Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Joseph P. Mascavage

July 7, 1956November 2, 2019

Joseph Peter Mascavage passed away on November 2, 2019, at Atrium Health Pineville from a pulmonary embolism. He was born on July 7, 1956, in Allentown, PA. Joe was happily married to his wife, Jo Ellen, for 38 years and was the proud father of Lauren and Gregory.

Joe graduated from William Allen High School in Allentown and received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University in 1978. He started his career in sales and marketing at American Cyanamid in 1978 in California. He was a dedicated employee as the company transformed to Cytec Solvay Group. Joe retired from Cytec Solvay Group after 40 years of service as Director of Education. He traveled the world motivating, developing, and training managers and executives in his industry. Joe often shared his passions for education and travel with his family and friends as he circled the globe visiting six continents and dozens of countries.

After retirement he actively volunteered with The American Red Cross and Alzheimer’s Association. You could find Joe at the Harris YMCA working out almost every day. He was an avid Penn State Nittany Lion supporter and fan of the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina Panthers, and Charlotte Knights. He was a loyal friend and was quick to celebrate with both his family and friends. Joe and Jo Ellen spent summers in their home in Sapphire, NC where they entertained and hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains. Joe was a devout Catholic, never missing a Mass even if he was traveling. He was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul in Charlotte, NC and St. Jude in Sapphire, NC.

Joe was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Joseph and Florence Mascavage, and his brother, James Mascavage. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ellen of Charlotte, NC; son, Greg of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Lauren Callaway and grandchildren Jackson and Jason of Houston, TX; brothers, John Mascavage (Monica) of Cincinnati, OH and Gerald Mascavage (Diane) of Atlanta, GA; sister, Joan Jerominski (Phil) of Rockledge, FL; and extended family members and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 15 at 1:30 pm at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 6828 Old Reid Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210, with a Celebration of Life following the service at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Red Cross and Alzheimer’s Association.


15 November

Funeral Mass

1:30 pm

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6818 Old Reid Road
Charlotte, NC

A Celebration of Joe's Life will follow the service at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


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Tony Huffman

November 13, 2019

Very sorry for you loss. I was fortunate to be involved in some training courses delivered by Joe and he was always full of optimism. He was a joy to be around and work with

Courtenay O'Donoghue

November 11, 2019

On behalf of the Alzheimer's Association - Western Carolina Chapter, our deepest condolences to the family. Joe was a beloved Alzheimer's Association Community Educator and a valued member of our Team. We will miss him.

Tammy Stephens

November 11, 2019

I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Joe in his capacity as a volunteer with the American Red Cross for the past 2 years. Joe was an outstanding volunteer and an exemplary individual. He had a true servant's heart and he will be terribly missed by his Red Cross family. Our deepest sympathies go to Jo Ellen and the family.

Barry Duppstadt

November 10, 2019

We were so sad and shocked to hear about Joe's passing having just seen them at church a week before. I had seen Joe many times at the Y over the years and enjoyed hearing about his past travels and where he was headed to next. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.

Susie Voncannon

November 10, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy to Jo Ellen, Gregg , Lauren and extended family.
Joe will be missed at the YMCA as he was there every day he was in town, working out on the treadmill. His sudden departure has touched our hearts and soul , keeping us closer connected as a Y family,

Brian Werneke

November 8, 2019

I also had the joy of working with Joe at Cytec - my first “real” career. And, in all careers since I have been able to pay forward the wisdom and experience he shared with me in my years there. Without fail Joe made time to listen and understand any challenge I might have had, and then patiently work with me through ways to take on those challenges. His care and compassion for his team - and their families - was a gift for all who were blessed to have been counted among his many friends. He is surely missed, but his spirit remains with us all.

With love, Brian Werneke

Rod Ibieta

November 7, 2019

I will add my name to the list of the many people that worked with Joe at Cytec and remember him with a great deal of fondness and admiration. I too, was deeply saddened and shocked by the news of Joe's passing. Joe was viewed as "the" Training and Development expert and his advice, counsel and wisdom was greatly valued by all of us. He was a gifted teacher, facilitator and mentor to many of us and was always more than willing to share his extensive knowledge with others. The last time I saw Joe, he shared with us all of his retirement plans and the photos of the beautiful place he would moving to. We all felt very happy for him. I am greatly saddened by his passing so soon.

Dalia Ibrahim

November 7, 2019

I first met Joe at my new hire orientation session at Cytec. We all were fully engaged, as we listened to what Joe had to say, and that was the case for every training session he led. I looked up to Joe as a leader & admired his many talents. Joe was not just another colleague in HR, he took me under his wing, shared his knowledge, partnered with me on many projects/events, mentored me, passed on his passion for the company, & gave me confidence to do more. He has helped me overcome so many challenges over the years, personal & professional. Always there to listen, give advice, share stories about our lives & travel adventures, updates on our families, & how much he loved to talk about his grandchildren. Even after he retired, Joe & I stayed in touch with weekly check-ins. He would tell me the next adventure he was taking Joellyn on that was on his list of places to go in the small white paper folded in his wallet, or update me on how Greg was doing in his new job, or how Lauren & the boys were doing. They were his pride & joy, & he often sent me pictures of them so I can see how big they were getting. I will forever miss our chats & being able to run to him for advice. But I am not the only one that admired Joe, he has trained & educated thousands of employees throughout his career in American Cynamid, Cytec, & then Solvay before he retired a few years ago. He knew hundreds of people by name, touched the lives of so many, & continues to leave an impact even today. Joe built a foundation for learning & development in our company that we continue to use until now. Your legacy will live forever Mr. Code of Conduct! May you rest in eternal peace. Thank you for being a part of my life, I will miss your friendship dearly & pray for you & your family as they pass the pain of your departure, but I will always remember your words of wisdom!

Michael Rynex

November 6, 2019

Dear Grieving Family and Friends,

I share the shock and sadness. I had the pleasure of working closely with Joe for a number of years while we both worked at Cytec. Joe and I partnered on a number of projects and one time we had great fun working from his place in the mountains while we collaborated on a training design. I will remember Joe's joy in showing me the good hiking trails around the area. I always felt honored when Joe shared some insight into his well cultivated faith and inner life.

Joe had a particular skill that meant a lot to me. In most training contexts there are one or two folks who would rather be elsewhere and who choose to challenge the leader(s). Joe was very skillful at managing these challenges and one particular time did so when we were partnering in a very challenging setting. He had my back! Thanks Joe!

Mike Rynex

Michael Robilotto

November 6, 2019

To the Mascavage family,

Joe and I worked together at Cytec. I had many opportunities to see him in "action." He always exhibited a level of professionalism that is seldom, if ever, matched in business today. He had the best set of platform skills of anyone I have ever had the pleasure to witness. Moreover, Joe was a friend. I am deeply saddened by his passing. My heart goes out to you and to all who will miss him as I will.

Mike Robilotto