Joseph J Jacaruso
January 18, 1926 – October 1, 2020
Joseph James Jacaruso 1926-2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph J. Jacaruso announces his peaceful passing on October 1, at the age of 94. Joseph was born in Norwich, CT to Joseph and Jennie (DeVito) Jacaruso, and was one of nine children. He attended Greenville Elementary School and Norwich Free Academy before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1943. He was assigned as a tail gunner in the Pacific Theater on the B-29 Super Fortress, "Kick-A-Poo Joy". Joseph flew 29 missions during World War 11, having been awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for Heroism in Combat along with numerous other Military Awards. Joseph returned to Norwich in 1946 and began a 45 year career with the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation, ultimately being named Equipment Inspector for District 2. He married the love of his life, Anne (Connors) Jacaruso on September 15, 1951 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in. Norwich, CT, and together they celebrated 69 years of marriage. After a brief, weekend retirement from CT DOT, Joseph immediately began his "part time" career at his second home, Norwich Golf Course Authority, where he worked until he was nearly 90 years of age. Joseph finally retired full time, but always kept himself busy, whether fixing things for friends and family, learning new crafts, or in his basement woodworking shop, creating wonderful gifts. Joseph was a long time active parishioner at St. Patrick Cathedral serving for many years on the Parish Council, eventually as president of the council and as a board member of Catholic Charities. Joe was also the Boy Scout Leader for the local troop at St. Patrick. One of his real delights was coaching the St. Patrick CYO and B-League basketball teams. He coached both teams for over 25 years and took the CYO squad to the New England Championship tournament on three different occasions. In his later years, Joseph attended weekly Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Taftville, CT with his wife. Joseph was a long time member of the Norwich Lodge #430 of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. Joseph served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the city of Norwich for the better part of four decades, acting as Chairman for some time. He was a member of the Norwich Golf Club for many years, serving as president for one term. Joseph was a member of The 39 Bomb Group (39.0rg), and along with his family attended numerous yearly reunions across the country, always enjoying old comrades and meeting new friends. Joseph took great pride in his Italian American heritage and was a member of the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich. He was also a recipient of a Quilt of Valor from Quilts of Valor Foundation (qov.org) through Stitch Chicks Quilts of Valor Group in Franklin, CT Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Anne (Connors) Jacaruso, along with his two sons and one daughter: Michael E. Jacaruso of Waterford, CT. William J. Jacaruso, his wife Bo (Dixon} Jacaruso of Essex, CT, their children: Ellen (Sterry} Wells, her husband, Mitchell Wells, their son, Bryson Wells, Margaret Maeve Jacaruso, Grace Connors Jacaruso and Madeline Claire Jacaruso. Mary E (Jacaruso) Barber, her husband, Scott Barber of Bozrah, CT and their son, Timothy A. Barber of Boston, MA He was predeceased by his daughter in law, Katherine (Healy) Jacaruso, numerous family members and friends. The Jacaruso family would like to thank all family, neighbors and friends who have been so good to Dad over the years. We would especially like to thank the staff at Apple Rehab, Colchester, CT for their care and special family accommodation during his brief stay. Due to Covid-19, there will be no calling hours. A socially distant, graveside service will take place on Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am at The Gardner Bulkeley Cemetery, Bozrah, CT In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to Sisters of Charity, c/o Mother Mary Mark, 54 West Main Street, Baltic, CT 06330 or St. Patrick Cathedral c/o "Lightning Strike Fund", 213 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Joseph J Jacaruso
October 13, 2020
It has been a privilege to have known your Dad. Joe was a great man, father and friend. A man who you could depend on from the backyards of Fanning Ave. to St. Pats CYO basketball teams, years with the state highways and finally the Norwich Golf Course. The fond memories of Joe Jack, the Jack of All Trades, will remain in the hearts of all who knew him. Sent with the greatest respect, Barney.
October 13, 2020
To the Jacaruso family: My deepest sympathy on the loss of one of the finest members Norwich Golf Club has ever known. I served on club committees with Joe throughout the years. Joe was always positive and seeing him at the course always made my day. He will always be remembered at the club.
October 8, 2020
Sending love and our sincere condolences to the entire Jacaruso family.
Sarah, Jim, Chelsea and John Wadle
October 3, 2020
I have great memories of working with Joe at the Norwich Golf Course. He often held court retelling his stories of family and friends and of being in the service. He loved his family, loved to laugh, always smiling and good natured. We had a lot of fun working together. He will be missed.