Joseph Bernard Docusen

Posted on June 10, 2010

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Proverbs 10:7 – We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away.

Joseph Bernard Docusen
was an amazing boxer that rose to fame in the mid-1940’s. He fought across the entire country. Madison Square Garden (New York). Comiskey Park (Chicago). Ebbet’s Field (New York). Olympic Auditorium (Los Angeles). These are just to name a few of the major venues that he fought in during a 10 year professional career that earned him a record of 74 (22 K0)-10-6 and an induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame (November 2010).

But he was more than a boxer. He is my grandfather. Grandpa passed away over a year ago, and his is so very missed. He was a a better man than he was a fighter, and that is saying quite a bit. He lived his life passionatly, loved passionately and modeled the love of Jesus for us to see.

Proverbs 10:7 says that “We have happy memories of the godly…” and that is so true of my grandfather. That leads me to a question:

How will people remember me? How will people remember you?

History remembers my grandfather a great boxer. I remember the love that I saw in his eyes. That love started with his love for Jesus. And I felt that love every time I was with him. I miss my grandpa, but I have happy memories of a life well-lived.

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