Joseph G. Giuffre October 18, 1930 - August 23, 2011 Funeral Mass for Joseph G. Giuffre will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. Joseph was born October 18, 1930 in San Francisco, CA, and passed away in Bakersfield CA, while at home on August 23, 2011. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, attended The University of San Francisco for two years and then attended Golden Gate Law School for one year. While attending college he was working for Sears Roebuck, which would last for 18 years. In 1951, Sears transferred Joe to Oxnard, CA. He was not able to complete his college or dream of law school due to that, but he met his future wife Betty. They were married in 1953 and celebrated their 58th anniversary last January. In 1952 the draft called, but he was already in the Naval Reserve, so he chose to join Navy. He served for two (2) years assigned on the USS Stembel. Upon honorable discharge he returned to his job at Sears. Joe joined Toastmasters 270 in the late 60's and in 1971 he was named the #1 District Governor for the entire region. In 1968 Joe quit his job at Sears and together he and Betty bought the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store at Mt. Vernon Ave. and Niles St. in Bakersfield. This career move gave Joe the opportunity to return to law school. In 1970, on his 40th birthday, Joe began law school at The Glendale School of Law. For almost four (4) years, Joe would work at the store during the day, studied at night and then drove to school every weekend, 51 out of 52 a year. Joe graduated law school in June of 1974. He took his bar exam and passed it on his first attempt. His dream of being a lawyer had finally come true and he began his law practice in 1975 and continued it until he retired in 1996. He loved being a lawyer!!! Joe loved the ocean, spending many a day fishing. He also loved to travel, and together he and Betty have seen most of the United States and visited many countries. His concern for those less fortunate brought him into The Lions. It was in Lions International that he put his heart into; for he could feel that he had an impact in helping others. It was worldwide, people helping people, not only against blindness, but in disasters, such as hurricane, earthquakes, floods and fires. Lions International has a team of workers and supplies that usually gets to the affected area of a disaster prior to many other organizations. Joe served all local, district and multi-district offices while being a Lion. He was Governor of his district from 1998-1999. He also has been a trustee of the Lions Eye Foundation of California and Nevada, which with Pacific Medical Hospital of San Francisco, has helped 100's of people, who otherwise would have not have been able to afford eye care. Joe's last office held with Lions was that of President of the California/Nevada Lions Eye Foundation, 2009-2010. Joe leaves behind his wife Betty of 58 years, his son Joe and wife Jeannine Giuffre, granddaughters Margaret and Ellie Giuffre, grandson AJ Giuffre and great granddaughter, Elizabeth (Izzy). Sisters in law, Juanita Soobitsky and husband Hal, children Diana and Carol, Mary Cook and husband Ed, children Cathy and Eddie, brother in law, Benjamin Lary and wife Judy, children Lynn, Laurie, and Mike. Brother Ralph Giuffre and wife Charlene, daughter Tracy. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 30, 2011