FAIRHAVEN — A well-known figure in New Bedford has passed away following a decline in health.

According to a Facebook post from his family, Joe Jesus passed away at the age of 81 at the Alden Court Nursing Home in Fairhaven Sunday morning.

Jesus organized New Bedford’s “Fifties Night,” running the popular annual event that brings downtown New Bedford back to the 1950’s with a collection of classic automobiles.

Visiting hours for Joe Jesus will be held at the Saunders Dwyer Funeral Home in New Bedford from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. His funeral mass is at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church on Tarkiln Hill Road.