Joe Laufer, Burlington County Historian, passed away this week (July 2014) at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer. He will be sorely missed by his many many friends and admirers in the history community. For several years, I enjoyed his bus trips such as the One Room Schools of Burlington County, his lecture series and his always entertaining and enlightening Burlington County Historians Roundtable.
There was really no one quite like Joe due to his extraordinary set of gifts. He was charming, warm, a natural performer, witty, knowledgeable and humble. His love for history and for sharing with people was always evident. He is irreplaceable. We were all uniquely lucky to have known him and to have enjoyed all the ways he found to bring the richness of history to us.