FFRF donor Joe Padula died May 16th at his home in San Francisco. He was born on Oct. 5, 1938, in Albany, N.Y., and at an early age he moved to New York City. San Francisco became his home in 1967 during the "Summer of Love." He greatly enjoyed the beauty and lifestyle of San Francisco and the rest of California, with time spent in visits to Muir Woods, Yosemite, Big Sur, and Lake Tahoe. He spent a year away from San Francisco traveling in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Joe's career interests were in financial investments and real estate. His personal interests were reading, music (especially Mozart), art, philanthropic endeavors and his cats. For many years, Joe was a volunteer usher at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and assisted for five years in the feral cat colony program at Sutro Forest. Joe kept informed on important world issues, desired peace and harmony for all creatures, and hoped for an end to injustice, poverty, war and destruction of our environment.
Joe remembered FFRF in a bequest "giving to groups that make the world better."