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July 10, 2013

Editorial: Arcade owner leaves legacy of fun and happy memories

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His sons eventually took over the operation, but Abdullah remained a presence at Joe’s almost until the end of his life, greeting patrons with a smile. A lot of people knew him as “Joe.”

“He was just a wonderful man”, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce head Maria Miles said. “I don’t ever remember him getting angry at anyone over anything.”

What a wonderful life.

A funeral Mass is at 10 this morning, so Joe’s will open a little later than usual in summer “out of respect for Fred’s passing and the Joe’s Playland Family.”

But when the doors open at 1 p.m., another generation of kids will tumble in to play the old games and the new ones. We’re sure that’s just what Fred Abdullah would want.

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