Joe Roice Hagemier, lifetime resident of Eagle Rock and Glendale, passed away on June 16, 2020, shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67.
Joe, who went by both “Joe” and “Roice,” was born in 1952, the son of Joe G. Hagemier and his wife Roma Speirs Hagemier.
The elder Joe Hagemier worked as a distributor for the Los Angeles Times and Roice worked for him, delivering the paper throughout Eagle Rock and Glendale. Roice’s dad passed away in 1987, but Roice continued working for the Times up until 2010 – for a total of about 35 years.
Roice also worked with Tom Topping, the founder and previous owner of the Boulevard Sentinel, on monthly home deliveries of the Sentinel in Highland Park and Glassell Park. “Roice was a truly sweet person and a loyal friend,” said Topping. “He had an amazing memory. If you gave him any address in Eagle Rock, he could tell you exactly where it was and usually every person who had ever lived there.”
Topping sponsored Roice for membership in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. “I was honored to sponsor him,” said Topping, adding that Roice will be missed by his many friends at the club. Roice was also a longtime member of the Eagle Rock Lions Club.
I met Roice in Glendale, where he moved 1988, after his parents passed away. I would take him to doctors’ appointments, to a restaurant or the market and more often than not, there would be someone there that Roice knew who was delighted to see and talk to him!
Roice is survived by a brother-in-law, John (the husband of Roice’s only sibling, Cheryl), and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles is planning a memorial event in Roice’s honor. Details will be posted on the Boulevard Sentinel Facebook page when a date is set.
Vicki Lott, friend and neighbor of Roice Hagemier