Joseph A. Blide Jr. \nHorseheads, NY \n\nOn June 27, 2023 after being a superhero all his life, especially the last three years, having grabbed his shovel and dug his trench, Joseph Anthony Blide, Jr. (38) won his extensive battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia through carefully crafting his death and showing the world what a true warrior can accomplish amid every complication imaginable.\n\nBorn March 11, 1985 to Joseph Blide Sr. and Lynn Buck, into a tight knit and supportive family, Joe grew up on the Southside of Elmira navigating local basketball courts, video game stores, and making childhood friends with ease. Graduating from Southside High School in 2003, Joe went on to hold various positions within the community until taking the oath of officer with the NYS Department of Corrections in 2012, following in the footsteps of both his grandfather and father. Serving in this role was an honor for Joe. He saw humanity in all people, utilizing his words to make connections with those he encountered every day. He was a widely respected officer whose love of freedom and for his country was obvious to all who knew him in this capacity.\n\nOn August 14, 2010, Joe married the love of his life, his wife, Ellen LaFortune Blide. The love story of Joe and Ellen is something out of a movie – his steadfast protection of and loyalty to Ellen was easily recognized and admired by those throughout the community. Additionally, Joe leaves behind his son and best pal, Brody Logan and daughter, his princess, Reese Elizabeth. During his illness, Joe’s best days were spent with his son watching all things Avengers, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings and with his daughter watching her practice tumbling skills, snuggling on the couch, and telling her all the “Dad Jokes” he could muster.\n\nHe is also survived by his mother Lynn Buck, father and stepmother Joseph Anthony & Lisa Blide Sr., his sister Sarah (Brian Mattison) Blide, stepsister Courtney Sullivan and very special nieces Mykaela and Savannah Reed (considered his bonus children), Kadence and Rylee Hartman. Grandmother Josephine Blide, Father and Mother-in-Law Deacon David and Trish LaFortune. Uncles and aunts Donny (Bonnie) Blide, Marie (Dave Reger) Blide, Andrew Blide, Rodie (Damon) Chalk. Joe leaves a legacy with his numerous cousins: Jamie (Joe) Dauphinet, Lita DiPetta, Nik (Amanda) DiPetta, Lydia (Chris) Buck, Claire (Aaron) Thurston, Taylor Blide, Madeline Blide, Megan McCullough, Samantha (Kevin) McCullough, Jake McCullough, Landon Chalk, and Brittany Buck. Additionally, Joe served as “Uncle Joe” to Thomas and Lucas Dauphinet, Drew and Grayson Buck, Liliana and Dennis Mata, and Josephine Thurston. Joe was also survived by numerous great aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him tremendously.\n\nJoey was preceded in death by his grandmother Dorothy Buck, great grandmother Mary “Grandma Sugarplum” Cerio, grandfather Donald Blide Sr., great aunt Angie Barbito, and cousin, Ed Jadoski.\n\nJoey had numerous friends who loved and respected him with great pride and joy. They, along with many family members, pitched in to help out during his three-year battle. He often said how grateful he was to each and every one of “his peeps” saying, “I’m sure glad I wasn’t a bad guy in this life.” The support provided by these friends will be treasured by Ellen and the kids forever. It is important to Ellen that their children learn tidbits and stories about who Joey was. If you could be so kind as to jot down a few, there will be a box available for you to drop them in at the funeral home.\n\nJoe’s family would like to thank the physicians, nurses and staff at the Wilmot Cancer Center, especially Dr. Eric Huselton and Beth Wensel, for their staunch devotion to Joe’s case. Additionally, the family would like to recognize the incredible care provided to Joe by Ellen, Sarah, and his parents during his final days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester, NY or to the Trust for Brody and Reese Blide c/o Chemung Canal Trust Company.\n\nThe family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 4-7PM. Joe’s Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary Our Mother Church, Horseheads, NY on Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 10AM. He will be laid to rest immediately following at St. Mary Our Mother Cemtery.