Joseph Francis De Pierro
1932 - 2021
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Joseph Francis De Pierro Joseph Francis " Say Hey " De Pierro was called home to God on May 9, 2021. Born at home in West New York, NJ on October 10th, 1932, he was the second of three children. He is pre-deceased by his mother, Florence (Flossie) and his father Joseph A. De Pierro and siblings Grace and Vincent. Joseph was a long-time resident of West New York. He attended Harry L. Bain School and was a graduate of Memorial High School. He joined the United States Army in 1953. His unit was on the last ship headed for Korea when the Armistice was declared. Diverted to Japan, Joe spent two years in the military police as a peacekeeper where he served until 1955. He is survived by his wife Judith (nee: Heagen) of 22 years as well as his former wife Evelyn Suiter, daughter Lucille Mattessich, son Joseph De Pierro and his wife Tess and son Chris De Pierro. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Brianna, JR and Jake who he was very proud of. Joe became a member of the West New York Police Department in 1960 and served tirelessly for 33 years without a sick day. He was promoted to Detective which brought him great satisfaction bringing criminals to justice. While on the force he spearheaded a fund-raising campaign for a Korean War Veterans Memorial. Today you can see it installed proudly outside the West New York police station on 60th Street. This was a moment of great pride for Joe who felt veterans should be recognized for their service and sacrifices. A devoted family man, Joe could be spotted at many of his boys' sporting events in town, including Pop Warner football, swimming and baseball especially at the West New York Little League field on 54th Street where he served as President for many years. You could hear his booming voice over the PA each time a batter hit a home run. "Say Hey" became his moniker, reflecting his love for #24, MLB slugger Willie Mays. He persuaded Willie to attend an opening day at the field where fans of all ages were thrilled! As a parishioner and a PTA President of St. Joseph of the Palisades, he raised money doing Calendar Card parties and other fundraisers such as the parish play. With his comedic sense of humor, he brought in rave reviews and revenue especially to the delight of his favorite fans - the Nuns! Joe's love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and helping others extended from West New York to many "Poker Runs" all for charity especially if the recipients were children. He also rode with the Polar Bear Club through the winter months. His pride and joy was his Harley Heritage Softail which was awarded First Prize for Best Bike at the annual Americade in Lake George. He was very proud of the Gothic designs which he researched for months before he allowed them to be painted on his precious bike. Joseph Francis De Pierro leaves behind a proud legacy of service to God, country, family, community and humanity which his family is so proud of. Joe will be missed by many. Visitation will be held on on Friday May 14, 2021 from 4pm-8pm with a prayer service at 7 pm all at the funeral home. Cremation private. In lieu of flowers donations can by made to: WNY Recreation: https://www.westnewyorknj.org/Departments/Recreation Leukemia Society: https://www.lls.org Wounded Warriors: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

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Published in The Jersey Journal on May 12, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
MAY
14
Visitation
04:00 - 08:00 PM
MAY
14
Prayer Service
07:00 PM
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May 14, 2021
My sincerest condolences, Judy, to you and your family. May he Rest In Eternal Peace and may his memory be everlasting. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, but rather through you, Judy, and I know how well you cared for him. My heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. With love, Vivi Georgiou
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