Joseph Frederick Donato
Joseph was born on January 14, 1926 in Brooklyn N.Y. He passed away at home on April 28, 2014 at the age of 88 in San Pedro, CA. At his side was his wife of 64 years, Jean; son Joseph and wife Esela; daughter Janice and husband Juan; four grand-daughters, Amy, Elizabeth, Gabriella, Jennifer (and her Fiancé, Daniel) and three great grandchildren, Charles, Savannah and Aurora.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Prevatt; brother Antonio and wife Isabel; his sister-in-laws: Josephine, Nancy, Diane, Patricia and Geraldine; brother-in-law, Alfred and wife, Peggy. He also had numerous nieces and nephews. We would also like to extend a special appreciation to nieces Pamela Quick and Sandra Delgado.
Joseph was a 1944 graduate of San Pedro High School. He served in World War II and earned a Purple Heart for injuries he received in the Philippines. He was a proud member of the International Longshormen's and Warehouse Union Local 13 for over 50 years. He won election to many committees including Executive Board Member for more than 20 years. Joe was a member of the notorious ship gang 55, better known as the "Fabulous 55". Later Joe became the Gang Leader / Winch Driver of Gang 26, known as "The One Man Gang." Joe was a leader from the "old school ways" and always did things his way up until his retirement at the age 83. Joseph Frederick Donato 33355 was a "Full House".
Memorial Services will be held at noon Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 870 West 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731.
Joe's final resting place shall be at The National Memorial Cemetery located at the Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable gifts be made to the Cancer center Fund at the SOCCI in honor of Edward Wolin, Md at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You may also make a gift online at www.cedars-sinai.edu/Giving/ or call (323)866-7734 and speak to Leslie Damion. The family thanks you for any donations made on behalf of Joe. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from May 11 to May 13, 2014