Joe Sliger

Hamilton County

Joe Sliger, 64, a community activist contributed to many organizations, died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 8, 2012.A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Joe attended Red Bank High and Baylor School and was a Tennessee National Guard veteran. Always an entrepreneur, he went from driving his own taxi to founding Eastman Construction in 1978.He was known for his many contributions to the Chattanooga community, supporting education, architectural preservation, humanitarian, and animal welfare projects. He gave countless hours and generous financial contributions to St. Peters, Bright and Baylor Schools, supported the historic preservation of many prominent Chattanooga area landmarks, and helped to improve the city with his work on the Tennessee Riverwalk, the Hunter Museum, Creative Discovery Museum, Riverview Park, Allied Arts, Interfaith Homeless Network, and many animal causes. He was an avid collector of art, antique automobiles, vinyl records, as well eclectic items such as toy trains, alarm clocks and Readers Digest magazines.Joe is survived by his girlfriend, Liz Vennum; son, Elliott; and many close friends he considered to be family.A party to remember his life and achievements will be held today, March 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the Loose Cannon Gallery, 1800 Rossville Ave.. Joe would want us to remember him by joining us for some Krystals, music, and sharing his favorite "Sligerisms": (1) Nothing difficult is ever easy; (2) Anything worth doing is worth overdoing; (3) When you earnestly believe you can compensate for lack of skills by doubling your efforts, there is no limit as to what you cant do.Please share your thoughts at lieu of flowers, place send donations to the Pet Placement Center, 5975 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37415 or to your favorite charity.Arrangements are by Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace.

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