Obituary

Joseph J. Riillo

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Joseph J. Riillo, 66, died Jan. 19, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends, following a sudden illness.

A native of Penndel, Joe was a graduate of Wilkes University, where he formed lifelong friendships. Joe fell in love with Maine, living in Ogunquit and then Kennebunk for over 35 years. A classically trained clarinetist, Joe had a tremendous talent on saxophones and flute. As part of the musical groups Lex & Joe, Neil and The Nightlifes, Blueswing and The Windmills among others, he endeared himself to his community while performing up and down the East Coast.

In addition to his love for music, Joe had a passion for coffee. He was the coffee roaster at Port City Coffee Roasters for over a decade and then helped launch Anthony's Small Batch Roasters. His life was full with musical jam sessions, cooking, entertaining, gadgets of all sizes, Volvos, Dexter Gordon, blues, swing and jazz.

Joe was cherished by his wife, Julia Einstein, his partner for over 20 years. He is survived by her and her son, Luke, and wife Jackie; granddaughter Elle; his longtime friend, Dr. Lester Turoczi; musical partner, Lex Romane; and countless friends who will miss him terribly. He was predeceased by his father, Victor Riillo; mother Lillian Thompson Riillo; and brother William Moser.

A memorial service is being planned.


Published in Times Leader from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2019
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