Joseph Charles Spagnuolo M.D.
1951 - 2020
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Joseph Charles Spagnuolo, MD

Red Bank - Joseph Charles Spagnuolo, MD entered eternal life Monday, April 13, 2020 in Red Bank, NJ. He was 68.

Joseph was born on June 12, 1951 in Manhattan, NY, a son to the late Emilia (Kormanik) and Peter Joseph Spagnuolo, MD. He was raised and lived in Asbury Park, NJ before moving to Fair Haven in 1990.

He attended Holy Spirit grammar school in Asbury Park, graduated St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ, graduated St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biology, in 1973, received his MD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey in 1979 and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine in 1982.

Joseph was Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at the VA Medical Center in East Orange for twenty-three years until his retirement from the VA in 2005. In addition, he served as Physician Consultant and Associate Medical Director for the Peer Review Organization of NJ for many years.

Joseph also served as Chief Medical Officer for Christ Hospital in Jersey City.

Most recently, since 2005, Joseph served as Physician Advisor for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health where he was working until the time of his death.

Joseph was board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He was also a member of numerous professional societies and committees.

Joseph was warm, kind and down to earth. He was truly devoted to his family and profession. Whenever a family member or friend needed advice, he was always available to help and advocate. He was a loving brother and devoted uncle. He also loved country music and had a special affection for animals. He will be deeply missed.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Emilia Spagnuolo, and sister Rosanne Spagnuolo.

He is survived by his sister Gloria Rox and nephew Michael Rox of Berkeley Heights, NJ, many cousins, friends and colleagues.

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Memorial contributions may be made in the memory of Joseph to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

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Brad schwabenbauer
January 8, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Brad schwabenbauer
January 8, 2021
I spent every day with Joe from September 1969 until May 1973 when we graduated together he was a great guy and a good friend he played the best air bass guitar that I know to Creedence Clearwater Revival
We were both married on the same day in 1983 and I met him on my honeymoon and his honeymoon in Los Angeles in a three and think his wife’s name was Lily at the time saw him later in Florida when he was here in a conference never saw him after that only spoke to him once probably in mid 2000 when I found a picture with all of us hanging out in the dorm rest in peace my brother
Brad schwabenbauer
January 8, 2021
I was one of the docs best friends in college I saw him every day for our four years there
You were married on the same day and 83 I saw him in Los Angeles with his new wife Lilly I believe her name was and I saw him later here in Florida when he was here on a conference
I loved the doctor as we called him
He would play the best air bass Creedence Clearwater revival songs ever I saw him in later years in New Jersey and as I said in Los Angeles he was the best I miss him I wish I had reached out to him more because we were good friends rest in peace brother
Badboy schwabenbauer
January 8, 2021
I was a classmate of Joe's at Holy Spirit Grammar School. He was a quiet, kind and caring person.
I was glad to see what he became as an adult;
a quite impressive life. God rest your soul Joe.
Carol (Guito) Stansbury
April 27, 2020
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