Joseph T. Lordan Joseph (Joe) T. Lordan passed away unexpectedly at the age of 88 on January 7, 2021 in Marin County, CA. Joe was born in San Francisco on November 18, 1932 to Dennis and Angela Lordan. He resided in the Potrero Hill District and attended St. Ignatius High School. Joe was commissioned to the United States Air Force and proudly served our country during the Korean conflict. He married Joan Passini in 1956 and soon moved to Oak Manor in Fairfax, where they raised their family. Joe followed in his father's footsteps and served as a distinguished member of the San Francisco Police Department for 29 years. He retired as Deputy Chief in 1986. Joe was a very humble man who touched the lives of a great many people and was known by all as a man of impeccable character. His priorities in life were clear to all that knew him - family, faith in God and sports (especially baseball). Joe was a proud and loving husband and father who was dedicated to his family, and was especially proud of his grandchildren, Alex and Daniela. He and his wife, Joan, cherished the time they spent in Walnut Creek, especially watching them play and excel in sports. Joe coached Little League and youth baseball for over 30 years, in addition to CYO and high school basketball. Players (including his son Dennis) that were lucky enough to have Joe as their coach or played against his teams, had nothing but respect and fond memories of Coach Joe. In addition to coaching, Joe was a voracious reader of sports, war novels, and fiction. He was a die-hard fan of his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He used to love to ride his bike, and in his later years, was seen walking all over Marin with his dear friend 'Neto' while stopping for a cup of tea along the way. In addition to his actual children, Joe was loved and adored by Doug MacLean, Todd and Ken Ginn, and Jose Neto, whom he considered his surrogate sons, and his devoted goddaughter, Nina Marota McIsaac. Joe is survived by his wife Joan; daughter Dena (Steve and step grandson Wesley); son Dennis (Diana); grandchildren Alex (11) and Daniela (9); brother-in-law Daniel Passini (Hope); sister Mary Barretta (Manuel); and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life memorial will be held once it is safe for all to gather in Joe's memory.
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Published by Marin Independent Journal on Jan. 24, 2021.