Joseph Michael Abate
1954 - 2021
Burroughs Funeral Home
3558 Old Kings Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC
Joseph Michael Abate, 67
NYPD electrician at Ground Zero, loving husband & father of four
Joseph Michael Abate, 67, formerly of Staten Island, New York, passed away at his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Thursday, February 18, 2021 after battling lung cancer as a result of his work at the World Trade Center Ground Zero site. He was born on February 5, 1954 in Bayonne, New Jersey to the late Joseph C. Abate and Sally (Barresi) Abate.
Joseph was a graduate of Susan B. Wagner High School and Apex Technical School. He was a proud member of the Electrician's Union, Local #3. Joseph, retired for almost five years, was a successful electrician for the New York City Police Department after 37 years of service.
Joseph was a very hard-working and devoted man who had many interests and dreams. He took great pride in his roles as husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was happiest in his home in South Carolina. Joseph loved going out to dinner with his wife and spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending local concerts and events with his friends and neighbors. Joseph especially loved talking to people, sharing jokes and silly memes and spending time golfing. When visiting Staten Island, he enjoyed reminiscing with his past coworkers. Joseph will forever be remembered for always coming to the rescue of his family and friends, no matter if it was day or night. He will also be remembered for his incredible strength and skilled workmanship. As said by his brother, Joseph "could be as stubborn as can be, but under that hardened shell, he was a softie."
Left to cherish Joseph's loving memory are his beloved wife of 44 years, Lee (Guarino) Abate and four children: Angela Goldman (Barry), Joseph Abate Jr., Nicole Gioino (Mark), and Michele DePalma (David). He will forever be remembered by his nine adoring grandchildren: Kayla, Cameron, Gabriella, Rocco, Felicia, Alessia, Alyssa, James and Riley; as well as by his three siblings: Linda Sive (Albert), Daniel Abate (Theresa) and Deborah Scalera (Steven Greco), and by his brother-in-law, Frank Guarino (Carmela). Additionally, Joseph is remembered by many nieces, nephews, and several great nieces and great nephews and especially by his best friend and dog, Lucy.
Joseph is now in God's hands, resting in eternal peace.
As per Joseph's wishes, a Celebration of Joseph's life will be held privately with immediate family members. The family respectfully asks, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation at or the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center at

Burroughs Funeral Home
3558 Old Kings Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
(843) 651-1440
Published by Staten Island Advance on Feb. 24, 2021.
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Not a day goes by since Joey passed that I don’t think of my brother. I often forget, and go to text or call him on the fly.., as we often did. Then I catch myself, as I can no longer do that anymore....., yes I miss you my brother, you were everything a younger brother could ask for, am thankful for everyday that god chose you.... to be my brother. It is those memories that bring a smile to our faces, when our hearts are so broken, as you left us so suddenly when the angels came on that un forgetful day... , until we meet again some day, may you Rest In Peace my brother...., I know you are still looking out for us.
Love your kid brother.
Daniel Abate
March 6, 2021
I remember Joe from when we lived on Delafield Avenue when we were all kids. Danny was more my bother Kevin's age, with Linda and Joe being a couple of years older and Debbie the youngest. Next door to them lived Walter P. and his brother, whose name escapes me now. Having moved off Staten Island 31 years ago, I sometimes check the obituaries and was saddened to learn of Joe's passing. But was happy that he had a happy life and a loving large family surrounding him. Please accept my deepest condolences. Renée Jones
March 4, 2021
I just cannot believe you are really gone, Daddy. I have so many memories of you and all of us together. I will never be able to put them into words. You were an amazing Daddy. The girls and I were so very blessed to have spent almost a full year so close to you in SC. I thank God every day. Thank you for coming to me in a dream the other night and giving me the greatest, biggest hug. I missed that before you went home to Heaven. I love you, Daddy. The girls miss their Poppies. xoxo Until we meet again, right beside Jesus. xo
March 1, 2021
Knew Joe from NYPD shop 5, all I can say is he was a hard worker and a gentleman, RIP Joe and condolences to his family , gone too soon .....
John Grisanti
February 25, 2021
I would like to extend my prayers and condolences to the Abate family. I was privileged to have known Joe while he worked for the NYPD. I had more that a few laughs with him. A good man who adored his family. God Bless
James Luongo
February 24, 2021
To my big brother, there has never been a day I didn’t have you in my life, to protect, to guide me and to lend a hand when I needed it the most. You were someone that I looked up to and admired, and Loved dearly. You are gone from earth but you will never be forgotten. Thank you being being a wonderful brother and Uncle to my boys. I will cherish every memory I have of you today and always. Love you, Your Sister Debbie RIP
Deborah Abate Scalera
February 24, 2021
Lee-- I am so sorry for your loss.. Joe was a wonderful person and will be missed. May you find peace in your heart...I will miss seeing you both..
Wanda Bartlett
February 21, 2021
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