Joseph Labbe, 71, was preceded in death by his parents Bernie and Mary, his sister Judith, and his brother Edward. He left this earthly realm suddenly on Monday morning the 24th of August. Joe was born in Akron, Ohio but made his home in Margate, Florida. His Catholic faith sustained him through all his life’s trials and tribulations.

He leaves behind his sister Jean Dudek and her husband Jim, sister-in-law Marcia Labbe (Edward), brother Bernard and his wife Pat, and brother Michael. With this are countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family members who will very sadly miss him, but very fondly remember him.
Joseph changed you. He spent his life both administering, counseling, befriending, helping, and encouraging but no matter how you encountered him, you felt you knew him, and in that genuineness, he made each of us better people. Always ready with a few words to make you laugh, Joe brought a sense of calm to every situation.

He was disciplined always, put his mind and efforts into everything he undertook, and was thorough to completion. When he took down the cherry trees to make way for a building in Chagrin Falls, he sent the trees to southern Ohio to be milled, so that the building would incorporate that very cherry to blend with its natural surroundings and so as to generate continuity. No detail was ever left to chance. Joe was faithful, and he was true. It is hard to imagine someone more committed than him to life, work, friends, and family.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on September 12, 2020 at 12 Noon with calling hours from 10 AM until the service begins, all at St. Vincent de Paul Parish 164 W. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44303. For further details you may call Hummel funeral home 500 E Exchange St. Akron Ohio 44304.


Visitation: September 12, 2020 10:00 am - September 12, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Vincent de Paul Parish
164 West Market Street
, OH 44303

Mass: September 12, 2020 12:00 pm - September 12, 2020 1:00 pm

St. Vincent de Paul Parish
164 West Market Street
, OH 44303

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  1. Saddened to read of the passing of your brother. I have many fond memories of the neighborhood on N Highland Ave. Growing up at that time was special. Your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. I didn’t spend a lot of time with Uncle Joe, but he was always kind, enjoyed helping others and a good laugh like all the Labbe’s. He brought love and smiles to those I saw him interact with. He made the world a better place and will be missed. Love to all the family.

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