Joseph P. Biondi, age 90 passed away surrounded by his family on June 19, 2018 at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset NY.
A Malverne, NY resident since 1962, Joe was born October 11, 1927, to Joseph A. Biondi and Laura Cristino in Brooklyn, NY.
He attended Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush Brooklyn. In 1946, he enlisted in the army, the 13th U.S. Army Air Force and the 358th Air Service Group and spent time in the Philippine Islands until his Honorary Discharge. He worked for the East NY Savings Bank where he met the love of his life, Joan Gennosa. The two married October 1, 1955 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Brooklyn. They had three children who made them proud: Joseph, Wayne and Jeannine.
Joe began a career with the City of NY in the 77th Pct. with the Police Department and then transitioned to the Fire Department until his retirement in 1981.
Following his retirement Joe worked part-time for the U.S. Customs Service at Kennedy Airport. In addition, he also worked for several Funeral Homes in Nassau County as a pallbearer and chauffeur.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife “Dear Joan” as he would refer to her. They were married 60 years until her passing two years ago this month.
Joe loved the village of Malverne, his home for 56 years. He enjoyed attending many of its functions, ceremonies, and remembrance activities at the gazebo. He was also an active member in the American Legion, Post 44 and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church. Joe enjoyed the peaceful settings of upstate NY, taking trips to the Taghkanic region, camping, and attending gatherings with family and friends. He treasured reminiscing about the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field.
After his beloved wife passed, Joe continued to tinker around his yard and the neighborhood, smoke a cigar, and give a complaint or two about something innocuous. His favorite pastime was spending time with family; he was overjoyed when visiting with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his three children, Joseph, Wayne and Jeannine, and their spouses, Linda (Sforza), Debra (Dykema) and Gary Mancini; grandchildren Joseph, Danielle, Lauren, Christine and Deanna, his sister Florence Palica of Huntington Beach, California, wife of Joe’s best man, Brooklyn Dodger, Erv Palica; several cousins and his inseparable friends from the old neighborhood, Al and Alice Argo of Oceanside, NY
Special thanks to the staff at the Atria Senior Living, Lynbrook and Great Neck for their exceptional care of our Dad, and to the staff at North Shore Hospital, Manhasset.