Fennell, Joseph James
Rochester: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at age 83. Joe was born in Saratoga Springs on Nov. 21, 1929 to James C. and Julia (Dunphy) Fennell. He graduated from Saratoga High School and attended Siena College and Champlain College before joining the Navy during the Korean War
. An outstanding athlete, Joe played basketball and baseball in college and the Navy.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Saratoga and worked for the daily newspaper, The Saratogian. Most of his career was spent with Bristol Myers Squibb, from which he retired in 1994.
Upon moving to Fairport in 1968 he became active in Fairport Little League. He served as its president from 1972-97, a time of tremendous growth during which the League developed the High Acres Complex and started the Challenger baseball program. He was honored for his service with the Press Radio Club's Matt Jackson Award in 1997 and the Perinton "Citizen of the Year" Award in 2001. Fairport Little League named one of its fields "Fennell Field" in honor of his contributions. He coached the Brooks Shepherd American Legion team for many years and assisted his son Mike as a baseball coach at McQuaid Jesuit High School.
He was predeceased by his parents and his son Michael Fennell. He is survived by his daughter Pam Baker (Bruce) and his son Tim (Judy Mayne) and their mother Norma Fennell. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Erin Fennell-Lincoln and his devoted grandchildren, who were the love of his life: Elizabeth, Julia and Kate Baker, Matthew and Maggie Fennell, and Ryan, Kaelan and Meghan Fennell.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Rochester Friendly Home, especially the Porter South Team, for their warm and compassionate care—we will never forget you.
Friends may call Thursday, 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Friends are invited to bring a written memory or photo of Joe for the family's Memory Book. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, 10 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 150 Varinna Dr. Interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Contributions may be made to the Mike Fennell Scholarship at LeMoyne College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1419 Salt Springs Rd. Syracuse, NY 13214, the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642 and/or the Rochester Friendly Home, 3156 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. To share a memory of Joe or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com