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Vale - Joseph Adam Semenow 31st Dec 2021

A recent call from former President Paddy McCann, alerted us to Joseph's situation, when he was administered last rites by his local Priest on 27th. Typical of Joe, a prominent City Engineer for the City of Melbourne in his professional life, he had his planning sorted. On 31st Dec, further news arrived that he had passed away at Homestyle Aged Care Rowville Manor, in the morning.

Another of Joe's closest mates at the Club, Alan Peach had the opportunity to catch him only the day before – hard for such long time mates, like Bill Bradshaw and Paddy, as it is for any of the KDWC members who came to know Joe.

The Club had remained in contact with Dean Regan, Joe's Son-In-Law, when life changed a couple of years back resulting in moving from the long time family home at the top of Olivebank Rd FTG to the Aged Care facility that could better cater for his personal needs.

The love of his life: Mary, passed on 24/8/2017 leaving a big part in Joe's life missing for sure. Mary was also well known to the Club over many years too, often attending Club activities with Joe.


A great deal has been recorded about the contribution that Joe made to the Club since joining 1990/91, most obviously with one of his talents as ”The Rocking Horse Man” making over 100 horses at KDWC for a variety of purposes – both for the Club and helping others.

But it was far more than that. Joseph was an active contributor at events, whilst also a very accomplished woodworker. Amongst his achievements he made a violin and even went on to play it for his mates at the Club! His attention to detail/finish was superb.

He headed up the Rocking Horse Group for many years at the Club, and as part of that, created an amazing following of like-minded members who gathered socially as well as for their craft. The annual Rocking Horse Group's dinners were a highlight of the year for that group.


Looking back at the June 2018 edition of Ingrained at all the wonderful work Joe undertook at the club, the above few extracts well demonstrate some of those fine memories.

A perpetual memory of Joe's Handiwork:

(with inset of his last visit Friday night Group on 27th July 2018)

To Joseph's extended family and close friends, we extend the Club's heart felt condolences to you, on the passing of a great fellow Woodie: Joe. R.I.P.


Joe, presenting Tyler Fishlock a rocking horse, alongside long time friend, and former KDWC President: Paddy McCann (right). Full story was reported in June 2006 edition of “Ingrained”

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