Joe Wurzelbacher, widely known as ‘Joe the Plumber’ for his memorable moment confronting then-candidate Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail, has passed away at the age of 49.
As reported by New York Post, Wurzelbacher gained notoriety when he questioned Obama about his small business tax policy during a campaign event, becoming a key figure in Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign.
Wurzelbacher’s wife, Katie Wurzelbacher, confirmed his passing on Monday, August 28, 2023, and expressed the profound impact he had on the lives of those who knew him.
In a heartfelt statement, she said, “Our hearts are broken. We lost a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend. He made an impact on so many lives.”
Katie Wurzelbacher also shared her husband’s courageous battle with cancer, saying, “He fought long and hard, but is now free from pain. I don’t think of him as losing his battle. Because he knew Jesus, his battle was won.”
Joe’s legacy extends beyond his moment in the political spotlight.
He was a family man who cherished his loved ones and embraced the values he held dear. Katie Wurzelbacher conveyed his last wish, stating, “Joe’s last wish was to get us back by my family. The first night here, he gave me a big smile and said ‘We made it.'”
In her message, Katie expressed gratitude to all who supported Joe during his challenging journey, saying, “To everyone who has and continues to support us, and there are so many, Thank You! You helped bring Joe peace, and for that, I will always be grateful.”
She also emphasized the genuine and humble nature of her late husband, sharing a touching memory: “When I met Joe he was already known by everyone else as ‘Joe the Plumber,’ but he wrote something to me that stood out and showed me who he truly was: ‘just Joe.’ He was an average, honorable man trying to do great things for the country he loved so deeply after being thrust into the public eye for asking a question.”
Joe Wurzelbacher’s passing marks the end of a chapter in American political history, but his impact on the nation will be remembered for his role as ‘Joe the Plumber’ and as a devoted family man who touched the lives of those around him.