Joseph Edgar Newgarden: 1929 - 2017

By USATT | Nov. 29, 2017, 4:12 p.m. (ET)


USA Table Tennis are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Joseph Edgar Newgarden. Joe was the father of Newgy and was a great contributor to the sport of table tennis whose passion and enthusiasm for the sport and helping others will be greatly missed. 


Surrounded by his family, Joseph (Joe) Edgar Newgarden, Jr. passed away at home Sunday, November 26, 2017 after a 9- month battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  He was born July 4, 1929 in Westport, NY to the late Joseph Sr. and Dorothea Newgarden.  From an early age, Joe exhibited a love of both photography and ping-pong.  He was able to channel these interests into building two successful businesses, Nationwide Studios and Newgy Industries, which allowed him to positively affect the lives of hundreds of people.  Joe was a father-figure and mentor to many.  He was a wonderful family man, business man, and philanthropist, who had a heart for children and the disadvantaged.  Quick with a smile or kind word, he was a true gentleman.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Arthur, Jack, and Raymond; brothers-in-law Cliff Chappell and Jack Ahlquist.  He is survived by sisters, Nancy Talbot, Barbara Chappell, Sue Sales (John), Peggy Newgarden; sisters-in-law Cynthia Newgarden and Grace Ahlquist; children Nancy Putnam (Andy), Marion Nadeau (Jack), Alice Newgarden, Joey Newgarden, Teri Wilkes (Whitt), Margaret Jordan (Russ), Carrie Newgarden, Jena Newgarden, Joleta Crook (Cody), 21 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Throughout his illness, Joe was with his family in the comfort of his own home.  The family would like to thank High Point Hospice and Comforcare for their professionalism and dignity in the care they provided.

Family visitation will be held from 1pm to 3pm, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Alexander Family Heritage Funeral Home, 100 Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN, with a Celebration of Life Service to follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate in Joe’s name to his favorite charity, the Christmas 4Kids organization.  Online condolences may be submitted at  Alexander Family Heritage Funeral Home has been honored with arrangements.

Tributes from the Table Tennis Community

'Our table tennis family lost a huge member. He was a wonderful person dedicated to helping others. And absolutely passionate about table tennis. So fortunate to have known him. God bless you Mr Newgarden.' - Ed Hogshead. 

'A true Hall of Famer and consummate ambassador of the sport. Mr. Newgarden never turned down any group with his gracious support in sponsorships or products. Mr. Newgarden had a great impact on all those that were lucky to call him a friend. Thoughts and prayers to his Newgy family members.' - Sean O'Neill.

'Joe Newgarden was an incredible supporter of Table Tennis.' - Christian Lillieroos.

'Joe and my life was intertwined on and off over many years. He was a great guy and a good friend. I will miss him.' - Richard McAfee.

'Newgy and Mr Newgarden supported NCTTA when no one else would in the early days. Table Tennis won't be the same.' - Willy Leparulo.

'Joe and his passion for the sport will be missed by the entire table tennis world.' - Scott Preiss.