, 2022 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
He was born in Waterbury, CT, on February 19, 1940, and grew up in Torrington. Joe was a lifelong golfer, scholar, and teacher. He enjoyed the outdoors, sharing his love of hunting, fishing, and boating with his children, nephews and nieces. A longtime member of the Torrington Country Club, Joe was known not only for his sportsmanship, but also for his many holes-in-one. He also loved playing cards, watching baseball and basketball, and spending time with friends and family.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University (BA) and University of Hartford (MA), Joe is renowned for his remarkable career as a professor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where he taught business for over 30 years, as well as his accounting and tax practice. Joe was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and for a period of time, part owner of Sports Palace in Torrington.
Despite his numerous accomplishments, Joe is best remembered as a man who took great pride in his family. He is preceded in death by his father, Louis Ganem; his mother, Sophie Milak Ganem; brothers, Terry Ganem and Louis Ganem; and godson, Richard Milak. He is survived by his wife, Linda Ganem; daughter Anne (Jonathan) DeMichiel; son Paul (Lauren) Ganem; stepson, Jeff (Cheryl) Bentley; grandchildren Duncan and Sophie DeMichiel; nephews Donald Ganem, Louis Ganem, and Billy Ganem; niece Nancy Ganem Bond-Webster; beloved cousins Kathy Bournique and Cindy Casella; and several other extended family members and friends whose conversation and fellowship he always welcomed.
Receiving of friends and family will be held Saturday February 26, 9:30-11:00 AM at Church.. Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 26, at 11:00 AM at St. Maron’s Church, 613 Main St.,Torrington. Please Note Change of Calling hours due to weather