Tree planting dedication honors memory of Victor Joos

Staff reports 8 a.m.

Tree planting dedication honors memory of Victor Joos

From left, Ethan Joos, Victor's son; Laurie Joos Jacobs, Nancy Joos Drew, Victor's sisters; and arborist Jonathan Nute and wife Ann, who are both Nute Library Trustees (Courtesy photo)

MILTON - A Tree planting dedication was held recently for Victor Joos at the Nute Library.

MILTON - The crabapple tree was planted just outside Victor's Reading Nook," a reading room dedicated to Joos in October.

There were many Nute Library Trustees in attendance as well as Librarian Al Goodwin, School Board member Peg Hurd and from Nute Facilities, Andrew Rawson.

Joos, a longtime Milton resident who grew up in Rochester and graduated from Spaulding High School, was a Peace Corp volunteer and regional director before moving to Milton with his wife, Annie.

Joos had a lifelong passion for agriculture and its sustainability, building his first greenhouse at the age of 16, according to his obituary.

Upon his return to Milton following his Peace Corp service, he and Annie opened Milton Gardens and later, Briar Patch Greenhouses.

Joos devoted much of his life to civic engagement and public service as a state legislator and in a number of Milton town positions, including auditor, treasurer, administrator and moderator.

Joos was also a Nute High School teacher, Nute Library trustee and a school board chairman.

He was also highly visible in the media having worked as a news reporter for Fosters Daily Democrat.

In retirement Joos served as a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, creating, teaching and presenting on the art of rug hooking.

He died in 2019 at the age of 81.

To find out more about the great things that Joos has done for the Milton Community, stop in at the Nute Library and visit "Victor's Reading Nook."