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Joseph Sirico

September 15, 1946April 16, 2020

Old Saybrook- Joseph John Sirico Sr. Esq, 73, of Old Saybrook, passed away from natural causes Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Sirico Family Estate.

Joseph Sirico was born on September 15, 1946 in New Haven, the son of Louis and Joan (Trambarulo) Sirico. He married Karen Knowlton on March 22, 1969 in Storrs. For 45 years, he served as an expert in his field at Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company, retiring as a Senior Fellow, Aviation Regulatory Management.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Karen, and his children Kyrie-Inn “Karen”, Joseph Jr., Jamie, Kristopher Sr. (Suzanne), Kathryn, Samantha (Tina), Mary, Curtis (fiancée, Alison), seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, six sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Louis.

Joe was a perpetual student, always seeking both to learn and to educate. He completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Connecticut, School of Law while starting his family and career at Pratt & Whitney. He completed additional education at UVA Darden and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He taught college courses, in addition to educating all he spoke with on a wide range of topics in which he was a self-made expert - from mechanics to physics to obscure trivia.

Joey came to life when feeding his granddogs treats, placing secret pastry orders with his kids, igniting the imaginations of Kristopher and Matthew, watching UConn Basketball and the Yankees, tinkering in his custom-built garage, embracing technology to track his kids’ whereabouts and interests, and refreshing the stock market news.

His 73.5 “solar rotations” were filled with boisterous laughter, dad jokes, petting every dog, convincing everyone’s kids there was an elephant in the backyard, beaming with pride when speaking of his wife and children and armchair parenting his kids’ friends; all of which became family. All of our “next dozens” will be better for having known him.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at a later date. Please visit for tributes and updates on services. Donations may be made in his memory to the non-profit dog organization of your choice.


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Stephen Swigert

April 30, 2020

At Pratt & Whitney some 20 years ago, I worked closely with Joe on several matters. He was a wonderful colleague--intelligent, curious, helpful and considerate, a man of exceptionally good character. His family has my deepest sympathy.

Connie & Hal Farrington

April 26, 2020

To the family of Joe & Karen Sirico ; Our deepest sympathys on the passing of Joe Sirico . We always remember seeing him & his family every Sunday in church. Joe's love of cars and racing. We pray for his soul and ask the Lord to comfort his family's sorrows. With our love Connie and Hal Farrington & family.

Sarah Worthen

April 25, 2020

Joe was such a great guy. I worked with him at Pratt & Whitney. He was a consummate professional, but also a great mentor, and great for a chat. Always loved his plants in his office at UTRC. I'm very saddened by the news, and wish all of his loved ones the best.

Dina Smith

April 24, 2020

To the Sirico family, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Joe. He was a patient in the dental office I work at and he without question was one of the nicest, funniest people to walk through our door. We ALL knew our day was going to be brighter if Joe was in our schedule. The pictures of his grand dogs and stories about the cars he was working on always made us laugh.. And the way he spoke about his wife and family... how lucky he was ..

I am so sorry for your loss, and wish you peace and beautiful memories as you navigate Through this very sad time..

Elizabeth Ray

April 24, 2020

My heart goes out to the Sirico family at the loss of your beloved Joe. What a fine man he was! So very intelligent but never pompous, filled with kind patience for people like me who were still green. He was a knowledge-sharer, never an information-hoarder, and how I benefitted from that attribute in our industry committee activity back in the 1990s when I was very much learning the ropes. Besides knowing just about everything about 14 CFR 145, Joe was a delightful colleague. I loved his passion for our work, as he reminded us that we were contributing to aviation safety. It was my great privilege to work with him and learn from him so early in my career.
-Elizabeth Ray, Collins Aerospace

David Lee

April 23, 2020

All my prays to Joe' family on his unexpected passing. I worked with Joe during our joined career at Pratt & Whitney. He was a friend and a mentor, and always took the times to explain, teach any issue that would come up. What I remember most about Joe was his smile and his personality especially during stressful situations. His moral compass was one of the things that I appreciated in him.

During non business times, he talked about his family and how they were his backbone. Truly a great family man!

And he was one of the few "good guys" in Pratt.

Joe, rest in peace .

Eric Max

April 23, 2020

It was with great sadness that I learned of Joe's passing. He and I crossed paths many times during our careers at Pratt & Whitney and Joe was a wonderfully unique individual. At one point, he and I had adjacent walled offices, with windows (that opened!), something not common at Pratt. The wall between us was solid, floor to ceiling, but paper-thin. And at his desk, Joe faced that wall. Now Joe was not a quiet man, at least not when he was on the phone with some family member or other. And I heard a lot. Often. To be honest, it was a little distracting but I'll say this: You can tell a lot about the character of a man by how he interacts with and manages his family. Joe was a wonderful human being. I miss him.

Jennifer Weinbrecht

April 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed seeing Joe at the Aeronautical Repair Station Association's Annual Symposium. I am sure we all learned more if he was in the audience for one of Sarah's or Marshall's seminars. He was a valuable mentor for less-experienced attendees. His passion for integrity and safety in our industry was a great example for us all.

Timerey Bush

April 22, 2020

Joe was an all around nice guy.. who adored his wife and family... and his dogs. I will miss his teasing me about my team The Phillies.. well if you know anything about baseball.. you’ll understand the back n forth teasing. He was kind , gentle.. smart , funny and supportive. To his beautiful family I offer you my condolences.. to his beautiful wife Karen a big hug.. God bless you all. Cling to the promises of God .. as I ask a God to show you mercy during this time. 🙏🏻💗

Ann Gutkowski

April 22, 2020

With Heartfelt Sympathy in your loss. In times like these, there is so much that we don’t understand and words that can never really ease your pain, but knowing that Joe is at Peace and that his memories will live on forever in your Heart, he will never leave you. My prayers and thoughts are with you.💐. Ann Gutkowski