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Joseph Peter Briuglio

1937 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Peter Briuglio Obituary
Joseph Peter Briuglio of Metairie, LA passed away on Sunday December 30, 2018. He was born in New Orleans on April 17, 1937 to the late Joseph Briuglio and Josephine Latino Briuglio. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Kathleen Williams Briuglio. Father of Brian Joseph Briuglio (Megan), Maria Briuglio Perez (David) and Paul Louis Briuglio (Cristen). Loving grandfather of Jeanne Hebert (Andrew); Mary Kay Barreca; Emily and Evan Perez; Katie, Brandon and Allison Briuglio and great grandfather of William Hebert, who affectionately called him Papare. Survived by his brother, Sam Briuglio (Karen) and his sister-in-law Jean Williams. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Joe was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and Loyola University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. While earning his degree he also served in the Army National Guard. He was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Loyola in 1982. In 1960 he began his career in New Orleans as a retail pharmacist and in 1965 opened his own pharmacy in Metairie, Lakeside Drugs, where he quickly became everyone's "Mr. Joe". He sold his pharmacy to Eckerd Drugs where he continued to serve his customers until he retired in 2003 due to the muscular disease, Inclusion-Body Myositis. He was a parishioner of St. Angela Merici Church where he attended Mass for over 50 years. He was a member of the First District Drug Club of New Orleans, The Louisiana State Pharmaceutical Association, and a proud member of the Contessa Entellina Society of New Orleans. Joe was an avid New Orleans sports fan who was an original Saints season ticket holder and passionately loved LSU Football. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his beloved family after a long fight with Inclusion-Body Myositis and a short battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma. We would like to thank all of the loving people who participated in his care over the last decade including Irma, Cindy, Angie, Mary, Sharon, and Miss B. We would also like to recognize his medical providers, Dr. Richard Airhart, Dr. Joseph Biundo Jr., and Dr. Bryce LeBlanc and the Compassus Hospice staff. Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Church, 835 Melody Drive in Metairie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe's memory to The Myositis Association (myositis.org/donate) or St. Angela Merici Church (901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie, La. 70002). Inclusion-Body Myositis is a debilitating inflammatory muscular disease for which there is currently no effective treatment or cure. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2019
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