August 7, 2019

Joseph John Lamparsky, Jr. (aka Joe Pepper

Joseph John Lamparsky, Jr. (aka Joe Pepper


Nov. 17, 1951 — Aug. 1, 2019

Joseph (aka Joe Pepper) was born on Nov. 17, 1951 in Newark, New Jersey, to Joseph Sr. and Virginia Daciek Lamparsky. He graduated from West Orange High School, West Orange, New Jersey, in 1969 at which point he began his “big life adventure.”

Joe picked up his standing bass fiddle and took off to see the world, busking on the streets from Switzerland to Australia, and across the U.S. until landing in Portland, Oregon, where he lived and played music for about 15 years.

By then he had traded the stand-up for the electric bass guitar, and the rest is history. He played in bands with innumerable people, national and local, famous and infamous.

In 1996, he made the move to the Sunshine State and settled in Key West, Florida, where he resided for the last 23 years. Joe was an extremely hard worker, a kind man, always willing to help a neighbor or friend in need. His wit and sense of humor kept people laughing, even in the face of hardships. ]He had the biggest heart, and was accepting of people just as they were, with no judgments or criticisms.

Joseph was truly a modern Renaissance man, with interests ranging from science and history, to cooking, gardening and landscaping, construction services, reading, and even writing poetry, but his true love was the music he made with his bass guitar. The thrill he experienced while playing his bass was palpable. He gave people who played with him, and who came to see him play, much joy.

Joseph passed from this earth on Aug. 1. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his family. Joe is survived by his mother, Virginia Lamparsky of Orlando, Florida; his older sister Barbara Jo and her husband Jeff Harwell of Houston Texas, and his younger sister, Elayne, and her husband, Tony Parkes, residing in the Gainesville, Florida area, as well as all his friends and acquaintances he met over the years.

Thank you to Dr. Jerome Covington and the Lower Keys Medical Center staff for all they did to care for Joe in his final days. A new star has been added to the universe. And a new player in that Heavenly All-Star Band.

A service for Joe will be held at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane (at Truman Ave.), Key West, Florida 33040 on Friday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. All who wish to give Joe a fare-thee-well are invited to attend.