Joseph N. Rizzi, Jr., died on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the age of 89 due to pneumonia and the flu in Nashville, Tennessee. He was born on September 1, 1924, to Joseph N. and Irene Martin Rizzi in Tarrytown, New York. Joe graduated from Washington Irving High School (now Sleepy Hollow High School) in 1941. Prior to entering the Army Air Corps in March of 1943, he attended Curtis Wright Technical Institute in Glendale, California. Upon his return from serving in Italy during WWII, he and Marjorie Elliot were married. Joe continued his education receiving a Civil Engineering degree from New York University. For 12 years before relocating to Hollywood, Florida, the Rizzi's and their children resided in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where they were active in sports and scouting. Joe spent his professional career in the Environmental Civil Engineering field. His work included projects both nationally and in Central and South America. He was a Vice President and principal in the Environmental Engineering Consulting firm of Hazen and Sawyer, and he opened the firm's South East region in 1968. When he retired in December 1986, he was a licensed professional engineer in 7 states and held life memberships in the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Water Works Association. He was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Margie, his beloved wife of nearly 49 years, died in 1994. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Ernest, by just 6 weeks due to lung cancer. Joe is survived by his son, Joseph Rizzi, daughter, Janet Rizzi Radler, and daughter-in-law, Suzy; grandchildren Jennifer Oropeza (husband Freddy), Candace Weaver (husband Greg) and their three children Callum, Briony, and Rhys; Jay Rizzi (wife Renee) and their two children Paloma and Donato; and Michael Radler, Jr.; his brother, Edward Rizzi, (wife Marietta), sister, Irene Metzger (husband Roger), 1 niece, 6 nephews and their children. Survived also by dear friend, John Hoffman, his extended family from Hazen and Sawyer, Audrey Booth (living companion while in California and up until just recently in Tennessee), and a multitude of lifelong friends. Joe was an exceptionally healthy man for 89 years and, until a month prior to his passing, had never spent a night in the hospital. He is loved and admired by many and will be greatly missed.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Apr. 17, 2014