Joseph Richard Parisi

Joseph Richard Parisi

December 19, 1937 ~ October 05, 2021


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Joseph Richard Parisi passed away peacefully at age 83 on October 5, 2021 under hospice care in Sebastian, Florida. His expansive family loves him dearly, and will cherish the wonderful and jovial memories of Joseph in their hearts. His presence always emulated warmth, a big smile and a whistle or tune being sung with joy.

He was the beloved father of Michael Parisi (Gretchen), Joanne Bartmess (Bradford), Lisa Parisi (Cassandra), and Stephen Parisi; brother to Robert Parisi (Stephanie), and longtime companion Donna Stitz. His seven grandchildren; Lynn Sadler (Timothy), Corey Rogalin, Kristen Wollenberg (Justin), Christopher Parisi, Erin Rogalin, Mary Thorp (Andrew), and Margaret Parisi, will forever remember their ‘Poppy’ with a hop in his step and a dazzling presence. Additionally, he is survived by five great-grandchildren and extended family including nieces, nephews, and cousins. He had a great love for animals, and leaves behind his dog Shyla and cat Spunky.

He will be joining his predeceased loved ones at the heavenly card table with his parents Salvatore and Lucy Parisi, and his dear grandson Christopher Bartmess, along with his many Aunts and Uncles.

Born in Bronx, NY on December 19, 1937, Joseph grew up in a tight-knit community, which he extended to his next home in Fairfield, CT. Joseph was an active former member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church spending many years volunteering for the Emmaus Retreat Program. He served in the US Navy as Petty Officer 2nd class on the submarine USS Quillback, representing the nations honor and patriotism even to the reaches of the Arctic Circle in 1957, as well as being deployed to the Mediterranean Sea.

Joseph is an alumnus of Almeda University, and pursued his passion of transformative business as an Engineering Program Manager for over 30 years of his career at United Technologies/Norden Systems.

A small private service will be held with family, and a memorial mass will be held at a later date to invite those who wish honor his memory. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s memory can be made to the ASPCA to continue his extension of love for his furry friends.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.


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John Trifone - Cousin

October 11, 2021, 4:09 pm

Our cousin Joe will be forever missed! Our families grew up together and there are more memories than we can count. Now it’s time for him to rejoin the family in heaven. Love you and miss you.

Donna Stitz - Soulmate

October 11, 2021, 4:25 pm

I miss you so much sweet heart how do I go on without you! The love of my life!! Rest in piece love!

Ellen Hyde Phillips - Family friend

October 11, 2021, 4:28 pm

My heart goes out to all….❤️ Ellen Hyde Phillips

Carolyn Freeman - Sister in law

October 11, 2021, 5:35 pm

Rest in piece Joe ❤️ You were always the most kind man!!!! You will be missed!!!

Crystal Bernot - Sister-in-law

October 11, 2021, 6:42 pm

Rest in peace Joe! I always appreciated your kindness and the way you always watched over Donna and was always there for her! You will be missed but fondly thought of!!!!

Steven Rockmael - friend

October 11, 2021, 7:15 pm

My heart goes out to all of you. I have such fond memories of growing up with your Dad and your family.

Taffy Parisi - Brother n’law

October 11, 2021, 11:27 pm

Rest In Peace Joe..always a good brother-in-law ready to help . Lots of wonderful memories over all these years. Taffy

Mike Trifone - Cousin

October 12, 2021, 11:22 am

God Bless “Uncle Joey”. Even though he is my cousin, he was like an Uncle, he used to be pals with my Dad way back when. And his parents were my Godparents. Condolences to the family.

Patricia Atalese - Cousin

October 12, 2021, 1:50 pm

Cousin Joey, my godfather. How wonderful it was to see you on your way up to Connecticut and you would stop to see my Dad on LBI. He also enjoyed your visits. As a large family we have so many wonderful memories . I love you Joey. Rest in peace.

Michele Schirru - Cousin, daughter of Spartaco Schirru

October 13, 2021, 7:03 pm

Condolences to all his dear ones and Furbabies may he Rest In Peace. No doubt Lucy and Sal and all his family in heaven will welcome him.

Ben Wills - Co-Worker

October 16, 2021, 12:52 am

Joe, you always brightened up the office with your can-do spirit. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I will always appreciate our time at the Sebastian office.

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