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Joe Garassino, age 29, of Stamford, CT, died Sunday, January 20, 2013, after a heroic battle with bile duct cancer. He was born January 5, 1984, in Waterbury, to Doreen Darsh and Michael J. Garassino. Joe was a graduate of Rumsey Hall, ('99), Tabor Academy, ('02), and received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in 2006.
Joe was a Market Manager for Kforce in Stamford, CT for its Finance and Accounting Flex Division. Joe celebrated the rise of the Stamford Finance and Accounting Team from start-up to a National Top 5 performing team in 2011.
Joe loved his wide circle of family and friends who supported him throughout his illness. He tremendously enjoyed exploring New York City, especially its diverse culinary outposts from tiny holes in the wall to many-starred restaurants. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. Joe also found adventure in travel, distant and nearby. He especially loved his French bull dog puppy, Mia, his constant companion over the last months.
Joe leaves behind his mother, Doreen Darsh of Middlebury, his father, Michael J. Garassino of Watertown, and his step-mother, Denise; his sister, Lisbeth M. Garassino of New York City, his grandmother, Donna Darsh of Watertown, his aunts Deirdre McDonald and her husband, Michael of Middlebury, Holly Casperson and her husband, Grant of Brookfield, and Lisbeth Darsh of Scottsdale, CA, and her former husband, Ben Rodarte of Lancaster, CA. He also leaves behind his cousins Jeremy and Hannah Casperson, Erin, Brittany, and Lindsey McDonald, and Justas and Sam Rodarte.
Joe also leaves behind his grandmother Margaret Garassino of Wisconsin, his uncles Raymond Garassino and his partner, Tom Milner of Providence, NC, and Louis Garassino of Tennessee, his aunts Katherine Garassino of Chicago and Mary Jane Garassino of Wisconsin, and Kathy Bowden Garassino of Watertown, and cousins, Jahan and Ahsha Garassino, Vanessa Noel, and Jessica and Lisa Garassino.
Joe was predeceased by his aunt, Lynn Darsh of New York City; his grandfathers, Albert V. Darsh and Raymond L. Garassino, and his grandmother, Antoinette Di Salvo Garassino.
Arrangements: A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Watertown, 40 De Forest Street. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joe Garassino to:
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
To learn more of Joe's story visit http://connectwithjoe.blogspot.com
For more info or to send E-Condolences visit: www.chaseparkwaymemorial.com
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Jan. 21, 2013