Joseph Michael Talamo

March 23, 1927September 4, 2014
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Joseph Michael Talamo, 87 of North Canton, OH formerly a 42 year resident of Hillsdale passed away on September 4, 2014. Joseph was born on March 23, 1927 in West New York, NJ to his predeceased parents, Joseph and Frances (Esposito) Talamo. Joseph was a teacher at Pascack Valley High School from 1955-1982, where he coached track and football. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Rosemarie (Conti) Talamo in 2004; his daughter, Judith Talamo; his sisters, Rita Talamo, Angela Leccese, Sophie Loschiavo Anna Pipitone and Marie Colangelo and his brother, Charles Talamo. Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph Talamo and his wife Laura; his daughter, Joanne Donnamaria and her husband Dave; his grandchildren, Joseph Talamo and his wife Christy, Robert and Christopher Talamo, Sara and Vanessa Donnamaria. Visiting hours will be held on Friday September 12th from 4-8pm at the Becker Funeral Home, with a funeral service on Friday evening at 7pm. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Saturday at 10am before the interment service at 11:15am at Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, NJ.


  • Visitation Friday, September 12, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 12, 2014
  • Commital Service Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Dana and Karen Licata

September 21, 2014

May you rest in peace and eternal light shine upon you dear uncle Joe. Seeing you always warmed my heart, you looked just like my treasured Nani. Love from my heart to yours. Wishing all your loved ones comfort, healing and peace. Blessings and love always.

September 15, 2014

Joe Talamo gave me many things, not the least of which was the opportunity to attend college. His ferocious, relentless competitiveness touched all who played or ran for him; he had to know he was shaping lives. One enduring memory: 440 yard "windsprints" on a cinder track in full pads (of course). After that, anything in life was possible. Thank you, Coach.

Jon Keates, Pasadena, California

Doug Woodin

September 13, 2014

Coach Talamo set the foundation for my 33 years as an educator and coach. the 'Pursuit of Excellence' was instilled in us by coach Talamo. There is no greater gift that can be bestowed upon the students of a great mentor. As in all great men, Coach's greatest attribute was his empathy - what a great heart! Peace!

Mary Ann Pieshala

September 13, 2014

Joe Talamo was one of the first Athletic directors in Bergen County to help with the acceptance of Interscholastic sports for girls. Without his encouragement and positive words, we would have been delayed in the beginning of the Bergen County Women Coaches Association. Thanks to this kind man and sincere condolences to his family.

Joan Papay Stalb

September 12, 2014

My deepest sympathy to Joseph, Joanne and the entire Talamo family. A family man, coaching legend, teacher, mentor and a sensitive person with a gift of remembering everyone he had ever met... what a remarkable journey he had! May memories comfort you in this time of sadness and loss.

Ralph Rush

September 11, 2014

I was in the 8th grade sitting on the front steps of George G. White Elementary School looking out over the lawn at the ball field across the way when a man came out of the doors behind me. He began to speak with tongue in cheek and determination in his eyes and said, "I hear you can run pretty fast." Not knowing who the man was, I said, "Yes, I can." That yes I can brought a stop watch from his pocket and he said to me, "Let's see what you can do." From that day on, he challenged, scolded and taught me how to be the best that I could possibly be. That drive and the intended goals set forth in his teachings are still very much part of my life today. God bless you Coach Talamo! John 14:12

Jocelyn Jones

September 11, 2014

Dear Joe,

I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your father. Please pass my deepest sympathies on to your family members and know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Much Love & Respect,


September 11, 2014

We have such wonderful memories that Coach Talamo was a part of. Our sympathies to his family he was truly loved by so many

Bob and Barbara Bonnett

George Sherman

September 11, 2014

We were so sorry to hear this! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joe Jr., Joanne and all of Joe's family. Besides being a coaching legend, he was a wonderful man with a huge heart. I was so blessed to have had him as a friend and mentor with the Hillsdale Rec program so many years ago. Rest in peace, Joe. Thanks so much for all you have given to so many.

Carmine Iadarola

September 10, 2014

Mr. Talamo was one of the most important figures in my young life and he set me on a track to help me be a man. His presence was felt by many in my class, men and women, and went way beyond the athletic field. May he rest in peace.