Waterford - Joseph A. San Juan Sr., 73, passed away peacefully at the home of his dear friends, Stu and MaryAnn Clark, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
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He was grateful and felt blessed to be able to say goodbye to everyone "in his own way", realizing that home is anywhere your heart and loved ones are.
Joseph was born in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 25, 1939, to Joseph E. and Lydia (Cortucci) San Juan. Joseph was a 1958 graduate of New London High School. He then went on to receive an associate's degree from the University of New Haven.
Joseph served proudly for 31 years as a lieutenant on the Waterford Police Department. Prior to his WPD service, he worked at Electric Boat for 10 years, and he was also a lieutenant in the National Guard. Post retirement, he served as a Connecticut State Judicial Marshal. Proud of his Italian heritage, Joseph was a member of the Italian Dramatic Club. He was also a life member of the Jordan Fire Department.
Lee Saunders' quote helps express just how much he meant to his family and friends, "They don't make â€˜em any better than you, Joe."
He is deeply mourned and survived by his wife, Patricia (Vendetto) San Juan; children and their spouses, Barbara and Kevin Karlson of Norfolk, Mass., Deana and Joseph Nott of Waterford, and Joseph Jr. and Angela San Juan of Waterford; and eight grandchildren, Christopher and Katie Karlson, Kassandra and Danielle Lankerd, Madison and Joey Nott, and Jessica and Samantha San Juan. Joe also leaves behind his brothers and sister and their spouses, Louis and Margaret San Juan of East Lyme, Robert and MaryAnne San Juan and Donna San Juan Tatter and Terry Tatter, all of Punta Gorda, Fla. He also leaves behind dear friends, Melvin and Dorothy Olsson.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Joseph E. and Lydia San Juan; infant daughter, Lisa; and infant grandsons, Kyle and Corey Karlson.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 6, 2012, at Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 170 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or the donor's choice.
Published in The Day on Nov. 6, 2012