Joseph Iannicelli

August 5, 1929August 6, 2018

Joseph Iannicelli, age 89, of Jekyll Island, Georgia passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System.

Joseph was born August 5, 1929 in Queens, New York the son of Peter and Catherine Iannicelli. Born in the great depression, Joe excelled in high school, where he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”, and accepted a Freshmen Competitive Scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1951, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and received a Ph.D. there in organic chemistry in 1955. Joe started his career as a Research Chemist with DuPont in Kingston, NC before transferring to J.M. Huber in Borger, TX as Technical Director of the Clay Division. In 1971, ten years after joining J.M. Huber, Joe formed his own company Aquafine Corp. in Brunswick. As a chemist and inventor Joe held many patents for environmental causes, such as hazardous aluminum mining material that absorbs material to clean water and a magnetic separator and spray dryer used to purify kaolin.

In addition to his parents he his preceded in death by his sister Anna Beltrani and his brother Victor Iannicelli. He is survived by his loving wife Joanna Iannicelli of Jekyll Island; his children Mark Iannicelli of Turkey, Gina Burbage of Charleston, SC, and Rex Iannicelli of Brunswick; and one grandson Ross Burbage.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:30am, Thursday, August 9, 2018 in the Chapel of Edo Miller and Sons with Father Chris Hassel officiating. Interment will follow in Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery.

A catered reception will be from 10:00am – 11:30am where family will receive guest at the funeral home.

Arrangements are entrusted with Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.


  • Peter Iannicelli, Father
  • Catherine Gugliotti Iannicelli, Mother
  • Joanna Gentile Iannicelli, Wife
  • Mark Iannicelli, Son
  • Gina Burbage, Daughter
  • Rex Iannicelli, Son
  • Ross Burbage, Grandson
  • Anna Beltrani, Sister
  • Victor Iannicelli, Brother


  • Reception Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, August 9, 2018

Joseph Iannicelli

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Tonya Cooper

November 1, 2018

It was a pleasure to meet you years ago~
You were one in a million~
Enjoyed our visits & i admired your brillance!
Your star will shine brightly forever!

Gary Gaulien

August 11, 2018

My wife has known Joe for more than ten years and I had the honor of meeting him two years ago. I enjoyed talking and sharing some of my military memories with him. Joe was a man with a vast amount of knowledge. I must say, he was one of the most intelligent men I have ever met. I will miss the time I spent talking to him. I am sure the world will miss him too. Not many people have contributed as much as Joe has. RIP, my friend.
Gary & Karen Gaulien

Donna McCullough

August 8, 2018

Mr Joe it was indeed a pleasure and honor to know you. You taught me a lot and I loved hearing your accomplishments and seeing how incredibly smart and ambitious you were. Rest in Peace!!!

Christy Turner

August 7, 2018

RIP Mr. Joe you will definitely be missed. It was truly an honor to get to know you. I have enjoyed working with you for the past 5 years. You were one in a million