Joseph V. Pettit Jr.

July 16, 1959September 6, 2018
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Joseph V. Pettit, Jr. of Brookfield, CT and Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018. He was 59 years old. Joseph was born in the Bronx, NY on July 16, 1959 to the late Joseph V. Pettit, Sr. and Rita C. (Rice) Pettit.

He will be forever remembered by his longtime companion and partner, Stanley L. Klunder and by his siblings, Karen (James) King, Rita (Mark) Many, Michael (Julie) Pettit and his sister-in-law, Lorraine Pettit. Joseph was predeceased by his eldest brother, Dennis Pettit. Uncle Joe will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews, Jennifer King, Megan and Bryan Many, Kailee and Conner Pettit, Stephanie (Pettit) Bale, Tracy (Pettit) Segelbacher, James Pettit, and his great-nieces and nephews, Zachary and Noah Fadla (King), Owen Bale and Kaitlyn and Jaime Pettit.

Joseph was a graduate of Croton Harmon High School and St. Thomas Aquinas College with a Master of Science in Art Education. He was a dedicated Art teacher for many years and retired from the Yonkers NY Public School System. Joe was a devoted member of AA for over 35 years, never faltering in his service to others and always encouraging them to find the path he did so many years ago. He found great joy in helping others, including animals. He enjoyed many years with his loyal dog Rex and when he rescued his loving golden retriever Lexy, they were inseparable, often seen together riding in his convertible. He took great pleasure in traveling to adventurous destinations with his partner Stanley, visiting art museums and antiquing. As the most gracious host, he was equally happy entertaining and spending time with family and friends at home. Always humorous, always charming, his infectious laugh will forever be felt by all. Forever in our hearts, he will be missed beyond compare.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Entombment following Mass Thursday, September 13, 2018

Joseph V. Pettit Jr.

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D. F.

September 28, 2018

My heartfelt compassion to the beloved family. May you find comfort and happiness in the memories of Joseph and the legacy left live forever in your hearts.

Karen King

September 14, 2018

“Our Joe”
Who was our Joe behind the photo.
A childlike spirit painting each day with his palette of colors,
Bright, cheerful blended hues.
Loving of family and friends,
Thankful to God and country,
Grateful to those who serve to protect.
Always giving of self.
Touching lives. Step by Step.
Showing us all
Strength in adversity,
Beating the odds,
Imagining the possibilities,
That Life is a gift, never taken for granted,
But enjoyed in the sheer delight of its simplicity.
Joe was our sunflower.
Strong willed, sparkling smile, heart of gold,
Reaching out with radiant warmth,
Fulfilling our needs, taking pleasure in our happiness,
Making us laugh “Hi Hunna”, “Let’s get crackalackin!”
So talented….a craftsman with unbelievable vision,
Transforming trinkets into treasures, the mundane to amazing.
Creating purpose naked to our eyes.
Living to the beat inside the circle of life.
He was a son, brother, godfather, companion, dog daddy,
Uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin, mentor and friend.
Always loving.
He was all of this and so much more to so many.
Joe you are our everlasting keepsake, always cherished, never forgotten.
All My Love,

Jennifer King

September 14, 2018

Uncle Joe,
Thank you for being my godfather, my uncle and my friend,
For giving me patience, understanding and love that knew no end.
With your thoughtful advice, generosity and one-of-a kind creativity,
You could always turn my day around, “Imagine the Possibilities.”
Always determined, forever optimistic and giving your absolute best,
With you beside me, all through my life, I know I’ve been truly blessed.
Forever and always,

Esta Peyton

September 12, 2018

I will miss the larger than life smiles and hugs, the friends already at the big meeting in the sky have gotten a wonderful powerful example. Thank you joe for the legacy you leave behind.
With love
Esta peyton

Angela Ablonczy

September 12, 2018

It is so sad to know Joe has passed on so suddenly and so young. Greatly missed will be his very happy greeting, infectious laugh and great sense of humour.... and so very thoughtful too. Speaking for his Canadian friends and neighbours, Joe was such a beautiful human being and great neighbour. We all hope Stan will be able to find his way. We are all here to support you if need be. Rest in Peace my friend.

Gerd Michelman

September 12, 2018

I am a better person from having had Joe as a friend. I will always think of him as the light that lit up AA meetings. He would come in with a big smile on his face and a hug for his friends and a hearty handshake for newcomers. His big laugh was always right behind it. Joe shared his experiences with honesty and genuine faith and never hesitated to befriend people he had not met before. However, I cherish our weekly lunches the most, Joe would bring out his folding glasses with pride and state that Stan gave them to him. Then he would peruse the menu and often order a big hamburger with a large glass of milk. We all had an outrageous sense of humor in common to a point where we had the waiter laughing with us. Joe wanted us all to go down to the Florida Keys and swim with the dolphins as soon as the pens where fixed … but then who says the “bucket list” has to be completed before we die. Joe will always have a special place in my heart and my condolences goes to Stan and the rest of his family.
Gerd Michelman
4550 Catamaran Circle
Boynton Beach, FL 33436

Madlyn McKendry

September 12, 2018

Joe will always live on in the many lives he touched along his journey. His Spirit always uplifted anyone who saw him with his devilish smile, his humor and laughter. I will be forever grateful to have been blessed to know him. Till we meet again, I will Trudge the road to a happy destiny☆

Murray Hudson

September 11, 2018

Joe’s passing is very difficult because it made me realize how fleeting life can be. When you enjoy someone’s friendship because they are so funny, entertaining, sarcastically but playfully honest and candid, but sincere and dependable, that needs to be expressed. Solace is taken because he is free of pain and in a better place and one day I’ ll get to tell him. God Bless his family and friends.

Ed Terczak

September 11, 2018

God bless you Joe. We must remember the good times and not the loss. You were a blessing to all and carried the message of HOPE and LOVE. I can still picture you and I on the swings in the yard sharing spiritual experiences/conversations and enjoying the ambiance of Mother Nature and South Florida . Thank you for your friendship and thank you Stan for allowing me to spend time with you and Joe while in the ICU praying and sharing . You are the best!!! God bless.

James Pettit

September 10, 2018

Stan, Karen, Rita, Michael & Families,
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Lumi and I take solitude in reflecting on our visit
with you all, there at Croton-on-Hudson, back in 2009. We still remember
Cousin Joe and Stan pulling up to Audrey's house in that big, beautiful Cadillac
of Stan's and then going for a short drive. Joe had a few choice one-liners about that
car which I won't repeat here. But Stan, I want you to know that Lumi was so enamored
with that car of yours that I ended up buying her one when we returned home. I don't know
if Joe ever shared that story with you but it's true! Joe was a funny guy and very generous
to our two girls as they grew and progressed through school. We always keep you guys
in our thoughts and prayers, especially during this difficult time.
Jim, Lumi, Jenna & Sara Pettit ... Lake Forest, CA