South Glastonbury - Joseph Martin "Joe" Paskale, 83, beloved husband of the late Anne (Laucella) Paskale, passed away April 9, 2020. at Hartford Hospital after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Chicago, Ill., "Back of the Yards," to the late Joseph and Mary (Svienty) Paskale.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy directly out of high school in 1954, and soon attended the Submarine School in Groton-New London. He served on several submarines: the USS Stickleback (SS-415), the USS Growler (SSG-577) commissioning crew, and the USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) commissioning blue crew - the lead ship of her class. His most memorable experience was throwing the last toggle switch on the SSBN-608 in May 1962, that launched the Polaris Missile with a live thermonuclear bomb from a submerged submarine at Christmas Island during Fleet Operation DOMINIC. Joseph was extremely proud of his naval career, and often spoke about his experiences when stationed in Hawaii, along with his visits to Japan, and China.
Joseph married his beloved wife Anne in 1962, in New Haven. He later attended the University of Illinois graduating with a BSEE degree in 1967. They moved back to Connecticut, and Joseph joined General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in 1968. He remained at EB for his entire career working on acoustics, sonar, ship silencing, project management and Trident submarine lifecycle support programs.
He remained active in the Navy and received a direct commission as a reserve engineering duty officer in 1972, and upon retirement, held the rank of commander serving as the executive officer of NAVSEASYSCOM Submarine Directorate (SEA 92) reserve officer detachment. Joseph was inducted into to the prestigious submarine Holland Club in 2005, a group of submarine veterans that have been "qualified in submarines" for a minimum of fifty years.
Joseph loved dancing, especially the twist with Anne. Anne and Joe enjoyed hosting Hawaiian luaus, pig roasts, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's Eve parties. Joseph was a great father to his sons participating in YMCA programs with them, coaching little league teams and taking part in scouting activities. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus, volunteering every year at the Lady of Lourdes Church festival. Joseph was very proud of his Polish heritage and thoroughly enjoyed the Polkabration at Ocean Beach each year.
He is survived by his sons, Joseph Paskale and husband Peter of Wethersfield, and Kevin Paskale and wife Clare of South Glastonbury. Joseph's greatest title was "Pop Pop" to his two grandchildren, Michael and Julia Paskale of South Glastonbury.
Joseph was laid to rest at the Avery-Stoddard Cemetery in Ledyard. As it was not possible, due to COVID-19, to hold a funeral at the time of his passing in 2020, A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Saint Augustine's Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury. Please visit www.byles.com
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Published by The Day on Nov. 21, 2021.