Joseph F. Piarulli
Cherry Hill and Ocean City, NJ
Joseph F. Piarulli, 11/14/1923 - 4/4/2014 of Cherry Hill and Ocean City NJ, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 4th, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife Deborah, adoring sons Joe Jr and Thomas, dear brothers Michael and Gaetano, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Joe was born and raised in Camden, NJ, son of the late Francesco Piarulli and Anna Nuzzi. Joe was a renowned racehorse trainer and racing official. He trained famed thoroughbred Vertex, who was inducted into the inaugural class of the Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame on May 11th, 2013. Widely considered the most skilled and popular horse east of the Rocky Mountains from 1957-59, Vertex also sired Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair.
A graduate of La Salle University, Joe retired from the NJ Racing Commission in 1999 after a distinguished three-decade career as a steward. He enjoyed his later years golfing and spending time with loved ones at his home in Ocean City.
Friends and family are invited to attend viewings on Wednesday April 9th, 2014 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM and on Thursday April 10th from 8:45AM to 9:45AM at BOCCO FUNERAL HOME, 1300 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
Funeral Mass celebrating Joe's life will be held at Holy Eucharist Parish, 344 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 beginning at 10:30am on Thursday, April 10th, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joe's name to Penn State's THON charity at thon.org
or to the AAEP Foundation at foundation.aaep.org