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Joseph T. DelleDonne, Jr.

AGE: 79 •

Joseph T. DelleDonne, Jr., 79, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 24, 2016. He was known as Joe, Joey, Pop, Uncle Joe, King Faruk, Acme Joe- and his favorite title of all- Pop Pop. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Thomasina, as well as his two brothers, Gabriel and Ernest. He is survived by his wife, Doris; his daughters, Lisa Kowalski (Daniel), Michelle Simione (Mark) and Josette Manning (Bradley); his grandchildren, Danielle McVaugh (T.R.), Rebecca and Gabrielle Kowalski, Jenna Simione, and Claire, Conner and Charlotte Manning; his in-laws, Rita DelleDonne (Ernest), Frances DelleDonne (Gabriel), and Ronald and Jeanette August. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends, particularly Livia and Aldo Casale.

Joe was born to Italian immigrant parents and grew up on DuPont Street, just a block from St. Anthony's Church, where he was an alter server and a member of the marching band. He graduated from H. Fletcher Brown Vocational High School where he studied Radio and Television. He worked for Marcozzi Radio & Television Repair for many years before branching out on his own. Joe loved the idea of being an entrepreneur and owned several businesses throughout his life, including two pizza shops, a gas station (the Greenville Getty), and a tile flooring business. He worked for Art Floor for many years and later for Di Carlo Tile. Joe never worked less than two jobs at any given time. He took on a part-time job at Acme on DuPont Street in 1991 and he worked there for 24 years, up until he was 77 years old. He loved working at Acme and talking with all of his customers, most of whom he had known his whole life. Joe struggled with health problems throughout his life, including a heart attack at 35 and a heart transplant in 2002. Despite his health, he almost never missed work and never worried about dying- he focused only on living.

Joe loved to travel, though he had limited opportunities to do it. He had been to Jamaica once and Italy twice. He had a deep love of all things Italian and dreamed of returning to Italy someday, but he was not willing to leave his wife's bedside to do it. Joe loved music and would often sing along with great enthusiasm. He loved musicals, particularly ones his granddaughters worked on or performed in. He always enjoyed food, but especially enjoyed sharing meals with family and friends. Joe loved animals and spoiled his pets and grandpets over the years.

Joe's legacy is his love of family. A more selfless person simply does not exist in this world. Nothing was too much to ask of him and every second of every day of his life was lived for his wife, children and grandchildren. Though Doris had to move to a nursing facility 3 years ago, Joe went every day to see her, unless his health absolutely prevented it. He would sit with her for hours and hours, just holding her hand, without ever knowing if she knew he was there or not. He never once put himself first for anything, for any reason. He leaves a void that will never be filled.

The family would like to thank Dr. Howard Eisen and the heart transplant team at Hahnemann Hospital, Cathy Donahue-Smith, Dr. Pasquale Fucci (who Joe adored and credited with getting him to transplant), Lisa Marshall of Specialty Rehabilitation, the staff at Parkview who looked after Joe while he was there visiting Doris (Angie, in particular), Compassionate Care Hospice for making it possible for him to be with his family for the last four months (especially Keyla, who brightened his every day), Christiana Care nurses and doctors (especially Erin), and all of our family and friends. A special thank you to Thomas DelleDonne, who was more like a son to Joe than a nephew, for providing companionship, care and support for him on regular basis.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 9th and DuPont Streets, on Thursday, July 28th between 6:00-8:00p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated the following morning, Friday, July 29th at 10:00am. Committal services will be held privately and there will be no visitation preceding the funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Gift of Life (, Compassionate Care Hospice (, or Faithful Friends (

Published in The News Journal from July 26 to July 29, 2016
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