Joel Thomas' official title at the Erie County SPCA was 'Wildlife Administrator and Veterinary Technician', a long title to be sure. But as titles so often do, it fails to even come close to describing Joel as a person.
He was a true renaissance man. Musician, environmentalist, author, husband and father. It seemed to those who knew him, Joel could do it all. And although he left us at far too early an age, his spirit will live on with the many people whose lives he touched.
Gina Browning was a close friend who worked with Joel for almost 20 years at the Erie County SPCA.
"He had a wonderful church family, his daughter, his wife, his son, he had an amazing family life too," says Browning. "Then you look at professionally here at the SPCA, all that he did. It wasn't just a job, all that he did to impact the lives of people, and especially the lives of wildlife here."