Joseph A. Dunphy

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Joseph A. Dunphy

Joseph A. Dunphy, age 86, of Hockessin, Delaware, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Anna (Sullivan) and Joseph A. Sr., passed away peacefully with his loving wife of 62 years at his side on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, in the bucolic setting of Delaware Hospice in Milford.

After high school at the Holy Family Academy of Bayonne, NJ, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant J.G. in the United States Navy and then graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from St. Peters College, Jersey City, NJ. Joe began work at Tidewater Oil Company in high school and continued during the early years of marriage living in Middletown, New Jersey. While the Delaware plant was under construction he and the family were transferred to California and later returned to the Delaware refinery. After a family stint for the company in New York, he returned to Delaware and rose to become Process Superintendent for the Getty Oil Company and Texaco until 1986 when he retired.

At St. Mary of the Assumption parish he served as a Eucharistic Minister and was in charge of the parish Outreach for a number of years. Joe also fully enjoyed the Sages gatherings. He more recently joined the Knights of Columbus, and especially enjoyed working the University of Delaware football games. Until recently, he volunteered weekly at the Regal Heights Nursing Home.

Joe is survived by the love of his life, Jean (nee Bacon), daughters Susan DiRuggiero (Ralph) of Essex Fells, NJ, and Alice Rogers (Bruce) of Easton, MD, and sons Chris (Anne) of Hockessin and Robert of Wilmington, along with his brother Aedan (Carol) and his sisters Dolores (Meleski) and Claire(Carlyle) and sister-in-law Clare. Joe was predeceased by their daughter, Deborah (D'Amelio) and his brother Jack. His grandchildren will miss his interest in their lives and his positive outlook: Sara, Michael, and Meghan D'Amelio; Caitlin DiRuggiero; Taylor, Maggie, and David Rogers; and Ryan Dunphy.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Delaware Hospice for the love and support they provided Joe and our family during this time.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Saturday October 13, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin. Friends may visit with the family Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 7230 Lancaster Pike. Interment will follow Mass at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Joseph's name to ARC of Delaware, 2 South Augustine Street, Suite B, Wilmington, DE 19804.

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Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 478-7100
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Published in The News Journal on Oct. 11, 2012
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