Joseph Baldassari
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Joseph Baldassari Joseph Baldassari ("Jay" as his Italian family called him) passed away unexpectedly on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, at his home in Puyallup, Washington. Joe was born on February 25, 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. He was the youngest of six children born to Italian immigrants Michael and Ernesta Baldassare. Joe proudly served his country in Washington State's Army National Guard for six years, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. Joe was always brilliant and well-spoken and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Teaching at the University of Puget Sound. Joe's greatest love was teaching, and he worked as a teacher with the Tacoma School District for 35 years. He is remembered as being a great mentor to both his students and his colleagues- he made everyone feel that they mattered. Joe also lovingly helped his brother Ralph establish South Side Motors RV in Tacoma, WA. After retiring, Joe loved playing golf, boating, amateur radio operation, and enjoyed all things "Italian" including cooking and culture. He volunteered regularly for 16 years at American Lake Veterans Golf Course and especially enjoyed being in the Golf Shack. Joe's greatest joy, however, came from spending quality time with friends and family. Joe will always be remembered as lovable and charismatic. He could be a real character who managed to spread good cheer and humor wherever he went. His departure from this earth has already left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who knew him best, especially his loving wife and best friend of 34 years, Cecilia Baldassari. Joe is survived by his wife Cecilia, sister Frances Gilletti, sons Louis Baldassari and Dan Korslund, daughter in-law Julie Korslund, seven grandchildren, and numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews; all of whom he dearly loved. Joe didn't care much for serious and sad funeral services because he knew that in dying, we live anew with God. What Joe would like us to always remember is the kindness, laughter, and love we all shared with him. Rest in peace Joe. (A Jay che possa riposare in pace.) A celebration of Joe's life will take place at a later date. Responses and remarks may be sent to Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Joe's name.

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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 3, 2020.
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May 7, 2020
Joe was a South Tacoma legend and a good guy. We first met at the Cutty Sark restaurant. Joe was a good 'wrench' and had a beautiful black 1956 Chev convertible named 'Via Currus'. I remember riding in it with him and our good friend Duncan a few times. Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. My heartfelt sympathies to Joe's survivors.
Mike Rabstoff
May 5, 2020
Awesome teacher, great mentor. The life application resources were unmatched. Junior Achievement ,Distributive Classes of America. He gave me one first jobs working for him and his brother Colonial Motors on South Tacoma wy. Nothing but great memories. Thank you Sir for being a great Educator. Rip
Norris Jr.
May 4, 2020
Cool and down to earth Teacher much respect for this man ,he cared about his students Rest in Peace
Antonio Stinson
May 4, 2020
Mr. Baldassari was one of my favorite teachers of all time! Without him I would definitely not have graduated in 1979! He was the best! May He Rest In Heavenly Peace!
Bill Harrison
May 3, 2020
I was a senior,Mount Tacoma 1974, I took his Distributive Education class, what a blast,field trips to different businesses. He was a favorite of mine,great guy,always cheerful and supportive.......The Mayor of Colombo Beach. Craig
May 3, 2020
Thank you for your service
Don SR
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