Joseph T. Mazzeo died peacefully on April 5, 2018 at the age of 86 in Wilmington, DE with his family close by his side.
Joe was born in Jersey City, NJ, grew up in Hoboken, and spent his youth taking in the sights and sounds of New York City. He graduated with a BS in chemistry from Manhattan College where he also made a significant contribution playing for the Jaspers basketball team. Joe had a true affinity for the game; he attended many Final Fours, and loved to tell his grandchildren about the rec league he shared with a player named Wilt Chamberlin.
After graduation, Joe accepted his first job with the DuPont Company in Carney’s Point, and eventually managed several plants in New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. Throughout his successful 39-year career, he had the support of his loving wife Ann and his six children. Joe’s leadership skills and personable management style led him to meet and connect with so many people. As a couple, Joe and Ann forged meaningful and lasting friendships with coworkers and neighbors alike. Above all, Joe was happiest spending time with the family he loved, whether celebrating holidays while gathered around the dining room table or enjoying his favorite vacation spot, the Jersey shore.
Joe’s other passion in life was sports, particularly golf. In retirement, the energy he had spent in the office was spent on the course. Always striving to better his game, Joe was thrilled to achieve membership in that elusive “Hole In One Club.” Even at age 85, he was frequently found playing with “The Sweepers” at The DuPont Country Club. He never turned down an opportunity for cards and conversation.
A devout Catholic, Joe shared his time and talents supporting Catholic education through CCD, Eucharistic Ministry and volunteer work at St. Francis hospital.
Joe was the loving father of children Joanne (Daniel) Conaty, Donna (Andy) Poth, Nancy (Richard) Robbins, Michael (Robin) Mazzeo, Tricia Mazzeo, and Stephanie (Kevin) Kit.
“Pop Joe” adored his grandchildren, Meghan Conaty, Christopher Robbins, Erin (Marshall) Jenney, Lauren (Tim) Schuster, Kate Robbins, Ashley Mazzeo, Nathan Kit and Nolan Kit. He was thrilled to see the family grow with the arrival of great granddaughter Sloane King Jenney. They will all miss him dearly, but will cherish the memories he created with each one of them. Joe also is survived by his sister Patricia Mazzeo of Fairfield, NJ.
The family would like to thank Sunrise Senior Living and Vitas for their loving and caring support.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018, 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Entombment will follow the mass at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803.