The West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors, Park and Recreation Board, and staff mourn the passing of Joseph M. Waters on June 18, 2020 at the age of 64. Joe served as a member (including chair) of the Park and Recreation Board from 1993 through 2002, and again from 2010 through 2017. Joe was instrumental in the creation of West Goshen Community Park, and was beloved by many in the community for his role in West Goshen’s Breakfast with Santa, a role he enjoyed fulfilling for other groups including Sts. Simon and Jude Elementary School, the Chester County Department of Domestic Relations, and Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School.
Joe served the citizens of Chester County for almost 41 years, spending thirty of them as Director of the Domestic Relations Office. During that time Joe was a long-time board member of the Domestic Relations Association of Pennsylvania, serving as President of DRAP and chairing more committees than any member. Joe implemented Child Support Awareness Day in the state and instituted the Joint Family Law Conference which was recently renamed the Joe Waters JFLC. He received an award for his exceptional leadership in child support in the state of Pennsylvania. Joe was a recipient of the J. Larry Boling Innovation and Excellence in Local Government Award in 2014. He also served on the Parish Council for Sts. Simon and Jude Church, and on the Board of Directors of The Friends of West Goshen Parks.
Joe is survived by his wife Therese, daughters Patricia Hennessy and Colleen Waters, son-in law Timothy J. Hennessy, and grandchildren Timmy and Logan Hennessy.