Joseph Patrick Cardamone

Joseph Patrick Cardamone, 62, of the Plot section of Scranton, formerly of the Bulls Head section, died Tuesday March 4, 2014, at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 13,025 days, the former Mary Ellen Holmes.

Born in Scranton on February 16, 1952, he was the son of the late James and Rose Russo Cardamone.

A 1970 graduate of Scranton Technical High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in government administration from the University of Scranton in 1980. He worked as a teaching assistant at Scranton Technical High School from 1971-79, and a manager at G.P. Putnam and Sons/Penguin Books in Pittston from 1981-1989, and a substitute teacher at Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit in Archbald for several years.

He was a member of Scranton's Civil Service Commission from 1997-2005, and was its chairman for part of that time, and also served as a member of the Scranton Home Rule Charter Study Commission in 2000.

Joe also served as borough manager of Olyphant in 1994, an administrator in Coolbaugh Township in 1995 and an administrator in Scott Township in 1996. Joe was a former director of community development and was recently appointed to the City of Scranton Zoning board.

A diehard Notre Dame and New York Yankees fan, Joe loved long summer days at the Jersey Shore at the Holmes family reunion. He was a man who always thought about others and his community before himself, as shown in his over 20 years of service with Neighborhood Housing. He was a member of St. Anthony de Padua Church until its closing and currently Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, where he donated his time as an adult education instructor.

Also surviving are children, Christopher, Kyle, Maria, all of Scranton; and Matthew, New Jersey; brothers, Dominick, Conn.; James and wife, Diane, Dunmore; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Butch and Molly Holmes, Scranton; 18 brothers and sisters-in-law; and 31 nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Everyone attending the funeral is asked to proceed directly to church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Scranton, PA 18508.

Please visit www.solfanel for information, directions or to send an online condolence.

Funeral Home

Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home
1030 N Main Ave Scranton, PA 18508
(570) 344-6512

Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 6, 2014