We were absolutely heartbroken to hear the news this morning that our favorite Missoula bartender and long time Blaze family friend, Joe Hammond, lost his battle with cancer last night, December 20th.

Al's and Vic's patrons could always count on a smile and friendly "hello" from Joe when they walked through the front door of the bar. Joe was fun, kind, funny, genuinely caring, giving to his community and most of all, tolerant and forgiving of his sometimes rowdy customers.

Joe will be missed, but certainly not forgotten, our hearts and loving thoughts go out to his family, Seamus, Winter and the whole crew at Al's.

Joe's daughter Felicia shared the following message with his friends & family.

My Dad got his wings last night. He lost his battle to cancer but he made his way to heaven. His faith kept myself and the rest of my family strong and will continue to do so through this time after. I prayed for his peace. God bless him. Send prayers for strength and for my family.