Joseph S. Britton
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Born to his parents, William and Mary Nell Britton, Joe was preceded in death by his mother Mary Nell who he loved dearly and called Joe her sweet boy. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Marte) Britton. The couple shared 33 years of wonderful marriage together.

He was a loving father to his children, Scott Britton and Paige (Britton) Del Buono; son-in-law, Edward Del Buono; and Poppop to Madison Del Buono, who was the light of his life.

He was born in Brunswick, Maine, but spent most of his upbringing in Upper Makefield, Bucks County. He attended Council Rock High School where he was a First Team Lower Bucks All Area Football Player, Varsity Wrestler, and voted most likely to succeed in his Senior Class. From here he attended Wesleyan University where he studied Political Science and was president of the Delta Kappa Episilon Fraternity where he made lifelong friends. He was a four-year starter for the Varsity Football team, and recently recognized as a unanimous selection of the 1970s All-Decade Wesleyan Football team. At Wesleyan, he was a legend in his own time and was nicknamed "Smilin Joe" who opened holes by friends and teammates. After graduation, he went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University, which started a lifelong love of Villanova basketball. Upon graduation, he moved back to Bucks County and joined the law form Begley, Carlin, & Mandio. He practiced family law for 38 years, became a partner at the firm, and was a published author in the prestigious Library of Pennsylvania Family Forms. In 1983, he was introduced to his wife, Nancy, through a blind date from her brother, Charlie, who was also an attorney. On the first date, he humbly shared that he was the "best catch in Bucks County." They were married in 1987, and for the next 33 years they made an amazing team. Joe LOVED all things Philadelphia sports. The Eagles and Phillies were a mainstay in all forms of media whether it was on the family room TV, sportstalk radio in his car, or trash talking over text messages with his New England college friends. He was a passionate coach of his son Scott's athletic teams which included Upper Makefield Soccer, Tri-Township Baseball, and Pop Warner football as well as a softball and basketball coach for his daughter Paige. Eventually he was relegated to the position of the biggest fan and tailgater of the Council Rock North and Princeton Football teams where he enjoyed watching his son's games. Joe was also an avid golfer. On the weekends, he loved being with his golf buddies at Lookaway Golf Course where the competition was always on. He was a proud member of the Wycombe Golf Association (WGA) and loved hanging with the gang & hosting great parties. At home, he could be found outside where he enjoyed working on the yard and taking pride in the fruits of his labor. Above all of these things, he loved spending time with his family who he loved dearly. He will be forever missed and remembered for his kindness, patience, and positive outlook on life by all.

At this time, funeral services will be held privately. There will be a memorial ceremony scheduled in the future when friends and family can gather together to celebrate his life.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joseph may be made to The Mary Nell Britton Fund at Newtown Presbyterian Church, 25 N. Chancellor St., Newtown, PA 18940.

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Published in Bucks County Courier Times on May 26, 2020.
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April 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
mary ann cash
October 23, 2020
I just learned of Joe's passing and am shocked. My sincerest condolences to the entire Britton family. Joe was a true advocate for his clients and a worthy adversary, but he was always a gentleman and gracious. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Stacey Smith
October 6, 2020
I was just reading my Wesleyan magazine and was shocked to see joe’s name on the obituary list. I’m still in shock.
I was a classmate and friend of jennifer in CR intermediate. Joe was a legend at Council Rock. Then i went to Wesleyan where, as an athlete, the circle is small but tight. I got there a year after Joe graduated...but his name was still fresh...a legend there too!
Sometime in our twenties, Joe and I ran into each other playing touch football and softball among other local characters in Wycombe. There was an immediate feeling of mutual respect and wonder at the two of us somehow landing at Wesleyan and returning to our roots in Bucks County.
I regret that we never were able grow our friendship (I moved a bit too far north to make it convenient). However, I am so very thankful our paths finally crossed if only for a brief moment.
My sincerest condolences to Jennifer and all of Joe’s family.
Jay Ash
July 16, 2020
Joe was a good man and a good attorney. I send my heartfelt condolences to the Family...God Bless and Preserve you all.
Gorman John Ruggiero
May 31, 2020
My heart goes out to the whole Britton family. In the early 1970's we moved across the street from Bill and Mary Nell---what an amazing warm and close family! Joe was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know and, yes, always had that wonderful smile on his face. He touched so many lives---his memory lives within me and my family. My prayers are with you.
Ellen L. Lyng
May 28, 2020
Dear Nancy and family,
My husband and I went to Council Rock HS with Joe and I was privileged to ride together to school and become a friend to Joe. We were so sad to hear of his passing so young and so very sorry for your deep loss. We remember Joe to always greet you with a smile, his wonderful sweet humor, and the kindness in his eyes! Our prayers are with you and your family and we pray his honorable legacy will always live on in each of your hearts! May God be close to your broken hearts.
With our sincere condolences,
Lynne and Bud Sabutis
Lynne Sabutis
May 27, 2020
Gary Gilman
May 26, 2020
Joe was a great attorney and a realist. He gave it to you straight or he gave it to you the way you needed to hear it . RIP sir
Paul Ritz
May 26, 2020
My sincere condolences to Marte Britton and the entire Britton family. Joe was a worthy opponent, a compassionate individual, and a man true to his word. So very sorry for your loss.
Susan R. Rudman
May 26, 2020
He was a joy to be against as an opposing attorney.
He was always CLASS.
Behind that ever present smile was a fierce advocate who never forgot what ethics were supposed to mean.
People like Joe don't come around very often. He will be sorely missed and the Domestic Relations field is the lesser for it.
Rich Moore
May 26, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Britton Family. I have chills typing this. I've known Joe since he started with the Begley firm, had matters with him, and knew his word was his bond. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.
Fred Rubin, Esquire
May 26, 2020
Always a smile and a good word. I'll miss him. Andrew Schneider.
May 26, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Joe was a well respected colleague. He filed the most voluminous Memos in all of Bucks Co.
Nancy Larkin Taylor
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