March 29, 1929 – February 8, 2020
Joe, DeFranco, 90, of Tampa, Florida, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Joe was born March 29, 1929 in Tampa, Florida to Gaetano and Santa DeFranco. Joe was a first generation Italian- American, who encapsulated what is possible with hard work and determination. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Hazel Rayle DeFranco in 1948 and they went on to have three children, Sharon Egan (Richard), Thomas DeFranco (deceased), and Joseph DeFranco; 8 grandchildren, Matthew Egan (Crystal), Kelly Egan, Anthony DeFranco, Michael DeFranco, Joey DeFranco, Jonathan Wargo; 2 great grandchildren, Jack Egan and Kortney DeFranco. Together, Joe and Hazel founded Catalina Chemical Company in 1961, where Joe revolutionized coatings in the flooring industry and served as President of the company until 2017.
Joe built an amazing life for himself and his family. He touched the lives of countless people. His sense of humor, warmth, and generosity will be missed by many. Joe is survived by his loving family and friends. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at a later date. Please call 813-294-9741 for details. If you wish to continue Joe’s legacy and would like to make a donation in his honor, please send donations to the Human Society of Tampa Bay or The American Heart Association.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Susan Smith Warrington Alvarez
February 11, 2020
Mr. DeFranco was a very dear neighbor and friend and was like a second Dad to me. I am so saddened at his passing; my heart goes out to Sharon, Joey, and families. I am so grateful that I was able to spend an afternoon with Sharon & her husband Richard, Mr. DeFranco, and Joey late last year. It was treasured time for me and we were hoping to have the opportunity to be together more this year. We will meet again. Much love❤️🙏