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"Ret. Navy Cmdr"
Age 85, "Padre Joe" who served God and his country for 27 years as a Navy Chaplain passed away May 2nd, 2019. He was born and raised in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish and was a proud "2 Streeter" and former Mummer. In 1951 Joe graduated from Southeast Catholic Boys High School, went to Temple University, entered St. Charles Seminary and was ordained in 1961. Padre loved the Navy, passing on many stories from his time served on the Kitty Hawk and Saratoga.
Son of the late James and Julia (nee Flanagan) McCloskey. He is survived by his sister Marie Dougherty, nieces Julie Schuck and Marianne Shervin and nephews Jim, Patrick and Joe Dougherty. Reception of Father McCloskey will be at 9 A.M., Wednesday, May 8th, at Queen of Peace Church, 820 North Hills Ave. (at Fitzwatertown Rd.) Ardsley PA 19038, followed by a Visitation from 9:15 A.M. to 10:50 A.M. Concelebrated Funeral Mass will follow at 11 A.M. Principal Celebrant will be Bishop John J. McIntyre. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, Father Joe requested donations to Good Shepherd School, 835 N. Hills Ave., Ardsley PA 19038 in memory of his nephew, Dennis P. Dougherty Jr., would be appreciated.

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on May 5, 2019.
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July 23, 2020
I've known Padre Joe since 1977. I was a young 27 year old F-4 fighter pilot in VF-31, one of the two fighter squadrons of CVW-3 embarked in the USS Saratoga (CV-60), in which Padre Joe was the Catholic Chaplain. Padre Joe was such a down to earth, funny, wonderful guy. His evening prayers before taps were legendary. He often stayed at my home in Virginia Beach -- and always did his laundry. When he was the Chaplain at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, I flew down in an F-4 Phantom and picked him up so that he could be the "Chaplain of choice" at CDR James B. "Red" Best's change-of-command ceremony to CDR Dennis A. Sullivan. On the way back to Cherry Point, we purposely flew through the Warning Area (W-72) off the coast of Virginia so that I could take "Joe" supersonic. The Padre said, "Are we really supersonic?" Years later at Naval Station Newport Rhode Island he was a student at the Senior Chaplain's School and I was a student at the Naval War College. When we drove to Cape Cod one weekend, we both questioned why we were in Provincetown, MA together! Such a fun guy and we would talk at least once a year. When I called him on his birthday this year (July 13, 2020), he did not answer. "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him." I then tried calling niece Julie Schuck, whose number I had always kept for this day. It was no longer in service. Fr. Joe McCloskey was a man extremely well LOVED by many. My deepest condolences and sympathy to the family. Pat Klinker, Commander USN (ret) and Captain UPS (ret). Louisville, KY
Patrick Klinker
December 15, 2019
Roger and I are so saddened by the news of father joes passing. Disappointed that we just found out. We met in Beeville ,Tx . He pinned wings on Roger in 1973, and baptized both our sons in 1973 and 1978. Throughout the years he visited us in Washington and we also stayed in touch through Christmas cards and phone calls . We last saw him in person with his nephews in Philadelphia in Sept 2016 and enjoyed a lunch together. Im sooo grateful for his friendship and love . Hes been such a big part of our lives and Ill miss him very much.
Candi, Roger, Jason and Justin Stiles
PS Ill never forget the crazy St Patricks Day parties he hosted!!!!!!❤❤❤

Candi Stiles
July 16, 2019
Served with him on USS SARATOGA. Always cheerful and very popular.One of the best known persons aboard a carrier of 5500 men. He was devoted to the Navy and loyal to the crew. He was gifted with a keen sense of humor and very well read. A real friend who will be missed by many.
jim whalen
June 25, 2019
So sorry to hear about Father Joe! He knew my entire family and stood on the altar at my wedding and was a dear friend to my mother, Eileen Ryan. May he rest in peace.
June 12, 2019
Enjoy reuniting with our beloved parents Mary and Jim Selgrath and all the other military families whose lives you enriched! You were one of a kind Fr Joe! xo
Susan Higby
June 12, 2019
October 2018
Susan (Selgrath) Higby
May 8, 2019
Rest In Peace Father Joe Many great memories back when he was stationed at St. Bart's. He used to drive us to school and we laughed the whole ride. Spent time with us at the arsenal and Willow Grove Air Station. A great mentor and friend❤
Bonnie McCool
May 5, 2019
I am sure Father McCloskey will have everyone laughing in Heaven, as he did on Earth. Rest in Peace dear friend. Marlene "Marybeth" Keating
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