Joseph (Joe) passed into eternal life on October 3, 2019. He was born on February 12, 1925. Joe met his future wife, Vicki, at a local skating rink and they were married on October 7, 1950. Vicki and Joe were married nearly 68 years when she passed away last year. Joe is survived by his son Robert (Naomi), and daughter Vanessa. He was predeceased by his wife, Vicki, and his parents, Joseph and Mary. He is also survived by many relatives and friends.
Joe was a member of the “Greatest Generation”, the generation that saved the world during World War II. Joe was attending Saunders Trade and Technical High School when he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from Gorton High School after returning from serving in the military. Joe flew on bomber runs on the B24 Liberator over the Gulf of Mexico. Their mission was to protect the crude oil as it was shipped from Venezuela to the largest oil refinery in the world in Aruba. The oil was much needed for the war effort. Joe would say, “You can’t fight a war without oil.”
Joe developed a love of flying at an early age. He took seaplane lessons in the Hudson River at 16 years of age, unbeknownst to his parents. He had an after school job and when he saved enough would take a flight lesson.
Prior to his retirement, Joe was employed by Verizon for many years including working on special circuits.
Joe was incredibly mechanically inclined. He could use novel ideas to fix anything.
Joe was a parishioner of the Church of St. Joseph Church in Bronxville for many years. He was a member of the NY Archdiocese Festival Choir which sang at St. Joseph’s Seminary and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Joe was active in retirement. He was a member of the Arts and Leisure Club of St. Joseph’s and the Bronxville Seniors. He enjoyed vacationing especially cruising. Joe also enjoyed photography, swimming and gardening (especially growing tomatoes and amaryllis plants). Everyone loved receiving delicious homegrown tomatoes from him.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 pm.