We have lost one of our own

Jan 2nd, 2013

Category: CrossFit

We have lost one of our own

joe gage

I am extremely sad to report that Joe Gage, a member of CrossFit Southie since December of 2011, passed on Monday night. Joe was extremely kind and hard working. You could always catch him smiling every class, even when WOD was terrible. Joe had come a long way as an athlete over the past year, he was great to coach and  fun to watch progress.  Joe will be deeply missed.

Mike Bradly, co-owner of CrossFit Boston, was a very close friends of Joe’s. We are very sorry for Mike’s loss. Mike gave us these words to share:

Joe was born and raised in New Hampshire,  he was an over achiever at heart,  always striving to be the best in his field.  No matter whether it was sports,  career, or a simple game of scrabble,  Joe always strived to be the best. Joe went to college in Connecticut, and after college,  he began taking his exams to become an actuary.  Joe had a very successful career at Liberty Mutual and AIG.  Joe was very active in Volleyball and CrossFit.  

Joe and I first met in our very early 20’s,  more than a decade ago.  We met as we became roommates, Joe was quite the opposite of myself,  he was very shy,  and I was quite the party animal.  I remember when I first met him,  I thought this was never going to work,  we are total opposites!  Quickly,  we both realized how much we actually had in common, and we became the best of friends.  Throughout the years of knowing Joe, one thing is for certain,  he would have given his right arm to help anyone at anytime.  Joe had a kind and giving heart,  and I am very blessed to have shared the time that I was able to with him.   Joe would want his CrossFit Southie family to know that he loved them,  and he loved CrossFit.  Two of Joe’s favorite CrossFit movements are OHS and Rope Climbs.  If I had one thing to say to Joe today,  it would be “You are my brother,  you are my friend, I will love you,  even past the end”  

We are going to honor Joe with a WOD in his memory during classes this Saturday. Please try to make it in and give it your all.

“Gage”

4 Rounds
20 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
20 Overhead Squats (95,65)
400m Run
2 Rope Climbs

Normal schedule today

Strength
Low Bar Back squat
2-2-2-2-2

WOD
3 rounds
20 Kettlebell Swings(2,1.5)
30 Wallballs

Level 2 (1.5,1)
Level 1 (1,0.75)

DISCUSSION 6 Comments

  1. jason barrow 01/03/2013 at 1:41 am

    Joe and I weren’t on the same schedule too often here at Southie, but we were both members of Crossfit Boston before joining here and took classes together often there.

    I like to THINK that I’m a fast runner, Joe WAS a fast runner. We had a lot of sprinting in our programming at CFB: 400’s in WODs to shorter sprint repeat workouts. I knew whenever I saw running in the WOD that Joe was going to show up. We had a little rivalry. Whether the workout was purely sprints or a run followed by a lot of other work, we were running as hard as we could to beat each other. Both of us wanted to be the first one through that door. I might have gotten a few on him when he fatigued but for the most part he’d beat me, he was just plain faster than me.

    Whenever we ran against each other like this Joe would have a big smile on his face. That’s what comes to mind when I think of Joe, that smile looking back at me after a run. So it’s very fitting, for me at least, that the WOD honoring Joe has 400m’s.

    Squat: 255×2
    WOD: 11:52 Rx

  2. JBo 01/03/2013 at 12:52 am

    Such sad news. My heart goes out to Joe, and all his family and friends. Joe–a part of you will always be with us, your CrossFit Southie family.

    Back Squat: 225×2 (PR)
    WOD: 13:19 L2/16lb wall ball (1.5pd KB swings are no joke!)

  3. Kendra Kinscherf via Facebook 01/02/2013 at 1:04 am

    I am so sad to hear of this. My thoughts go out to all of Joe’s family and friends.

  4. Jeff Sullivan via Facebook 01/02/2013 at 12:35 am

    RIP Joe, I remember doing many WOD’s with you at CrossFit Southie, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten!

  5. Elisa Giffen Romaniello via Facebook 01/02/2013 at 12:31 am

    RIP JOE so sorry for your loss crossfit southie!

  6. Tracy Hutt via Facebook 01/02/2013 at 12:19 am

    R.I.P sorry to hear, condolences to Crossfit Southie and his family