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Remembering Joe Caggiano

EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog has been updated with new comments.

News of Joe Caggiano’s death on Monday has swept through the market, spreading shock and sadness.

At 48, he just seems too young to have died so suddenly. This has to be a devastating tragedy for his wife and children.
His career in the government market spanned 25 years, including eight years of service in the Navy. He was the chief operating officer at the Washington Management Group/FedSources, and left the company after it was purchased by Deltek. He also worked for Deloitte and Arthur Anderson at one point.

Most recently, he was a principal at Reznick Government, a business advisory firm.

I knew Joe for at least 10 years. I can’t remember when or how we first met, though it was probably through FedSources.

When I think of him, the two words that come to mind are energy and enthusiasm; he was a gregarious guy without being overbearing. Even if you didn’t agree with him, you could still talk to him, and you still wanted to talk to him.

The reactions to his death that I’ve heard have used words and phrases such as mentor, great dad, great man, and blessed to have known him.

Bill Gormley worked with Joe for 10 years at the Washington Management Group/FedSources. "As challenging as some days were, Joe ALWAYS brought his family into the discussion. His admiration for his wife and 5 children and, yes, his hunting dog was the single most important meaning to his life," Gormley wrote in an email.

He went on to talk about how Joe always took time for everyone and "looked for a positive way to accomplish what some folks would see as a threat or disaster. Joe would offer encouragement and try to mentor the world if there was enough time."

Gormley said he was a better person for having known Joe.

People often say these kinds of events bring perspective to their lives, but it is what we do with that perspective that plays a role in how we honor the ones we have lost.

I don’t yet know how I will honor Joe’s memory going forward. I know from having lost my brother in a car accident 10 years ago, leaving a wife and two young daughters, that it can take years to fully accept what happened. I gave up trying to make sense of it long ago.

Time doesn’t exactly heal, but it marches on. For Joe’s family, hopefully, the love and respect his friends and colleagues had for him will bring them some comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jan 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Reader Comments

Mon, Jan 28, 2013 Anthony Robbins Maryland

I was shocked, and of course sad to see the news regarding Joe's passing. I first met Joe when we was with FedSources, and worked closely with him for about 5 years. He was a great business partner, and a fantastic man. I trusted and admired Joe. I am saddened by the news. As a Dad, with 5 kids prayers and support of his family are offered.

Sat, Jan 19, 2013

I worked with Joe for 5 years and he always had a kind word. His energy and enthusiasm were contagious. He will be missed.

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 Angelica Boiteux Bethesda, MD

The sudden loss of Joe is heartbreaking. My heart goes out to Kathleen and the children. I am comforted in the knowledge that Joe was an upstanding and doting father and husband. He was a great neighbor and friend. I will keep the fond memories of the kind and encouraging words he spoke, and his beautiful spirit which could lift up anyone who was in a rough spot or facing a problem they thought they could not tackle. If I could be half the person Joe was I will count myself as lucky. He was certainly one-of-a-kind. He will be missed dearly by our community.

Wed, Jan 16, 2013

We'll miss you Joe. You were a man of uncommon integrity, a family man, and just a wonderful person. Thank you for being a part of so many lives.

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 Edward Williams Wayne NJ

Joe was a top flight exceutive that always went the extra mile to help.He will be missed by all that knew him. Ed

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