D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Joseph D'Esopo Forte

August 6, 1930June 24, 2020

Joseph D’Esopo Forte, cherished and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin – peacefully entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 24th, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. Born in Middletown, CT August 6, 1930 to the late William and Grace (D’Esopo) Forte, Joseph attended Hartford and West Hartford public schools and graduated from “old” Hall High in 1948. He was a member of the second graduating class (1952) of Fairfield University, and remained a proud Stag. Following army service in Korea, Joseph returned home to CT, married, raised a family, and was employed in his family’s business, NAPA Auto Parts. Barbershop singing and golf (on a really hot, humid day) were Joseph’s recreational passions. He was privileged to be a long-time member of the Hartford Chapter of Barbershop Harmony, the Insurance City Chorus, a Society interim director, and lead in the Good Fourtune Quartet. Joseph was a member, by invitation, of NEWCANEWENG honor society for the Northeastern District of Barbershop Harmony. In his many years of golfing, Joseph played some of the finest golf courses in the USA. He has been a member of Ellington Ridge Country Club and a past president of the West Hartford Squires. Joseph is survived by his wife of 28 years, Margaret (Peggy) Daleas, his son Michael Forte (Cathy Hunter), daughters Diane F. Derwin (Butch), Ann Marie Phelps, and Paula Thompson. He is also survived by grandchildren, Melissa (Rob), Allison, Joe, Lisa (Sean), Shawn (Sue), Jody, Wally, eight great grandchildren, his brother-in-law Noel Moran, several nephews, nieces and cousins, and by Peggy’s family, Stephen Daleas, Bryan Daleas, Jeannine Patterson (Andrew), and their daughters Olivia Grace and Ruby Sage, and sister-in-law Mary-Claire Carter. Joseph was predeceased by his brother Rocco, sister Mary Ann Moran and the former Elizabeth McGuinn Forte, the mother of his children. Peggy wishes to thank the following for their loving care of Joseph during his 21-year journey with Parkinson’s disease: Kipp Van Meter, DO, Hartford Health Care, Avon; Adam Simmons, MD, Hospital for Special Care; Patrick Senatus, MD, Hartford Health Care, Vernon; Mary Root, Powerful Aging, UCONN Medical Center; Ronald Preis, DDS, golfing partner; Jason Gerrard, MD, Yale Medical Center; Connie Ferreira, Care Giver; friends, neighbors and the faith communities of St. Peter Claver Church, West Hartford and The Holy Family Retreat Center; the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Personnel and the Barbershop Breakfast Foursome. Private funeral arrangements are entrusted to the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


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Joseph D'Esopo Forte

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Michael DAmore

July 7, 2020

In inspired, gifted, friendly, man whom continually could bring joy into a room.

While he directed our choir his interpretations of the music was fine tuned as our parts had to be molded into one.

Our Father’s heavenly choral group is one better because of our loss. We’ll all tune in again over the next horizon.

Virtual Hugs & XOXOXOXO to all his loved ones.

Sincerely, Michael & Barbara D’Amore.

Colette Gardner

July 3, 2020

I remember Joe singing with the barbershop quartet for many years. He and Peggy came to Mass @ St. Peter Claver often - even when walking was difficult for him. Peggy was always by his side making every effort for Joe to participate in the events that were important to him.
I will miss seeing him at Mass. Rest in peace, Joe.

Collie Gardner

Susan Kelly

July 1, 2020

Peggy and Family- so sorry to hear about Joseph. You took such good care of him Peggy. Thinking of all of you - Sue Kelly

Gerry Murphy

July 1, 2020

Mike and Family

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jerry Carchedi

June 30, 2020

As a former member of the Insuarce City Chorus I have fond memories of Joe. He was my first director.


June 30, 2020

I worked for Joe back in 1967- 1971 @ NAPA. What a fun guy he was. My sincere condolences to his family. Gary

Barbara Mindell

June 30, 2020

Peggy: Please accept my sincere condolences; you took such good care of our friend.


June 30, 2020

My condolences to the entire Forte family. May he rest in peace.

Frank Moran

June 29, 2020

Dear Uncle Joe, so sad to see you go, but on to a better place. All of the family cookouts and holiday parties where you would play piano and we'd all sing along. All the great times at the lake house and great cookouts too.
Also have to say thanks for all of the times you helped me out with my crazy home repairs too. No one could figure out how to fix things like Uncle Joe.
I will miss seeing you at church and enjoyed our little chats at those times.
Lupita, Daniela and Valentina will miss seeing you and pray that you are at peace.