GASTONIA - Joseph William McCloskey Jr., 85, died at the Levine Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, on Nov. 13, 2012.
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Joe, son of Joseph and Florence McCloskey was born on Oct. 31, 1927, in Brooklyn, and grew up in Albany, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Reilley McCloskey. He is survived by his six children: Joseph W. McCloskey III and wife Melissa of Columbia S.C., Mary Ellen Osborne and husband Steve of Torrance, Calif., Carey Sharpe and husband Perry of Durham, Joan Herbert and husband David of Charlotte, Margaret Floyd of Charlotte, and Kathryn Dimopoulos and husband John of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands as well as his sister, Florence McCloskey Ray, of Castleton on the Hudson, N.Y. and numerous nephews and a niece. He was a loving "Pop Pop" to 10 grandchildren.
Joe attended Vincentian Institute and graduated from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. He was a veteran of World War II.
He began his sales career at the Knickerbocker News and from there went to work for the American Oil which resulted in moves to Boston, New York City and Chicago. Wanting to plant roots for his large family of six children, in 1966 Joe took a position as Sales Manager of Wix Filters in Gastonia, NC. Under his guidance and his firmly flexible terms, the Wix brand experienced dynamic growth with Joe advancing to Vice President of Sales. In 1987, Dana Corporation pur-chased Wix and Joe moved to its corporate headquarters in Toledo Ohio as General Manager of the ADS Automotive Group. He retired in 1991 and he and his beloved wife, Patsy moved back to Gastonia.
His family, friends and helping others were his priorities and a cherished way of life for him. Joe was active in St. Michael's Catholic Church, serving on the Parish Council, as a lecturer and as a Sunday school teacher. He was a past chairman of the Board of Directors of Gaston Skills; a past president of Gastonia Noon Optimist Club and served on the board of directors of West Gastonia Girls and Boys Club. His jovial and spiritual nature made him a cherished friend and mentor to all that he encountered.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Gastonia.
The family will receive visitors immediately following the service at the Gaston Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the West Gastonia Boys and Girls Club, 310 South Boyd Street, Gastonia, NC, 28052.
Condolences may be sent online at www.McleanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the McCloskey family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 15, 2012