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Updated: 11/19/2013 02:13:45PM

Joseph A. Despres

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Joseph A. Despres, better known as JT, 25, of Venice, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov.12, 2013, at Venice Regional Medical Center. JT was born Jan. 22, 1988, in Lynn, Mass.

JT is survived by his mother, Patti Hudson, and her husband, Orville, of Venice, Fla.; father, Michael Despres, of Tampa, Fla.; grandmother, Peggy Leclerc of Venice, Fla.; late grandparents Bob and Ann Marie Scarpello, both of Lynn, Mass.; brother Michael Despres of Tampa, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

JT was a member of South Venice Baptist Church; was an athlete and gold medal recipient in the Special Olympics; worked with and was a member of the Loveland Center; was a member of the Challenger Little League program; and was involved with the Easter Seals program.

Services: A viewing will be held for JT from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Ewing Funeral Home. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in JT’s name to Venice Firefighters Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 1316, Venice FL 34284.