Joe was true-that's the best word, or at least one of the best, to describe him. Joe used words with care, and I want to do so here. So I looked up the word "true" in my dictionary, and found Joe smiling back at me on the page. Here is what I found:
Of persons: Steadfast in adherence to a commander or friend, to a principle or cause, to one's promises, faith, etc.; firm in allegiance; faithful, loyal, constant, trusty. Somewhat arch ....
In more general sense: Honest, honourable, upright, virtuous, trustworthy; free from deceit, sincere,... unfeigned ....
Exact, accurate, precise; correct, right ....
Real, genuine ....
Amar, Akhil Reed
"Tribute to Joseph Goldstein,"
Yale Law & Policy Review: Vol. 19
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/ylpr/vol19/iss1/4