Overlooked – Again

By Robert Carpenter, Editor | October 2010 Vol. 65 No. 10

So long, Joe
Joe Abbott wasn’t one of the industry icons or giants we so often read about. He didn’t invent the wheel, didn’t start-up a billion-dollar company or even serve on presidential committees. Nonetheless, with his passing on Sept. 12, the underground construction/rehabilitation industry lost an irreplaceable asset and great man.

Joe was the face and voice of Godwin Pumps for more years than I care to remember. He was renowned for his customer service. Joe was an institution in all phases of the pump market and made life-long friends everywhere he went.

Joe went far beyond just marketing pumps. He was embedded within the industry, always serving and supporting. He was especially connected to the sewer and water markets. Joe was one of NASSCO’s most cherished members and several years ago was awarded their highest honor when he was inducted into the Select Society Of Sanitary Sewer Sleuths.

Through our frequent conversations and meetings over the past 20 years, Joe and I raised our kids together and solved all the problems of the underground industry – and even the free world. Joe was always smiling, always upbeat and always a joy to be around. And most of all, Joe was my friend. He will be deeply missed.