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“Truly a Gentleman, always kind. You made a difference in the people you met and the lives you touched. ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Mark Carter - garland, TX

“My dear, Uncle Joe.. oh how I will miss you on this earth. One of my fondest memories is when he had opera tickets and his wife, my Aunt Ucci, didn...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Christina Kesler - Travelers Rest, SC

“Mr. Joe was a great man who always had a smile for anyone who came to see him. He helped anyone that he could. He would always come around first...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Brandie McKenzie - Dallas, TX

“Joe was a fellow choir singer at St. Pius. He was a lovely person. He is missed by us all. ”
4 of 30 | Posted by: Aurea Louzau - Mesquite, TX

“The loss of Joe will leave a void, but his memory will fill some of that with his spirit and goodness that touched so many. Be the change that you...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: M B - Golden, CO - Family

“n loving memory of Joseph Del Ferro Jr., With deepest sympathies! Worked with Joe for over 17 years at the City of Allen where he served as a health...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Tom Keener - Dallas, TX - Friend

“Joe, cousin, sorry to see you leave us for a new place.During our younger years we played and did many things together up to our mid teens. Some of...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Frank Cicchiello - PA - Family

“I was in the Follies with Joe he was very special and so kind. He was my cast member. ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Debra Carmen Gulledge - TX

“Mr. Del Ferro will be greatly missed. In such a short time, I was able to bear witness to the most authentic soul who had a tremendous love for God,...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Katina Robertson - Dallas, TX

“So sad that Joe left this world due to Covid this week. He joins my Dad, who left us earlier this year from the same disease. Joe was a one of a...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Stacy Dominguez - Dallas, TX

“Approximately 5 years ago, I decided to audition for the Spectacular Senior Follies. When I arrived at the audition I met Joe. He was kind and...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Garry Page - Plano, TX - Friend

“Mr. Joe,You will be greatly missed. You were a light in the zoning office. Daily we looked forward to you coming around and spreading your love to...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Love Pate - Dallas, TX - Coworker

“I was in the Follies with Joe and we had many great conversations! He was a blessing and will be missed. ”
13 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy Pistilli - Dallas, TX

“Joe will be missed by all who ever he met. I worked with Joe for several years. I can remember a smile that never quit. He brought me bay leaves and...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Cindy Hardage - Lancaster, TX

“Joe was a wonderful, caring and a friend to the end. I enjoyed working with him and his infectious smile and gentle hugs made me feel so good when...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Kimela Thomas - Dallas, TX

“Mr Joe you will be truly missed. Although we did not work in the same department you became my friend when I moved into the same work building...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Rosalinda Castillo - DALLAS, TX

“Dear Joe,You were always amazing me with your dedication and hard work. I can't forget the warmth of your smile and hug. Your gratitude for resolving...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Shaji Joseph - Garland, TX

“May God give you strength that surpasses all human understanding. Mr. Joe was such a Beautiful, Kind, and Loving person with a Spirit as Bright as...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: TARONA LANE - DALLAS, TX

“I still remember to this day the time that Joe sang Ave Maria a cappella and impromptu at our City of Dallas Holiday Luncheon a decade or so ago. ...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Clay Walker - Dallas, TX

“I will always remember Joe as a very sweet and welcoming man. He was always eager to help me at work when I reached out to him. I have fond memories...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Ninfa Innocent - Dallas, TX

“I will always remember Joe as a very warm and welcoming man. He was alway eager to help me at work when I reached out to him. When he’d join us...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Ninfa Innocent - Coworker

“Mr. Joe was a beautiful soul, didn't know him long but he confirmed that you didn't have to be family nor close to have love for others. God has...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Elviajoy Martinez - Dallas, TX

“Thank you, Joe for being the person you were. You always made the day a little better when I talked with you. That smile and little quite laugh you...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Jim Shelton - Dallas, TX

“Mr. Joe was always so nice, smily and giving good advice. At time he would give me leaves off his plant, or his news paper for me to read, he was...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Monica Rubio - Dallas, TX

“I've known Joe for many years as we worked in the same field as health inspectors. I remember his gentle demeanor and kind personality. He would...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Jimmy Stephens - SEAGOVILLE, TX

“His was one of the first smiles & hellos I received upon promoting and arriving to my new work building. Throughout my time out interactions were a...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Tarius Coleman - Coworker

“It seems like yesterday, we were having a conversation about how good life was and your gratitude for humankind. I am gonna miss you Mr. Joe, you...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Donna Garza Garza - Midlothian, TX

“His smile and friendliness welcomed me the first day of my choir practice at St Pius X church. ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Josie Bugtai - GARLAND, TX

“Uncle Joe Seized The Day EVERYDAY ! He should be the example to us all on how to channel our passions and convictions to serve others. During...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Joseph Delferro - Avondale, PA

“Mr. DelFerro was a man of faith and God has called him home. I will miss him calling me and singing to me.He is gone from our sight, but not from our...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Laura Campos-Martinez - Dallas, TX


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Our loving and beloved Father, Uncle, Friend, Inspiration, Joseph Del Ferro Jr. passed away on Dec, 8, 2020. He will be buried at DFW National Cemetery with Honors. Known to us all simply as Joe, Nonno, Uncle Joe, and Dad, he lived and experienced as full a life as he could, with the hope for more, cut short far too soon and needlessly.

