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Joe DiLeva

Beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away in San Pedro on Friday, June 17, 2016. He was 72. He was born in San Pedro and lived his entire life there. After military service in Vietnam he achieved certification as Master Plumber and Operating Engineer and successfully owned and operated his own plumbing business until his retirement in 2009. Joe was private, gentle and kind. He was also a person of enduring faith.
In 2001, Joe met Joan Matthews whom he called "the love of my life and my best friend" For the past 10 years they lived together in her San Pedro home. With Joan, Joe enjoyed travels to China, Turkey, France and Mexico. In their travels, Joe became intrigued with ancient ruins and architectural features and true to his craft, fascinated with ancient plumbing systems.
In addition to travel, Joe enjoyed lifelong friendships with his high school group the "Monoceros" celebrating birthdays, picnics and special gatherings. With Joan, Joe volunteered his services to the Colleagues of the Assistance League in their sales. Together they shared a love of reading and could always be found at library book sales, First Thursday Art Walks and Wednesday mornings at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
It has been said that "home is not just a physical space-it gives us security, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional well-being". Joe had a place of belonging and well-being; he was a vital part of the South Shores Racquet Club community and was a good and helpful neighbor. Joe used his skills on simple projects that kept family and friends safe and their property well cared for. At the end of each day, he cherished the simple pleasure of sitting on the balcony with Joan and enjoying the serenity of the ocean view.
Joe is survived by his twin sons, Anthony DiLeva of Aliso Viejo and Joseph Goss of Las Vegas; Sister, Geri Hilton (Fred) of Escondido; brother, John DiLeva (Kathleen) of San Pedro; 5 grandchildren and his beloved best friend, Joan Matthews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Mary Star of the Sea Church, Friday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. A plaque honoring Joe's life will be placed at Green Hills. In hoatriotism, please consider a gift to the USO. Please sign guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on June 29, 2016
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