Joseph T. Lordan
1932 - 2021
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.
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I met Joe on my first night at Northern Station out of the Police Academy. He was a Sergeant at the time. I could not believe my good luck in meeting someone like Joe. I later had the good fortune to work with Joe on the CP squad. We rode around together until he was promoted to Lieutenant. My luck continued as Joe was the Lieutenant in the Robbery Detail. He was a great guy, a great cop and became a very special friend.
Joe Chiamparino
February 11, 2021
As a young officer I was assigned to Central Station in the early 70's and worked under the supervision of Lt. Lordan. He was an excellent supervisor, a true gentleman and a role model for me and other young officers. Rest in Peace Deputy Chief Lordan.
Alan Mould
February 8, 2021
A great cop, great boss and truly wonderful person. God Bless...
Steve Christie
February 1, 2021
Joe was the ultimate community volunteer, especially as a coach and administrator in the Fairfax Sleepy Hollow Little League. He (and Joan) we're absolutely the best. It was always challenging an especially FUN to play against his teams. It was an honor to have known him.
Peter Cornwell
January 28, 2021
In the San Francisco Police Department there were good bosses and their were great bosses, Joe Lordan was in the class of the great ones. God Bless him, Bob Puccetti
Robert Puccetti
January 27, 2021
Pete,Betty, Emmy,Terri, Bob
January 27, 2021
Joe was one of the finest human beings and one of the best cops ever to wear the badge. He touched all of our lives in a positive way. We were all better cops and better people because of him. He gave me the opportunity and the encouragement to get back to full duty after an off duty injury that might have ended by career as an active officer.
My sincere condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Steve Gudelj
January 27, 2021
RIP Chief Thank You for your guidance and support.
Al Casciato
January 27, 2021
It is heartbreaking for any of us, at SFPD, who had the pleasure of working for Joe. He was a great role model, and leader. I am extremely sorry for your loss.
SANDI Bargioni
January 26, 2021
One of the good guys, great role model and boss. He was one of the men I attempted to model my career after. It was an honor and pleasure to have worked for him. My condolences to the family.
Mike Puccinelli
January 26, 2021
Thank you for your service to our City and for your time in the San Francisco Police Department. I did not know the Deputy Chief well. I was a cadet at the Hall of Justice in 1985 when I believe he was the Deputy Chief of Investigations. I now serve in that role.
David Lazar
January 25, 2021
Great Man. One of my Heroes. Best boss I ever worked for in SFPD and I had the privilege to work for a lot of them. God Bless you Chief.
Bob Barnes
January 25, 2021
Joe was such a great mentor and coach for so many of us. He was incredible with nicknames. He was always in great shape and we wanted to be tough like him. I was so fortunate to have him coach me and then coach one of my sons. Love you Coach!
Mark Anderson
January 25, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to joes family! He was one of our favorite customers! We had more in common then deli s sandwiches. Loved is stories and he walked everyday pop his head in to say hi! At the end Of each week he would bring us pens and pencils he would pick up knowing it was a battle for us with people walking off with our supplies! Such a joy to see Joe! He will be so missed! Thanks for your friendship!
mike, Tina and family!
tina schilling
January 24, 2021
I have very fond memories of Mr Lordan, in particular the many times he would stay after his LIttle League team practice and pitch more batting practice to all of us kids- regardless of what team we were on. He was so charitable with that time and provided a great example of serving kids. In my visits to Fairfax I usually stop by Peri’s Deli and love seeing the pictures of all those teams that he coached with Tony. Many thanks and prayers during this time of grieving.
Fred Little
January 24, 2021
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