'Pop Joe' as he was called, owned a mineral water factory in Gateshead at Tyne Road East. He lived at Chase Park House in Whickham. On the estate wall in Front Street he built shops.
The house he built in Millfield Road, is now known as Whickham Villa Nursing Home. Chase Park House was sold to the Council. It was used during the 2nd World War for the war effort and pulled down afterwards.