Before he fell ill to the Coronavirus, he spent his days masked and careful and largely as he would have wanted, by going to work, being with Buddy the Dog, living with Greg, exercising as he could, and visiting (from afar), talking and singing with many of those he loved and cared for. He so missed the human interaction from before Covid 19 as being with others and helping others, gave him the same life and happiness he knew he was bringing to them. In his last days in the hospital, he fought mentally for his body that had been so true to him for his 82 years, with the bloodlines of his parents living past 100 and his older brother Al almost to 90, to respond and fight. At the end, despite his never-ending optimism and handling this as he did all things, with dignity and determination, this was too big a challenge for him physically.

He was cared for in his final days by the Nurses and Doctors at Dallas Regional Medical Center and Mesquite Specialty Center. We thank them all for the care and attention paid to Joe during the unfortunate time when they too are met with extraordinary challenges rising as best they can.

Joe was born on August 10, 1938 in Norristown, PA to Joseph and Angelina Del Ferro who had immigrated to the US from the Provincia de Benevento in southern Italy near Napoli. He grew up with his older brother Alfred and until his passing in WWII, his older brother Nunzio. Joe grew up with a lot of extended family from both his mother and father's sides, and by all accounts, was a rambunctious young man who wrestled in high school, managed to graduate, went to work making bread at a bakery and eventually enlisted into the Army in 1960 at Ft. Dix, NJ. He was deployed to Italy (apparently upon request to make his way to his parents' birthplace). There, he met Teresa Donatilda Giuseppina Lo Iacono (better known as "Ucci"). They married, 9 months later their first daughter Marie was born. He started training to work in the field of Infectious & Communicable Disease prevention. Joe was restationed back to the US, moving to Colorado Springs where both Greg and Elizabeth were born. Before deploying to Vietnam, he moved his young family to Maryland to be closer to his family in the Philadelphia area. Upon his return following an injury due to a bomb blast, the family was redeployed to Italy where they stayed for more than 10 years. With a lot of family and friends around, growing up under the umbrella of the Army but in a country everyone adored, was a gift for each and everyone. Imagining their children would have better opportunities for a University education and then career choices in the US, the family moved to Augusta, GA. Joe and Ucci decided he would retire to settle down and move closer to Ucci's family in Dallas, TX. He retired with Honors as a Sergeant First Class E-7. Joe started his 2nd career working in Environmental Health. He realized he needed a Degree to get a better salary, provide a better life for his family, so he enrolled in a nearby University and worked nights while studying. His discipline and resilience during this very trying time were visible to his kids who by now were old enough to understand that life's path isn't always smooth but, with hard work and support, you could achieve what you set out to. And Ucci's commitment to support Joe and be all the stronger for the kids both strengthened and challenged their marriage. Following his graduation, he continued in the field of Environmental Health, ultimately working for the City of Dallas. For the 3 kids, all coming and going from the house as they moved into their University years and beyond, home was always a welcome place. During this time, he and Ucci became franchisees of several Quiznos bringing more opportunities and then challenges with more learning experiences. Greg settled into living with Joe and Ucci and provided additional support, Marie married John, Elizabeth married Matjaz and two grandsons Ari and Marco arrived. And his extended family in Philadelphia and Dallas grew with new nephews and nieces, marriages and unfortunately, deaths. Seeing a playful, fun, carefree Nonno with his grandsons was yet another side of Joe that grew as his relationship with them grew. He also became the proud owner of, at one point, 4 dogs (rescues that Greg brought home). While they were treasured by Ucci and Greg, for Joe it was a bit overwhelming at first but he came to love them all, especially the last surviving one – Buddy.

Through this all, Ucci and Joe showed the strength of commitment to each although a bigger challenge was to come when Ucci's cancer returned and ultimately in 2013 Joe's life partner since they married in 1962, died. Joe however did not let Ucci leave his life, continuing to celebrate their anniversaries and her birthday and always ensuring we honored her memory with a "salute" with a drink and singing her songs at her gravesite with Buddy the Dog participating.

Joe thoroughly enjoyed being with people, sharing stories, laughing, listening, talking. He listened and learned to sing "oldies" and songs from musicals while enjoying opera as well. He wanted to learn and always stayed current with news especially

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