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Teen Killed In Car Crash Remembered As Hard-working, Kind And Funny

September 25, 2018

A good friend, hardworking teammate and jokester, Joe Maddage left behind a legacy of caring. The 18-year-old Carbondale Area High School graduate died Friday night in a two-car crash in Scott Twp. Police continue to investigate the wreck. “He was just such a good kid,” his sister, Frances Maddage, 19, said. “He had a heart of gold.” Whether it was Toys for Tots, food drives, working with Catholic Social Services or a friend in need, her brother was always there to help. “If he noticed that someone needed help, he would help them in any way he could,” she said. Born only 14 months apart, she and her brother were raised like twins, Frances Maddage said. Growing up, Joe was always a peacekeeper. Any time there was strife or friction between people, he was there to help resolve the problem, his sister said. Like most teens, Joe enjoyed going for rides in his car and hanging out with his friends and his 12-year-old brother, Elliott Maddage, she said. Joe Maddage was a 2018 Carbondale Area graduate. He was a manager at McDonald’s and planned to enroll in Keystone College’s pre-med program in the spring, she said. He was also very interested in football and played until his junior year of high school, she said. Playing as number 50 for the Carbondale Area Chargers, Joe was an offensive and defensive lineman, coach Larry Gabriel said. Even though he looked like a typical lineman, with a stocky build and broad shoulders, “he had the heart of a teddy bear,” Gabriel said. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Gabriel is collecting signatures from current and former teammates on a football as a keepsake for the teen’s parents, Gloria and Frank Maddage, and his siblings. Joe had a knack for keeping things in perspective — he knew that even if the team lost, there would always be another chance, his coach said. “He would never be the type of guy to point the blame anywhere,” he said. A smart player, Joe was also a jokester, always making people laugh, Gabriel said. “Everyone is going to think about the smile,” Gabriel said. “You would hardly ever pass by him that he wasn’t smiling about something.” Looking through pictures Monday, Frances Maddage couldn’t find a single photo where her brother wasn’t smiling. “The kid was always smiling,” she said. “He was just this happy-go-lucky kid.” To honor Joe, there will be a balloon launch before Friday’s homecoming football game. Balloons will cost $2 each, with the possibility of larger balloons costing $3-5, his sister said. All proceeds will support the Maddage family. Contact the writer: flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter

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