Massachusetts city, St. Patrick's Day Parade committee names Joseph Weisse the 2019 Citizenship Award Winner.

The 2019 Citizenship Award winner, Joseph Weisse, is the son of late Virginia (Ubertalli) and Frank Weisse. Joe and his three siblings, Peggy, Tom and Mary were born and raised in the Elmwood section of Holyoke. Joe attended Holyoke High School, and went on to The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Virginia Weisse was a chemist at Tighe & Bond and Frank Weisse was a businessman. Together they started Holyoke Distilled Water in 1965, selling distilled water to labs for testing. They grew the business in the 1970’s to include drinking water and in the 1990’s Joe took over the family business. Over 50 years later, the business now known as Laurel Pure (after the Elmwood street the Weisse children grew up on) has grown to include purified water for industrial applications, delivery to homes & businesses, and water cooler rentals.

For over 25 years, Joe has been a generous supporter of the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Road Race, donating Laurel Pure water and supplies for thousands of runners every year. He also donates to several other community races and events. Joe is also a proud member of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke and a member of the Holyoke Elks #902. In his spare time, Joe enjoys golfing and traveling.

Joe, his siblings and their whole family are looking forward to marching on St. Patrick’s Day in honor of Frank and Virginia Weisse, who would be so proud of Joe and Laurel Pure’s support of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race.

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