Joseph S. "Joey Kaye" Kempczynksi Jr.(1944 - 2013)

Joseph S.

Kempczynski, Jr.

"Joey Kaye"

AGE: 69 • Ocean View

Joey passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, in the company of his loving family and friends after a valiant fight against Lung Cancer. He was the husband of Patty (Capodanno). Together they shared many happy years of marriage, laughter and friendship.

He was born in Wilmington on June 4, 1944, son of the late Joseph Sr. and Martha (Cofrancesco). He graduated in 1962 from Wilmington High. Joey was employed by Delmarva Power serving in the Gas Construction & Maintenance Department for over 34 years. He started as a service technician and member of the IBEW 1238. He later was promoted to Field Supervisor and retired in 1999. A life member of the Pulaski Legion, Prince of Piedmont and St. Anthony Social Club among others, he enjoyed playing in their softball, bowling, golf and shuffleboard leagues sharing good times and a drink or two with many friends that loved him. Everyone that spent time with him has a "Joey Kaye story" and say he made life interesting and fun. He will not be easily forgotten. Joe enjoyed attending classic car shows with his '56 & '57 Chevys. He was an avid golfer who loved to play as often as possible. During his battle with cancer he said he was concerned and worried. When asked what his concern was he answered, "my short game." He was a devoted fan of Philadelphia sports teams, loyal to the Phillies and Eagles since childhood. He loved being on the water boating, fishing and crabbing. His happiest times were spent with his family and friends, especially his grandson Vinny.

Pre-deceased by sister Martha, he is survived by wife Patty, his three children and their families, son Joseph, III of New Castle, son Steven and wife Kristin and grandson Vinny of Bear, daughter Michele and husband Rory O'Brien of New York City, his two brothers and their families, Tommy and Maria of Wilmington, and John and partner Robert Perosi of Staten Island, brother-in-law Tom Capodanno, sister-in-law Johann Capodanno, and many beloved Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and their families. All of whom loved Joey and will miss him very much.

Visitation will take place at the CHARLES P. ARCARO FUNERAL HOME, 2309 Lancaster Ave. in Wilmington, on Thursday evening, December 5 from 6-8PM and again on Friday morning, December 6 from 10-10:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4th and Bancroft in Wilmington, on Friday morning at 11AM. Burial will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.

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Charles P. Arcaro Funeral Home
2309 Lancaster Avenue Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 658-9095

Published in The News Journal from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2013