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Picard, Joseph "Joe" F.

Joseph "Joe" F. Picard Forest Park loses one of it's own. Joseph "Joe" F. Picard passed away on May 26, 2011, after a short illness. A native of Central Falls, R.I., he served in the U.S. Army at the close of WWII. Stationed in Germany, he met his wife, Tina. Sixty-three years ago, the two moved to Clayton County, when he was a military police officer stationed at the Atlanta Army Depot, now Ft. Gillem. He was a dedicated public servant for the City of Forest Park from 1955 to 1996, whose leadership of the Police, Fire, and Emergency Management Services, was demonstrated with a high level of administrative efficiency and effectiveness. He developed one of the state's first public safety departments, and served on several key committees and boards. He enjoyed the reputation as a tough, but fair-minded administrator. One of his strengths was his pure audacity–– a willingness to take risks, and an instinct for taking the initiative at just the right moment. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn "Tina" Picard, and brother, Edward Picard, Sr. Survivors include his daughter, Denise Espinosa (Ray); grandson, Robbie Espinosa (Megan); great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Kailee; long-time companion, Connie Harpe; nephew, Carlton "Buddy" Hooper (Vicki); great-niece, Honey Jones (Randy); great-nephew, Carlton "Bo" Hooper (Anna); extended family in Yazoo City, Miss., Judy Patterson, Raymond Long, Hugh Long, Charles "Tuby" Long, Gary Dean Long; their families; numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held in the chapel, Tuesday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Scott Barber will officiate. Chief Judge Matthew Simmons, Keith Martin, and Chief Dwayne Hobbs will assist. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be held prior to service, 11a.m., to 1p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828.