Fee Brothers co-owner Joe Fee dies at age 55

10th February, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Joe Fee, co-owner of bitters and cocktail mixer producer Fee Brothers, has died at the age of 55.

Joe Fee, fourth-generation owner of Fee Brothers (Image credit: Fee Brothers Facebook)

Fee passed away last Thursday (6 February) after suffering complications from a respiratory infection, according to a statement posted on the Fee Brothers Facebook page.

The post said: “Ellen Fee and the loyal employees of Fee Brothers are saddened to announce the passing of our brother, friend and colleague, Joe Fee, who passed away this afternoon from complications of a respiratory infection.

“Details of the memorial will be announced soon, and shared to this page. Rest in peace, dear Joe. You will be missed.”

Family-owned company Fee Brothers has been operating in Rochester, New York, since 1864.

The Fee Brothers’ portfolio consists of nearly 100 products including its namesake bitters line, botanical waters, mixers, brines and cordial syrups. The four original Fee brothers – Owen, John, James and Joseph – are pictured on the products’ labels.

Joe and his sister Ellen Fee took over ownership of Fee Brothers from their father Jack in June 2012.

The funeral for Joe Fee will be held today (10 February) at 10am EST at St John of Rochester Church in New York.

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