Joe lived near Dover in Kent and worked for a brewery for 40 years - as a drayman for 6 years and then as a technician installing beer pumps. He was responsible for the quality control of company products in licensed premises in East Kent, until he took early retirement on Christmas Eve in 2008.

In 2009 Joe moved to Ploërdut with his wife and dogs. His interests include gardening, playing golf (badly!) and sightseeing in and around his local area.