June 5, 1967 – May 25, 2018
Joseph “Joe” Recarey, 50, of Royal Palm Beach, FL, died on May, 25, 2018, surrounded by his family after a brief illness. Joe will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Jennifer (Bruno) Recarey, and by their minor sons, Jack Recarey and Peter Recarey, and his adult children, Isis Recarey and Joseph Recarey. In addition to his wife and children, Joe is survived by his parents, Elva and Jose Recarey of Palm Springs, FL, his sister, Liz Castellanos (Rick) of Lake Worth, FL, his in-laws, several nieces and nephews and many adoring extended family members and numerous friends. Born on June 5, 1967 in Queens, New York, Joe moved to Florida with his family when he was 13 years old. He graduated from the Police Academy in 1990 and pursued a career in law enforcement. He joined the Palm Beach Police Department in 1991 as an officer and was promoted to police detective in 1994.
A dedicated professional, Joe was well known for his extensive knowledge and experience in interviews and interrogation and was a tenacious investigator. During his career, he worked in the police department's Organized Crime Vice and Narcotics Unit, the Department of Justice and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, and the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Public Integrity Unit. He handled high profile cases and instructed law enforcement personnel and civilian members of the community about criminal and narcotics investigations. Throughout his career, Joe received more than 150 commendations from the law enforcement community, including the Inaugural “Officer of the Year” Award by the Palm Beach Police Foundation in 2012. He was responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of the security camera systems throughout the Town of Palm Beach.
Joe had many fond memories of his years with the police department, including meeting his wife, Jennifer. In 2013, Joe retired as a law enforcement officer as one of the most decorated Detectives in the history of the Palm Beach Police Department, and accepted a position to work in the private sector. He joined Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, the fourth largest beer distributor in the country as the Director of Loss Prevention. After Gold Coast was sold, Joe was again recruited to join Gold Coast Holdings as the Director of Facilities, where he was responsible for more than 90 restaurant locations and several commercial buildings. Joe will always be remembered for his generous spirit and pursuit of justice for victims. His passion for helping others was contagious and his steadfast devotion to his family was extraordinary. Joe never missed an opportunity to make people laugh, no matter the circumstances.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00PM with a Wake Service to be held at 7:00PM, at Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd. WPB. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:00AM at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 13645 Paddock Dr, Wellington, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jennifer Recarey at any Chase Bank Branch to benefit Joe’s two minor sons. When making a donation at the branch, please reference account ending in 0539.
- Jennifer Recarey, Spouse
- Jack Recarey, Son
- Peter Recarey, Son
- Isis Recarey, Daughter
- Joseph Recarey, Son
- Elva Recarey, Mother
- Jose Recarey, Father
- Liz Castellanos (Rick), Sister
- Mr.Recarey will be greatly missed by his in-laws, several nieces and nephews, many adoring extended family members and numerous friends.
- Any Chase Bank branch
- Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
- Wake Service Friday, June 1, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, June 2, 2018
July 11, 2019
It is with great sadness that I express my heartfelt condolences to the late Joe Recarey and his family. He was such a good man and a good friend ! We both started with the Palm Beach Police Department in 1991 and worked on the road together for a few years before I would eventually leave for PBSO and subsequently retire in 2012. He had a great sense of humor and a lively spirit! He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace my friend.
June 6, 2018
To the Recarey family,
We were saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. He was a fair, solid, and reliable person who always was there to contribute to the success of our projects with Friday’s. We very much enjoyed the time we worked with him and will hold on to those fond memories. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
With our sympathy,
Jim Spelman and everyone at SDC Contractors
June 2, 2018
When I worked as a parking control officer I saw Joe many times in the Palm Beach police department. He would walk thru the records department and make the girls laugh ( including me when I would be there). His smile always lit up any room he was in. When it became known that he was engaged to Jennifer you could see how happy he was. Then when his boys were born he was sure to show pictures of them. His passing had hit everyone he knew very hard. May God welcome in his arms & be with his family. Kathy
May 31, 2018
I had the great pleasure to have worked for Joe . Despite Joe's position, He had a humble and modest approach to his job .He was tremendously generous with his time and had a way of making me feel empowered after our conversations. I was enamored by his unique way of collaborating rather than delegating. He never missed the opportunity to express his gratitude.Joe would frequently tell me "thank you" or "I appreciate that". I found him to be sincere and supportive. In the midst of all the chaos and turmoil Joe always made time for me. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with him. It is with my deepest sympathies that I extend my condolences to his family and friends.
Peak Performance Construction
May 30, 2018
To Joe's Family,
It is with great sadness that I write this. I knew Joe as my boss for a short 21 months and had the utmost respect for him . He always treated me with respect and kindness and I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
Please accept my sincere condolences at this very trying time. I will remember him fondly.
Former Gold Coast (Fridays) employee
May 30, 2018
So many good memories working with Joe and Jennifer at the Palm Beach Police Department. Joe was a fearless guy with a big heart.
He was a drug dealers worst enemy. We arrested some dangerous people, and Joe was the guy you wanted with you for back up. Joe
had such a strong positive spirit. Joe is in heaven, but his spirit will live on through his beautiful family. He will never be forgotten.
May 30, 2018
My deepest condolences go to Joe's family and friends. My cousins, Tom and Christine, have spoken so highly about Joe. Thank you, Joe, for making such a great difference for good for so many. The world is a better place because of you.
May 30, 2018
Jennifer I'm so sorry you lost your sweet Joey!! He was so wonderful and funny! I know that he adored you and his children. I remember when I was first hired at the Town of Palm Beach Police Department. I met him while I was getting my physical at the nurse's office. He introduced himself as "Major Recarey!" That was 1999. He'd said to let him know if I needed help with anything. Just a natural comedian. I can't imagine how your heart aches! I can only send you Love hoping it helps to ease the pain.
May 29, 2018
Joey was always a pleasure to be around. He was able to make me smile or laugh, especially when he made me the brunt of the story! I remember when I retired from Palm Beach Police, Joey came to my retirement party, even though he had already retired, just so he could poke some fun at me.
We love and miss you Joey!
May 29, 2018
I was truly saddened to hear about Joe passing away. He was a great person and a wonderful police officer!
He made me laugh so much with his particular sly sense of humor. I always wanted to see the next new impression he came up with but was always a little worried he may have picked me for his next impersonation. He gave the best radio calls at night from the parking garage rooftops.
My thoughts and prayers go to Jennifer, his children and family members.