Joseph James Berry (1927 - 2014)

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Joseph James Berry

AGE: 86 • Newark

Joe was born on July 14, 1927 and passed away peacefully, at home, on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 at the age of 85, surrounded by his family. After proudly serving in the United States Navy during WWII, he obtained a private pilot's license in 1946 and enjoyed flying his Piper J-3 Cub. He was the founder of Berry Refrigeration Company in 1956, and most recently worked for HY-Point Equipment.

Joe's hobbies included golfing, fishing and boating at Bay View Beach. Along with spending time with his family, a passion in his life was building, flying, and inevitably rebuilding remote control aircraft. He had many friends with the First State and Delaware RC Clubs, where he generously trained and helped others to enjoy the hobby. "Everyone should have a Cub."

He was preceded in death by his son Joseph Jr., his daughter Barbara, his sister, Myrtle Parisi and by his brother Sam.

Joe is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Berry, his son James Berry and wife Maureen, his daughter Anne, his son Sam, his grandchildren, Michelle Starkey (Preston), Andrew Berry (Julie) Sam, Jr., and his great-grandsons, Clayton, Henry and Oliver, and by his sister, Ethel DiIenno.

A funeral service will be held at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road Pike Creek, on Tuesday, July 8, at 11am, where visitation will begin at 9:30am. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be sent to the Salvation Army 400 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801 or to the First State RC Club, 108 Weldin Park Drive Wilmington, DE 19803. Attn: John Gardiner

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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 999-8277
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Published in The News Journal from July 5 to July 7, 2014
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