Joseph Garraffa

March 1, 1932 - June 21, 2008
Joseph Garraffa

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Joseph Alfred Garraffa, 76, of Hendersonville, died Saturday, June, 21, 2008 at Pardee Hospital. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he had also lived in East Islip, NY. He was the son of the late Jerome and Mary Garraffa and was also preceded in death by a son, Vincent Garraffa and his first wife, Mary Garraffa.

Joseph served his country as a member of the US Army. He was an Aerospace Engineer for Grumman Aerospace and enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and golfing. He was of the Episcopal faith.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years Marianne Garraffa; four daughters, Gina Lane and husband Dennis of Churchville, PA, Leonora Porter and husband Robert of Farmingville, NY, Laurie Nink and husband Paul of Islip, NY and Suzanne Garraffa of W. Hartford, CT; three sons, Joseph Garraffa, Jr. and wife Ellen of Mastic Beach, NY, John Hovis and wife Barbara of Carlsbad, CA, and Gregg Hovis and wife Christine of Augusta, GA; nine grandchildren, Roxanne Lane, Anthony Lane, Stephen Lane, Marshall Nink, Taylor Nink, Jesslan Hovis, Jay Hovis, Cody Hovis and Chase Hovis; one sister, Mary Groteke and husband Walter of Palm Harbor, FL; and three brothers Leonard Garraffa and wife Cindy of South Kortright, NY, Jerome Garraffa and wife Cathy of Smithtown, NY and Ronald Garraffa and wife Debra of Odessa, FL.

Services will be held Monday, June 23, 2008 at 2pm at the Kirby Memorial Chapel at Shuler Funeral Home. John Hovis will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780; the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St, New York, NY 10016; or United Cerebral Palsy, 1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.


Monday, June 23, 2008
12:00 AM

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Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • June 25, 2008
    Dennis says:
    Dear Dad, you will always be a great inspiration. Your job, as you saw it, was to share your love. You took it very seriously and we all felt it. Your wife, your children, your grandchildren, your friends and almost everyone you met. You shared it with us in your laugh, a smile, an embrace or a kiss. I pray that we may pass it on to those we meet in this life and return it to you when we are reunited. That the part of you that remains in each of us, will comfort us and guide us through our days. "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland, U.S. Writer

  • June 22, 2008
    Karen and Edward Vogel says:
    Dear Marianne - and all devoted family of Joe, Our hearts ache for you all --Joe lived such an incredible life, -- and was so wonderful..the world has lost a treasure... we wish we could be at the service. We will be praying. All our love to each one. Karen and Ed

  • June 22, 2008
    Mary Doll says:
    Some people you instantly love and Joe was one of those people. I was blessed to know Joe and Marianne for a few brief "moments" in time. My sympathy to all the family. Mary Doll

  • June 22, 2008
    Ben and Marilyn Cohn says:
    We have truly lost a wonderful friend and our special "buddy". We will treasure all the memories we had together and will miss him terribly.

  • June 22, 2008
    Anthony says:
    I will truly always remember my Cousin Joe, he had a smile that made you feel good, a big heart and a loving person and a great hearty laugh. Joe until we meet again, I will be thinking of you. Love Cousin Anthony