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John O'Brine Frisse
17 September 1933 ~ 26 August 1997
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and only son of a Scottish Mother and
His mother, Marion Rae, a proud Scot, brought her son home to Muirkirk,
Ayrshire, expecting her husband, Joseph , to follow but he never did.
Throughout his life, Joe desperately tried to make contact with his
Joe made serveral trips to the U.S.A. during his search and eventually
tracked down his father's sister, sadly to be told that his father
had recently died.
Joe was therefore brought up in Scotland and began his trucking career
at the age of fifteen. Life on the road appealed to Joe's independent
spirit and during his travels he made many lifelong friends.
In 1980, he settled in Stockton-on-Tees and married Barbara shortly
afterwards. Barbara was part of al large family who immediately welcomed
Joe in to their lives. Both had previous marriages but this union
Joe wrote poetry throughout his life, a trait he inherited from his
Many of his friends and family were the recipients of his prose.
In 1995, Joe was diagnosed with Lung cancer and despite a courageous
struggle, he died 26th August 1997.
Joe touched the lives of many people and this poems are an indication
of his life and his loves.
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